Written by Herald-News
A 15-year-old boy who was killed in a shooting in Billings, Sunday, May 17, had lived in Wolf Point and had family ties to the area.
MacKeon Schulte died after he was shot in the head with a revolver by a 17-year-old male at a house on Alderson Avenue in Billings at about 2:30 a.m.
Billings police called the shooting accidental after a preliminary investigation. No arrests were reported.
According to reports, Schulte and another youth knocked on a window and threw pebbles at the window attempting to wake a friend who fired a gun through the window.
Written by Herald-News
(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire departments between May 18 and 24. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
5:07 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Dawson Street for a report of a theft from a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
9:02 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Dawson Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
4:52 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Third Avenue South for a report of a theft from a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
2:21 a.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Sixth Avenue South for a report of an attempted robbery with no injuries and no reported loss. The incident remains under investigation.
2:56 a.m., officers responded to the 700 block of Sixth Avenue South for a report of suspicious individuals in the area. The incident remains under investigation.
3:18 a.m., officers responded to the area of Fourth Avenue South and Helena Street and arrested Clay Reum, 21, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
5:13 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Fairweather Street for a report of theft from the property with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
12:30 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Front Street for a report of a residential burglary with a loss valued over $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
2:16 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of motor vehicle accident with no injuries reported and cited Briann Burshia, 23, of Wolf Point for careless driving.
5:03 p.m., officers responded to Arlo’s Bar for a report of a simple assault. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point female.
8:45 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Third Avenue South for a report of a motor vehicle accident with no injuries reported and cited Tyrone Darnell, 24, of Wolf Point for driving under the influence.
12:12 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of Third Avenue South and Benton Street and arrested Don Sharp Jr., 25, of Wolf Point on a warrant and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
11:10 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Blaine Street for a report of suspicious individuals in the area with no reported damages or loss. The incident remains under investigation.
1:43 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Edgar Street for a report of vandalism to the property. The incident remains under investigation.
8:50 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Edgar Street for a report of theft from the property. The incident remains under investigation.
9:45 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Dayton Street for a report of theft from the property. The incident remains under investigation.
2:40 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Johnson Street for a report of an attempted theft from the property. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point male.
10 a.m., officers responded to Wolf Point High School for a report of theft of personal property. The incident remains under investigation.
11:34 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Custer Street for a report of an attempted financial theft with no reported loss.
1:33 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on the 300 block of Main Street and arrested Chance Robinson, 29, of Wolf Point for driving under the influence and Cyler Robinson, 22, of Wolf Point on an outstanding warrant.
2:07 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Custer Street for a report of a disturbance in progress and arrested Tyler Lilley, 19, of Wolf Point for domestic abuse.
4 p.m., officers responded to the area of Southside Elementary School for a report of child neglect and arrested Tosha Whitehawk, 35, for child neglect. The same charge is pending against a Wolf Point male.
9:41 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Dayton Street for a report of a domestic disturbance in progress and arrested Elston LaBelle, 38, of Wolf Point for domestic abuse.
12:05 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Benton Street and arrested Dustin Ray Martell, 25, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
1:19 a.m., officers discovered two individuals suspected of tampering with vehicles on U.S. Hwy. 2 and cited two male juveniles, ages 13 and 15 from Wolf Point with criminal trespass and criminal mischief. The 15-year-old was also cited for minor in possession of alcohol.
2:23 a.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a beer theft and arrested Brett Morales, 21, of Wolf Point for theft.
2:40 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Indian and Prospect streets and arrested Gary Lonebear, 38, of Colorado for disorderly conduct.
5:45 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Dawson Street for a report of an attempted burglary. The incident remains under investigation.
9:57 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Granville Street for a report of trespass to an abandoned building. The incident remains under investigation.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between May 18 and 24: checks of wellbeing, 12; civil standby, four; domestic disturbance, six; public assistance, 13; motor vehicle accidents, one; removal of unwanted individuals, seven; medical assistance, four; fire assistance, two; alarm, four; assist other agency, five; unfounded reports, five; driving complaints, three; and school requested assistance, two.
Written by John Plestina
An Amtrak employee who is alleged to have committed a kidnap and sexual assault onboard an Amtrak train that was passing through Roosevelt County on April 19 made an initial appearance in 15th District Court Wednesday, May 13.
The Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office identified the defendant as Charles Henry Pinner, 59, of Detroit, Mich.
Undersheriff John Summers said Pinner works for Amtrak and is based in Chicago, Ill.
An online search shows Pinner living in Detroit with several previous addresses in Los Angeles and two other cities in California.
Sporting long dreadlocks, a beard and gray stripped jail suit, Pinner appeared before District Judge David Cybulski where his charges were read. He did not have an attorney and pleas were not entered. Pinner is scheduled to appear for a full arraignment Wednesday, May 27.
The charging documents show two counts filed against Pinner of sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping. Each felony charge carries maximum penalties of 100 years imprisonment.
Summers said Pinner was working onboard Amtrak’s eastbound Empire Builder route that stops in Wolf Point April 19. A woman who was a passenger onboard that train made the allegations to Amtrak. The federal Amtrak Police Department detained Pinner in Chicago. APD transported Pinner to Fargo, N.D., where he was held temporarily.
Summers said the woman who made the allegations is not from Roosevelt County.
He said APD contacted the RCSO about the allegations April 30.
The Roosevelt County Attorney’s Office filed the charges against Pinner May 1.
Sheriff Jason Frederick and jail administrator Melvin Clark drove to Fargo and brought Pinner back to Wolf Point Tuesday, May 12.
RCSO Sgt. Patrick O’Connor and federal APD detectives based in Havre and California worked on the investigation.
Written by John Plestina
Federal and tribal investigators have said little about a man severely injured by a shotgun blast at a Wolf Point residence Sunday, May 17.
The Wolf Point Police Department responded to a 911 call that a man had been shot at a residence on the 900 block of Fourth Avenue South at 6:16 p.m.
WPPD Sgt. Ryan Michaelsen said the victim was severely injured by a shotgun blast.
The 24-year-old man was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus. Later, he was flown to a Great Falls hospital.
The WPPD was not further involved as the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation took over jurisdiction.
Authorities have not identified the man.
Attempts to gather information from both agencies were unsuccessful as of presstime.
Written by John Plestina
The newly elected trustees of the Wolf Point School District voted to reopen and advertise the soon to be vacant district superintendent’s position during a special meeting Thursday, May 14.
During a second special meeting Monday, May 18, board chairman Mark Kurokawa said there are applicants the old school board interviewed that have expressed new interest.
Applications are currently being accepted until Wednesday, May 27.
Possibly making encore performances as interim superintendents are former WPSD superintendents Paul Huber and Eileen Karge. Former Circle and Brockton superintendent Michael Radakovich was also discussed. All are currently retired. Huber lives in Wolf Point. Karge and
Radakovich live in Fort Peck.
Whether any of the three will make another entry remains unknown.
Possibly not really gone from consideration for the position is former Wolf Point High School teacher and athletic director Jim Baldwin, who applied for a permanent superintendent position, was interviewed, offered the position the day after he was interviewed and turned down an offered contract April 29.
Baldwin, originally from Culbertson and currently of St. John, Wash., was the top finalist among three people interviewed in late April. He has 39 years experience in education, taught at WPHS for nearly a decade from the mid-1980s until the mid-1990s, was athletic director and head coach of the Lady Wolves girls’ basketball team. Baldwin is also former superintendent in Choteau.
Kurokawa asked for thoughts about the superintendent search from individual board members during the May 14 meeting.
Board member Linda Hansen said the board has two choices, either make a new offer to Baldwin or readvertise the position.
Hansen also said a new window is opening because the six trustees are a new board.
Vice chair Brandon Babb said with the board change, the district should contact people considered in the past and previous superintendents.
Trustee Lanette Clark said the position could be advertised statewide and local candidates could apply.
She said she does not want have to accept an only available candidate.
Current superintendent Joe Paine said the board chair could call people who have been interested in the position and past superintendents.
Kurokawa said if the district advertises for two weeks, holds interviews and fails to get an accepted offer, there might not be a new superintendent in place by July 1.
He asked if the board could bring in candidates for interviews without readvertising. Paine said that could be done.
“I think at this stage of the game, that’s where I would advise you to go,” Paine said.
He recommended using the Montana Office of Public Instruction website to advertise.
“Our pool of qualified candidates is shrinking,” Paine said.
Kurokawa said he contacted Baldwin about reconsidering the position. He said Baldwin expressed concerns about the salary, which is below state and national averages, and about working a four rather than five-day work week.
Kurokawa said Baldwin told him he has interviewed for a position elsewhere and was waiting to hear if would be offered a position.
Kurokawa said May 18 that he had not contacted Baldwin again since the May 14 meeting.
He also said he had not contacted any past superintendents and wanted to wait.
“You want a superintendent who is going to be around and who is going to be visible,” Paine said.
“Time is definitely of the essence,” Babb said.
He added that many possible candidates could have already accepted offers from other districts.
Babb also said the district needs a superintendent with experience and leadership qualities.
The board is looking to up the ante to attract a superintendent candidate. By fattening the pot, board members hope to attract a viable applicant.
The average salary for superintendents in Montana Class B school districts is $89,000. The superintendent in Poplar earns $95,000 annually.
Wolf Point has set the pay scale between $80,000 and $90,000.
The board discussed a higher rate during the May 14 meeting but no on May 18.
The school district worked with Kerri Langoni of the Montana School Board Association to attract and screen applicants for the two unsuccessful attempts to fill the position.
It remains unknown if the new school board will work with the MSBA or advertise at the district level for applicants.
The board voted May 14 to void the contract with the MSBA.
The first round of applications while working with the MDBA resulted in invitations to interview extended to two top applicants in March. Both withdrew from consideration. School trustees then voted 4-0 during a special meeting March 30, to re-open the position for 10 days to again attempt to find finalists to invite for interviews, with the alternative available of hiring an interim superintendent. The result was interviews April 27 with Baldwin, Silk and one other candidate.
A permanent or interim superintendent will replace Paine, who submitted his resignation to become a principal in Grenora, N.D. Paine’s final day is June 15. He served the Wolf Point district 24 years as an educator and administrator; the past four years as district superintendent.
The school district wants a new superintendent to be in place July 1.
The district was paying the MTSBA $5,500 for the search and screening process and paid $5,000 for the same services two years ago. Additionally, the district pays the MTSBA nearly $10,000 for annual dues and has paid additional funds for legal issues.