Wolf Point Herald

Wolf Point Police And Fire Blotter For May 22

(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire departments between May 12 and 18. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
May 12
12:55 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
4:45 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Dawson Street and arrested John Yellow Robe Jr., 35, of Wolf Point, for criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, criminal contempt and unlawful possession of drugs.
10:31 p.m., officers responded to Town pump for a report of a man consuming food and refusing to pay. Royce Birdsbill, 22, of Wolf Point, was cited for theft.
May 13
11:44 a.m., police received a report of a telephone scam where someone claimed to represent Montana-Dakota Utilities, told people their utilities were about to be shut off and demanded payment by wire.
4:27 p.m., Git-n-Go and arrested Cody Spauer, 24, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct.
May 14
6:59 a.m., officers responded to Northside Elementary School for a report of vandalism with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
12:21 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Edgar Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
5:49 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of Custer Street for a report of a man sleeping in front of Clayton-Stevenson Memorial Chapel and cited Joseph Muniz, 44, of Wolf Point, for criminal contempt and public intoxication.
8:24 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 300 block of Dawson Street and arrested Garrett Paulson, 22, of Wolf Point, on a warrant.
May 15
4:57 p.m., officers responded to Wolf Point Liquor Market on the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of a person sleeping on the ground and arrested Daniel Moreno, a 40-year-old transient, for public nuisance.
7:29 p.m., officers responded to the Homestead Inn for a report of a disturbance and arrested Evron Davis Jr., 44, of Poplar, for possession of drug paraphernalia.
8:55 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 400 block of Granville Street for a report of several juveniles left unattended and arrested the mother, Carmela Bearhill, 26, of Wolf Point, for child neglect, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
May 16
7:20 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 900 block of West Cascade Street and arrested Edward Knupp, 30, of Wolf Point, on a warrant, and cited Lisa Eagle, 23, and Debbie Mason, 56, both of Wolf Point, for hindering law enforcement.
May 17
11:13 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Helena Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
5:08 p.m., officers responded to Bryan’s on the 200 block of Main Street for a report of a disturbance and arrested Julie Acheson, 52, of Wolf Point, for domestic abuse.
6:01 p.m., firefighters responded to a grass fire 18 miles north of Wolf Point with two trucks and four firefighters.
6:20 p.m., officers observed a man sleeping on the ground at First Avenue South and Custer Street and cited Joseph Muniz, 44, of Wolf Point, for public intoxication.
May 18
4:33 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 400 block of Custer Street for a report of trespass to a vehicle and arrested Margie War Club, 31, of Wolf Point, for criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia, aggravated disorderly conduct and a tribal court warrant.
11:20 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Custer Street for a report of a motor vehicle accident with no injuries. Jason Stiles, 39, of Wolf Point, was cited for operating without liability insurance.
Other calls
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between May 12 and 18: civil standby, three; domestic disturbance, one; public assistance, 17; motor vehicle accident, two; removal of unwanted individuals, 15; animal complaints, five; assist other agency, five; unfounded report, 16; and driving complaints, two.

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Fort Peck Community College Celebrates Students’ Success At Graduation

Each of Fort Peck Community College’s 46 graduates serves as an example of how hard work and commitment translate into personal and academic success. Graduates celebrating the completion of their degrees included Christopher Allen, associate of applied science in automotive technology and certificate in heavy equipment; Robin Begs His Own, associate of arts in human services; Xander Beston, certificate in welding; Stanley Bighorn, certificate in welding; Megan Bighorn-Black, associate of arts in general studies; Wilma Bets His Medicine, associate of arts in education; Hunter Braaten, certificate in electrical line worker; Dominique Brown, certificate in electrical line worker; O’Dale Brown, associate of applied science in business technology; Janet Campbell, associate of applied science in automotive technology; Lilda Christian, associate of arts in education; Jonathan Daniels, associate of arts in business administration; Marcus DeCoteau, associate of arts in general studies; Danielle Doornek, associate of science in pre-health/pre-nursing; Chauncey Elk, certificate in heavy equipment; Ellen Enriquez, associate of science in pre-health/pre-nursing; Rachel Etheridge, associate of arts in general studies; Jessica Failing-Berger, associate of applied science in business technology and certificate in accounting technician; Patience Frislie, associate of applied science in business technology; Kyle Goodman, certificate in electrical line worker; Alexandria Herrald, associate of arts in human services; David James, associate of arts in business administration; Jeffery Kemp, associate of applied science in business technology; Ta’Leigha Martell, associate of arts in general studies; Ryan Marottek, associate of arts in business administration; Shirley Meyer, associate of arts in Native American studies; Darci Miller, associate of arts in general studies; Pryce Paulson, associate of applied science in automotive technology; Adrieene Reddoor, associate of arts in general studies; Christy Red Dog-Youngman, associate of applied science in business technology; Randy Red Elk, certificates in heavy equipment and welding; Martel Reum, associate of arts in chemical addiction studies; Dimitri Ricker, associate applied science in building trades; Bryson Runsabove-Meyers, associate of arts in Native American studies; Winona Runsabove-Meyers, associate of arts in Native American studies; Riley Schind-ler, associate of applied science in automotive technology and certificate of heavy equipment; Trinzy Schultes, associate of arts in education; Elsey Sherman, associate of arts in human services; Alyssa Shields, associate of science in pre-health/pre-nursing; Cody Sietsema, certificate in electrical line worker; Carrie Sifford, associate of arts in psychology; Antoinette Simons, certificate in heavy equipment; Dillon Spotts, associate of applied science in computer technology and certificate in desktop support technician; Brendan Youpee, certificate in building trades; Lloyd Youpee, associate of applied science in building trades; and Cherilyn Yuzicappi, associate of applied science in business technology. Preceding the ceremony was the annual FPCC Graduation Pow-wow/Waċipi held Friday at the Wolf Point High School. Dancers were out in full force as contest dancing included adult women and men, teens 13 to 19, girls and boys, junior girls and boys, tiny tots and the Potato Dance. Drums included the host drum Soldier Hill and Tatanka Oyate. The FPCC Blue Stone Indian Club and Culture Committee are grateful for the contributions of volunteers and community members for making FPCC’s cultural celebration a successful one.

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Driver Of Mail Truck Gets DUI

An alleged drunk driver who had started a U.S. mail delivery route in Wolf Point was stopped for DUI in Vida Friday, May 16. That driver was the girlfriend of the man who was supposed to have been driving the truck for deliveries to several post offices including Circle, Richey, Vida and Lambert. MHP identified the driver as Christy Follette, 32, of Fort Kipp. The boyfriend was identified as Lester Young, 30. MHP trooper Zack Miller said McCone County Sheriff’s deputies stopped the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van in Vida at about 10:30 a.m., after employees of several post offices in McCone, Dawson and Richland counties reported that the driver smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated. Miller said the McCone County Sheriff’s Office requested that the MHP handle the DUI because complaints had come from several counties. The MHP arrived on the scene at 11:50 a.m. Miller said Follette performed poorly when administered standard field sobriety tests. She was subsequently arrested for DUI first offense. The MHP transported Follette to Northeastern Montana Health Services Wolf Point Campus for a blood test. Miller said Follette had to be released with a citation because the Roosevelt County Jail was filled to capacity. Young was not charged. The name of the USPS contract delivery company Young works for was not made available.

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Hamill’s Lawsuit Against School District Dismissed

After nearly three years of legal wrangling, a lawsuit brought by former school superintendent Henry Hamill against the Wolf Point School District is resolved with the former superintendent receiving some compensation. The lawsuit brought by Hamill was dismissed with prejudice in 15th District Court Monday, March 10. The dismissal with prejudice is a final judgment and prevents Hamill from filing another case on the same claim. Hamill’s suit included allegations that he was hired but not licensed as a superintendent when the district hired him in 2010, that he was not entered into a board approved internship program as a superintendent, that the district failed to provide a supervising superintendent to provide advice, that the school district failed to inform him at the time he was hired that the WPSD was facing a severe financial deficit and that he would be required to develop and implement a plan to address the shortfall that would include staff reductions, wage reductions or a tax increase. Wolf Point School trustees voted unanimously following a closed executive session during a special meeting May 20, 2011, to indefinitely suspend Hamill with pay, pending an investigation. The board at that time included then and current board chairman Martin DeWitt and current trustee Tracy Juve Miranda. That board also included Sonny Douglas and Scott Nefzger. Then and current board member Janice Wemmer-Kegley did not attend the meeting. The motion the board approved that suspended Hamill also called for the board to retain the investigative services of the Montana School Board Association to investigate allegations related to the then superintendent. Issues had previously been raised of Hamill’s college performance. The school board voted 2-2 April 7, 2011 to retain the MSBA to investigate Hamill. At the time, Hamill had recently completed a course at Rocky Mountain College related to his superintendent’s certification. Hamill had served as superintendent for about 10 months. During that time, the district bought out the contracts of 13 teachers, implemented a hiring freeze and transitioned to a four-day school week. Allegations included in Hamill’s lawsuit include that the MSBA investigation was flawed. Hamill, 66, who now lives in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, spoke briefly with The Herald-News, but declined to answer questions. Instead, he referred this newspaper to his attorney, Joe Engel, of Great Falls. Engel confirmed that Hamill has received $175,000 from the school district since 2011. “The case was settled on a disputed basis without an admission of liability by anyone. We had pretty well established that the school board was negligent,” Engel said. “They failed to hire a supervising superintendent. Henry wasn’t licensed when he was hired,” he said. Engel called the Wolf Point board a contentious school board. “It was an unfortunate circumstance. If Henry had a supervising superintendent, he’d still be the superintendent today. It was very damaging to his reputation,” Engle said. “The main thing that the taxpayers should know is that it is an insurance settlement and it is not coming out of the general fund,” DeWitt said. He explained that the district had to pay $10,000 and the remainder was paid by the insurance carrier. “The decision to settle was the insurance company, not the district,” DeWitt said.

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Judge Denies Motion To Suppress Evidence Against Fowler

Judge David Cybulski denied a motion to suppress evidence against Dale Robert Fowler in 15th District Court Wednesday, May 14. Fowler’s attorney, Mark Epperson, alleged that a police search of a bedroom was unlawful and that drugs and paraphernalia found during the search should not be admissible in court. Fowler, 60, of Wolf Point, has been free on bail since he pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs Oct. 30. Charging documents identified the drug as methamphetamine. He was also charged with misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, alleged to be marijuana, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. According to charging documents, the search in question stems from WPPD Sgt. Ryan Michaelsen and Fort Peck Department of Law and Justice Officer David Gonzalez responding to a residence where Fowler was living at 430 Fairweather St. to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance in progress. “The initial report was of a domestic assault,” Michaelsen testified and added that he learned that Shantelle Schaeffer, alleged to have been Fowler’s girlfriend at the time, was wanted on a tribal court arrest warrant. Michaelsen said Schaeffer had dried blood on her face. He said she told him she had a verbal argument with Fowler and he had assaulted her. Schaeffer was arrested on the warrant and was found to have drug paraphernalia in her possession. She was transported to the tribal jail. Michaelsen said Fowler was taken into custody for domestic abuse. He said Schaeffer gave him permission to enter the bedroom she shared with Fowler. Michaelsen said there was an odor of marijuana in the room, dried blood on the bed, a marijuana cigarette on plain view on a dresser top and drug paraphernalia in the bedroom. A search warrant was obtained to further search the bedroom. Assistant Roosevelt County Attorney Jordan Knudsen asked Michaelsen if he asked permission of Fowler’s mother (the homeowner who lived at the residence) to search the bedroom and he responded that he had. The mother testified that she told officers drugs would be found in the room because her son is diabetic and was recovering from a gunshot wound at the time. Knudsen said Schaeffer’s statement to Michaelsen that there were illegal drugs in the bedroom led to probable cause. He asked Cybulski to deny the motion to suppress the evidence. “By making the statement that the drugs were in the bedroom that she shared with the defendant, she exposed her self to liability,” Knudsen said. Fowler remains free on bond. Wolf Point officers arresting him April 2 on a warrant out of McCone County following a traffic stop at Sixth Avenue South and Main Street for a stop sign violation and driving while license was suspended or revoked, according to information provided by the WPPD.

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