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The Wolf Point Police Department has seen an increase in the number of calls for service this summer in contrast to 2014.
Police chief Jeff Harada told the Wolf Point City Council Monday, Aug. 16, that city police responded to 533 complaints during July, which was 20 calls more than during July 2014. The increase was 4 percent.
There was a 27 percent spike in calls in June for a total of 525 calls.
Harada told the council that there were fewer incidents during the Wild Horse Stampede the second weekend of July than during previous Stampedes.
Officers issued 127 citations in July, an increase of 72 percent over July 2014. Police issued 109 citations in June.
Of the 127 citations issued in July, 104 were into Fort Peck Tribal Court and 23 were under state jurisdiction.
Harada reported that officers logged 4,563 miles driven in July. The animal control officer drove 632 miles. In June, officers drove 5,286 miles and animal control reported 697 miles.
Animal control impounded 17 dogs in July, released 14 back to owners, licensed five and euthanised three. For June, 18 dogs were impounded, 13 released to owners, 11 licensed and five put down.
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Three residents of Roosevelt County were recently arraigned and pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate John Johnston in U.S. District Court in Great Falls.
Dave Victor Fast Horse III, 27, of Wolf Point appeared on a charge of burglary Wednesday, Aug. 19.
If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, he faces up to 20 years in prison, $50,000 in fines and three years supervised release.
The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice investigated the case.
Shanley Leonard Bighorn, 30, of Brockton appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm not registered in the national firearm registration and transfer record Wednesday, July 29.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, $10 million in fines and five years supervised release.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated the case.
Paul Darrell Red Eagle Sr., 27, of Poplar appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine Wednesday, July 29.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, he faces a maximum of life in prison, $10 million in fines and five years supervised release.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated the case.
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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 Monday, Aug. 24, 12 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center was holding four females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday. Aug. 17 and Monday, Aug. 24:
• Alice Aguilar, 59, DUI, operating without liability insurance, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked. Transported to Valley County Detention center;
• Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal mischief. Bonded out;
• Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
• 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;
• Tyrule Davis, 43, Los Angeles, Calif., assault on peace officer or judicial official;
• Mark Dube, 42, Holyoke, Mass., driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked, fail to carry proof or exhibit insurance, speeding on non-interstate exceed day limit;
• Travis Dyer, 35, improper turn, operating without liability insurance; and out of county warrant;
• Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
• Christopher L. Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out of county warrant;
• Daniel Imlay, 40, Plentywood, operating without liability insurance, turning when unsafe to do so, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked and operating without liability insurance. Released;
• Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
• Jay T. Kaylor, 46, Tacoma, Wash., violation of a protective order;
• Nicodemus A. 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;
• Randall Lehner, 56, Wolf Point, bench warrant.
• Brett Sandy, 25, Orange, Calif., felony theft;
• 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;
• Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, theft and burglary.
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(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department between Aug. 17 and 24. It includes arrests between Aug. 10 and 16 as we did not run a blotter for that week. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
12:40 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Helena Street and cited Brian Eagle, 20, of Wolf Point for criminal mischief.
8:32 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Third Avenue South and arrested Robert Lowdog, 38, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
2:49 p.m., officers responded to the Sherman Inn and arrested Frank Baker Sr., 34, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
1:15 a.m., officers responded to Arlo’s Bar and arrested Royal Lindsay-Buckles, 24, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
1:05 a.m., officers responded to Arlo’s Bar and cited Crystal Warclub, 30, of Wolf Point for theft.
8:20 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Third Avenue South and arrested Donald Fowler, 53, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
9:22 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Hill Street and arrested David Korkowski, 46, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
10 a.m., officers responded to the Faith Home for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
7:41 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Dawson Street for a report of trespassing to the property. The incident remains under investigation.
9:16 p.m., officers responded to Third Avenue South and Custer Street for a report of a motor vehicle accident and arrested Darrin Badhawk Jr., 26, of Wolf Point for DUI, driving without a license, driving without insurance and reckless driving.
10:46 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Granville Street for a report of an intoxicated juvenile and cited a 14-year-old girl for minor in possession of alcohol.
6:59 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Eureka Street for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
10:21 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 800 block of Fourth Avenue North for a request to remove a person from the residence and arrested Joshua Redstone, 24, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
1:16 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 400 block of Eureka Street for a report of vandalism to the residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
2:04 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
7:43 a.m., officers responded to the Homestead Inn for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
12:39 p.m., police took a report of a Fort Peck Tribes Jail inmate on release for community service leaving supervision without permission. This departure is considered an escape.
2:21 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Hwy. 2, near Nellie's Park and arrested Jay Martell, 27, of Wolf Point for possession of drug paraphernalia.
1:40 p.m., police took a report of a theft from a vehicle on the alley between the 200 block of Anaconda and Benton streets with a loss valued over $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
8:20 p.m., officers responded to Shopko for a report of an attempted use of stolen checks. The incident remains under investigation.
2:55 a.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
1:11 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Dawson Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
2:12 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Fallon Street for a report of vandalism to a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
3:15 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Helena Street for a report of an intoxicated man and arrested Michael Magnan, 51, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
6:40 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop Fourth Avenue North at U.S. Hwy. 2 and cited Ivan Esteban, 29, of Wolf Point for driving without a driver’s license and operation without liability insurance.
8:08 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of shoplifting and cited Don Sharp Jr., 25, of Wolf Point for theft.
4:38 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Dawson Street for a report of vandalism to the residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
5:08 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Blaine Street for a report of a hit and run accident with injuries to an 11-year-old girl. Kayla Beauchman, 21, of Wolf Point was arrested shortly on Eighth Avenue North for DUI.
10:27 p.m., officers responded to The Water Hole for a report of a disturbance and arrested Julie Poitra, 41, and William Wright, 45, of Wolf Point for simple assault.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between Aug. 17 and 24: checks of wellbeing, none; civil standby, three; domestic disturbance, two; public assistance, 26; motor vehicle accidents, none; removal of unwanted individuals, 12; animal complaints, one; medical assistance, three; fire assistance, none; alarm, five; assist other agency, four; unfounded reports, 13; fireworks complaints, none; driving complaints, four; school requested assistance, none.
Written by John Plestina
The first photo is ongoing work on infrastructure at the Fort Peck Tribes Sustainable Village project in Poplar. Earthwork is taking place in preparation to build circular streets in the old village fashion. The second photo is the Tribes environmental director Deb Madison pointing to a built-in wood stove in one of the new factory-built prefabricated houses. (Photos by John Plestina)
A lottery system will determine 20 lucky families from a much larger pool of applicants for the Fort Peck Tribes new family housing development in Poplar slated for occupancy later this year.
The first phase of the Fort Peck Sustainable Village project on a 5.2-acre site at the scuttled airport north of U.S. Hwy. 2 in Poplar is partially in place and is scheduled for full occupancy before December.
The first eight of 20 factory-built prefabricated houses have been moved by truck and trailer from Method Homes in Ferndale, Wash., to Poplar. At the end of last week, five had been placed on insulated form foundations.
The Fort Peck Tribes’ environmental director Deb Madison said Friday, Aug. 14, that the three other houses that were delivered are scheduled to be placed on foundations this week and two more houses are en route.
Much of the needed infrastructure was installed at the site this year and streets are under construction.
Planning for the project began in June 2013 when the Tribes partnered with the non-profit
Make It Right Foundation, a New Orleans, La.-headquartered charitable organization.
Make It Right representatives met with tribal leaders, architects and designers.
At that time, the Fort Peck Tribes Housing Improvement Program hired Felix McGowen, formerly of Poplar and now of Post Falls, Idaho, as a consultant for the program. He coordinated public meetings in Poplar where potential tenants were asked what they would like to see in the houses and neighborhood.
McGowan said in August 2014 that tribal members attending the meetings said they want the new communities developed in the old village fashion with circular streets.
There are income guidelines.
Madison said applicants for the houses must qualify by earning between 40 and 60 percent of the median income for Roosevelt County at the last census, which was in 2010.
They will be recertified each year to ensure that they meet all requirements to remain in the house they are living in.
The occupants of the houses will be renters, but home ownership will be available and structured through a low-income housing tax credit rent-to-own program with ownership transferring to tenants after 15 years of renting.
Some houses are as large as four bedrooms and two baths. Occupancy depends on family size.
The houses have angular shapes and are built with the “cradle to cradle” method, which means building with safe and reusable construction materials. Make It Right says on its website that the houses use 70 percent less energy than conventional homes of the same size.
The houses are built from recycled materials and meet the LEED Platinum standard. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, known by the acronym LEED, is a set of construction and design rating systems for “green” buildings and neighborhoods.
“We are anticipating extremely low MDU bills for electricity,” Madison said. “The R-value in these walls will be rated R-57.”
R-value is a measure of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. The higher the R-value, the greater the resistance of the insulation, meaning the houses are very energy efficient.
All of the houses have electric heat, central air conditioning, track lighting in living rooms and high-end appliances that include stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers.
General Electric is donating a 30 percent discount on appliances for the 20 houses.
All of the houses are equipped with wood burning stoves to further decrease the use of electricity. Some are built into livingroom walls, some are free-standing and some houses come with fireplaces.
Method Homes completed the first house for the Poplar project earlier this year and shipped it to the Dwell magazine-sponsored Dwell on Design conference in Los Angeles, Calif., in May. That house is now on a foundation at the development site in Poplar.
Madison said the total cost of houses is about $235,000, including shipping from Washington, appliances, landscaping, sidewalks and driveways.
She said the tribes are investing about $2.5 million into the project for infrastructure, which includes purchase and installation of water and sewer lines, extension of all utilities and constructing new streets.
The original plan was for Method Homes to manufacture 18 of the houses and move them to Poplar and two houses to be built on-site. The plan is now for Method Homes to build and ship all 20 houses.
Jason Campbell of Arete Development Group said the Fort Peck Tribes could become a model for tribes nationwide with the first 20 houses during a meeting held in Wolf Point Sept. 25, 2014.
McGowen said one year ago that there is a three-phase plan to build up to 100 houses. He said construction in Poplar and other communities beyond the first 20 houses will not happen immediately.
Long range plans stated in 2014 included building more energy efficient tribal houses in Poplar, Wolf Point, Brockton, Fort Kipp, Oswego and Frazer during the coming years.
Timelines for construction beyond the first 20 houses in Poplar and possible locations in Wolf Point and other communities have not been disclosed. Public meetings were held in all of the communities during the fall of 2014.
Actor Brad Pitt co-founded the nonprofit Make It Right Foundation in 2007 with a goal of building affordable and energy-efficient homes in New Orleans, La., after Hurricane Katrina — the nation’s worst natural disaster on record — destroyed houses and entire neighborhoods in New Orleans in 2005, displacing about 770,000 people in the Gulf Coast region, many of them in New Orleans. In 2014, Make It Right reported that the organization had completed 90 of 150 houses in New Orleans.
Since 2007, Make It Right has partnered with housing programs in Newark, N.J., and Kansas City, Mo., as well as with the Fort Peck Tribes.