Wolf Point Herald

Police Say Charges Filed Soon In Drive-By Window Shootings

At least two of several window shooting vandalism victims said they are frustrated that no one has been charged more than two months after the first incidents were reported and they wonder if there will ever be restitution.
Numerous incidents were reported to the Wolf Point Police Department during November and December that left several thousand dollars in damages from holes in windows in houses, cars, trucks and at least one motorhome. Glass was broken on several sliding glass doors.
Authorities say the weapon is believed to be a BB or pellet gun and all or most of the shootings were done from a passing vehicle. The majority of the incidents occurred on the north side.
The WPPD acknowledged in December that four male Wolf Point juveniles had been identified as suspects.
Police chief Jeff Harada said Sunday, Feb. 1, that WPPD officers have interviewed more people and that the case is nearing resolution.
Brandon Babb owns a pickup truck that was parked in the Wolf Point High School parking lot when a hole was shot in a back window, leaving him with a $359 repair bill.
“I’d sure like to get it reimbursed — absolutely,” Babb said.
“I haven’t heard a single thing about it since I filed the complaint two months ago. We reported it that night,” he said. “I’ve seen this kind of thing through the years; all the tires that have been slashed,” Babb said and added that he wondered how many incidents were ever reported to police.
North side resident Bruce Knerr said pellets damaged two vehicles he owns that were parked on Fourth Avenue North.
The most serious damage was to a pickup Knerr owns. “My pickup has a custom paint job. You can’t put a price on that,” he said. A pellet caused a quarter-size paint chip. Knerr said the custom paint job cost job cost nearly $5,000. The back window of an SUV Knerr owns was also damaged during the same incident. Knerr said he does not believe any pellets struck his house.

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Former Brockton Postal Worker Sentenced In Embezzlement Case

Former Brockton Post Office employee Jana Nygard was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Great Falls Friday, Jan. 23, to 14 months incarceration followed by three years supervised release.
Nygard was accused of stealing $50,392 from the Brockton Post Office between May and August 2013 while working in the position of post master relief.
U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris ordered Nygard to serve the first seven months in prison and the last seven months in home detention, allowing her to begin paying restitution. Full restitution was ordered.
Nygard had entered into a plea agreement to plead guilty to embezzlement of government property. Seven charges related to the post office embezzlement case were dismissed.
According to charging documents, the U.S. Attorney accused Nygard of embezzlement by issuing about 145 money orders for personal use and to customers, and failing to provide payment for the money orders. Nygard was also accused of stealing $1,606 in stamp revenue.
She pleaded not guilty in federal court in October.
“The majority of U.S. Postal Service employees are dedicated public servants who take great pride in ensuring the sanctity and security of U.S. Postal Service property and its funds,” U.S.P.S. Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Pete Gately said. “Unfortunately, Jana Nygard betrayed the trust placed in her by the Postal Service and the public she was sworn to serve. Her actions resulted in deserved consequences for such behavior.”
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Laura Weiss prosecuted the case.

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First Dollar


Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture director Nicole Huber presents the First Dollar Award to New Subs & Such owner Quinn Hardy, Wednesday, Jan. 28. Hardy recently purchased Subs & Such, which is located at 228 U.S. Hwy. 2 East in Wolf Point.    (Photo by John Plestina)

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Honor Band And Choir


Several Wolf Point High School students participated in the District 12 Honor Band and Choir, and were among selected students from northeastern Montana that participated in the Honors Music Concert at Glasgow High School, Monday, Jan. 26. Pictured are (front row, from left to right) Danielle Vermette, Erin Presser, Christina Dahl, Aeryn Martin, (second row) Alexandria Rodriguez, Shelby Hanks, Trinity Whitmus, Alecia Macdonald, Thea Smith, (third row) Chelysa Owens-Cyr, Dalton Hafner, Austyn Juve, Ty Nygard, Savannah Wozniak, (back row) Miexel DeWitt, Logan Flynn, Devin Northington and Cale Evans. LaRae Dahl is not pictured.  (Photo by John Plestina)

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Northside School Receives ExxonMobil Grant


Wolf Point Town Pump manager Noreen Hohman presents Northside principle Hannah Nieskins with the Exxon Mobile Educational Alliance grant.
(Submitted photo)

The ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program awarded a $500 grant to Northside School to support the school’s math and science programs.
The grants are made possible by funding from the ExxonMobil Corporation, which Town Pump is part of.
ExxonMobil awarded $34,000 in Educational Alliance grants for Town Pump Exxon sponsored schools across Montana.
The ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide Exxon and Mobil retailers with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools.
Town Pump met stringent eligibility criteria before applying for and being awarded this grant including having a recognized commitment to provide a superior buying experience for customers.

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