Written by Al Stover
Fort Peck Adult Detention Center officials are asking the public to be on the lookout for two inmates who escaped on the morning of Friday, Aug. 9.
The first inmate is Eric Fowler, a 6-foot-3, 33-year-old Native American male weighing 235 pounds, with light brown hair and brown eyes. He also has tattoos on both arms, his back and his neck.
Fowler was being held on charges of driving under the influence, driving vehicle in an unsafe condition, no drivers license, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of dangerous drugs, no seat belt, possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell, mandatory financial responsibility and protection of members of the tribal executive board, tribal judges and federal officers and employees.
The second inmate, Leslie Shields, is a 5-foot-9 20-year-old Native American male weighing 215 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, who was charged with negligent endangerment.
Anyone who has information concerning the whereabouts of the escapees is advised to notify their local law enforcement agency.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:43
Written by The Herald-News
For several decades the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe has not been recognized by the United States government, but that may change.
Montana Congressman Steve Daines introduced legislation to provide the tribe with federal recognition and provide them with legal ownership of 200 acres of land that has been historically recognized as theirs.
Daines has not been the only one who has been trying to get the tribe federal recognition as Sen. Jon Tester introduced a Senate proposal in 2007.
While the State of Montana began recognizing them in 2000, the tribe has sought federal recognition since 1930s. There are more than 5,100 tribal members enrolled in the Little Shell Tribe, according to the tribe’s Facebook page.
Little Shell tribal chairman Gerald Gray said the bill is being pushed forward to help the tribe get federal recognition.
“It shows more effort, not only on the Senate side with Tester, but also on the House side,” Gray said.
Richard Parenteau, who has served on the Little Shell Tribe’s council, said it was outstanding that Daines was going to “bat” for the tribe.
“It’s a positive step forward and it gives hope to our people,” Parenteau said.
Parenteau also said he was pleased that several cities, counties and tribes in Montana, including the Fort Peck Tribes, have gone on record to support Little Shell Tribe’s quest for federal recognition.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:41
Written by The Herald-News
Don’t make the costly mistake of being fooled by clever callers.
Walter from East Helena called the AARP Montana state office with this request:
Q: I was recently the target of a “grandparent scam” where I got a call from someone claiming to by my grandson, Jonathan. He said he was on a church trip in Mexico and he was accused of something he didn’t do, and needed money wired quickly to be bailed out of jail.
The scary thing is, I actually do have a grandson named Jonathan and he was recently on a church trip in Mexico, and this con artist seemed to sound a lot like my grandson.
But because I was aware of this scam, I didn’t fall victim to it. My sister in Iowa, on the other hand, wasn’t so fortunate. She had never heard of this scam and she ended up losing $1,400 to a con artist claiming to be her grandson who had similarly gotten into trouble.
Maybe AARP could issue a reminder for folks to steer clear of this scam.
A: Thank you, Walter for your reminder. Unfortunately, this “grandparent scam” is alive and well out there and folks need to be aware of it because the best defense against fraud and scams is knowledge.
The grandparent scam is a variation of the “family emergency scam” where someone poses as a close friend or family member who has gotten into trouble and they urge you to wire money immediately. They may contact you via the telephone or send you an e-mail or text message. They’ll say they need cash to help with an emergency — like getting out of jail, paying a hospital bill, or needing to leave a foreign country. Their goal is to trick you into sending money before you realize it’s a scam.
We’ve also seen military families victimized: after perusing a soldier’s social networking site, a con artist will contact the soldier’s grandparents, sometimes claiming that a problem came up during military leave that requires money to address.
Here are some of the telltale signs of a family emergency scam:
Scammers Use Tricks — They impersonate your loved one convincingly. It’s surprisingly easy for a scam artist to impersonate someone. Social networking sites make it easier than ever to sleuth out personal and family information. Scammers also could hack into the e-mail account of someone you know. To make their story seem legitimate, they may involve another crook who claims to be an authority figure, like a lawyer or police officer.
They play on your emotions. Especially when grandparents are targeted, scammers are banking on their love and concern to outweigh their skepticism.
They swear you to secrecy. Con artists may insist that you keep their request for money confidential — to keep you from checking out their story and identifying them as imposters. Victims of this scam often don’t realize they’ve been tricked until days later, when they speak to their actual family member or friend who knows nothing about the “emergency.” By then, the money they sent can't be recovered.
They insist that you wire money right away. Scammers pressure people into wiring money because it’s like sending cash — once it’s gone, you can’t trace it or get it back. Imposters encourage using money transfer services so they can get your money before you realize you’ve been scammed.
If someone calls or sends a message claiming to be a family member or a friend desperate for money, follow these tips from the Federal Trade Commission:
•Resist the urge to act immediately, no matter how dramatic the story is.
•Verify the person’s identity by asking questions that a stranger couldn’t possibly answer.
•Call a phone number for your family member or friend that you know to be genuine.
•Check the story out with someone else in your family or circle of friends, even if you’ve been told to keep it a secret.
•Don’t wire money — or send a check or money order by overnight delivery or courier.
•Report possible fraud at ftc.gov/complaint or by calling 877-FTC-HELP. You may also contact the Office of Consumer Protection of the Montana Attorney General’s Office at 800-481-6896 or online at http://doj.mt.gov/consumer.
Scammers play on our emotions and generosity. They succeed by being clever, calculating, and often cruel. But they also succeed because their victims have not been forewarned. The old saying “the best defense is a good offense” is really true when it comes to scams and fraud.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:27
Written by The Herald-News
Sam Waters, president and CEO of First Community Bank in Glasgow, was elected vice chairman of the Montana Bankers Association at the 110th annual membership meeting.
Waters will serve one year as a policy maker for the banking community. Waters was also re-elected to represent the northeastern region as an MBA director.
Waters was born and raised in Froid on the family farm.
He graduated Montana State University with bachelor’s degree in accounting and ag business. Waters also attended and graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School.
His career started with Farm Credit in 1977, where he worked for 14 years. Waters joined First Community Bank in 1991, as vice president/ag loan officer, and was appointed president in 1999.
Waters is married to Judy and enjoys hunting, fishing and golfing.
The Montana Bankers Association brings together all categories of banking institutions to best represent the interests of the rapidly changing industry. Its membership — which includes community, regional and money center banks and holding companies, as well as trust companies and savings banks — makes MBA the largest banking trade association in Montana.
MBA can be found on the internet at www.montanabankers.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:25
Written by The Herald-News
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking comment on a proposed rule to carry out a new law that allows salvaging of antelope, deer, elk or moose killed in collisions with cars, trucks and other motor vehicles.
The rule offers a framework for permits for the public to legally possess road-killed animals. Under the proposed rule, a person who wants to salvage an antelope, deer, elk or moose killed on the highway must present the animal to a peace officer or at an FWP office to obtain a possession permit.
For more information and to comment online, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov. Click "Salvage Permit Rule Proposal Notice."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:37