Wolf Point Herald

Haven Gourneau Named President Of FPCC

After conducting a national search, interviewing and evaluating the pool of applicants, the Fort Peck Community College board of directors has officially selected Haven Gourneau as the new permanent president of Fort Peck Community College.
Since January, Gourneau has served as the interim president at the appointment of the FPCC board of directors due to the resignation of Dr. Florence Garcia.
FPCC has now solidified the key leadership position of the institution and welcomes the energy and perspective that Gourneau brings to the position.
“I appreciate the FPCC board of directors vote of confidence. Also, the support I’ve received from colleagues, friends, and family has been great. The 27 years of being on the FPCC campus, first as a student and then as an employee have given me first-hand experience in the processes of higher education.  I look forward to serving the FPCC campus and our communities,” Haven Gourneau, FPCC president.
A “President’s Welcoming Picnic” is scheduled for  Friday, May 9, near the FPCC institutional building on the boulevard in Poplar.

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Stevens, Taylor, Poole Appear In Court

Several people were arraigned in 15th District Court Wednesday, April 30. They include the following individuals:
Kyle Lee Stevens pleaded not guilty to theft and criminal mischief.
An omnibus hearing was set for May 14 and a trial was scheduled for July 17.
Amanda Dawn Taylor pleaded not guilty to possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the fluence, driving while privilege is suspended or revoked and driving with no insurance, second or subsequent offense.
An omnibus hearing was set for May 14 and a trial was scheduled for July 17, where she is also scheduled to answer to allegations that she violated conditions of bail.
Judge David Cybulski denied a defense request for a reduction in bail.
Kandace Jean Poole pleaded not guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
An omnibus hearing was set for May 14 and a trial was scheduled for July 17.
Cybulski denied a defense request for a reduction in bail, that has been set at $50,000.
Assistant County Attorney Jordan Knudsen cited a previous drug offense in North Dakota as a reason the request should be denied.

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Wolf Point Police And Fire Blotter For May 8

(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire departments between April 28 and May 4. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
April 28
12:09 a.m., police and firefighters responded to a structure fire on the 600 block of Third Avenue South. The unoccupied house was a total loss. Officers provided traffic control.
1:45 a.m., officers responded to Trinity Hospital for a report of an individual attempting to break into vehicles and arrested Patrick Reum, 20, and Tyler Reum, 21, of Wolf Point, for criminal mischief.
11:14 a.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Fourth Avenue North for a report of a theft from an unlocked vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
6:06 p.m., officers are investigating a report of a forged check with a loss valued under $1,000 at Old Town Grill.
6:32 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street and arrested Robert White, 40, of Frazer, for simple assault. An adult male had non-life-threatening injuries.
April 29
6:05 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of Fourth Avenue South for a report of vandalism to a fence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
7:17 p.m., officers responded to area of Nellie Park for a report of a reckless driver and cited a 16-year-old Wolf Point male.
7:45 p.m., officers are investigating a report of vandalism that involved spray paint with a loss valued under $1,000 at the Roose-velt County Library.
10:35 p.m., firefighters responded to the corner of First Avenue South and Fairweather Street for a fire that destroyed an unoccupied singlewide mobile home. The home was a total loss. Six firefighters and one truck responded.
April 30
1:44 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 300 block of Custer Street for a report by a homeowner that a party was going on in his house and arrested Chelsea Black Eagle, 36, of Wolf Point, on a warrant and for disorderly conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor; Trevor White, 21, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct and simple assault; Ocean Deserly, 20, Danny Martin, 30, both of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
3:39 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of Fairweather Street for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
9:01 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 400 block of Granville Street for a report of a disturbance and arrested Little Star Adams, 32, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct.
May 1
8:03 a.m., officers responded to Nemont on the 200 block of Benton Street for a report of vandalism with graffiti with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
1:32 p.m., officers responded to the Wolf Point Federal Credit Union for a report of a suspicious transaction with a loss valued over $1,000. The investigation continues.
4:15 p.m., officers responded to Child and Family Services on the 100 block of Main Street for a report of graffiti spray painted on a vehicle loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
May 2
12:27 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of a female causing a disturbance and arrested Michelle Tibbits, 31, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.
2:25 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Main Street for a report of juveniles attempting to deflate tires. The suspects left prior to police arrival.
May 3
1:32 a.m., firefighters and police officers responded to the alley north of the 300 block of Johnson Street for a dumpster fire.
2:23 a.m., officers arrested Maurice Beaudry, 21, of Wolf Point, in the parking lot at Western Bank on a warrant.
3:34 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Custer Street and arrested Darrell Beston Jr., 30, of Wolf Point, for domestic abuse.
6:17 p.m., firefighters and police officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of Helena Street for a fire that was confined to the kitchen.
8:02 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 400 block of Granville Street for a report of an assault with minor injuries to a 21-year-old female. The suspect left the scene prior to police arrival. Police have submitted a request for an arrest warrant.
8:07 p.m., officers responded to Arlo’s Bar for a report of counterfeit money with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
8:30 p.m.; firefighters responded to a grass fire near the water treatment plant with 10 firefighters and three trucks. The fire was contained and firefighters left the scene at 10:13 p.m.
May 4
12:24 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Hwy. 2 near Second Avenue North and cited Alexis Bigleggins, 24, of Wolf Point, for driving without a license and no insurance.
2:45 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on the 700 block of Knapp Street and arrested Brent Zimmerman, 25, of Wolf  Point  for driving under the influence.
9:31 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of a shoplifter with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
Other calls
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between April 28 and May 4: checks of wellbeing,  seven; civil standby, one; domestic disturbance, five; public assistance, 23; removal of unwanted individuals, 14; animal complaints, two; medical assistance, seven; alarm, one; assist other agency, three; unfounded report, 11; and driving complaints, five.

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Arson Suspected In Wolf Point Fire

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This fire totally destroyed this vacant house on the corner of Fairweather Street and Third Avenue South Monday, April 28.  A motorhome belonging to a neighbor was destroyed. Arson is suspected.   (Photos by Patrick O’Connor)


Only a chimney remains standing of a vacant house on Third Avenue South near Fairweather Street that burned to the ground after a suspicious fire started early Monday, April 28.
A motorhome that belongs to a neighbor was also destroyed.
“I have no information to say it was arson, but no one was living in it, so it had no other way to start,” Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department chief Shawn Eggar said Monday afternoon.
The WPVFD responded with seven firefighters and three trucks following a 911 call at 12:10 a.m., by a neighbor reporting seeing smoke coming from the house.
“When the police got there, the fire was in the basement. When we got there, the house was fully involved,” Eggar said. He added that the WPVFD response time was quick.
Police chief Jeff Harada said there is no active arson investigation by city police. He said neighbors called 911 and reported seeing smoke coming from the house. Neighbors also reported to officers at the scene that they had seen young people running from the house.
“We were pleased that it didn’t get to the next house,” Eggar said. He added that if it had happened Saturday, the wind could have spread the fire to nearby homes.

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One Injury Reported In Amtrak Derailment Near Bainville

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A passenger took this photo shortly after the derailment that shows one of the two passenger cars off the track and damaged track.   (Photo by Susan Cook, Amtrak Passenger)


One person was hospitalized when two passenger cars on Amtrak’s Minneapolis to Portland and Seattle Empire Builder route derailed near Bainville Monday, April 28.
The westbound cars went off the track at a switch about 2 p.m. Both cars remained upright.
Amtrak reported that 117 passengers were onboard the 13-car train.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the train was delayed three and a half hours. It was held temporarily at Culbertson.
An eastbound Amtrak train was delayed 15 hours while a crew from Burlington Northern/Santa Fe repaired damaged track. BNSF owns the track.
“One passenger was looked at the scene by EMS and then looked at Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson,” Magliari said.
The unidentified passenger was released from the hospital.
“The tracks were closed because of track damage and disabled cars and reopened this morning,” Magliari said Tuesday, April 29.
Matt Jones, BNSF director of public affairs, said the track was returned to service at 5 a.m.
He said he did not immediately have an estimate of the cost of the damage.
“There could be delays of 36 hours on shipments on this corridor,” Jones said.
Roosevelt County emergency management, sheriff’s deputies and emergency medical personnel responded to the scene.
“We appreciate the reactions of the local emergency responders,” Magliari said.
The Montana Department of Transportation closed Montana Hwy. 327 near the derailment and set up a detour for motor vehicle traffic.
The cause of the derailment remains under investigation by Amtrak and the BNSF.

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