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And it could get hotter. The recorded temperature on First Community Bank reached 101 in Wolf Point, Thursday, July 31. At least nobody’s complaining about winter. (Photo by John Plestina)
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Pictured are Adam Alonzo (left) and Hilario Velasquez
A jury convicted Hilario Velasquez, 34, of Williston, N.D., and Riverside, Calif., of two drug charges in 15th District Court, Friday, Aug. 1.
Velasquez was found guilty of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute [methamphetamine], a felony, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
A pre-sentence investigation and report is expected to take two to three months. Sentencing will follow.
Velasquez was arrested with Adam Alonzo, 31, of Williston, N.D., and San Bernardino, Calif.
Alonzo is charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute [methamphetamine]. He was also charged with several motor vehicle violations, including driving after his license was suspended or revoked in California.
A jury trial is scheduled for Oct. 16, but District Court sources said a plea agreement is a possibility.
Alonzo and Velasquez have been lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail since Sept. 25, 2013.
The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office reported that shortly after midnight, Sept. 25, 2013, a deputy observed a black Saturn Ion traveling as much as 15 mph under the posted speed limit and weaving on U.S. Hwy. 2 eastbound, between Bainville and Cul-
bertson. The car crossed the center line three times and then stopped. The driver, later identified as Alonzo, was unable to provide a driver’s license or any identification, vehicle registration or insurance card, and told a deputy his name was Adam Lucatero. Lucatero is reported to be his middle name.
The deputy stated in a written report that there was an odor of marijuana in the car.
The RCSO identified a front seat passenger as Briann Burshia. Velazquez was seated on the back seat. Burshia claimed she met the men in Poplar a short time earlier. She was not arrested.
The deputy reported that both men were uncooperative, resulting in the officer removing his duty weapon from his holster. The deputy also had to threaten Velasquez with pepper spray.
The deputy wrote in his report that Velazquez told him he is on felony probation in California and was not supposed to leave that state.
Alonzo has an extraditable parole warrant out of North Dakota for another drug case.
The car was impounded. Judge David Cybulski granted a search warrant for the car, where authorities found a substantial amount of syringes [several used], other drug paraphernalia, a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, digital scale, 10 cell phones and $991 in cash.
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The 10 Cody siblings who were born and raised in Wolf Point met in Fargo, N.D., for a family reunion in mid-July. The reunion moves to different locations where family members live. Terry Cody is the last of the siblings to live in Wolf Point and he will soon move to Butte. There will be no Codys living in Wolf Point for the first time since 1906. Pictured are (front row, from left to right) Toni Jansen, Martha Burns, Tina Olson, (middle row) Tom Cody, Troy Cody, Terry Cody, (back row) Tracy Cody, Tim Cody, Dennis Cody and Leo Cody. (Submitted photo)
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It won’t be Matt Dillon staring down a bad guy on a dirt street in Dodge City, but Wolf Point’s John Olson might stare down a bad guy, or good guy, on one of downtown Wolf Point’s modern asphalt streets for an old-fashioned “gunfight” during the Centennial celebration, which will be held during the 2015 Wild Horse Stampede.
The Centennial Committee discussed the likely debacle Thursday, July 31, with Olson and Dan Hutchinson, both working to organize the gunfight.
The gunfight might include things leading up to it such as people saying things in public places that could include “Be on the look out for” or “So and so is coming to town.”
It is not determined where the gunfight will take place or which day of Stampede it will happen. In the parade route, after all the horses have passed, is a possibility.
The committee also discussed having a public hanging. It is undetermined who would be hung.
Other business the committee addressed included hiring entertainment and how much would be spent. It remains undetermined whether a Montana band would be hired or a name band. A decision is likely this month.
Fundraising was discussed including obtaining a Special Events Grant Program grant through the Montana Office of Tourism, seeking funding from the Wolf Point City Council and Roosevelt County Commission and other grant and fundraising endeavors.
A recent 50/50 drawing netted nearly $2,500.
Some other possible Centennial events include a public feed, street dance, fun run and a wagon train.
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How to patent and market an invention or innovative concept while maintaining a cloak of confidentiality, and when to lift the veil and go public, were addressed during a roundtable meeting in Wolf Point, Wednesday, July 30.
The Montana Department of Commerce Business Resources Division presented a Montana Technology Innovation Partnership roundtable meeting at Great Northern Development Corp. It was one of several similar free public meetings, also held in Havre, Lewistown, Miles City and Billings. It was the first time the program has been presented in Wolf Point in several years.
The meetings address inventions and intellectual property, how the state could help with patenting and marketing, and are geared to the individual needs of attendees.
Marti Elder, a Bozeman-based counselor with MTIP for over 10 years, cautioned people to be careful when talking to others about their ideas or completed but unmarketed inventions and recommended obtaining a signed legally-binding nondisclosure agreement before discussing inventions.
She cautioned that sharing information with family could be considered a public disclosure.
“If the family members blab to somebody else, then you have a problem,” Elder said.
Non-disclosure agreements are available online.
A couple from Poplar said their grandson has an invention that could be marketable to the agricultural industry. He told someone about it and that person contacted a major manufacturer, resulting in that company contacting him.
They asked Elder if it is too late for their grandson to seek a confidentiality or nondisclosure agreement with that company.
Elder responded that it might be possible to get a manufacturer to sign retroactive agreement.
Elder said if the idea has already been made public, the inventor could get a design patent, which protects the physical appearance of the invention, but the inventor might not be able to get a utility patent, which protects the way the invention is used and how it works.
Elder cautioned that if an inventor gifts or sells even one sample of the invention to anyone, it could jeopardize confidentiality.
“If you reveal your invention in a public fashion, you have one year [to patent the invention],” Elder said.
Securing a utility patent could take two-to-five years, but that is not the case for provisional patents, also known as a beginners patents, which give an invention a patent pending status and are only valid for one year.
Provisional patents are less expensive to obtain than utility patents.
Elder estimated the cost for a provisional patent between $3,000 and $5,000, which would include fees for attorneys and filing.
A non-provisional, or utility patent, costs about $6,000 with all fees and legal costs.
A professional patent search can cost $800 to $1,200 if an attorney is used or a person could do it themselves.
“Just because there is something similar, don’t be discouraged,” Elder said.
MTIP is located on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman.
It’s objectives include offering technical assistance for proposals, assistance to businesses in securing seed capital for research and development, promotion of educational opportunities that target Montana’s technology-based businesses and service providers, identifying and guiding businesses to appropriate local and national resources and to compliment rather than duplicate services of other service providers.
For additional information, contact MTIP program manager Audrey Wooding at 406-994-3885 or visit http://mtip.mt.gov/events.mcpx.
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