Written by Deanna Buckles
First photo: Area students attending the 2015 REACH camp were (bottom center): Brooke Boyd, Poplar High School; Andri Rhodes, Bainville High School; Drew Reum, Poplar High School; (top row, from left to right) Courtney Hagadone, Culbertson High School counselor; Samantha Youngman, Poplar High School; Roxanne Smith, Brockton JMG; Andy Schiedermayer, Poplar High School counselor; Charlee Lemay, Culbertson High School; Quentin Failing, Poplar High School; Skyler Tibbs, Culbertson High School; Kensey Keil, Brockton High School; Ellyn Plain Bull, Brockton High School; Ian LaBounty, Brockton High School; Austin Strickland, Bainville High School; Sarah DeWitt, AHEC representative; and Thane Longtree, Poplar High School.
Second photo: Pictured are (from left to right): Elizabeth Zimmer, Wolf Point High School; Kateri Rush, WPHS; Geneva Rauch, Lustre Christian High School; Nevin Vandershoot, LCHS; and Serena Weide, LCHS. (Photos by Deanna Buckles)
Eight area high schools were invited to attend the 2015 REACH camp held at Northeast Montana Health Services this past month.
Students went behind-the-scenes to experience a day in the life of a nurse, lab technician, first responder, mental health therapist and a radiologist. Students received their own scrub tops and rotated between the Poplar Community Hospital and Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point.
NEMHS, in conjunction with the Area Health Education Center, co-host the career camp every year, which is sponsored through a grant provided by the Montana Health Association and North Eastern Montana AHEC.
“We all have a common goal and that is to recruit a workforce committed to rural communities, such as ours, that are usually underserved,” said Robin Warren, director of staff education for NEMHS.
One new aspect added to the REACH camp this year, by request, was a mental health section. More people in rural areas are living in poverty than urban areas and poverty is a risk factor to all sorts of health problems including depression.
“People often get stuck in the feelings of sadness and loneliness and feel like they can’t get out of it,” said Amy Tipton, mental health therapist for NEMHS.
Tipton was part of a three-year grant focused on suicide awareness and support to the area. Prior to joining NEMHS she worked as a mental health therapist and case manager for Billings Clinic and the Yellowstone County Detention Facility. She is now private and working full-time at Riverside Clinic.
Derived from the topic of depression was a student dialogue on how the younger generation is more compelled to interact socially via the internet and gaming.
“Technology is changing and it allows you to socialize in a controlled environment such as your home,” said Andri Rhodes, a junior at Bainville High School. “If something goes haywire during the conversation you can just turn it off and be done.”
In another module, students were introduced to “Pat,” a manikin brought in by the Area Health Education Center. “Pat” simulated various basic human functions, including breathing and speaking. Students used a stethoscope to listen to a patient with normal lung sounds versus a patient that has pneumonia. They also performed vitals and checked themselves for strep. They assisted with an ultrasound, learned what it takes to become a first responder and participated in lab tests.
“They loved the camp,” said Courtney Hagadone, school counselor for Culbertson. “Our students that attended this year are going to present to their classes to encourage other students to attend next year’s camp.”
Not only does the career fair expose students to the variety of jobs in the health care field, but it also shows them that you don’t need to be a doctor or a nurse to work in a health care setting. NEMHS employs over 300 people from medical coders to billing clerks to midwives to administrators. It takes a number of people doing a lot of different things to keep NEMHS’s seven facilities running smoothly.
Faith Lutheran Home is now offering online C.N.A. classes. Those looking for a fast way to start a career in healthcare could sign-up by contacting the business office at Faith Lutheran Home at 653-1400. The expected number of classroom hours are 45 to 50 and 25 to 30 clinical hours before taking the state test to become a certified nursing assistant. Sixteen is the minimum age.
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The Shopko Foundation presented a $2,500 donation to Wolf Point High School, during the grand opening of the Wolf Point Shopko Hometown store, Friday, March 27. WPHS principal Kim Hanks (left) and daughter Afton, 2, accept the donation from Wolf Point Shopko Hometown manager Kerrie Letsche. The school administration can use the money where they feel it is needed. The Green Bay, Wisc.-headquartered Shopko Foundation focuses on community projects, education and health. (Photo by John Plestina)
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An oilfield worker from Florida, who authorities allege committed a violent assault against a woman in Bainville, was arraigned in 15th District Court on kidnapping and sexual assault charges Wednesday, March 25.
Joseph Martin Laturell, 52, pleaded not guilty to felony charges of sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated kidnapping and partner or family member assault, third offense.
Charging documents allege that Laturell raped and otherwise abused a 43-year-old Williston, N.D., woman in an apartment in a building in Bainville that a oilfield service company rents for its employees.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Laturell at the apartment building after responding to a 911 call from a woman that was placed at 3:11 a.m. March 8.
According to charging documents, no one spoke when the emergency call was answered, but the dispatcher heard a woman scream, “Get off me. Stop it. Don’t touch me. Leave me alone.” The dispatcher then heard a male voice telling the woman to shut up, that she wasn’t going anywhere and threatening to bash her face in with several expletives directed at the woman.
The location the emergency call came from was determined and two RCSO deputies and one sergeant responded. When deputies could not gain entry by knocking on the door and announcing their presence, the apartment door was kicked open.
The charging documents further state that the deputies found Laturell lying on a couch and secured him. They then located the woman lying naked from the waist down on the bathroom floor saying, “Help me, help me.”
Laturell was arrested and taken to the Roosevelt County Jail, where he has been lodged since March 8 held on $50,000 bail.
The charging documents also state that the woman was disoriented and told deputies, “He hurt me. He tried to gas me.”
It was not determined what she meant by “gas me.”
She was transported to Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.
The court papers also allege that the woman had a no contact order against Laturell.
The documents allege that Laturell forced the woman to return to Bainville from Williston, N.D., that physical abuse, a death threat and forced rape occurred in the apartment. The woman told deputies she got away from her attacker and locked herself in the bathroom, where she made the 911 call.
The woman was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Williston where a sexual assault exam was conducted.
If convicted of sexual intercourse without consent, Laturell faces a potential life sentence and aggravated kidnapping has a maximum 100-year sentence.
He is scheduled for trial July 16.
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Several people appeared before District Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court, Wednesday, March 25.
Jason Daugherty, 37, of Wolf Point was denied a bond reduction on his second request within a two-week period.
Cybulski denied a request for a bond reduction to $20,000 for both cases against Daugherty. Cybulski also denied a bond reduction on March 11. Bail is set at $50,000 for each case totaling $100,000.
Assistant Roosevelt County Jordan Knudsen objected to a bond reduction due to Daugherty’s past history and said the alleged assault on a police officer justifies high bail.
Daugherty is alleged to have physically struck a Wolf Point Police officer and attempted to run from a Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice officer and a Valley County Sheriff's deputy in Frazer.
Daugherty was arraigned March 11, and pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. In a second and separate case he was arraigned for, Daugherty pleaded not guilty to felony attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest. Both cases were from December.
Defense attorney Mary Zemyan argued that Daugherty has ties to the community.
“I’m not giving him more rope. I think he’s burned himself. I’m not going to reduce it,” Cybulski said.
Mark Steven Ebmeyer, 38, of Eugene, Ore., signed a waiver of extradition during an extradition hearing.
He is also charged locally with obstructing a peace officer.
Ebmeyer asked Cybulski if he was facing extradition to Oregon or Washington.
The response was Oregon.
An online search for Ebmeyer revealed numerous past addresses in Oregon and Washington, and one in Arizona.
Oregon authorities have until April 20 to pick up Ebmeyer, who is lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail.
The Circuit Court Clackamas County Ore., issued an arrest warrant seeking his return.
Ebmeyer is wanted in Oregon for driving while suspended or revoked, a Class B felony.
Joseph Frederick, 43, of Poplar was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to felony driving under the influence fourth offense, driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating without liability insurance and failure to stay on the right side of the roadway.
A trial is scheduled for June 11.
Christopher Hovey, 25, of Lansing, Mich., did not appear on a bench warrant to revoke bond for failing to comply with bail conditions.
Hovey 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.
It was stated in court in January that Hovey was wanted for parole violations in North Dakota.
Brian Suggs, 33, of Mesa, Ariz., sought a second bail reduction or own recognizance release during an omnibus hearing.
Suggs, an oilfield worker wanting to return to his job in Williston, N.D., could be released and participate in the North Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Program in Williston, N.D., with a S.C.R.A.M. alcohol monitor bracelet.
Cybulski agreed to reduce bail from $50,000 to $10,000 on Feb. 25, to allow Suggs to return to work in North Dakota. Suggs has remained lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail.
RCSO deputies arrested Suggs a few miles west of Bainville on Jan. 31 after initiating a traffic stop and performing a field sobriety test.
Suggs pleaded not guilty on Feb. 25 to a single felony count of criminal endangerment and six misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, operating a vehicle while the privilege to do so is suspended or revoked, failure to carry proof of insurance, failure to remove injurious material from a highway following a motor vehicle crash, failure to give information to the other driver in a motor vehicle crash and failure to give notice by the quickest means of apparent damage over $500.
According to the RCSO, Suggs was driving with a suspended Arizona driver’s license.
Carroll Gregg Wells, 34, of Fairview withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to a single count of theft.
He entered not-guilty pleas to charges of burglary and theft on Feb. 25.
Wells is alleged to have stolen a pickup truck in Culbertson and damaged it.
Wells had been wanted in Roosevelt County on a warrant and was transferred in early February from the jail in Dickinson, N.D., where he had been held for about a year for a North Dakota case.
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(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight.)
As of Monday, March 30, 13 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. 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, March 23, and Monday, March 30:
•James Brown, 22, Wolf Point, driving under the influence;
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•John Dagenhart, 33, Andrews, Texas and Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, released;
•Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer, and resisting arrest;
•Mark Ebmeyer, 38, Eugene, Ore., obstructing a peace officer and out of county warrant;
•Matthew Gibney, 43, Bismarck, N.D., out-of- county warrant;
•Andrew Giles, 33, Wolf Point, contempt of court, released, time served;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner/family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernardino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, 41, Chattoroy, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Carlos Maynard, 43, Wolf Point, driving under the influence, released;
•Anthony McClendon, 55, Culbertson, disorderly conduct, bonded out;
•Anthony Moreno, 28, Red Oak, Texas, driving under the influence and operating without liability insurance, released;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•William Sprouse, 33, Wolf Point, operating without liability insurance and habitual offender operating a motor vehicle;
•Wesley Stearns, 42, Havre, contempt of court;
•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 fail to stop immediately at property damage accident;
•David Toavs, 27, Wolf Point, serving time, released;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, felony theft and burglary.