Written by John Plestina
The Poplar Fire Department was called out to fires in two abandoned structures five blocks apart, Wednesday, Aug. 20.
One of the fires was on Second Avenue and the other was on A Street. The house on Second Avenue was completely destroyed. The other was in a trailer and it remains standing, Poplar Fire Chief Greg Gourneau Jr. said.
The fires were at about 6 a.m.
He did not want to comment about the possibility of arson. The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice is investigating.
The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department assisted as mutual aid.
“Thanks to the Wolf Point Fire Department for coming down and assisting us,” Gourneau said.
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Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. filed a natural gas rate increase request with the Montana Public Service Commission Friday, Aug. 15.
If approved, it would increase residential customers’ monthly bills by an average of about $3.21 a month.
The Montana PSC has up to nine months to issue a decision on the proposed increase request. MDU has also filed a request for an interim rate increase of 2.6 percent, or $2.2 million over current rates, which, if approved, would be implemented while the PSC reviews the overall request. The interim increase would be $1.64 more per month for the average residential customer.
The main reason for the gas rate increase request is to recover the cost of the increased investment in natural gas facilities, which has totaled about $15.8 million since 2011.
The proposed increase is for $3 million annually over current rates, or a 3.6 percent overall increase. MDU has about 80,760 natural gas customers in 36 Montana communities.
“We have worked, and continue to work, extremely hard at watching our operating expenses and looking for ways to be more efficient each day. That is one facet of our business,” said Frank Morehouse, MDU president and chief executive officer. “But we also have made significant investments in our natural gas infrastructure to ensure safe and reliable service to our customers.”
The proposed increase for each rate class, which is based on rate class studies, is: residential, 5.4 percent; firm general, 0.8 percent; small interruptible, 0.8 percent; large interruptible 0.7 percent.
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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 illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Monday Aug. 25, 12 inmates were incarcerated, Valley County Detention Center was holding two females and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding three males to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail as of Monday, Aug. 25: Adam Alonzo, 31, Williston, N.D./San Bernadino, Calif., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell; Michael Conant, 34, McCabe, partner family member assault, felony criminal mischief, felony assault on a peace officer; William Debbs, 43, Casper, Wyo., probation violation; Gary Jones, 44, Mesa, Ariz., assault on a peace officer with injury; Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Nicholas Marino, 25, Williston, N.D., carrying a concealed weapon, possession of dangerous drugs, firearm possession by convicted felon, sale of dangerous drugs; Timothy Oglesby, 31, Hot Springs, Ark., out-of-county warrant; Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentwood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer; Kyle Stevens, 36, Tomball, Texas, felony theft; Amber Taylor, 29, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; Hilrio Velasquez, 33, Riverside, Calif., possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Cameron Watson, 19, Malta, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [marijuana], criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
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(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire departments between Aug. 18 and 24. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
8:15 a.m., officers responded to the Swap Shop on the 100 block of Anaconda Street for a report of vandalism to the building with a loss valued at less the $1,000. The investigation continues.
2:10 p.m., officers responded to Borge Park for a report of criminal mischief. The investigation continues.
4:38 p.m., officers responded to the area of Cenex West for a report of a male causing a disturbance and arrested Dennis Martel Jr., 29, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct.
4:51 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Second Avenue South for a report of a fight and arrested Robert Garfield Jr., 27, of Wolf Point, on a warrant.
7:27 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of two women appearing to be about to fight. Officers separated the women. No further action was taken.
11:43 p.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Seventh Avenue South for a report of two people running with bags. Officers didn’t locate the individuals.
1:51 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Main Street for a report of people being loud in an alley and arrested Mike Magraw, 51, of Wolf Point, on a warrant.
6:39 p.m., officers responded to Third Avenue South and Front Street for a report of a hit and run motor vehicle accident with no reported injuries. The investigation continues.
6:50 p.m., firefighters responded to a small grass fire that caught a pickup truck on fire near the Tule Creek bridge on U.S. Hwy. 2 about 10 miles east of Wolf Point. Two trucks and four firefighters responded.
10:37 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Benton Street for a report of a disturbance. An 18-year-old Wolf Point male was stabbed and sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus. The suspect, a 35-year-old Wolf Point male, left the scene prior to police arrival. Charges are pending.
1:24 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on the 200 block of Fourth Avenue South and cited David Toavs, 26, of Wolf Point, for driving under the influence.
9 a.m., WPPD cited Wilhelmina Red Boy, 30, of Wolf Point, with simple assault for an incident that happened Aug. 17.
8:07 p.m., officers responded to Faith Home for a report of an intoxicated male making threats and arrested Timothy Todd, 50, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct.
2:03 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Main Street for a report of a disturbance and arrested Luke Jackson, 39, of Wolf Point, on a warrant.
7:15 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 400 block of Custer Street for a report of a burglary with a loss valued over $1,000. The investigation continues.
2:03 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Custer Street for a report of vandalism to a residence with a loss valued at less the $1,000. The investigation continues.
12:06 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Fairweather Street for a report of an assault with minor injuries. The investigation continues.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between Aug. 18 and 24: checks of wellbeing, one; civil standby, four; domestic disturbance, one; public assistance, 22; motor vehicle accident, three; removal of unwanted individuals, 15; animal complaints, one; medical assistance, two; fire assistance, one; alarm, seven; unfounded report, 11; and driving complaints, five.
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Northside Elementary School held its annual Welcome Back Barbecue for students and teachers. Teachers cooked and paraprofessionals served. Pictured are (from left to right) fourth-grader Sharon Jeffries and paraprofessionals Sonia Hawk, Brenda Dionne, Ann Landsrud and Tiffany Syzmanski.
(Photo by John Plestina)