Written by John Plestina
A man serving a sentence for a drug violation in the Fort Peck Tribes jail in Poplar was taken into federal custody, Wednesday, Sept. 24, following a federal indictment.
A federal grand jury indicted Landon Thomas Dupree, 29, for felon in possession of a firearm in U.S. District Court in Billings, Thursday, Sept. 18.
He was arraigned in Great Falls a few days later, where he pleaded not guilty. He is being held in federal custody.
The charging documents allege that Dupree knowingly possessed a firearm in Poplar last Jan. 11. According to the court document, Dupree was previously convicted of a felony in North Dakota that carries a prison term in excess of one year.
Dupree, if convicted, is facing a maximum of 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release.
Written by Jaimee Green
Cathy Wanderaas (from left), Hunter Reinhart, Cheryl Hansen, Melanie Dschaak, Mikela Smith, Ann Wienke, Lynne Monson and Sharon Dschaak enjoyed the festivities at the Spikes and Spurs Gala. (Submitted photo)
Hours of planning, organizing and decorating for the largest fundraising event of the year for Northeast Montana Health Services’ Charitable Foundation paid off. Blend it with the dedication of a community that cares about the quality of their local healthcare, and who gives graciously to the cause time and time again, and that is a recipe for success.
This year, the 10th anniversary Spikes and Spurs Gala was one for the record books. Held Saturday, Sept. 27, at the American Legion Supper Club in Poplar, the sold-out evening was an overwhelming success, raising more money than ever before.
This year’s fundraising event proved to be the largest grossing Gala in its 10-year history, with a profit of $46,000 for the evening.
“With this success, the foundation is able to fulfill its pledge of buying two battery-powered patient cots for the emergency medical services department for both hospital campuses,” said Beth Pickthorn, executive director for the foundation. The total cost comes to just under $35,000. The excess profit will be used to help cover operating expenses for the foundation.
This year’s theme for the event was “An Evening in the Wild West” and incorporated rustic decor of babies’ breath-filled mason jars, horseshoes, wagon wheels and burlap. Attendees dressed in time-appropriate attire with men “moseying in” wearing cowboy hats and spurs, while women wore saloon and western-styled dresses.
Throughout the evening, various fundraiser tickets were sold and winners announced. One new drawing this year included a “Wine Cellar Raffle.” Attendees brought a bottle of wine and in return for the bottle, they received a ticket. The lucky winner of the 67 bottles of wine was Micha Norgaard, of Poplar. Keeping with tradition, the foundation continued with their 50/50 drawing in which the winner receives $5,000. This year, the winning ticket belonged to Glena Lockman of Billings.
Since early April, the foundation had also been selling Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament tickets for the January event. The winner was announced at Gala as Chris Gorder of Poplar. Other winners included Josie Dahlberg of Brockton who won two tickets to the December National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev. Gun drawing winners included Peg Norgaard of Poplar, winning a rifle, and Mike Cassidy of Wolf Point, winning a pistol.
After months of planning, the milestone evening celebration began with mingling, appetizers, browsing and bidding on over 35 silent auction items. While dining on their three-course meal, prepared by culinary associates from Food Services of America, guests enjoyed a high energy singing and dancing performance from the “Belles of the West.”
“The harmonious ensemble added the perfect blend of comedy and spectator interaction and really kept the crowd entertained,” said Stephanie McGowan, gala committee chairperson. The local group of performers included Lynne Monson, Cathy Wanderaas, Sharon Dschaak, Melanie Dschaak, Hunter Reinhart, Mikela Smith, Ann Wienke and Cheryl Hansen.
Rounding out the evening was an innovative tribute to the music of Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three performed by The Cold Hard Cash Show of Missoula. Fronted by guitarist and singer Merle Travis Peterson, the entertainers brought to life the classic Cash songs. Guests were absorbed into watching bass fiddler Ryan Yates perform while standing on his bass fiddle, with Fel Torres keeping step with the ensemble on the drums.
“I think the guests were delighted to have such a great band, show and overall Gala experience. The evening created a lasting memory for everyone involved and even more importantly, will impact our community’s access to quality emergency care through their attendance and generosity,” Pickthorn said.
Written by Herald-News
(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, Oct. 14, 13 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding two female inmates and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Tuesday, Oct. 14:
•Adam Alonzo, 31, Williston, N.D./San Bernadino, Calif., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell;
•Malinda Bibb, 31, Minot, N.D., arrested on a warrant for bail condition violation, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Brandon Bigham, 30, Minot, N.D., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell; criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Scott Crain, 27 Froid, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing a peace officer and misdemeanor criminal mischief;
•Kyle Crush, 51, Bain-ville, driving while suspended and driving without insurance, bonded out;
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Gary Jones, 44, Madisonville, Tenn., assault on a peace officer;
•Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Hot Springs, Ark., out-of-county warrant;
•Julie Olson, 41, Boise, Idaho, Driving under the influence, bonded out;
•Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer;
•Kelly Severson, 47, Saco, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•William Earl Thomas, 31, Bakersfield, Calif., failure to drive on the right side of roadway; driving while suspended, driving while suspended or revoked, bonded out;
•Kalob Trowbridge, 22, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer;
•Scott Varner, 22, Crawfordville, Fla., criminal possession with intent to distribute;
•Hilrio Velasquez, 33, Riverside, Calif., possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
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(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire department between Oct. 6 and 12. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
8:45 a.m., officers responded to U.S. Hwy. 2 and Dayton Street for a tractor trailer that struck a traffic control sign. Officers cited Gerald Rhines, 62, of Sidney, for careless driving.
3:25 p.m., officers responded to Alco parking lot for a minor hit-and-run accident with reported damage under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
4:58 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of an attempted theft. The investigation continued at press time.
8:25 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Edgar Street for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
11:45 a.m., officers responded to the 700 block of Seventh Avenue South for a report of a domestic assault that happened previously with no reported injuries to a 36-year-old Wolf Point female. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point male.
9:28 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report by the store's management of threatening behavior toward employees with a firearm. The investigation continued at press time.
7:57 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Third Avenue South for a report of theft from a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
11:57 a.m., officers responded to Wolf Point High School for a report of an unruly student and cited a 15-year-old Wolf Point female for youth in need of supervision.
1:15 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Helena Street for a report of a theft from a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
4:49 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of a theft from a residence with a loss valued over $1,000. Charges are pending.
3:37 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of First Avenue South and Anaconda Street and arrested Danny Martin, 30, of Wolf Point, for a warrant.
8:40 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of East Dawson Street for a report of a fight in progress and arrested Kaitlyn Nation, 25, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct and Felicia Yellow Hawk, 31, of Wolf Point, on a warrant.
10:18 a.m., officers responded to Fort Peck Community College for a report of an intoxicated male and cited Gage Iron Leggins, 19, of Poplar, for public intoxication and minor in possession of alcohol.
5:18 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of First Avenue South for a report of an attempted theft by fraud. The investigation continues.
1:23 a.m., officers responded to Dad’s Bar for a report of a domestic assault with minor injuries to an 18-year-old Wolf Point female. The accused assailant fled before police arrival. Officers responded to another call about the same individuals on the 500 block of Benton Street at 3:32 a.m., this time with injuries to the woman. She was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus were she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. Officers arrested Dominique Brown, 21, of Wolf Point, for severe domestic abuse and Darnell Brown, 20, of Wolf Point, for simple assault.
1:56 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of First Avenue South for a report of trespass to a residence and arrested Joseph Billy, 21, of Wolf Point, for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
1:59 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Fallon Street for a report of a theft from a vehicle a loss valued over $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between Oct. 6 and 12: checks of wellbeing, six; civil standby, four; domestic disturbance, 11; public assistance, 10; motor vehicle accidents, two; removal of unwanted individuals, seven; animal complaints, five; medical assistance, three; fire assistance, none; alarm, seven; assist other agency, six; unfounded report, eight; driving complaints, seven; school requested assistance, two.
Written by Herald-News
Montana Lottery winner Willow Grandchamp of Wolf Point showcases her winnings with her husband Doug Grandchamp and sons Miguel Barrera (left) and Keynen Grandchamp (hiding behind check). Daughter Ashtyn Hentges is not pictured. (Submitted photo)
Willow Grandchamp of Wolf Point claimed a $297,373 Wild Card jackpot from the Wednesday, Sept. 24 drawing, with a ticket purchased in Billings.
Grandchamp works as a medical records technician for IHS and is an active Montana Lottery player. She typically plays both Lotto and Scratch games.
This was her first big lottery win, matching all five numbers plus the Wild Card on her Wild Card ticket. Her winning numbers were 5, 6, 25, 27, 32 and the King of Spades.
Grandchamp was still in disbelief about her win even after the clerk double checked her ticket and told her she had a winner.
Her husband, Doug Grandchamp, was gathering cows when she told him, and even then she still didn’t quite believe the news was true.
While standing at Lottery Headquarters in Helena with her family, she said, “It feels real now and I am finally getting excited.”