Wolf Point Herald

Poplar Woman Charged With Kidnapping Agrees To Plea

A Poplar woman charged with kidnapping and assault with a dangerous weapon agreed to plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Great Falls to assault with a dangerous weapon under a plea agreement filed Thursday, Sept. 4.
The kidnapping charge will be dismissed.
A federal grand jury indicted Elaine Fast Horse, 30, in April.
Fast Horse could face a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, three years supervised release, a $100 special assessment and mandatory restitution.
According to the charging documents, the charges stem from allegations that Fast Horse assaulted another person with a knife and seized and confined that person on or about Oct. 10, 2012.
The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.

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Shooting Range Closure Meeting Sept. 23

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks  will facilitate a public meeting in order to discuss the closure of the shooting range located at Bridge Park, also known as Lewis & Clark Fishing Access Site, six miles south of Wolf Point.
The closure of this “unofficial” shooting range has been prompted by its small size, its closeness to residential homes and FWP’s challenge to effectively maintain the site.  
At this meeting it is also planned to discuss the options of a new shooting range in the close proximity of Wolf Point.  
The meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Pack Community College – Wolf Point’s Campus, in the Dumont Building, Room 118. 

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Wolf Point Village Bidding Process Slowed

Great Northern Development Corporation housing specialist and marketing officer Brianna Vine told the Wolf Point City Council Monday, Sept. 15, that a bid opening for construction of the 24-unit Wolf Point Village rental complex was bumped to Sept. 30 to give contractors more time. The opening had been scheduled for Sept. 23.
The project has been delayed and it remains unknown when a groundbreaking could be held.
A first round of bidding in July produced bids in the $4- to $5-million range, far exceeding what had been anticipated.
The city received a $750,000 HOME grant as partial funding for the project through the Montana Department of Commerce earlier this year.
In related matter, the council took no action on a request by the developer to reevaluate and possibly waive $80,000 for grant administration.
Mayor Chris Dschaak said the city is already putting money into the project and should not waive the $80,000.
“The $80,000 is not going to make or break this project,” Dschaak said.
Plans are to build four one-bedroom units, 12 two-bedroom units and eight three-bedroom units on the north side of town, within walking distance of Borge Park, the swimming pool, Northside Elementary School and the Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus.
The complex will be targeted to families with incomes between 40 and 60 percent of the area median income. A family of four with a household income between $23,240 and $38,860 would qualify for these apartments. Rent will range from $354 to $767 monthly.
The apartments will include energy-efficient air conditioning, heating and appliances and single-car garages. The complex plans include a common area with barbecue, gazebo, computer learning center and library.

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Former Assistant Manager, Another Indicted For Alco Theft

A federal grand jury indicted a former Alco assistant manager and one other man, Thursday, Sept. 4, on felony theft charges stemming from an alleged theft from the Wolf Point Alco store, March 20, 2013.
Wolf Point law enforcement responded to a mid-morning 911 call nearly 18 months ago alleging that the Alco employee taking a deposit to a bank had been maced, robbed and needed medical treatment.
Indicted were Frederick Michael Campbell, 33, an assistant manager of the Alco store, and Frank Austin Damon, 30, both Wolf Point males, and both facing a single felony theft charge.
If convicted, Campbell and Damon could each face up to five years incarceration, a maximum fine of $250,000 and supervised release.

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First Checks Mailed In Nearly $950 Million Cobell Trust Administration Class Payment

The first checks for the nearly $950 million Cobell Indian Trust Settlement were mailed Monday, Sept. 15.
The U.S. Department of Interior provided information to the Garden City Group of Seattle, Wash., the court-appointed administrator, last week.
The Garden City Group Inc., announced that the first checks were mailed Monday, Sept. 15, to the trust administration class in the Cobell Indian Trust Settlement.
“Garden City is sending checks to trust administration class members where we have a current address beginning today,” Garden City chief operating officer Jennifer Keough said.
The Cobell Settlement is the largest class action settlement against the federal government. Filed in 1996 by the late Elouise Cobell and other Native American leaders, it sought an accounting of the individual Indian trust accounts and reform of the trust system, which had been mismanaged for over a century. Once the case settled, counsel for the plaintiffs, Bill Dorris and David Smith, were tasked with distributing funds to 500,000 individual Indian beneficiaries across the country. However, the records from the Department of Interior reflected decades of neglect.  
“There were insufficient or absolutely no addresses for over 315,000 class members, 22,000 individuals Interior listed as alive were deceased, over 1,200 Interior listed as deceased we found were still alive, and there were thousands of whom Interior had no record at all. But it was important that Elouise Cobell’s legacy be fulfilled and that class members receive the money to which they were entitled under the settlement. By working closely with tribes, associations, and individual Indians across the country we were able, in just over a year and a half, to fix trust records that had not been adequately addressed by the federal government for generations,” Smith said.
More information about the checks is available at www.indiantrust.com.

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