Written by John Plestina
The Roosevelt County Commissioners approved two small subdivisions about 11 miles north of Bainville Monday, April 13.
Glenn and Lloyd DeTienne requested approval of two adjoining identical minor subdivisions of five residential lots each, carved out of 80 acres.
Subdivisions exceeding five lots are classified as major subdivisions and require planning board approval.
In another matter brought to the commissioners, Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel made a second request that the county pay for an indigent burial of a woman who died in Faith Home in March.
The commissioners approved the request.
When first brought to the commission in March, Assistant County Attorney Jordan Knudsen said he had not seen any solid evidence that the woman was indigent and recommended that the commission delay a decision.
Written by John Plestina
Two fires early Saturday, April 11, destroyed two structures in the Poplar area.
The first fire, reported to the Roosevelt County/Fort Peck Tribes 911 dispatch center at 1:11 a.m., completely destroyed a single-family unoccupied house just east of Poplar.
Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department chief Shawn Eggar said the house had only been vacant a short time.
The WPVFD and firefighters from Brockton had responded as a mutual aid call. Eggar said the Wolf Point firefighters had barely returned to their station when the second call came in at 3:30 a.m. and they returned to Poplar.
The structure fire at Second Avenue West and D Street West in Poplar completely destroyed a mobile home and displaced a family.
Eggar said there were no injuries.
The causes of both fires remain under investigation.
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A Montana governor from eastern Montana who served five decades ago was laid to rest in Helena Saturday, April 11.
Gov. Tim Babcock, 95, who died in Helena Tuesday, April 7, grew up in Dawson County near Glendive. He previously served as lieutenant governor, became Montana’s chief executive in 1962 when Gov. Donald Nutter died in a plane crash en route to Cut Bank, and remained in office until 1969.
Babcock was a decorated World War II veteran and owned a trucking company. He was the oldest delegate at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Florida.
Babcock’s body laid in state at the Capitol Rotunda on Friday. His funeral was in Helena Saturday.
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In a hearing in Billings Friday, April 10, U.S. District Judge Susan Watters sentenced Ryan Edward Lee, 32, of Fairview to more than 22 years in federal prison for drug and firearms offenses.
Lee was sentenced to 270 months in prison followed by five years supervised release.
He pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense.
In pleadings filed at the time of his guilty pleas, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Whittaker told the court that from November 2013 to Jan. 9, 2014, agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation investigated drug trafficking in the Bakken oil fields, including allegations of methamphetamine distribution in and around Sidney. Using informants and law enforcement controlled exchanges, agents observed Lee deliver methamphetamine to another individual on two separate occasions.
After the first sale, Lee was pulled over by the Montana Highway Patrol for traffic violations. Lee provided false identification and received a warning for the traffic violations.
After the second sale, the MHP again conducted a traffic stop of Lee’s vehicle. Following a pat down search, law enforcement found $2,500 in cash in Lee’s pocket. Once placed in the back of the patrol car, Lee kicked out a window and attempted to escape by fleeing on foot. After a chase, Lee was apprehended. During a search of Lee’s vehicle, law enforcement officers discovered a metal flip container with a digital scale and approximately two ounces of methamphetamine among other items and drug paraphernalia behind the driver’s seat. They also discovered, lodged between the seat and center console, a loaded .380 semi-automatic pistol. A trace on the handgun revealed that Lee had purchased it several months earlier using a false identification and a false name, which was the same stolen identity he used multiple times with the MHP.
In addition, after his arrest and while in custody in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility, it was discovered that Lee had attempted an escape by breaking out the window of his cell and that he had been chipping away the wall outside the window for at least three months.
The prosecution was part of Project Safe Bakken, a cooperative effort between federal and state prosecutors and federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies in Montana and North Dakota.
Drug crimes in the Bakken area have increased dramatically since the oil boom began in the region several years ago.
Parole has been abolished in the federal system and although Lee may be entitled to good time credit of up to 15 percent of his sentence, the sentence imposed will be the sentence served.
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(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Tuesday, April 14, 15 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, April 6, and Tuesday, April 14:
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•Sara Darnell, 39, Poplar, U.S. Marshal’s warrant, rransferred to federal custody;
•Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer, and resisting arrest;
•Dale Fowler, 61, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Alex Ganas, 28, Sacramento, Calif., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, released;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner/family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Randall Lehner, 55, Wolf Point, partner/family member assault - first offense;
•Robert Lindquist, 41, Chattoroy, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Blake Martinez, 22, Wolf Point, federal probation violation;
•John Mincey, 47, Poplar, theft - first offense;
•Samantha Nation, 32, Poplar, theft - first offense;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Wesley Stearns, 42, Havre, contempt of court;
•Brian Suggs, 33, Mesa, Ariz., driving under the influence, criminal endangerment, failure to carry proof of insurance, driving a motor vehicle while the privilege to do so is revoked and fail to stop immediately at property damage accident;
• David Toavs, 27, Wolf Point, negligent endangerment, serving time, released;
•Robert Yohe, 64, Bain-
ville, out-of-county warrant;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, felony theft and burglary.