Written by John Plestina
One of the two men from Florida and Williston, N.D., that Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested in July following a high-speed chase that started in Culbertson and ended with deputies shooting the tires, withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to three felonies and one misdemeanor before District Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court Wednesday, Nov. 18.
Kevyn Alan-Addison Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., pleaded guilty to theft, criminal mischief and criminal endangerment, all felonies, and misdemeanor fleeing from or eluding a peace officer.
RCSO deputies arrested Johannesson and Julian Tyler Baughman, 32, of Tampa, Fla., in a field near Culbertson on July 7.
According to charging documents, a deputy pursued Baughman who was driving a van on U.S. Hwy. 2 in Culbertson that had been reported stolen in Williston. Baughman attempted to elude the deputy and later exited the van and got into the passenger side of a pickup truck driven by Johannesson, who took the deputy on a chase with speeds reported as high as 80 mph that ended in a field after one deputy fired three shotgun blasts and another discharged two rounds with a rifle into the tires to disable the vehicle. Over $30,000 worth of stolen tools and equipment was recovered from the van, according to court documents. Both the van and the pickup were reported stolen from Williston.
Written by John Plestina
A mother and daughter acting suspiciously during a visit with the son and brother at the Roosevelt County Jail in October were arrested and charged with drug offenses. Both entered pleas during arraignments before District Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court Wednesday, Nov. 18.
The mother, Sherry Ann Peles, and daughter, Christine Irene Falcon, both of Williston, N.D., and a juvenile male went to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 22 to visit Roosevelt County Jail inmate Christopher Hovey, 26, of Lansing, Mich., and Williston. He is reported to be the son of Peles and brother of Falcon.
According to the charging documents, an RCSO sergeant and a detention officer reported observing behaviors consistent with being under the influence. A metal marijuana pipe with decorative sequins was observed in an SUV the women had parked in the parking lot at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. There was also alleged to have been an odor of marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle.
The pipe’s bowl was filled with what appeared to be partially smoked marijuana.
Falcon gave permission for deputies to search her purse and told them there might be diabetic needles in the purse belonging to a friend with diabetes. Falcon later admitted that she injects methamphetamine and that there was a metal spoon and methamphetamine pipe in her purse, according to the charging documents.
Four used syringes, a cutoff metal spoon with white residue, a Q-Tip, a small glass pipe with white residue and black scorch marks, and a small plastic baggie with white powder and crystalline residue were found in the SUV, according to the charging documents.
Suspected drugs recovered from the vehicle were seized and tests indicated they were positive for methamphetamine and marijuana, according to the charging documents.
Falcon and Peles were arraigned separately dur-ing the same law and motion proceeding Nov. 18. Both pleaded not guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both have been held on $5,000 bond.
Hovey also had a hearing during the same law and motion proceeding on Nov. 18 and withdrew from a plea agreement. Oct. 28, he had withdrawn previously entered not guilty pleas and entered guilty pleas.
Charges against Hovey are felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the minutes of Hovey’s Nov. 16 hearing, the court and Roosevelt County Attorney’s Office do not know his current probation status in North Dakota. It was stated in court during a hearing in January that Hovey was wanted for parole violations in North Dakota.
Hovey has been held in the Roosevelt County Jail on $50,000 bond, which the court reduced to $25,000.
Hovey appeared Aug. 12 for a revocation hearing after failing to appear in court in March on a bench warrant to revoke bond for failing to comply with bail conditions. He had pleaded not guilty in January to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Written by Herald-News
Congress passed the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015 last week by a 249-177 vote with 24 Democrats joining a majority of Republicans Tuesday, Nov. 17. The bill, if it becomes law, would roll back federal agency intervention in tribal affairs and restore greater sovereignty to tribes.
Rep. Ryan Zinke, R- Mont., cosponsored and voted for the measure that would amend the National Labor Relations Act to affirm that the law does not apply to any business owned and operated by an Indian tribe and located on tribal land.
“This is about sovereignty, opportunity and respect,” Zinke said in a prepared statement. “The federal government already saddles our tribes with burdensome regulations that hamper their ability to achieve the same goals of prosperity and success that we all aspire to. Considering the fact that the NLRB notoriously overreaches in the private sector, imagine what damage they would do to Montana’s tribes. H.R.511 is supported by tribes all across the nation. This bill affirms my strong support for their sovereignty.”
The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act would: prevent the National Labor Relations Board from exerting jurisdiction over Native American businesses operating on tribal lands by restoring a legal standard that was previously in place; protect the sovereignty of Native American tribes, ensuring they are afforded the same rights and protections enjoyed by state and local governments; and return to tribes the ability to govern labor relations in their businesses in a way they determine is best for their workplaces, eliminating legal confusion and uncertainty.
In 2004, the NLRB issued the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino decision, overturning a long-standing precedent, and began using a subjective test to determine when and where to assert its jurisdiction over Indian tribes.
Prior to its San Manuel decision, the NLRB respected the sovereignty of Native American tribes, holding that they were generally free from outside intervention. The NLRB now decides on a case-by-case basis whether a tribal business on tribal land is for commercial purposes, and if it is, the board asserts its jurisdiction over that business.
Written by John Plestina
Robert Fowler was back in 15th District Court Wednesday, Nov. 18, facing new drug charges.
Fowler, 62, of Wolf Point was arraigned before District Judge David Cybulski and pleaded not guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs - second or subsequent offense.
Wolf Point Police arrested Fowler in The Waterhole Oct. 1 after two officers entered the bar and observed Fowler playing pool. They were aware that he was on probation.
The officers found methamphetamine on Fowler, according to the charging documents.
Fowler received a deferred imposition of sentence in March, allowing him to avoid going to prison on multiple drug charges. Cybulski sentenced him to two five-year terms in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections with all prison time suspended.
He had pleaded guilty Dec. 10 to two charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. Cybulski called the suspended sentences a reward for completing a 90-day substance abuse treatment program.
Written by John Plestina
A Williston, N.D., man was sentenced for a fourth DUI to an addiction treatment program with prison time suspended in 15th District Court Wednesday, Nov. 18.
District Judge David Cybulski sentenced Jason Aniwaya Fridge, 30, to a commitment to the Montana Department of Corrections WATCh addiction treatment program for a period of 13 months and a two-year commitment to the DOC suspended to run consecutively to the 13-month sentence. Fridge received 157 days credit for time served and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, surcharges and court appointed counsel fees.
Fridge was arraigned in July and pleaded not guilty to felony driving under the influence, fourth or subsequent offense and a misdemeanor stop sign violation.