Wolf Point Herald

School Activity Drivers Get 74 Percent Raise

The Wolf Point School Board gave activity bus drivers a 74 percent raise to retain drivers and bring the hourly wage in line with other school districts in the area during the monthly trustees meeting Tuesday, June 9.
The drivers that transported students to athletic and other extra curricular activities away from Wolf Point have received $11.50 per hour the past several years. The drivers are not represented by the Wolf Point Educational Support Staff Association and not included in collective bargaining agreements.
The four part-time activity bus drivers will receive $20 hourly the next school year.
Activity bus drivers in other area school districts receive: Frontier School District, $25; Poplar district, $22; and Circle, $30.
Superintendent Joe Paine cited safety issues the drivers deal with including icy roads during winter months.
“The athletic fund has plenty of money,” Paine said.
The board approved the pay raise by a 4-1 vote. Board chairman Mark Kurokawa cast the no vote and Corey Reum was absent from the meeting.
Kurokawa said he was not opposed to giving drivers a raise but questioned whether the board should approve the raise at the current time before incoming district superintendent Gary Scott looks at the district’s financials.

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Mayor Takes Tester To Task For Comments, Not Returning Calls

Mayor Chris Dschaak told the Wolf Point City Council Monday, June 15, that Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., failed to respond to his requests to speak to him about comments criticizing the city for not immediately connecting to the Assiniboine and Sioux Rural Water System.
Tester called the city’s delay to connect to the ASRWS “not good judgment” during a meeting in Poplar with the Land Committee of the Fort Peck Tribes Executive Board, Wednesday, May 27.
“At some point, make the call and go around them. It’s their mistake if they don’t do it.”
Dschaak, who was not present during that meeting, said he was not pleased with Tester for making the comments without speaking to city officials.
Tester did not respond to requests by Dschaak to return phone calls.
Dschaak said he finally called Tester’s Washington, D.C., office earlier this week and spoke to the chief of staff, telling him that Tester’s comments to tribal officials were not fair to the city.
Retaining water rights the city currently holds are at issue, Dschaak said.
“One step at a time and I just hope the Tribes are patient with us,” Dschaak said.

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Frontier Board OKs New Bleachers

The Frontier School Board approved new bleachers for the gym during the monthly board meeting, Tuesday, June 8.
The new permanent bleachers will be connected to the wall and fold up. They will compliment the new floor with a mustang logo that will soon be installed to replace the current carpeted floor that has been in place 34 years. The gym and most of the school building were built in 1964.
The new bleachers cost $20,000 and will be installed in October.
In other business, the trustees approved s concrete floor for bus barn that now has a dirt floor and new lockers for middle school students the district will pay for from the general fund. The cost is $12,000 with shipping.
The board also recognized the Fort Peck Tribes for helping with busing students this year and Henri Headdress director of tribal transportation. The board also recognized bus drivers Tina Azure and Donna Headdress.
In another matter, the board approved hiring kindergarten teacher Melanie Jensen. She is from Missoula and a recent graduate of Montana State University in Bozeman.
The board also approved substitute teachers for the next school year.
In other business, the board approved a renewal of liability insurance through the Montana Schools Group Insurance Authority in the amount of $15,144.

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Roosevelt County Jail Roster For June 18, 2015

(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.)
As of Monday, June 15, 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, June 8, and Monday, June 15:
•Tyler Bostick, 22, Lustre, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked. Bonded out;
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Jeffery Christoffersen, 61, Froid, driving under the influence, bonded out;
•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;
•Cody Green, 19, Indianapolis, Ind.; criminal contempt;
•Amelia Hackman, 32, Scobey, contempt of court from Sheridan and Daniels counties;
•Aimee Jacobs, 38, St. Ignasius, warrant for probation and parole violation;
•Randy Knoble, 37, Froid, driving under the influence, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked, speeding, exceeding night limit;   
•Nicodemus Kupka, 19, Watford City, N.D.; criminal possession of dangerous drugs and out of county warrant;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•John Mincey, 47, Poplar, theft, first offense;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Charles Pinner, 59, Detroit, Mich., aggravated kidnapping and sexual intercourse without consent;
•Zachery Shay, 23, Rock Springs, Wyo., arrested on out of county warrant;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, theft and burglary;
•Jarod Weyrauch, 30, Wolf Point, probation violation.
•Dhara Zinke, 23,
Kalispell, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child, first offense;
•Zach Zilkoski, 23, Wolf Point, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked, bonded out.

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Wolf Point Police And Fire Blotter For June 18, 2015

(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire department between June 8 and 14. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
June 8
2:05 a.m., officers responded to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus for a report of a sexual assault victim. Police interviewed a female juvenile and later arrested Dustin Grandchamp, 23, of Wolf Point for rape.
8:10 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 800 block of First Avenue North for a report of trespass to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
9:27 a.m., officers responded to Wolf Point Warehouse Flooring off Second Avenue North for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
4 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Custer Street for a report of vandalism to a fence with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
8:33 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Main Street for a report of a man causing a disturbance and cited Frank Baker, 33, of Wolf Point for criminal mischief.
10 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Dawson Street for a report of a theft of a check and possible forgery. The incident remains under investigation.
10:23 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of East Johnson Street for a report of an intoxicated male juvenile and arrested a 16-year-old male for domestic abuse and minor in possession of alcohol.
June 9
3:38 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Fourth Avenue North for a report of vandalism to a vehicle and arrested a 13-year-old boy for criminal mischief.
6:41 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of a fight outside the store and arrested
Corey Schindler, 28, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
6:55 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of Granville Street for a report of vandalism to the residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
June 10
11:48 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 400 block of Fifth Avenue South for a report of a stolen lawnmower with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
4:10 p.m., officers responded to the Sherman Inn for a report of a restaurant customer who didn’t pay for a meal and cited a 17-year-old female for theft.
5:51 p.m., firefighters responded to a small grass fire west of the Ag Partners fertilizer plant.
6:26 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of a suspicious male brandishing a knife and arrested Royce Birdsbill Sr., 46, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
6:33 p.m., officers responded to Doc'Z for a report of a patron reporting that money was stolen with a loss valued over $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
June 11
1:06 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 300 block of Dawson Street for a report of trespass to a vehicle. The incident remains under investigation.
6:47 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of a male sleeping on the side of the building and arrested Deland Redboy, 28, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
June 12
9:35 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 300 block of Custer Street for a report of an assault and arrested Michael Williams, 28, of Wolf Point for simple assault.
3:37 p.m., firefighters responded to a small grass fire north of Greenwood Cemetery.
June 14
5:03 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Custer Street for a report of trespass to a residence with a loss valued over $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
6:01 p.m., officers responded to Sixth Avenue North and U.S. Hwy. 2 for a report of juveniles throwing rocks at vehicles and cited a 10-year-old boy for criminal mischief.
6:45 p.m., firefighters responded to a car fire one mile north of the Tule Creek bridge. Everyone got out of the car. No one was injured.
7:10 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of Helena Street for a report of an assault and arrested Melvin Martell, 38, of Wolf Point for simple assault.
Other Calls
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between June 8 and 14: checks of wellbeing, three; civil standby, four; domestic disturbance, one; public assistance, 30; motor vehicle accidents, four; removal of unwanted individuals, 10; animal complaints, two; medical assistance, one; alarm, two; assist other agency, three; unfounded reports, 16; fireworks complaint, six; and driving complaints, three.

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