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The Montana Department of Revenue is mailing out classification and appraisal notices to all owners of residential, commercial, industrial, agriculture and forest land properties, with the department’s determination of a property’s market and taxable values.
“We ask you to review the information thoroughly,” said Mike Kadas, director of the Montana Department of Revenue. “Although this is not a tax bill, it is important information that your county treasurer’s office will use when calculating your property tax bill.”
New this year, property owners can access additional details about their property characteristics and values online by visiting revenue.mt.gov/property-assessment.
If property owners disagree with the department’s determination, they can submit a Form AB-26, request for informal classification and appraisal review, to the department. The Form AB-26 must be submitted within 30 days from the date on the classification and appraisal notice. To obtain a Form AB-26, property owners can contact their local department office located in each county or go online to revenue.mt.gov/appeal-process.
Instead of submitting a Form AB-26 for an informal review, property owners may choose to make a formal appeal directly to the county tax appeal board, also within 30 days of the notice date. However, the department does encourage taxpayers to file a Form AB-26 as most property taxpayer concerns are resolved informally with the department through the AB-26 process.
Montana law requires the department to send a classification and appraisal notice to property owners at the beginning of each appraisal cycle and whenever a change in ownership, classification or value has occurred. Under new state law, residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial properties are now classified and appraised every two years. The reappraisal cycle for forest land remains at six years.
The public can find contact information for local Department of Revenue offices by visiting revenue.mt.gov/contact-us or by calling toll free (866) 859-2254.
Written by John Plestina
A Poplar man was seriously injured when he rolled a car and was thrown from it on the Park Road north of Poplar Tuesday, June 30.
Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice chief criminal investigator Ken Trottier identified the man as Alvin Hoole. His age was not available but Trottier said Hoole is in his 20s.
The crash occurred during the evening hours after a domestic disturbance where Hoole had fought with a woman in the car. She got out before Hoole crashed, according to Roosevelt County Undersheriff John Summers. Hoole was the sole occupant of the car.
He was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Poplar Campus. From there, he was flown by air ambulance to a Billings hospital with injuries that were reported as life threatening.
Trottier said Monday that Hoole was no longer in a life-threatening situation.
Trottier said alcohol was a factor in the crash and that Hoole could be charged with driving under the influence when he returns from Billings.
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The man who showed up drunk for his sentencing in 15th District Court in May returned sober Wednesday, June 24, and was sentenced on eight misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident that occurred in November.
Alexander Phillip Jiron, 33, of Rapid City, S.D., and the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota was arraigned in November 2014 and pleaded not guilty on all nine original charges. Felony criminal endangerment was dismissed under a plea agreement.
District Judge David Cybulski sentenced Jiron to 30 days in the Roosevelt County Jail and a $1,000 fine for DUI second offense, 45 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for fleeing or eluding a peace officer, seven days in jail and a $250 fine obstructing a peace officer, two days in jail and a $250 fine for driving a motor vehicle while license is suspended or revoked, a $100 fine for speeding on a non-interstate highway, two days in jail and a $250 fine for operating without liability insurance, a $250 fine for operating with expired registration and a $50 fine for an open container law violation. The sentences run concurrently and Jiron received credit for 57 days served in the Roosevelt County Jail.
Jiron appeared intoxicated when he appeared in court for his first scheduled sentencing on May 27.
At that time, Cybulski gave him leniency, not revoking Jiron’s bond and allowing him to be released. Cybulski told Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies to perform a preliminary breath test, also known as a field sobriety test. Jiron blew a .158, nearly twice the legal limit to drive a motor vehicle.
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District Judge David Cybulski heard several cases during Law and Motion proceedings in 15th District Court Wednesday, June 24.
Tina Lee Houim, 50, of Tioga, N.D., was sentenced to three years deferred imposition of sentence and a $1,000 fine for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, 24 hours in the Roosevelt County Jail and $800 fine for misdemeanor DUI first offense and a $200 fine for misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Houim withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty in January.
Nicodemus Andrew Kupka, 19, of Watford City, N.D., appeared for an arraignment and pleaded not guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
He has been lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail since his arrest June 15, held on $25,000 bond.
Sheriff Jason Frederick identified the drug in Kupka’s position as methamphetamine.
Kupka was arrested on U.S. Hwy. 2 near Bainville with Dhara L. Zinke, 23, of Kalispell, the sister of Congressman Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. She was charged in Roosevelt County Justice Court with misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child, first offense. Zinke posted $1,170 bail and bonded out.
Randall Lyle Lehner, 55, of Wolf Point was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to felony partner or family member assault.
The Wolf Point Police Department reported Lehner’s arrest at the Homestead Inn on April 12 following a report of a domestic dispute.
John Michael Mincey, 47, of Poplar withdrew a previously entered not guilty plea and pleaded Nolo Contendre [no contest] to misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle during a change of plea hearing.
He pleaded not guilty to felony theft, first offense, during his arraignment in May.
Mincey was sentenced to six months in the Roosevelt County Jail with four months suspended and credit for time served since his arrest on April 10. The defendant will pay a $500 fine.
The original felony theft charge is dismissed.
David Mahlon Rogers, 54, of Oregon was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to felony DUI fourth or subsequent offense and misdemeanor counts of driving while license is suspended or revoked, operating a motor vehicle that has not been properly registered, driving without insurance and a seatbelt violation.
Rogers made an initial appearance May 27.
Zachary Rory Everett Shay, 23, of Rock Springs, Wyo., appeared for a disposition hearing on a petition to revoke a sentence that was imposed July 22, 2014.
The court revoked Shay’s previous sentence and committed him to five years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections with three years suspended and a recommendation for the boot camp or connections corrections programs. Shay receives credit for all time served.
Shay was arrested earlier this year on an out-of-county warrant and returned to Wolf Point where he has been lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail. He appeared in court May 13 on a petition to revoke a five-year deferred sentence.
Shay pleaded guilty in 2014 to criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
He admitted in court in May that he went to Minot, N.D., in violation of probation terms, and admitted that he drank alcohol in violation and that he was charged with driving under the influence in Rawlins, Wyo.
Wesley Clarence Stearns 42, of Williston, N.D., was sentenced to a five-year deferred imposition of sentence for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, six months to run concurrent for misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. He also received a $25,000 fine with $15,000 suspended.
The court also sentenced Stearns to a five-year deferred imposition of sentence for felony issuing bad checks, common scheme. The sentences will run concurrently.
Stearns admitted during a previous court appearance to possession of methamphetamine and issuing four bad checks on July 4, 2013.
He has been free on bond.
Scott Austin Varner, 22, Crawfordville, Fla., was sentenced to a four-year deferred imposition of sentence for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and a $4,000 fine.
Varner withdrew a previously entered not-guilty plea to a charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs on Feb. 25.
Varner admitted in court at that time that he was in possession of marijuana in excess of 60 grams.
He was arrested by the Montana Highway Patrol Oct. 13, 2014.
Jared Joseph Weyrauch, 30, of Wolf Point, appeared for a disposition hearing on a petition to revoke a sentence that was imposed March 26, 2014.
The court revoked the deferred portion of the Weyrauch’s sentence, so he is sentenced to the DOC for five years with three years suspended, a recommendation for the Nexus program or corrections connections plus credit for about two months time served.
Weyrauch has been in jail since April 24.
He appeared for a revocation hearing on May 27 for violations of conditions of a sentence for a drug charge that was imposed March 26, 2014.
Weyrauch admitted to three violations in court. They were: failure to seek and maintain employment; purchasing, possessing or consuming illegal drugs; and failure to submit monthly reports.
Wolf Point Police officers arrested Weyrauch April 24 on a warrant following a foot pursuit on the 300 block of Custer Street.
The WPPD arrested Weyrauch in July 2013 with a substance that was identified as methamphetamine.
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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 to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Monday, July 6, 16 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center Was Holding three females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, June 29, and Monday, July 6:
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•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;
•Edward Jermaine Edwards, 43, Columbia Falls, S.C., driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked and out of county warrant, released;
•William Flynt, 36, Tucson, Ariz., fail to remain at accident scene, fail to carry proof or exhibit insurance, felony DUI;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Nicodemus A. Kupka, 19, Watford City, N.D., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and out of county warrant;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Cody Masterson, 23, Billings, seatbelt violation, stop sign violation, DUI and driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Charles Pinner, 59, Detroit, Mich., aggravated kidnapping and sexual intercourse without consent;
•Zachary Shay, 23, Rock Springs, Wyo., arrested on out of county warrant;
•William Sprouse, 33, Wolf Point, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked;
•Tyrule Davis, 43, Los Angeles, Calif., assault on peace officer or judicial official;
•Sam Vigoren, 40, Culbertson, out-of-county warrant;
•Amanda Walton, 32, Poplar, violation of a protective order, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child, transferred to Valley County Detention center;
•Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, theft and burglary;
•Jarod Weyrauch, 30, Wolf Point, probation violation.