Wolf Point Herald

Same Driver Accused Of Injuring Child In August Hit-And-Run Injured In Recent Crash

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Members of the Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department extricate the driver of the rolled pickup on East Anaconda Street near the Wadopana Grounds while Northeast Montana Health Services EMTs stand by to transport the patient to the hospital.  (Photo by John Plestina)

The Wolf Point woman who authorities say was intoxicated and fled the scene after striking a bicycle injuring an 11-year-old girl in August, was charged with her third DUI in less than seven weeks Thursday, Sept. 17. This time, she rolled a pickup, was trapped and extricated.
Kayla Beauchman, 21, was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus with non-life threatening injuries.
The Wolf Point Police Department identified Beauchman as the driver of the rolled pickup and reported that she was taken into custody by the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice upon her release from the hospital later on Sept. 17 and taken to the Fort Peck Tribes jail in Poplar and charged with driving under the influence.
The WPPD previously arrested Beauchman for driving under the influence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor on Aug. 1 and again shortly after the hit-and-run crash on Blaine Street between Albertson’s and Triangle Park Sunday, Aug. 23. She was also charged with DUI and duties in the event of an accident, which is a tribal code equivalent to leaving the scene of an accident, at that time.
The FPTDLJ did not provide information on the arrest or charges.

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Plestina Appointed To City Council

Wolf Point’s City Council welcomed new member John Plestina Monday, Sept. 21.
Mayor Chris Dschaak garnered council approval to appoint Plestina, the co-editor at The Herald-News and Culbertson Searchlight, to fill the vacant Ward 1 seat on the council. Former councilmember Vivian Schultz resigned in June.
Plestina was the only eligible citizen to show interest in filling the vacancy. He will hold the seat until November 2017, when he can then submit his name for election for a two-year term.
Plestina joins seven other council members: Laurie Evans, Rollin Paulson, Ashley Moran, Craig Rodenberg, David Block, Judy Page and Tina Bets His Medicine.
In an email, Plestina said he has been an editor, sports writer and reporter for 30 years. He moved to Wolf Point in February 2014 to become editor at the local newspapers, but now plans to retire from full-time employment at the end of the year.
The Roosevelt County Commissioners appointed Plestina to the Mosquito Control Board earlier this year and to the county DUI Task Force in 2014. He remains the secretary of Wolf Point Elks Lodge No. 1764, remains active in the Wolf Point Lions Club and serves on the board of Food Pantry Inc., which just opened the new food pantry in Wolf Point.
Plestina has one daughter and two grandchildren residing in Maine.

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Lester To The Rescue


Wolf Point Federal Credit Union CEO Lester Warby saved a customer’s pickup truck and possibly the credit union from burning Monday, Sept. 21, when he put out an engine compartment fire with a fire extinguisher at the drive up window at about 4:30 p.m. The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department arrived shortly after.    (Photo by John Plestina)

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Crash Cuts Power

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A man the Wolf Point Police Department said was intoxicated crashed a pickup truck into a utility pole near the Indian Health Service on Sixth Avenue North Thursday, Sept. 17, leaving the north side without power for a few hours. A transformer was on the ground and caused a small fire that brought the Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department to the scene. The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice arrested the male driver. Tribal police did not release the man’s name.  (Photo by Eric Killelea)

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Beste-Guldborg Considered For $65,000 Data Specialist Contract

It took several motions before Wolf Point School District trustees agreed to rehire former Northside Elementary School principal Ann Beste-Guldborg as data specialist and testing coordinator Monday, Sept. 14. The 12-month independent contract will pay $65,000 to the former administrator who took a buyout of her contract in 2012.
Beste-Guldborg will have to obtain an independent contractor’s license.
School board chairman Mark Kurokawa said the board would revisit the contract during a future meeting because trustees disagreed over wording of the contract. The meeting was later set for Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m.
In other business, the board voted to hire several people pending satisfactory background checks. They are: Wendy Connelley, junior class advisor; Shane Reed, maintenance director; Naomi Carter, Andrea Christian, Julie D’Ambrosio, Cheryl Stracener, Glenn Strader, substitute teachers; Troy Blount, assistant high school boys basketball coach; Brent Nygard, junior high girls’ basketball coach; Sierra Hanks, part-time custodian; and Ronnette Babb, substitute teacher.
The school district previously posted nepotism notices in The Herald-News in accordance with state law because Babb and Hanks are related to school board members.
In another matter, the board approved an extension of a Lustre Elementary School District bus route into the Wolf Point School District.
Trustees also authorized district business manager Cheri’ Nygard to open a Pcard account at First Community Bank to make monthly Pcard credit card payments through the ACH process and to have Cheri’ Nygard, Connie Neubauer and district superintendent Gary Scott as the authorized signatories. The account could also be used to set up other ACH payments as needed in the future.
In other business, the board approved final expenditures for the Montana Striving Readers Project and ESSA Title School Wide grants by Sept. 30 to close out both grants.
In another matter, the trustees voted to develop a practice field, shot put and discus throwing area northeast of the football field.
The board also voted to dispose of the 1996 Ford Crown Victoria, the former student resource officer vehicle.
In other business, the trustees voted to purchase a $6,768 floor scrubber for Southside Elementary School and junior and senior high school custodial supplies from K-B Commercial Products for $5,613.

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