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A stabbing left a 30-year-old Wolf Point man seriously injured Saturday, May 31.
Wolf Point Police were called to the 300 block of Fairweather Street at about 3:35 a.m.
Police Jeff Harada said the victim was stabbed in the chest, transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus. From there, he was flown to a Billings hospital for medical care. His name and condition were not made public.
Officers arrested John Yellow Robe Jr., 34, of Wolf Point, for aggravated assault and referred him to tribal court for prosecution.
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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 May 26 and June 1. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
12:55 a.m., firefighters responded to the juvenile hall building on Seventh Avenue North for a suspicious fire. The WPVFD responded with two trucks and 10 firefighters and returned to the station at 2:35 a.m.
3:42 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Custer Street for a report of people in the back of a pickup with baseball bats chasing people. Officers did not locate any suspects.
3:52 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Main Street for a report of an aggressive person getting in the complainant’s face. Officers did not locate any suspects.
4 p.m., officers responded to the Roosevelt County Detention Center for a request to assist county detention officers with a male inmate who was out of control. The inmate was restrained when officers arrived.
6:39 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s and cited Jeffrey Douglas, 51, of Wolf Point, for criminal trespass.
7:43 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Helena Street for a report of a missing two-year-old girl. The child had climbed out a window and was located six minutes later.
7:53 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of First Avenue South for a report of a an intoxicated female with injuries to her head. The 34-year-old woman claimed she didn’t know who assaulted her. Officers assisted the ambulance crew.
8:44 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Hwy. 2 East and cited Mead Lizotte, 54, Wolf Point, for driving without a license and no insurance.
10:09 a.m., officers responded to U.S. Hwy. 2 East for a report of an object that looked like a grenade. It was a cigarette lighter. Officers confiscated it.
10:12 a.m., officers responded to First Avenue South for a report of a gas theft. An unknown person cut a gas line on a truck and stole gas. The investigation continues.
13:56 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Granville Street for a report of a male lying in the road and arrested Nathan Dumont Jr., 46, of Wolf Point, for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
5:58 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Main Street for a report of an intoxicated male and arrested William Onstad, 55, of Wolf Point, on a tribal court warrant.
6:24 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Dawson Street for a report of a burglary of an unoccupied residence. No theft was reported. The investigation continues.
6:53 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Blaine Street and arrested Robert White, 32, of Wolf Point, on a tribal court warrant.
7:33 p.m., officers responded to U.S. Hwy. 2 West for a report of a female and her friends receiving threatening telephone calls. The investigation continues.
2:30 a.m., officers arrested Jonas Burshia, 28, of Wolf Point, for severe domestic abuse. He was referred to tribal court.
4:19 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Idaho Street and assisted tribal police with an eviction.
5:34 p.m., officers arrested a 15-year-old Wolf Point female runaway near the underpass for youth in need of supervision and referred the case to tribal juvenile court.
8:11 p.m., officers responded to Old Town Grill for a report of a customer who walked out without paying and cited Jordan Stafne, 26, of Wolf Point, for theft.
11:13 p.m., officers responded to the 900 block of Third Avenue South for a report of a 17-year-old female runaway. Officers later arrested her for youth in need of supervision and referred the case to tribal juvenile court.
5:51 p.m., officers responded to Fourth Avenue South and Helena Street for a report that an eight-year-old girl was driving a four-wheeler recklessly on sidewalks, attempting to hit people. Officers did not locate the child.
7:21 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Eureka Street for a report that a male adult was breaking windows and carrying a club and knife. Andrew Giles, 32, of Wolf Point, was arrested for disorderly conduct and referred to municipal court.
2:39 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Idaho Street for a report of stolen and forged checks with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
4 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Main Street for a report of a male harassing a female and arrested Luke Jackson, 39, of Frazer, for disorderly conduct.
5:15 p.m., officers responded to the gazebo in Sherman Park for a report of a male and female, both very intoxicated. Both were transported by ambulance to the hospital.
7:10 p.m., officers responded to the hospital for a request to remove the two intoxicated persons who were transported at 5:15 p.m. and arrested Karen Jackson, 48, and Michael Magnan, 50, both of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
1:36 a.m., officers responded to Dad’s Bar and observed an underage male. Officers cited Garrett Pronto, 18, of Wolf Point, for minor in possession of alcohol and referred him to municipal court.
1:41 a.m., while at Dad’s Bar, officers observed a male outside on the sidewalk with an open container and cited Michael John Clark, 25, of Wolf Point, for open container and disorderly conduct and referred him to tribal court.
3:35 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Fairweather Street for a report of a stabbing. The victim, a 30-year-old Wolf Point male, was stabbed in the chest and flown to a Billings hospital for medical care. His name and condition were not made public. Officers arrested John Yellow Robe Jr., 34, of Wolf Point, for aggravated assault and referred him to tribal court.
5 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Eureka Street for a report of a juvenile male not returning home. Police believe he is a runaway. The investigation continues.
1:32 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street for a report of a male urinating on a tree and arrested Roger Bissonette, 39, of Waterton, S.D., for disorderly conduct and public urination.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between May 26 and June 1: checks for wellbeing, 11; civil standby, three; domestic disturbance, four; public assistance, 11; removal of unwanted individuals, 16; animal complaints, two; medical assistance, four; alarm, five; assist other agency, five; unfounded report, 12; driving complaints, five; and school requested assistance, one.
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Several people appeared before Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court Wednesday, May 28:
Kristy Daugherty appeared on a petition to revoke probation. The court reinstated six- and four-year deferred imposition of sentences with no credit for time served between Sept. 20, 2010, and Feb. 5, 2013, mandated immediate entry into substance abuse treatment and follow through with all probation conditions.
Daugherty testified that she is an enrolled tribal member and is eligible for services at Spotted Bull Recovery Resource Center.
Daugherty was charged March 31, 2010, with criminal possession of precursors to dangerous drugs, operating an unlawful clandestine laboratory and endangering the welfare of children, all felonies.
Malinda Bibb was released on bail on a charge of charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, a misdemeanor, criminal possession with intent to distribute, a felony, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
She posted a $20,000 bond for her release.
The court accepted a plea agreement Darryl Wayne Hansen signed Wednesday, May 14, and requested a pre-sentencing investigation.
Hansen pleaded no contest to forgery, a felony by common scheme.
Written by John Plestina
World War II veteran Joe Carson (center) of Fort Peck and formerly of Wolf Point and Fort Peck Mayor John Jones (second from left) along with a military honor guard lay the wreath at the future site of the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial in Fort Peck Monday, May 26. (Photos by John Plestina)
A Marine Corps honor guard presents the colors at the beginning of the dedication ceremony.
Former Navy Seal Team 6 member and one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time, Montanan Robert O’Neill delivers the keynote address.
Maj. Gen. Matthew Quinn, adjutant general for Montana, delivers his address.
American veterans who paid the supreme price for freedom were honored on Memorial Day and the future site of the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial in Fort Peck was dedicated Monday, May 26.
The nine-county project includes Roosevelt, Valley, McCone, Daniels, Richland, Dawson, Sheridan, Phillips and Garfield counties. It’s mission is the planning, funding, construction and maintenance of a permanent memorial to the service and sacrifice of all military veterans, particularly those from Northeast Montana.
Nearly 1,000 people attended a Memorial Day service with several speakers in the Fort Peck Theater followed by the dedication of the future site of the memorial with a wreath laid by World War II veteran Joe Carson, who is from Wolf Point and now of Fort Peck, and Fort Peck Mayor John Jones with a military honor guard.
The group that is raising money for the memorial hopes to have it completed in about a year.
Former Gov. Marc Racicot served as emcee for the event.
The keynote speaker was Robert O’Neill, of Butte, a former member of Navy Seal Team 6 and one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time. He speaks throughout the United States.
He deployed more than a dozen times and held combat leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions.
O’Neill has been decorated more than 52 times with honors, including two Silver Stars, the military’s third highest honor, four Bronze Stars with Valor, a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, three Presidential Unit citations, and two Navy/Marine Corps Commendations with Valor.
O’Neill, whose military career was shrouded in a classified cloak, said he was the man on the ground we have never heard of but know existed. Much of what he did was classified.
Seal Team 6 killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011. It is not known if O’Neill participated in that operation.
He did play a role in the rescue of the crew of the Maersk Alabama, a cargo ship that Somali pirates hijacked in April 2009. It was the first successful seizure of an American ship since the 1800s. The incident was chronicled in a 2010 book that inspired the 2013 film Captain Phillips.
As a member of Seal Team 6 stationed in Virginia, O’Neill was deployed when the Maersk Alabama was hijacked.
“The hardest part (of being deployed to a dangerous situation) is kissing your child goodbye,” O’Neill said of telling his then 9-year-old daughter goodbye before leaving for the coast of Somalia a little over five years ago. He said he knew it could be the last time he would speak to her.
O’Neill also related a story of stopping at a 7-Eleven store on his way from his home to a base for his deployment and a man ahead of him in line was purchasing a copy of USA Today with the story of the pirate hijacking on the front page. The man said, “I wish somebody would do something about this.”
It was one of many times O’Neill had to keep his mouth shut. Days later he and other members of his Seal team rescued Capt. Richard Phillips and the crew of the U.S. merchant ship.
O’Neill talked about fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan and losing friends who gave their lives.
He reminded the audience that soldiers have given us all our freedoms.
“When you’re cooking hamburgers. When you’re out on your boat, cracking a beer, think of them,” O’Neill said. “It’s who we are. Every day is Memorial Day.”
When O’Neill was 19 years old, he visited the recruiting office in Butte, asking for the Marine Corps recruiter, who was not in the office. He wanted to become a Marine sniper. A Navy recruiter convinced him that he could be a sniper in the Navy.
“The easiest way to get out of Butte, Mt., was to join the military,” O’Neill said.
He said he learned during his Seal training never to quit, no matter what.
O’Neill was one of just 33 members of a Seal training class with 180 members who were assigned to Seal teams.
Maj. Gen. Matthew Quinn, adjutant general for Montana, also spoke.
“It is a time when we commemorate the service of the men and women who have served our country,” Quinn said.
He recognized the service of the 163rd Infantry Regiment of the Montana National Guard that was deployed as far back as the Spanish American War in 1898, served in both world wars and as recently as 2010 in Iraq.
“These are our men and women of the Montana National Guard,” Quinn said.
He reminded people to remember the warriors who fell in the service to our country.
“Their families changed forever,” Quinn said.
“Let us pause to remember those who paved freedom’s path,” he said.
Tom Brokaw, anchor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 until 2004, was invited to speak but was unable due to health reasons. The 74-year-old South Dakota native and longtime part-time western Montana resident is battling bone cancer and cannot travel.
Brokaw’s 1998 book, The Greatest Generation, honoring veterans of World War II, was a best-seller.
Billings attorney Cliff Edwards, a longtime friend of Brokaw, read his remarks.
“This is an honor, not only for northeast Montana, but for all of Montana,” he said.
“When I told Tom about this project, he was excited to come,” Edwards said
Brokaw dedicated veterans memorials in Washington, D.C., and New Orleans, La.
“[Brokaw] said if this was next year, he would come — and he might come anyway,” Edwards said.
The Montana Congressional delegation was invited but none attended. Racicot read statements in support of the memorial from Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Sen. John Tester, D-Mont.
Written by John Plestina
Sarah Hafner was named valedictorian delivers her message during graduation exercises. (Photos by John Plestina)
Salutatorian Gabrielle Wozniak.
Wolf Point graduate Dylan Warmbrod turns his tassel moments after receiving his diploma.
The Junior/Senior High School Band performs the processional at the beginning of the Wolf Point High School commencement.
Wolf Point High School's newly minted 2014 graduates celebrate at the end of the commencement exercises.
Not every high school grad gets the honor of being the valedictorian and salutatorian at their graduation. Two of the 40 Wolf Point High School seniors who marched in caps and gowns received that honor at the 2014 commencement Sunday, May 25.
Sarah Hafner was named valedictorian, the honor bestowed for the highest academic achievement in a graduating class. She gave what is called the valedictory at some schools; the valedictorian address or farewell statement for her class.
Hafner, the daughter of Bill and Shelly Zahradka, will attend Montana State University at Billings and study pre-nursing.
She reflected on the last year of school, including playing on the Lady Wolves basketball team.
Hafner told the underclassmen to enjoy high school while they can. She also called the senior year experience a roller coaster.
“The roller coaster has stopped and we’re giving our seats to the next in line,” Hafner said.
“High school also gave me an opportunity to learn what being on a team is like,” she said.
The next most prestigious honor went to salutatorian Gabrielle Wozniak, the daughter of Jeff and Loretta Wozniak.
She will attend MSU Bozeman and study mechanical engineering.
Wozniak reminded the 39 other graduates that they were experiencing their last day together as a class.
“We all have our idea of what life after high school will be like,” she said.
“We’re entering the great unknown of adulthood,” Wozniak said.
Cole Grimsrud talked about climbing up when he gave the first honor student address.
He will attend Fort Peck Community College and study welding.
“At some point, everyone will hit rock bottom,” Grimsrud said.
“Look up and pray. That is my challenge to you, Class of 2014, look up,” he said.
Class president Steven Remington also gave an honor student address.
He will attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., and study aerospace engineering.
Remington chose humor for his address, using one-liners that included, “The rock of gi-gall-blader,” in place of the Rock of Gibraltar.
“And finally, I’d like to thank the sidewalks for keeping me off the streets,” he said.
The junior/senior high school band performed the processional and recessional.
The WPHS Choir performed 21 Guns and Born To Be Somebody.
The Native American drum and song group Soldier Hill performed the honor song.
The class motto was: “And in the end, it’s not years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years,” a quote from Abraham Lincoln.
Alstroemeria was the class flower.
The graduates are Sonica Archdale, John Benavente, Cole Black Hoop, Mariah Dionne, Llewellyn Eagle Jr., T’Elle Evans, Kymree Flynn, Robert Galaviz, Duane Good Track, Cole Grimsrud, Sarah Hafner, Lucas Hamilton, John Hawk, Lillian Hollow Horn, David Hopson, Devon Hughes-Munden, Tiffanie Irizarry, MyLissa Jackson, Matthew Keiser, Santana Ledeau, Casee Lepper, Maestro Martinez, Damica McConnell, Dougal McMorris, Paul Nygaard, Nathaniel Paine, Marqueese Porras, Garrett Pronto, Steven Remington, Alissa Smith, Tiffany Szymanski, Tukker Toavs, Carry Vandall, RaShane Walking Eagle, Dylan Warmbrod, Trenton Wemmer, Holland West, Kailey Williamson, Gabrielle Wozniak and Dre’An YellowRobe.
WPHS counselor Keri Sansaver announced awards and scholarships, which totaled $295,000, $91,000 from local businesses, organizations and individuals.
She called 15 graduates to the podium. All qualified as juniors for the one-time $1,500 Montana GEAR Up Achievement Grant. They were Archdale, Evans, Flynn, Grimsrud, Hafner, Hughes-Munden, Jackson, Keiser, Lepper, McConnell, Paine, Remington, Smith, Yellowrobe and Vandall.
Seven of those students — Archdale, Evans, Flynn, Lepper, Remington, Smith and Vandall — were awarded the esteemed $22,580 GEAR Up Pathways Scholarship.
Presidential Awards for Academic Excellence went to Evans, Hafner, Hopson, Remington, Smith, Vandall and Wozniak. A 3.5 minimum cumulative grade point average throughout high school and a score in the 85th percentile on a standardized test are required.
All 40 graduates received the Fort Peck Community College Scholarship, a tuition waiver and scholarship worth $1,680. The total was $67,200.
Montana Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Cody Lentz presented a plaque and National Guard scholarship opportunities worth a maximum of $37,000 over four years to Archdale.
Neil Taylor, Fort Peck Tribes education director, presented Fort Peck Tribal Education Department Incentive Awards to tribal members.
The John Kuehne Memorial National Honor Society Scholarship went to Archdale, Evans, Flynn, Grinsrud, Hafner, Hopson, Keiser, Lepper, Remington, Smith, Toavs, Vandall and Wozniak.
Other scholarships included: Evans, Black Hills State University Buzz Bonus Scholarship, Farmers Union Lumber Scholarship, Froid Scholarship, WPHS Booster Club Scholarship, Wolf Point Invitational Scholarship, Wolf Point Lions Club Scholarship; Flynn, Immaculate Conception Church Council of Catholic Women Scholarship; Grimsrud, Montana University System Governor’s Scholarship, Wolf Point Education Association/Jeans Fund Scholarship, Wolf Point Lions Club Scholarship; Hafner, First Annual Amanda Hardy Scholarship, Hole Nursing Endowed Scholarship, MSU Billings Promise Scholarship, Montana University System Honors Scholarship, Robert and Elsie Penner Memorial Scholarship, Western Bank Valedictorian Scholarship, Wolf Point Elks Local and State Scholarships; Lepper, Norval Electric Cooperative Scholarship; Paine, Agland Cooperative Scholarship, First Lutheran Church Kent Johnson Memorial and Melvin Thompson Scholarship, Sheridan Electric Scholarship; WPHS Booster Club Scholarship, Wolf Point Optimist Scholarship, Wolf Point Rods and Rides Scholarship; Remington, Embry Riddle Chancellor’s Scholarship; Smith, Student Assistance Foundation College Goal Montana Scholarship; Toavs, Dickinson State Blue Hawk Athletic Scholarship, Immaculate Conception Church Knights of Columbus Scholarship, Wolf Point Invitational Scholarship, Wolf Point Walleyes Unlimited Scholarship; Wozniak, First Community Bank Salutatorian Scholarship, MSU Premier Scholarship.
Hafner, McMorris and Remington received the ACT Outstanding Academic Performance Certificate from the Montana Office of Public Instruction for earning a composite score of 27 or higher on the ACT (American College test).