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 Sept. 15 and 21. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
6:46 a.m., officers responded to the BNSF substation across the tracks from the Amtrak station for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued at less than $1,000. The investigation continued as of press time.
7:40 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Alder Street for a report of entry into a vehicle. Nothing was reported stolen.
9:44 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Front Street for a report of a man causing a disturbance and arrested Michael Williams, 25, of Wolf Point, for assault with body fluids, aggravated disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault on a law enforcement officer.
12:32 a.m., officers attempted a traffic stop near Fourth Avenue South and Blaine Street, but failed to stop the driver and terminated the pursuit. The driver was apprehended a short time later. Police identified him as James Welch, 41, of Wolf Point, and cited him for reckless driving, fleeing or eluding an officer, driving without a driver’s license and driving with no insurance.
9:32 a.m., officers responded to the Wolf Point city shop for a report of a theft. The missing items were recovered and the investigation continued as of press time.
9:42 p.m., officers observed a disturbance on Third Avenue South near the underpass and arrested Deland Redboy, 28, of Wolf Point, on a warrant.
9 a.m., officers took a report of a theft onboard an Amtrak train with a loss valued at less than $1,000. The investigation continued as of press time.
4:57 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of a minor motor vehicle accident with no reported injuries and cited Saramarie Serawop, 27, of Wolf Point, for careless or reckless driving.
6:04 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of Benton Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued at less the $1,000. The investigation continued as of press time.
9:49 p.m., officers responded to Arlo’s Bar for a report of a man causing a disturbance and cited Cody Spaur, 24, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct.
7:11 a.m., officers responded to Wolf Point Cafe for a report of vandalism to the building with a loss valued over $1,000. The investigation continued as of press time.
9:38 a.m., officers took a report of a theft from an unlocked vehicle that occurred Wednesday, Sept. 17, on the 200 block of Main Street with a loss valued over $1,000. The investigation continued as of press time.
12:04 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Third Avenue South for a report of an assault and arrested Troy Ironshield, 48, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct.
1:19 p.m., officers responded to Peters Auto on U.S. Hwy. 2, for a report of a motor vehicle accident. A westbound minivan crossed the eastbound lanes and struck a sign, knocking it over. The driver, Holly Toavs, 29, of Wolf Point, and a four-year-old Wolf Point male were transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The accident remains under investigation and charges are pending.
5:33 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Johnson Street for a report of a theft of a vehicle that was later recovered. Officers cited Heavenly Hall, 24, of Wolf Point, for theft.
8:30 a.m., officers responded to Will's Office World for a report of a theft from the exterior of the building with a loss valued over $1,000. The investigation continued as of press time.
1:24 p.m., firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident on Montana Hwy. 25 near the Wolf Point Airport and cleaned up a small fluid spill. Montana Highway Patrol investigated the two-vehicle accident with multiple injuries.
2:42 p.m., officers responded to the Swap Shop for a report of a theft with a loss valued at over $1,000. The investigation continued as of press time.
12:48 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of an assault and arrested Larry Long Jr., 42, of Frazer, for simple assault and disorderly conduct.
8:53 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 300 block of Custer Street for a report of a disturbance and arrested Jarod Weyrauch, 29, of Wolf Point, on a warrant.
10:16 p.m., officers responded to The Water Hole for a report of a disturbance and cited Sherri Follet, 31, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct.
2:21 a.m., officers observed a fight in front of Arlo’s Bar and arrested John Yellowrobe Jr., 35, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct and hindering law enforcement, and cited James Olsen, 36, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct.
9:25 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Benton Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued over $1,000. The investigation continued as of press time.
11:42 a.m., firefighters responded to the sewage lagoon for a small fire burning two logs and a small amount of grass around it.
9:12 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of a fight in front of the liquor store and arrested Jordan Jackson, 22, of Frazer, and Mikey Escarcega, 23, of Wolf Point, both for disorderly conduct and simple assault.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between Sept. 15 and 21: checks of wellbeing, seven; civil standby, two; domestic disturbance, three; public assistance, 25; motor vehicle accidents, two; removal of unwanted individuals, 20; animal complaints, three; medical assistance, seven; fire assistance, one; alarm, nine; assist other agency, three; unfounded report, 16; driving complaints, eight; and school- requested assistance, two.
Written by John Plestina
Jason Frederick will take office as Roosevelt County Sheriff three months before the next four-year sheriff’s term begins with his appointment as interim sheriff by a unanimous vote of the Roosevelt County Commissioners, Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Sheriff Freedom Crawford, 37, submitted a letter of resignation to the commissioners Wednesday, Sept. 10, effective Oct. 1, more than one month prior to the fall election. Frederick will become sheriff Oct. 2.
Undersheriff John Summers will remain on the job. The undersheriff serves at the pleasure of the sheriff.
“[Frederick] has already told us he will appoint John Summers as undersheriff,” Commissioner Gary Macdonald said.
Frederick is a current deputy and former undersheriff.
Crawford, who has sought a third term as sheriff, finished a distant second behind Frederick in a four-way primary race in June. The top two finishers face each other in the general election.
Crawford did not return a telephone call from The Herald-News.
Written by John Plestina
Wolf Point School District trustee Brent Nygard publicly recognized superintendent Joe Paine during the school board meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 9, for saving the life of a high school student the previous day.
Paine witnessed the male student in distress in the lunch room Monday, Sept. 8.
“He was choking and I had to give him the Heimlich. It took about six tries,” Paine said.
The Heimlich maneuver is an emergency technique for preventing suffocation when a person’s airway becomes blocked by food or other obstruction.
The student was not taken to the hospital.
“He was fine. We just had to clear his airway so he could get some oxygen,” Paine said.
Paine, a longtime educator and former Wolf Point High School principal, is also a former CPR and first aid instructor for Wolf Point and other school districts in northeast Montana.
Written by John Plestina
Possible New Lord’s Table Site -- The corner of First Avenue South and Dawson Street contains the three lots where a multipurpose center could house the Lord’s Table soup kitchen, the Overcomer’s Church and possibly a shelter. The current Lord’s Table building is on the right. (Photo by John Plestina)
The Lord’s Table soup kitchen might not move into the former Boys and Girls Club building on Main Street, which the Fort Peck Tribes executive board granted a 25-year lease in August with the caveat that the tribally owned building be used as a food pantry and for the Lord’s Table.
Pastor Danny Lindsay of Overcomer’s Church on First Avenue South at the corner of East Edgar Street said he is unsure about where the Lord’s Table will be located long-term.
It currently occupies the church building.
Lindsay said a woman who plans to reopen the food pantry in the former Boys and Girls Club building invited him to relocate the Lord’s Table to the site on Main Street at no cost for rent or utilities.
“It sounds good, but I’m a little hesitant to move,” Lindsay said.
Overcomer’s Church owns the current Lord’s Table building and three lots on First Avenue South between East Dawson Street and an alley that borders the property where the Lord’s Table is currently located.
Lindsay said he envisions a 60- by 100-foot multipurpose center that would house the Overcomer’s Church, the Lord’s Table and other uses that could include a homeless shelter.
“There is a real need for a shelter,” Lindsay said.
He said grant funding would be needed and he does not know if that could happen during the coming year.
Lindsay founded the Lord’s Table in 2001, which serves free meals five days a week.
The last food pantry in Wolf Point closed more than a year ago and the nearest one is located in Culbertson.
Written by John Plestina
Public works director Rick Isle told the Wolf Point City Council, Monday, Sept. 15, that aging clay sewer pipes along Main and Anaconda streets are broken in some places and must be replaced soon.
Mayor Chris Dschaak said it has been more than 20 years since those streets in the downtown area have been reconstructed.
In other business, the council approved stop and yield signs along East Indian Street, Crescent Drive, Prospect Avenue and Highland Avenue, including three-way stop signs in the intersection of Prospect and East Indian.
In another matter, the council empowered a committee of three of its members to award bids for the cleanup of the burned out former site of Gysler Furniture and Appliance. Bids will be opened Thursday, Oct. 2, at Great Northern Development Corporation, which is working with the council to obtain funding to clean up the site and redevelop the site on the corner of Anaconda Street and Second Avenue South.
The council also discussed the proposed bed tax. A committee will meet with representatives of the Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture to discuss a future bed tax ordinance for council consideration at a later date.
In other business, the council approved a resolution showing intent to adopt a new future land use map at a later date. State mandates call for updating the map every five years.
The council approved the Wolf Point High School Homecoming Parade for Friday, Oct. 10, and gave tentative approval for the Native American Day Parade. No application has been submitted for that annual parade.
In another matter, Eric Johannasen told the council that eight vendors were at the recent and first Wolf Point Swap Meet in Sherman Park and that all have said they want to do it again.
Dschaak announced that Kahlil Wehbe is now a member of the Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department. The department’s membership has declined this year.
Isle told the council that one of the small cells at the sewage lagoon needs to be relined.
The council adopted a new social media policy for municipal employees.