Written by John Plestina
The man from Washington who faced three drug charges after Wolf Point Police removed him from an Amtrak train in June will spend more time in the Roosevelt County Jail and then face charges in Iowa.
District Judge David Cybulski revoked a five-year deferred imposition of sentence and granted credit for 81 days served in the Roosevelt County Jail to Dale Andrew Cooper, 38, of Bremerton, Wash., and recently of Wolf Point, Wednesday, Jan. 28.
Cooper will serve an additional 45 days in the Roosevelt County Jail while an interstate compact is completed allowing for transfer to Iowa, where there is another case against Cooper.
Cybulski found Cooper in violation of conditions of the deferred imposition of sentence on Jan. 14.
Cooper pleaded guilty in July to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Written by Herald-News
A federal judge sentenced a Wolf Point man to 14 years in federal prison for stomping and beating Laramie Wallace so violently that he died two days later.
Wallace, 47, died March 21, 2014 at Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus.
A second man was flown to a Billings hospital for treatment of severe injuries and a third man reportedly suffered a broken nose.
Great Falls United States District Court Judge Brian Morris sentenced Mervin Hale Jr., 42, to 168 months in prison, followed by a term of 4 years supervised release. Hale previously pleaded guilty to second degree murder.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Weiss told the court that Hale and another man had been on a drinking binge in the days prior to the beating. During the late night hours of March 18, 2014, Hale and the man went to the victim’s home where the victim lived with his girlfriend.
The investigation revealed that the victim had been sleeping in the bedroom when Hale called him out to the living room. Hale was agitated and pacing around before he started beating and stomping on the victim. The victim died two days later from significant traumatic internal injuries.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, Hale will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is released from prison. The case was investigated by the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Written by Herald-News
(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence.)
As of Monday, Feb. 2, 18 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding one female inmate and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, Jan. 26 and Monday, Feb. 2:
•Amos Bridges, 38, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest;
•Brandy M. Brown, 22, Poplar, driving under the influence and stop sign violation;
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•Dale A. Cooper, 38, Wolf Point, arrested on Roosevelt County warrant;
•Kristy Daugherty, 30, Wolf Point, awaiting transfer to the Montana Department of Corrections;
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner/family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Melissa Gould, 34, Minot, N.D., felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Amelia Hackman, 32, Scobey, issuing a bad check warrant, bonded out;
•Stuart Hamman, 26, Pensacola, Fla., contempt of court;
•Michael Dean Harrison, 52, Monticello, Utah, disorderly conduct;
•Wendy Jo Herrerra, 41, Wolf Point, driving without a valid driver’s license, released;
•Matthew Hofer, 26, Great Falls, out-of-county warrant;
•Christopher Hovey, 25, Lansing, Mich., felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Melissa Jewett, 32, Williston, ND., obstructing a peace officer, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Joshua Jones, 36, Williston, N.D., criminal possession of dangerous drugs; criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Dustin Kinzie, 21, Wolf Point, contempt of court warrant;
•Jason Knight, 37; Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernadino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, Chattoroy, Wash., 41, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Lisa Mundhenke, 42, San Diego, Calif., driving under the influence, failure to carry proof of insurance and operating with expired registration;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Caleb Pendleton, 24, Wolf Point, driving while suspended and Wolf Point City Court warrant;
•Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, awaiting transfer to the Montana Department of Corrections and Sheridan County hold;
•Brian B. Suggs, 33, Mesa, Ariz., driving under the influence, criminal endangerment, failure to carry proof of insurance, driving a motor vehicle while the privilege to do so is revoked and failure to stop immediately at property damage accident.
Written by Herald-News
(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire departments between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
4:41 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of Helena Street for a report of a disturbance in progress and arrested Marion Dale Jr., 45, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
2:14 a.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a possibly intoxicated driver and arrested Eugene Ryan, 21, of Poplar on a warrant.
2:30 p.m., officers responded to the Homestead Storage Units for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
5:12 p.m., officers responded to Sixth Avenue South and Eureka Street for a report of a disturbance in progress and cited Matthew Williams, 19, Seth Laverdure, 18, Dalton War Club, 19, and John Hawk, 19, all of Wolf Point, for minor in possession of alcohol.
8:13 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Idaho Street for a report of suspicious individuals. There were no reported losses. The investigation continued at press time.
11:49 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Fairweather Street for a report of a domestic disturbance in progress and arrested Royce Birdsbill Sr., 45, of Wolf Point for a warrant and resisting arrest.
2:50 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Dayton Street for a report of a sexual assault and arrested Joseph Lee, 26, of Wolf Point for sexual assault.
2:25 p.m., officers assisted the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice in the arrest of Jason Dupree, 36, of Poplar for criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.
2:03 a.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of shoplifting with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
2:30 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of Fourth Avenue North for a report of vandalism to a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
5:08 p.m., officers responded to Arlo’s Bar to remove an unwanted individual and arrested Deland Redboy, 28, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
11:37 p.m., officers responded to the Sherman Inn for a report of suspicious activity and arrested Crystal War Club, 29, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
5:10 p.m., officers responded to a motor vehicle accident on the 200 block of Benton Street and arrested Matthew Black Eagle, 51, of Wolf Point for driving under the influence, driving without a driver’s license and driving without insurance.
12:32 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Custer Street for a report of a burglary with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
9:35 a.m., officers responded to the Homestead Inn for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
1:34 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Eureka Street for a report of vandalism and cited a 15-year-old male for criminal trespass and criminal mischief.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between. Jan. 26 and Feb. 1: checks of wellbeing, nine; civil standby, three; domestic disturbance, three; public assistance, seven; motor vehicle accidents, two; removal of unwanted individuals, nine; medical assistance, two; alarm, 13; assist other agency, one; unfounded reports, three; driving complaints, three; and school requested assistance, two.
Written by Beth Pickthorn
John Carlbom (left to right), Trinity Campus EMS supervisor, and Nonette Brown, director of NEMHS EMS, stand behind the new Stryker battery-powered cots with one of the new Toughbook laptops. Both campuses received one of each for their Emergency Medical Services staff. (Submitted Photo)
Executive Director, NEMHS Charitable Foundation
Established in 2006 to raise awareness and funds for healthcare projects at both Northeast Montana Health Services’ campuses, the NEMHS Charitable Foundation has enjoyed strong community support and growth since its inception.
Charitable giving, event fundraising and memorial donations play a vital role within the foundation and rural healthcare. Patients and their families have been impacted in a variety of ways from assistance the community has given to the foundation.
In 2014, the foundation was pleased to accept multiple projects to support the additional needs of the hospitals. It was because of an overwhelming response to each of their fundraising events, memorial donations and business contributions that the foundation was able to purchase more items this year than prior years.
In early March, the foundation presented their final $20,000 toward their $65,000 commitment to the 4D Ultrasound and Echocardiograph machine. The total pledged amount was funded in only two and one-half years. The foundation then decided to take on another contribution for 2014.
Emergency Medical Services are an important part of rural healthcare. The 25 personnel who operate the Northeast Montana Health Service emergency services range from EMRs to EMTs. NEMHS emergency services operates four ambulances — two in Poplar and two in Wolf Point — and will run more than 52,000 miles a year with an average of five calls a day or approximately 1,800 calls per year. With healthcare costs ever changing and budgets being cut each year, the foundation wanted to make a positive impact on the first point of service many patients find themselves needing.
With the focus on the hospital EMS department, the foundation elected to obtain new and improved equipment. One item needed for the EMS department was laptop computers in each ambulance that would be connected to vital monitors that transmit essential health information in real-time to the emergency room providers via Wi-Fi capabilities. In doing so, the hospital person-
nel could observe and identify the patient’s cardiac and other system functions before they arrive through the ER door. The process will save critical time and ensure better outcomes for patients in life-threatening situations. The two laptops that were purchased are the Panasonic Toughbooks and are made to be rugged and mobile.
Two battery-powered patient cots were also needed to aid emergency personnel as they transport patients securely. Battery packs allow the cot to be raised and lowered with a touch of a button. Patient care and safety can be better accomplished with a cot that can be powered to make each transition smooth in any weather situation or terrain.
The cost of the two Panasonic Toughbook laptops and the two Stryker battery-powered cots came to $33,517. All items were paid in full in October, bringing the total pledged contributions to the hospitals from the foundation for the year to $53,517.
As the new year begins, the NEMHS Charitable Foundation is welcoming new board officers to the leadership of the organization. At their annual December meeting, a new board chairman and vice-chairman were selected, along with the addition of a new member to the board of directors.
Rodney Paulson of Wolf Point has been appointed as the new chairman of the NEMHS Charitable Foundation. He secedes Mary Nesbit, who served faithfully for close to four years as the chairman and has been a director since 2007. Paulson has been a director on the foundation board since 2011 and has been instrumental in volunteering and assisting with foundation events and business issues.
“I am very excited having been raised in the area, we have all needed healthcare services at some point,” said Paulson. “Since I have been on the board, it has been a great experience and being able to help our local health care facilities is a great honor. The NEMHS Foundation plays a vital role in offsetting costs for new equipment that benefit not only our hospitals but all of us as well. We have a great board of directors and I am excited to continue working with them and for our hospitals that we support.”
Selected as vice-chairman is Brad Moran of Wolf Point. For the past two years, Moran has been a director and has become very involved in the mission and purpose of the foundation.
“Being born and raised in the area, it’s an honor for me to be able to work with the foundation to assist in meeting the healthcare needs of our local communities,” said Moran.
Moran will be taking over the position from Rosie Kurokawa who devoted three years as vice-chair on the board along with being a dedicated director on the foundation since 2006. Kurokawa and Nesbit will remain on as directors.
Accepting the new position as a director is April Vine of Wolf Point. She will be joining a team of 11 existing board members: Arin Grainger, Kerry Hanks, Nathan Lee, Suzanne Boyd, Shannon Knowlton and Lee Loendorf as treasurer, along with Peg Norgaard as ex-officio and Beth Pickthorn, executive director. Each officer and director serves a three-year term and all positions are on volunteer basis.
The foundation provides the opportunity for the community to make a difference in many ways. Besides attending one of the foundation’s annual events, memorial donations in memory or in honor of a loved one are other methods of donating to the foundation. A family can request to restrict their donation or memorial and use it for a designated purpose or piece of equipment chosen by the donor-family. There is usually a plaque and recognition that comes with a restricted memorial. Unrestricted memorial gifts go into unrestricted designations of the general fund and are used within the foundations’ yearly pledged contribution. The fund encompasses all monies received from non-restricted event fund raising and unrestricted donations. The general fund addresses emerging medical needs, supports existing programs and promotes new innovative services and equipment.
The foundation’s mission statement is “Bridging Healthcare and Community” with their vision being “To cultivate friendships within our community that inspire philanthropic giving to support programs and services that improve the quality of healthcare at NEMHS.”
For more information about the NEMHS Charitable Foundation or how you can donate a family memorial or endowment, log on to www.nemhscharitablefoundation.org. The foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.