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Junior Optimists Decorate

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Alexis Baker (left) and Laci Ackerman decorate a window in The Herald-News office. The sixth-graders are members of the Junior Optimists Club at Northside Elementary School.  (Photo by John Plestina)

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Optimists Bazaar

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Chris Will sells her goods at the Wolf Point Optimists Club’s annual bazaar in the Wolf Point High School gym, Saturday, Dec. 6.   (Photo by John Plestina)

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Car Fire On Custer Street

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Wolf Point Volunteer firefighters put out a fire that destroyed this 1987 Toyota parked on Custer Street at the corner of Fifth Avenue South Saturday, Dec. 6, at about 1:30 p.m.  There were no injuries and the fire did not spread to an apartment building it was parked in front of, which fire chief Shawn Eggar said the car had just been parked when the fire started. The cause is not considered suspicious.     (Photo by John Plestina)

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Sepanski Mum On Location Of Stolen Items

Avoiding the stigma of snitching and maintaining the criminal underground code of silence, Jeremy Thomas Sepanski was sentenced in 15th District Court to serve 10 years in Montana State prison, Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Judge David Cybulski sentenced Sepanski, 30, of Plentywood to 20 years in Montana State Prison with 10 years suspended for burglary and five years on each of two forgery charges that would run concurrently with the 10-year sentence. Cybulski gave Sepanski credit for more than 300 days of time served in the Roosevelt County Jail.
Restitution Sepanski must pay after he is released could be reduced if eventually reveals the location of jewelry that was stolen during a burglary in Wolf Point in January.
Cybulski had continued the sentencing from Nov. 12, in an attempt to get Sepanski to reveal who he sold or gave the jewelry to.
The charging documents accuse Sepanski of illegally entering the Wolf Point home of Milton and Cynthia Berglee when no one was home Jan. 20, stealing several items of jewelry, including a wedding ring, and checks, and attempting to cash the checks in a store in Froid. Sepanski had been a friend of the Berglee’s son and had been a guest in the house prior to the burglary.
Sepanski withdrew not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to forgery, burglary and forgery by common scheme during a hearing in August, after entering into a plea agreement.
Before imposing sentence, Cybulski asked Sepanski to reveal the location of stolen rings and other jewelry.
“I got rid of them, Your Honor,” Sepanski said.
Cybulski pressed Sepan-
ski for names.
“I don’t have any names. I’m not going to give names,” Sepanski said.
“To me, that shows a lack of remorse,” Cybulski said. “I’m really bothered by you not being willing to rat on someone you may have just given something to.”
Cybulski called Sepanski’s lack of willingness egregious and said there might not be a good chance of rehabilitation.
“[Sepanski] probably would have gotten a couple of years or less,” if he had revealed who had the jewelry,” Berglee said.
“The judge said he was going to throw the book at him and he did,” he said.
“I know from [ages] 30 to 40 ― that’s big years in a persons life,” Berglee said.
Berglee said he suspects that Sepanski either has the jewelry hidden with stolen property from other burglaries he doesn’t want the police to find or has pawned the items.
He said it is unlikely the jewelry would ever be returned.
“I thought the judge was very fair,” Berglee said. “I’m very happy with the justice system.”
He said he was also pleased with the investigation by the Wolf Point Police Department and the Roosevelt County Attorney.
Sepanski owes restitution to the Berglees for the value of the jewelry and two banks for stolen forged checks he cashed.
Sepanski has a plea agreement in an unrelated felony case in Sheridan County.

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Gysler Fire Site Cleanup Over Budget

The Wolf Point City Council was told that the environmental cleanup of the burned-out former Gysler Furniture and Appliance store site on Anaconda Street and Second Avenue South is about $40,000 over budget during the monthly council meeting Monday, Dec. 15.
Workers from Safetech Inc., a Billings asbestos abatement contractor, began work at the site during late October and had completed a substantial portion of the cleanup when winter weather forced them to stop in November. The project is on hold until spring and equipment that was at the site has been returned to Billings.
Local contractors might have an opportunity to bid on the remainder of the project.
Mayor Chris Dschaak said the city will not be responsible for additional costs that had not been budgeted for.
In other business, the council reappointed City Court Judge Traci Harada to another four-year term to coincide with the Justice Court position she was reelected to in November. Harada’s current municipal court position expires Dec. 31.
In another matter, councilwoman Laurie Evans suggested a contest of school children to rename O-Skat-E Park.

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