Written by John Plestina
When someone broke into the Lord’s Table, stole food and trashed the building Tuesday, May 6, they took donated food that was slated for free meals and forced a temporary closure of Wolf Point’s only soup kitchen.
Authorities had not determined by Monday, May 12, who committed the burglary and property damage at the Lord’s Table.
Pastor Danny Lindsay of Overcomer’s Church founded the Lord’s Table in 2001.
“They took some food and broke the front door; broke the back door,” Lindsay said.
“Think about the kids. We just shut down for the week,” he said.
“We just put in a new door last fall,” Lindsay said.
Hamburger, chicken, potatoes and pastries were taken.
This wasn’t the first time the Lord’s Table was broken into and food was stolen.
“Last time, I put mesh wire on the windows,” Lindsay said.
He said he thinks adults might have committed the burglary because a metal door was bent and a latch snapped off.
Whoever broke in carried five-gallon containers of Kool Aid and 10-pound, two-foot-long packages of hamburger out of the building.
Formerly a food pantry as well as a soup kitchen, the Lord’s Table currently serves meals five days a week. About 25 people use the services at the beginning of each month. That number swells to nearly 100 later in the month.
Written by John Plestina
The Roosevelt County DUI Task Force elected officers and approved by-laws during its first official meeting Wednesday, May 7.
The board of county commissioners approved a resolution that formally established the task force Tuesday, April 29. A group has held organizational meetings since December and has sought more participation.
The task force elected the following people as officers: county commissioner Gary Macdonald, chairman; Wolf Point Police Chief Jeff Harada, vice chair; Mary Vine, who also serves as coordinator for the task force, secretary; and Kahlil Wehbe, treasurer.
The by-laws and work plan were approved.
Both were modeled after other counties.
The work plan must be submitted to the state by June 1. Macdonald said there is a possibility the task force could receive some funding this year.
Macdonald said he expected the county commission to approve the by-laws Tuesday, June 13, which was after press time.
The group must meet a minimum of four times within one year but is likely to meet more frequently.
Montana Department of Transportation has funding available to support the task force.
There was a discussion about current problems with law enforcement jurisdictional issues when a perpetrator of a crime is a tribal member and a victim is not.
A woman who was seriously injured in a crash several years ago that a drunk driver caused said there were little consequences for the driver. She said that driver is a tribal member and she is not.
Roosevelt County Sheriff Freedom Crawford said there are jurisdictional issues with Indian Country that face every Indian reservation in the country.
“It’s about helping the people. That’s what it boils down to,” he said of a need to resolve issues.
The Roosevelt County DUI Task Force will next meet at the Roosevelt County Community Services Building, 124 Custer St., Wednesday, June 4, at 2 p.m.
For more information about the DUI Task Force, contact Vine at 653-6228.
Written by Herald-News
Adam Blue Colgan, 33, of Poplar, appeared before U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Great Falls on May 8 and entered pleas of not guilty on charges of possession of an unregistered destructive device and transportation of explosive material by a non-licensee.
According to court documents, Colgan “knowingly possessed a destructive device, that being a pipe bomb, which was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record” on Sept. 27, 2012, in Roose-velt County. On the same date, Colgan also allegedly transported the pipe bomb, containing Pyrodex, a black powder subsitute.
If convicted of the charges contained in the indictment, Colgan faces 10 years imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and three years supervised release.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Written by Herald-News
(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department between May 5 and 11. Fire calls were not available. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
10:26 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street for a minor motor vehicle accident and cited Daniel Dehart Jr., 26, of Williston, N.D., for careless driving.
11:15 a.m., officers responded to Sherman Park and cited Steven Pellette, 33, of Wolf Point, for public intoxication.
2:45 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Fairweather Street for a report of trespass with no reported loss. The investigation continues.
3:35 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Custer Street and arrested Rachel Blaquiure, 33, of Wolf Point, on a warrant.
4:44 p.m., officers are investigating a report that an adult male was attempting to kidnap a nine-year-old boy by trying to persuade the child to get into his car on the 200 block of Benton Street. The boy ran and his mother reported the incident to police.
7:59 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of a theft from a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
11:08 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Helena Street and arrested Melvin Martell, 37, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct.
11:48 a.m., officers responded to East Custer Street for a report of an erratic driver and cited Dale Wilson, 60, of Wolf Point, for driving under the influence and driving without a license.
6:30 p.m., officers and firefighters responded to a structure fire that destroyed a shed in the 300 block of Fairweather Street and arrested a 10-year-old Wolf Point male for arson.
7:30 p.m., officers responded to the area of Albertson’s for a report of an erratic driver and cited a 13-year-old Wolf Point female for no driver’s license.
10:04 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Fairweather Street for a report of a theft from a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
11:10 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Third Avenue South and arrested Larry Long, 41, of Frazer, for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
7:40 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Fairweather Street for a report of a theft from a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
1:29 p.m., officers responded to the McDonald’s parking lot for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued over $1,000.
1 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on the 100 block of East Indian Street and arrested Chelsea Sparvier, 41, of Poplar, for driving under the influence and endangering the welfare of a child.
8:44 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Third Avenue South and arrested Adam Runs-through, 49, of Wolf Point, for public urination, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
9:18 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Fourth Avenue South for a report of a suspicious individual. The investigation continues.
1:20 p.m., officers conducted an investigative pedestrian stop and cited Harris McConnell, 49, of Wolf Point, for public urination.
9:41 p.m., officers conducted an investigative traffic stop on the 200 block of Anaconda Street. A 13-year-old Wolf Point female was cited for no driver’s license. A 15-year-old Wolf Point female, a 13-year-old Wolf Point female and a 16-year-old Wolf Point male were cited for minor in possession of alcohol. Seth Laverdure, 18, of Wolf Point, was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and minor in possession.
12:43 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Granville Street and arrested Torry Flynn, 37, of Frazer, for driving under the influence.
5:54 p.m., officers are investigating a report of an attempted burglary with no reported loss or damage on the 500 block of Helena Street.
7:17 p.m., officers responded to Faith Lutheran Home for a report of theft with a loss valued under $1,000. Charges are pending.
8:12 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of First Avenue South for a report of a suspicious individual. The investigation continues.
10:13 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of shoplifting with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
1:56 a.m., officers responded to Stockman’s 220 Club for a report of an assault that left a 24-year-old Poplar woman with minor injuries. Officers cited Jesus Ocegkeda, 21, of Washington, for assault.
11:56 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Edgar Street for a report of theft from a residence with a loss valued over $1,000. Charges are pending.
1:26 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Idaho Street and arrested Kam Corpron, 31, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct.
4:09 p.m., officers responded to Cenex West for a report of an assault that resulted in minor injuries to a 23-year-old Wolf Point female. Charges are pending.
10:48 p.m., officers responded to the Sherman Inn for a report of theft from a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. Charges are pending.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between May 5 and 11: checks of wellbeing, seven; civil standby, one; domestic disturbance, eight; public assistance, 12; motor vehicle accident, one; removal of unwanted individuals, 10; animal complaints, three; medical assistance, seven; fire assistance, one; alarm, three; assist other agency, seven; unfounded report, six; and driving complaints, six.
Written by John Plestina
Wolf Point voters rejected two levies and returned two incumbent trustees to the school board in a record high voter turnout Tuesday, May 6.
A $200,000 continuous elementary general fund levy failed by two votes, 392-390. With that levy failing, the future of the district's preschool program is in jeopardy.
The other levy, a $250,000 levy that would have run for one year, would have increased the building reserve and provide funding for parking lot and gym floor repairs at the high school. It failed 409-370 with voters in the city and 49-37 among Frontier School District voters.
The pothole-laden parking lot has not been resurfaced for more than a decade. The gym floor has not had major repairs since the current high school opened in 1969.
Incumbent Wolf Point School Board members Martin DeWitt and Tracy Juve Miranda were reelected. DeWitt garnered the most votes with 518. Miranda was also reelected with 476 voted.
The count for the five challengers was: Lee Allmer, 144; Juanita Cantrell, 119; Perry Scott Lilley Jr., 87; Lance Elliot Four Star, 83; and Yvonne Smoker Bashay, 82. Two ballots were listed as rejected on the election judges' return sheet.
Poplar voters returned school trustee Doug Marotek to office and voted incumbent James DeHerrera out.
Marotek received 194 votes and Ken Norgaard was elected with 150 votes.
The count for the other four candidates was: Emerson Young, 86; Thomas Brown, 79; Don Moran, 73; DeHerrera, 38.
Frontier Elementary School rejected two proposed levies.
A $50,000 per year, 15-year building reserve failed 32-21 and a 10,000 per year, 10-year technology levy failed 29-24.