Wolf Point Herald

Havre Man From Wolf Point Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

A Havre man who is from Wolf Point pleaded guilty before District Judge Brian Morris in U.S. District Court in Great Falls in October to filing false income tax returns.
According to court documents, a plea agreement entered Oct. 13, calls for Darin Lee Miller, 43, to serve nine months in the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and pay $163,000 in fines and restitution.
If Morris rejects the plea agreement, Miller could choose to face trial on felony tax evasion charges.
Miller recently worked as a pharmacist at the Rocky Boy Health Clinic.
A federal grand jury handed down a three-count income tax evasion indictment against Miller in May.
The charging documents allege that Miller did not report more than $100,000 in interest income to the IRS between 2009 and 2011.
Morris ordered that Miller be remanded to federal custody.
Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 21.

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Fast Horse Indicted, Accused Of Kidnapping, Knife Assault

A Poplar man accused of kidnapping and holding a knife to another person’s throat in October was arraigned before Magistrate Judge John Johnston in U.S. District Court in Great Falls Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Marcus Gerald Fast Horse, 24, pleaded not guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury, assault with a dangerous weapon, and kidnapping.
A federal grand jury indicted Fast Horse on Nov. 20. The indictment alleges that he confined and assaulted another person with a knife held to the person’s throat and sought ransom in Poplar on Oct. 27.
If convicted of the kidnapping charge, the most serious of the three charges contained in the indictment, Fast Horse faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines for each of the three counts and five years supervised release.
The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.

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Roosevelt County Jail Roster For Dec. 10, 2015

(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility. Names on the jail roster are those of everyone incarcerated and persons booked into the jail during the previous week and does not necessarily mean there is a new charge or conviction. Some individuals might be serving time for a previous conviction.)
As of Monday, Dec. 7, 13 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding three females and one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, Nov. 30, and Monday, Dec. 7:
•Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•James Burpee, 42,
Bainville, partner or family member assault;  
•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;
•Christopher L. Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out-of- county warrant;
•Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
•Lavern Knoble, 53, Poplar, felony theft;
•John Kramer, 31, Williston, N.D., disorderly conduct and obstructing a peace officer;
•John Menz, 31, Poplar, driving under the influence, criminal child, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal endangerment, driving under the influence  - detectable level of intoxication and driver under the influence of any drug [narcotics.];
•Adam Meyer, 36, Wolf Point, probation violation;
•Jesse Rodrigues, 24, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Jim Simpson, 47, Culbertson, driving under the influence - first offense;
•Benjamin Smith, 37, Williston, N.D., out-of- county warrant;
•Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Calling Savvy Hoopsters To Elks Hoop Shoot

It’s almost time for another Elks Hoop Shoot competition and the Wolf Point Elks Lodge is hoping to attract free throw virtuosos from around the area.
The local Elks Hoop Shoot free throw competition will be held in the Wolf Point High School gym Saturday, Dec. 19, with registrations at 10 a.m. and competition beginning at 11 a.m.
It is part of the Elks National Hoop Shoot free throw competition for boys and girls ages 8 to 13 with opportunities for savvy free throw shooters to turn their shooting skills into advancement by age group and gender to the regional competition at Sidney Middle School Jan. 9.
From there, the top finishers go onto the Montana state contest at Sleeping Giant Middle School in Livingston on Feb. 6. The national finals will be in Chicago, Ill., April 14-16. The national finals were held in Massachusetts the past several years.
The competition is divided into six groups by age and gender for ages 8 and 9, 10 and 11, and 12 and 13. Contestants are assigned an age group based on the age that he or she will be on April 1.
Wolf Point Elks Lodge No. 1764 is asking schools to promote participation in the local Hoop Shoot competition and is hoping as many schools as possible will hold trials prior to Dec. 19.
Qualifying contestants are eligible for the Wolf Point Hoop Shoot if they attend school in Wolf Point [including Frontier Elementary School], Poplar, Frazer, Brockton, Culbertson, Bainville, Vida or Circle.
There are opportunities for local winners to advance. Many state and national champions have come from small communities. Matt McCoy of Plentywood won the national finals in the boys’ ages 8-9 competition in 2002. There were national winners from Livingston in 2014, Big Timber in 2010 and Anaconda in 2009.
Hoop Shoot is free to all participants and provides youth an opportunity to compete, connect and succeed. Hoop Shoot information has been sent to the schools.

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Ice Fog


Dense freezing fog with visibility near zero in some areas left a postcard-like scene in Wolf Point Monday, Nov. 30. The National Weather Service at Glasgow issued an advisory for the Hi-Line from Poplar to Malta.  The first photo was taken on Second Avenue South looking south from the Roosevelt County Courthouse.  The second picture was taken on the 500 block of Benton Street.  (Photos by John Plestina)

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