Wolf Point Herald

Council Told Downtown Sewer Pipes In Need Of Replacement Soon

Public works director Rick Isle told the Wolf Point City Council, Monday, Sept. 15, that aging clay sewer pipes along Main and Anaconda streets are broken in some places and must be replaced soon.
Mayor Chris Dschaak said it has been more than 20 years since those streets in the downtown area have been reconstructed.
In other business, the council approved stop and yield signs along East Indian Street, Crescent Drive, Prospect Avenue and Highland Avenue, including three-way stop signs in the intersection of Prospect and East Indian.
In another matter, the council empowered a committee of three of its members to award bids for the cleanup of the burned out former site of Gysler Furniture and Appliance. Bids will be opened Thursday, Oct. 2, at Great Northern Development Corporation, which is working with the council to obtain funding to clean up the site and redevelop the site on the corner of Anaconda Street and Second Avenue South.
The council also discussed the proposed bed tax. A committee will meet with representatives of the Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture to discuss a future bed tax ordinance for council consideration at a later date.
In other business, the council approved a resolution showing intent to adopt a new future land use map at a later date. State mandates call for updating the map every five years.
The council approved the Wolf Point High School Homecoming Parade for Friday, Oct. 10, and gave tentative approval for the Native American Day Parade. No application has been submitted for that annual parade.
In another matter, Eric Johannasen told the council that eight vendors were at the recent and first Wolf Point Swap Meet in Sherman Park and that all have said they want to do it again.
Dschaak announced that Kahlil Wehbe is now a member of the Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department. The department’s membership has declined this year.
Isle told the council that one of the small cells at the sewage lagoon needs to be relined.
The council adopted a new social media policy for municipal employees.

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Cops Pull Bibb Off Train For Warrant To Revoke Bail

A Minot, N.D., woman who has been free on bond awaiting trial on drug charges, was removed from the Amtrak Empire Builder train by police at the Wolf Point Amtrak Depot Wednesday, Sept. 10, and jailed on a warrant for alleged bail condition violations.
Lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail, Malinda Bibb, 31, is scheduled to appear before 15th Judicial District Court Judge David Cybulski, Wednesday, Sept. 24, to answer a petition to revoke bail.
Wolf Point Police Department officers responded to the Amtrak Depot following a tip that Bibb was traveling via Amtrak and removed her from the train after Cybulski signed a bench warrant.
Bibb is charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
She pleaded not guilty and was scheduled for trial, Thursday, Aug. 14, but Cybulski declared a mistrial because not enough potential jurors showed up for jury selection.
A new trial date for Bibb was scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 16.

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Williston Man Gets Deferred Imposition Of Sentence For Bainville Burglary, Truck Theft

A Williston, N.D., man was given a three-year deferred imposition of sentence and a $500 fine on a felony charge of burglary in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Clinton Jay Carnes, 30, could have received a maximum sentence of 20 years in the Montana State Prison and a maximum fine of $50,000.
According to the charging documents, Carnes entered a residence in a rural area near
Bainville and stole a pickup from the property. The incident occurred during the late night hours of July 19 and early hours of July 20, 2013.
The charging documents also accuse Carnes of calling 911 and saying that a pickup was parked at an oil well site south of Bainville.
A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office sergeant located the truck. A .22 caliber pistol was recovered from the truck that the owner of the pickup said was not his.
Carnes later admitted
owning the pistol and claimed it had been stolen from him.
Probation and parole officer Darrin Moser, who works in Sidney, completed the pre-sentence investigation and report, and recommended a three-year deferred sentence, less time than the five-year deferred sentence a plea agreement recommended. Moser said Carnes had been cooperative with him.
Assistant county attorney Jordan Knudsen expressed concern that Carnes had been carrying a firearm at the time of the offense. He also requested that there be no contact with the victim.
“The victim and his wife still feel traumatized,” Moser said and added that the victims, who are in their 80s, still wake up at night fearing that their home is being broken into.
“When I look at things, what disturbs me is what you did and you had the pistol with you,” Judge David Cybulski said. “I have to look at the circumstances and the circumstances add up to pure stupidity.”
He then said he would accept Moser’s recommendation for a lighter sentence than the plea agreement called for.
Carnes has been free on bail for more than a year.

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School Board Hears Parental Concerns

About a dozen people addressed the Wolf Point School District board of trustees about Native American student issues, Tuesday, Sept. 9, during a public comment period that lasted about 90 minutes.
“They had concerns and they want to make things better,” superintendent Joe Paine said. “It was positive.”
The people, mostly parents, addressed several topics including student attendance, academic success, improving the graduation rate, athletics and policy changes that address cuts from athletic teams.
Paine said the people who addressed the board wanted to work together with the school district to foster more successes in school.
In other business, the board accepted recommendations from the district’s facilities committee that included purchasing a new security camera system for Northside Elementary School and Wolf Point High School, a new district-wide telephone system and a new hot water heater for the high school.
“We’re going to do some work on the concrete at Southside School,” Paine said. He also said some shingles will be replaced.
During a meeting of the facilities committee, Monday, Sept. 8, needs were considered that could total $1.7 to $2 million.
Safety issues take a priority.
The large potholes in the high school parking lot have been filled and Paine said he is hoping for grant funding to repave the entire parking lot. He said the district would not know for a few months if the district will receive the grant.
In another matter, the board approved the purchase of a Swaby Pump and Motor from S & S Machine for $6,915. The pump will remove water and waste water from the high school locker rooms in the basement.
The board also approved hiring Chris Bengochea as a temporary high school and junior high accompanist, Derek Nielson as an assistant high school football coach, Marianne Zilkoski Rees as seventh-grade girls’ basketball coach and Adam Denny as high school and junior high assistant custodian.
In other business, the board approved the final expenditures for the Montana Striving Readers Project and ESEA Title grants.
The board also approved an agreement with the Scobey School District for two students to attend Scobey schools with no tuition. The students live within the Wolf Point School District, but live closer to Scobey.
A closed executive session was held to consider three disciplinary student issues. One student was readmitted to school under a zero-tolerance behavior contract and an attendance contract. The other two were postponed because the children and/ or their parents were not present at the meeting.

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Former Assistant Manager, Another Man 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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