Written by John Plestina
A Wolf Point man faced a federal magistrate judge in Great Falls Tuesday, Oct. 7, following a three-count federal indictment alleging methamphetamine distribution.
Raymond Eugene Russette, 38, pleaded not guilty to the three charges before Magistrate Judge R. Keith Strong.
According to the charging documents, Russette is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent of distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, Russette faces a maximum of 40 years in prison, $5 million in fines and four years supervised release.
The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice and Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated the case.
Written by Herald-News
The Wolf Point Educational Support Staff Association recently donated $500 to the local Wolf Point Pound Puppies organization toward expenses it occurs while working with the local animals in our area. WPESSA president Jennifer Zimmerman (left) presents the donation to Tina Bets His Medicine, administrator of the Wolf Point Pound Puppies, with “Boo,” one of the rescues. (Submitted photo)
Written by Bill Juve
The county commissioners are planning several presentations [that began Tuesday, Oct. 14] on the need for a new jail and upgrade to the existing building. This issue was on the primary ballot, but it failed due to voter turnout so they were fully aware of the need.
Then, they took $455,000 a year that could have been used on the jail to give themselves and others a second generous pay raise. They had already received a cost of living raise.
The bond request for the jail is a 20-year deal and the almost $12 million needed is only an estimate at this time. The money the commissioners removed from the operating budget over 20 years amounts to $9.1 million. The second raise they approved is ongoing as long as the oil severance tax remains stable at the current level or increases. However, the commissioners have the sole power to change the use of this money.
If the need for a new jail was and remains so critical, why wasn’t this $455,000 put toward that use?
The Montana Code Annotated 15-36-332 (3) states in part: “... oil and natural gas production taxes for each county must be used for the exclusive use and benefit of the county.”
Was a raise for a privileged few the best use of our tax dollars or should it have gone to more pressing needs? The three county commissioners must have thought so.
Written by Herald-News
The Office of Commissioner of Higher Education, along with the Office of Public Instruction and the Governor’s Office is pleased to support Montana’s College Application Week, and Wolf Point High School will participate in events held Nov. 3-7.
The goal of the week is to assist all seniors as they apply to some type of postsecondary educational option, including certificate programs, two-year degree programs and four-year degree programs.
During Montana College Application Week, students at Wolf Point High School will participate in a variety of college awareness activities, including applying for college admission and a FAFSA Information Night on Monday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m.
With the help of school and community volunteers, seniors will complete applications, with the goal of 100 percent of the senior class submitting applications by the end of the week.
Montana College Application Week is coordinated by Montana GEAR-UP of the Montana University System, in collaboration with a steering committee representing the K-12 community, community based organizations, and all sectors of Montana’s higher education system.
For more information, visit www.mus.edu/gearup/caw.asp.
Contact Keri Sansaver, Wolf Point High School counselor, or Erin Fosland, Wolf Point School District GEAR-UP liaison, for more information.
Written by John Plestina
A man serving a sentence for a drug violation in the Fort Peck Tribes jail in Poplar was taken into federal custody, Wednesday, Sept. 24, following a federal indictment.
A federal grand jury indicted Landon Thomas Dupree, 29, for felon in possession of a firearm in U.S. District Court in Billings, Thursday, Sept. 18.
He was arraigned in Great Falls a few days later, where he pleaded not guilty. He is being held in federal custody.
The charging documents allege that Dupree knowingly possessed a firearm in Poplar last Jan. 11. According to the court document, Dupree was previously convicted of a felony in North Dakota that carries a prison term in excess of one year.
Dupree, if convicted, is facing a maximum of 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release.