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(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire department between Oct. 6 and 12. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
8:45 a.m., officers responded to U.S. Hwy. 2 and Dayton Street for a tractor trailer that struck a traffic control sign. Officers cited Gerald Rhines, 62, of Sidney, for careless driving.
3:25 p.m., officers responded to Alco parking lot for a minor hit-and-run accident with reported damage under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
4:58 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of an attempted theft. The investigation continued at press time.
8:25 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Edgar Street for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
11:45 a.m., officers responded to the 700 block of Seventh Avenue South for a report of a domestic assault that happened previously with no reported injuries to a 36-year-old Wolf Point female. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point male.
9:28 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report by the store's management of threatening behavior toward employees with a firearm. The investigation continued at press time.
7:57 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Third Avenue South for a report of theft from a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
11:57 a.m., officers responded to Wolf Point High School for a report of an unruly student and cited a 15-year-old Wolf Point female for youth in need of supervision.
1:15 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Helena Street for a report of a theft from a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
4:49 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of a theft from a residence with a loss valued over $1,000. Charges are pending.
3:37 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of First Avenue South and Anaconda Street and arrested Danny Martin, 30, of Wolf Point, for a warrant.
8:40 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of East Dawson Street for a report of a fight in progress and arrested Kaitlyn Nation, 25, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct and Felicia Yellow Hawk, 31, of Wolf Point, on a warrant.
10:18 a.m., officers responded to Fort Peck Community College for a report of an intoxicated male and cited Gage Iron Leggins, 19, of Poplar, for public intoxication and minor in possession of alcohol.
5:18 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of First Avenue South for a report of an attempted theft by fraud. The investigation continues.
1:23 a.m., officers responded to Dad’s Bar for a report of a domestic assault with minor injuries to an 18-year-old Wolf Point female. The accused assailant fled before police arrival. Officers responded to another call about the same individuals on the 500 block of Benton Street at 3:32 a.m., this time with injuries to the woman. She was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus were she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. Officers arrested Dominique Brown, 21, of Wolf Point, for severe domestic abuse and Darnell Brown, 20, of Wolf Point, for simple assault.
1:56 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of First Avenue South for a report of trespass to a residence and arrested Joseph Billy, 21, of Wolf Point, for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
1:59 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Fallon Street for a report of a theft from a vehicle a loss valued over $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between Oct. 6 and 12: checks of wellbeing, six; civil standby, four; domestic disturbance, 11; public assistance, 10; motor vehicle accidents, two; removal of unwanted individuals, seven; animal complaints, five; medical assistance, three; fire assistance, none; alarm, seven; assist other agency, six; unfounded report, eight; driving complaints, seven; school requested assistance, two.
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Montana Lottery winner Willow Grandchamp of Wolf Point showcases her winnings with her husband Doug Grandchamp and sons Miguel Barrera (left) and Keynen Grandchamp (hiding behind check). Daughter Ashtyn Hentges is not pictured. (Submitted photo)
Willow Grandchamp of Wolf Point claimed a $297,373 Wild Card jackpot from the Wednesday, Sept. 24 drawing, with a ticket purchased in Billings.
Grandchamp works as a medical records technician for IHS and is an active Montana Lottery player. She typically plays both Lotto and Scratch games.
This was her first big lottery win, matching all five numbers plus the Wild Card on her Wild Card ticket. Her winning numbers were 5, 6, 25, 27, 32 and the King of Spades.
Grandchamp was still in disbelief about her win even after the clerk double checked her ticket and told her she had a winner.
Her husband, Doug Grandchamp, was gathering cows when she told him, and even then she still didn’t quite believe the news was true.
While standing at Lottery Headquarters in Helena with her family, she said, “It feels real now and I am finally getting excited.”
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Judge Tracy Harada administers the oath of office to new Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick (right) and undersheriff John Summers for his new term with the new administration, Thursday, Oct. 2. The county commissioners appointed Frederick to take office about one month prior to the election following the resignation of Sheriff Freedom Crawford that was effective Wednesday, Oct. 1. (Photo by John Plestina)
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Each year, The Herald-News interviews and introduces teachers new to Wolf Point’s schools. This week, we feature new staff at Northside Elementary School. Southside Elementary School did not have any new staff members this year.
Two new teachers have joined the staff at Northside Elementary School for the 2014-2015 school year. They are sixth-grade teacher Jana Elliott and fifth- grade teacher William MacDonald.
Elliott, who made a career change to education a few years ago, comes to Wolf Point after teaching in Colorado three years.
She has worked with the People to People Student Ambassador Program that arranges student group travel. She visited Europe, Australia and New Zealand with student groups before relocating to Wolf Point with her husband, Ken.
“We’re excited to be here,” Elliott said.
First-year teacher MacDonald was raised in Wolf Point and went to high school in Brockton, where he played basketball. He returned to Wolf Point this year after graduating from Salish Kootenai College, a tribal college in Pablo on the Flathead Reservation about 60 miles north of Missoula.
He offered a quote from Sitting Bull, “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has selected the Fort Peck Tribes as one of just four entities in the nation and the only one in Montana for an environmental assessment to receive bison.
FWP chose four proposals for the environmental assessment.
The tribes have requested 130 bison to augment an existing herd.
FWP is seeking public comment on the draft environmental assessment proposing the relocation of brucellosis-free bison to create or augment existing wild bison herds.
The wild bison were part of the Bison Quarantine Feasibility Study, a research project that began in 2004 directed by FWP and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The research was conducted at a facility near Corwin Springs, north of Yellowstone National Park, to determine if quarantine was a feasible method to produce wild bison free of brucellosis, a disease that can cause some pregnant bison, elk and domestic cattle to abort their first calf. Bison in the program have been repeatedly tested over the course of their quarantine and are brucellosis-free. Results of the QFS were published recently in the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association.
In March, state wildlife officials requested proposals from agencies or organizations capable of permanently caring for bison for conservation purposes. The bison have been held at the Green Ranch, west of Bozeman, during their five-year monitoring period.
A group of state and federal scientists with technical expertise in bison health, genetics and management evaluated 10 proposals and determined five would fit the overarching goal of the bison study to use verified disease-free bison for conservation purposes. After further examination, FWP chose the four proposals for the environmental assessment.
In addition to the Fort Peck Tribes request for 130 bison, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has requested 30 bison to expand existing herds at Henry Mountain and Book Cliffs. The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma requested 35 bison to establish a herd on tribal lands in northeast Oklahoma and the Wildlife Conservation Society Zoo Consortium requested 30 bison to be shared between the Bronx Zoo and Queens Zoo in New York and the Wilds Conservation Park in Ohio.
The animals would be used to further the conservation and genetic diversity of the species.
While a fifth proposal from the American Prairie Reserve demonstrated strong qualifications for managing bison for conservation purposes, officials said that request wasn’t included in this environmental assessment because a statewide bison conservation strategy environmental impact statement for bison in Montana hasn’t been completed.
American Prairie Reserve could, however, be considered for future bison relocations to its private lands south of Malta pending the results of a statewide bison environmental impact study.
For more information, or to comment online, visit FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov and click on recent public notices. The draft environmental assessment will be available for public comment through Thursday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. Comments can be mailed to: Bison QFS EA; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.