Written by John Plestina
The deceased driver of a semi that went off the road and crashed into a chain link fence at the water treatment plant about six miles east of Wolf Point on Tuesday, July 29, had a heart attack prior to the crash, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.
MHP identified the driver as Edwin Rennick, 63, of Glasgow.
Rennick was driving an empty gravel truck eastbound on U.S. Hwy. 2, en route to a jobsite in Poplar, when he left the roadway about 8:45 a.m., struck a post and finally the heavy duty chain link fence about 800 feet off the road, MHP Sgt. Jeff Kent told The Herald-News.
He said an autopsy was done and the medical examiner determined that a medical condition caused the crash. Kent confirmed that Rennick suffered a heart attack.
“It was kind of an unique crash. I did not believe the injuries suffered in the crash were life threatening,” he said.
MHP was notified of the crash about 10 a.m., after a Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice officer stopped to check on the truck and found Rennick deceased in the cab of the tractor.
LSC Inc. of Fort Peck owns the truck.
Kent said there was damage to the fence. Damage to the tractor was minimal.
He said speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.
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The Montana Highway Patrol reported that a Kentucky woman was killed and a St. Marie woman injured in a single-vehicle rollover on Montana Hwy. 24 in McCone County, east of Fort Peck Lake, Saturday, Aug. 2.
According to the MHP, Samantha J. Conn, 27, of Morehead, Ky., was a passenger in a minivan and was ejected when the vehicle rolled about 8:30 a.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 29-year-old driver from St. Marie was transported by ambulance to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. She is reported to be Conn’s sister. Her name and medical condition were not released.
MHP reported that the driver was distracted by deer on the side of the road and the vehicle drifted off the shoulder, over-corrected, drove into a ditch and rolled.
Alcohol was not a factor in the wreck.
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Jonathan Lee Oliver, a 41-year-old Missoula resident, was sentenced to 100 months in prison for diverting money he received from customers in eastern Montana, North Dakota and other places, and using the money to buy himself a house, several vehicles, two jet skis, a luxury motor home, a diamond engagement ring and various other items.
On Feb. 25, Oliver pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and structuring.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot, the government told the court that in the Fall of 2010, Oliver rented an office and warehouse space and began conducting business under the fake name of Jon Walker. He solicited payments from several victims for the construction of steel buildings, primarily in eastern Montana and North Dakota, including in the area known as the Bakken.
He entered into contracts with the victims, received millions of dollars in advance payments, and completed only one steel building. Rather than build the structures, Oliver used a substantial amount of the victims’ money to buy personal assets, including a down payment on a house, several vehicles, two jet skis, a luxury motor home, a diamond engagement ring and various other items.
On multiple occasions, Oliver directed his employees to tell victims that a certain phase of the construction of their building was completed in order to induce the victims to send additional installment payments, when, in fact, the phase had not been completed and Oliver’s business lacked the materials necessary to complete the project because so many of the funds had been diverted by Oliver for personal expenditures.
The counts that Oliver pleaded to involve money he took from a victim totaling over $130,000 and Oliver’s purchase of a brand-new Subaru Tribeca Limited for $33,950. Oliver also pleaded guilty to withdrawing $9,950 in cash from the bank to avoid the bank’s currency transaction reporting requirements.
“The Bakken is a ripe environment for fraudulent activity and Jonathan Lee Oliver saw that. Project Safe Bakken has and will continue to prosecute fraudsters like Oliver, whose greed directly harms citizens seeking to invest and grow their money in legitimate business ventures,” said Michael Cotter, U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana.
At sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy entered a money judgment against Oliver in the amount of $6,468,186.33. The money judgment represents the forfeiture of substitute assets and corresponds to Oliver’s ill-gotten gains. The judge also sentenced Oliver to three years supervised release following his prison sentence.
The prosecution was part of Project Safe Bakken, a cooperative effort between federal and state prosecutors and federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies in Montana and North Dakota. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service conducted the investigation.
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Ben Hunn, a 47-year-old licensed retail pharmacist in Sidney, pleaded guilty to distribution of Vicodin resulting in death. Hunn faces 15 years in prison, two years supervised release and $500,000 in fines.
Sentencing has been set for Nov. 5 in Billings, before U.S. District Judge Susan Watters. Hunn is being detained pending sentencing.
In an offer of proof filed with the court the government told the court that on Oct. 19, 2013, Ben Willard Hunn, a Sidney pharmacist, distributed Vicodin (hydrocodone), Soma, Ambien and Xanax to a Sidney, Montana resident. Later that night, the victim died of a drug overdose. When Drug Enforcement Agency agents interviewed Hunn, he admitted that he diverted hundreds of prescription pills to the victim and the victim’s parents over the course of a year, from October 2012 through October 2013.
Hunn admitted that he did not know which prescriptions were legitimate and which were not; he simply printed duplicate labels from another prescription, placed them on the prescription bottles, and dispensed the controlled substances. On the date the victim died, Hunn admitted that he “stocked up the whole family.” The investigation showed that on that date, Hunn distributed Vicodin (hydrocodone), Soma, Ambien, and Xanax to the deceased victim. The autopsy report listed the probable cause of death as a mixed drug overdose (carisoprodol and meprobamate). The medical examiner and toxicologists in the case also concluded that the amount of Vicodin (hydrocodone) in the victim’s system was toxic/fatal by itself.
“This conviction addresses one of Montana’s most harmful yet quiet problems — the misuse of otherwise legitimate medications,” said Michael Cotter, U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana. “The Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are committed to fighting this silent scourge in our communities so that those rightfully prescribed medication are not robbed of treatment and the community is protected from those who unlawfully abuse and manipulate access to medication.”
“The indictment and subsequent plea agreement of Pharmacist Ben Hunn demonstrates DEA’s continued commitment to identifying those individuals who illegally divert otherwise legitimate medications and misuse their position of trust for personal gain to the detriment of all our communities,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge David Schiller.
The prosecution was part of Project Safe Bakken, a cooperative effort between federal and state prosecutors and federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies in Montana and North Dakota. The investigation was conducted by the DEA Tactical Diversion Squad, which is comprised of law enforcement from DEA, Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, Billings Police Department; also the Sidney Police Department and the Montana Crime Lab.
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