Wolf Point Herald

Wolf Point Police Busier This Spring

Police Chief Jeff Harada said 911 calls for police service have increased during recent months when he presented his activity report for May to the Wolf Point City Council, Monday, June 15.
Harada said 911 calls that city police responded to totaled 476 calls in May. That does not include calls within the city that were handled by the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office.
Harada said the 476 calls that city officers responded to in May were 12 more than in May 2014.
Total arrests, citations and tickets issued in May were 69.
City officers issued 64 tribal citations and five state citations during June.
Of a total of 79 criminal and traffic violations officers responded to in May, criminal contempt topped the list with 12 calls and disorderly conduct came in second with 11.
Police vehicles patrolled 5,972 miles, an average of 192.65 miles per day.
The animal control officer logged 496 miles during May, an average of about 16 miles per day.
Animal control impounded 21 dogs during May. Eighteen were released to owners after impoundment and license fees were collected. Three were euthanized. Animal control collected $330 in impoundment fees and $115 for dog licenses during May.

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Roosevelt County Jail Roster For June 25, 2015

(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Monday, June 25, 15 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center Was Holding one female to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, June 15, and Monday, June 22:
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer and resisting arrest;
•William Flynt, 36, Tucson, Ariz., fail to remain at accident scene, fail to carry proof or exhibit insurance, felony driving under the influence;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Amelia Hackman, 32, Scobey, contempt of court from Sheridan and Daniels counties;
•Aimee Jacobs, 38, St. Ignasius, warrant for probation and parole violation;
•Nicodemus A. Kupka, 19, Watford City, N.D., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and out-of- county warrant;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Carlos Maynard, 43, Wolf Point, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so is revoked, failure to have rear view mirror, bonded out;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Olyn Payne, 35, Wolf Point, U.S. Marshal’s warrant;
•Charles Pinner, 59, Detroit, Mich., aggravated kidnapping and sexual intercourse without consent;
•Zachery Shay, 23, Rock Springs, Wyo., arrested on out of county warrant;
• Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, theft and Burglary;
•Patrick Tomlinson, 24, unknown hometown, Kan., warrant for parole violation out of Kansas;  
•Jarod Weyrauch, 30, Wolf Point, probation violation.
•Zach Zilkoski, 23, Wolf Point, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked, bonded out.

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Wolf Point Police And Fire Blotter For June 25, 2015

(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point Police and volunteer fire departments between June 15 and 21. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
June 15
10:10 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Crescent Drive for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
2:51 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Fairweather Street for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
4:08 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Borge Park and cited Danell Demare, 24, of Wolf Point for reckless driving and driving without insurance.
4:19 p.m., firefighters responded to a small grass fire on Sunset Drive.
5:21 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of an assault and arrested Orlando Follet, 18, of  Wolf Point for dom-
estic abuse.
Time not stated: Officers cited Morgan Long, 29, of Wolf Point, for criminal trespass and theft for a previously reported incident.
6:42 p.m., officers responded to Northside School for a report of an assault. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point female.
8:23 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point male.
10:38 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of a car fire on the 100 block of Helena Street. No fire was found.
11:26 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump and arrested Andrew Giles, 33, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
June 16
2:41 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of suspicious activity in the area. The incident remains under investigation.
7:05 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Edgar Street for a report of suspicious activity in the area. The incident remains under investigation.
1:30 p.m., officers responded to the Sherman Inn for a report of trespass to a vehicle and cited a 13-year-old Wolf Point female juvenile for criminal trespass.
5:17 p.m., an 11-year-old Wolf Point male juvenile was cited for theft.
9:53 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a theft. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point male.
June 17
12:23 p.m., firefighters responded to a small grass fire on the 900 block of Sixth Avenue South.
1:47 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a hit and run motor vehicle accident and cited Russell Eder, 34, of Brockton for driving without a license, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without insurance.
Time not stated: Officers cited Blake Martinez, 22, of Wolf Point for theft from a previously reported incident.
9:46 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point male.
June 18
12:08 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Helena Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point male.
3:14 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of a theft and cited Michael Williams, 28, of Wolf Point for theft.
3:20 p.m., officers conducted a pedestrian stop on the 400 block of Benton Street and arrested Marcus Bigleggins, 26, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
5:06 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Front Street for a report of an intoxicated male and arrested Leroy Headdress, 36, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
9:01 p.m., officers conducted a pedestrian stop on the 500 block of Idaho Street and arrested Jacob Bessett, 26, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
June 19
1:11 a.m., officers responded to Lucky Lil’s Casino for a report of an unwanted male and arrested Elvis Follet Jr., 35, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
5:20 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Granville Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
8:51 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
10:56 a.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of shoplifting and arrested Joshua Higgins, 21, of Frazer on a warrant and unlawful possession of dangerous drugs.
10:12 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of East Johnson Street for a report of suspicious individuals in the area. The incident remains under investigation.
June 20
12:51 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Granville Street for a report of a disturbance in progress and arrested a 15-year-old male Wolf Point juvenile for simple assault, minor in possession of alcohol and domestic abuse and cited a 16-year-old Wolf Point female for minor in possession of alcohol.
9:08 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Crescent Drive for a report of trespass to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
7:20 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Custer Street for a report of a disturbance in progress and arrested Lucas Bigleggins, 25, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
7:48 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a disturbance in progress and arrested Elvis Follet Jr., 35, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
8:41 p.m., officers responded to the 1000 block of Sixth Avenue North for a report of suspicious individuals in the area with no report of loss or damage. The incident remains under investigation.
June 21
12:13 a.m., officers responded to the 900 block of First Avenue North for a report of suspicious individuals in the area. The incident remains under investigation.
12:23 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Eureka Street for a report of trespass to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
2:11 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Cascade Street for a report of suspicious individuals in the area. The incident remains under investigation.
3:13 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Fairweather Street for a report of a domestic dispute and arrested Joseph Buckles, 22, of Wolf Point for domestic abuse.
4:12 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Benton Street for a report of a theft of a motor vehicle. Police later recovered the stolen vehicle and arrested a 13-year-old Poplar girl for theft and a cited a 12-year-old Wolf Point girl with theft.
10:20 a.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Second Avenue South for a report of a suspicious male in the area. The incident remains under investigation.
12:23 p.m., firefighters responded to a dumpster fire on the 400 block alley between Benton and Custer streets.
4:11 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Fifth Avenue South for a report of a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident with reported damages valued over $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
11:02 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of theft. Charges are pending against two Wolf Point females.
Other Calls
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between June 15 and 21: checks of wellbeing, 13; civil standby, four; domestic disturbance, nine; public assistance, 12; motor vehicle accidents, two; removal of unwanted individuals, 12; animal complaints, three; medical assistance, five; alarm, three; assist other agency, four; unfounded reports, 13; fireworks complaint, three; and driving complaints, nine.

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World’s Largest Bison Head To Be Displayed In Stampede Parade

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Montana artist Benji Daniels of Oswego stands with his 4,200-pound creation, “Herd Bull,” bronze buffalo head on a trailer in the parking lot at the Horseshoe Bar in Oswego Saturday, June 13. (Photo by John Plestina)

What might be the most eye-catching float in the upcoming Wolf Point Centennial/Stampede parade will be a flatbed semi trailer carrying the 4,200-pound “Herd Bull” sculpture of a buffalo skull. The local artist who created it said it is the largest buffalo head in the world.
Montana artist Benji “Oswego” Daniels of Oswego created the “Herd Bull” and financed the project himself.
“If you sandblast it, it would look like shiny gold. It’s bronze,” Daniels said.
Measuring 21 feet between the tips of the horns, 7 feet, 10 inches tall and 15 feet, 2 inches long the bronze sculpture has a gray patina that gives it an aged look.
Daniels said he hopes to have Native American dancers and drummers on the float.
Local trucker Kyle Hentges will drive the sculpture in the parade on a flatbed.
“We’ll have to have a boom truck to get it off of [the trailer it is currently on in Oswego] and onto [Hentges’] trailer, and back onto here at the end of Stampede,” Daniels said.
Made with 304 pieces that were cast at Billings Bronze and assembled, the “Herd Bull” was brought to Oswego on a semi trailer earlier this month. It has a temporary home in the parking lot of the Horseshoe Bar at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 2 and BIA Route 1.
The bison’s horns disassemble from the rest of the sculpture so the skull can be moved on a trailer.
The bronze piece is a replica. Daniels created the original “Herd Bull,” a welded steel sculpture, which has been on the lawn in front of the Montana Historical Society in Helena since 1995. He started working on that project in 1980 while working as a pipe welder at the Cenex refinery in Laurel, recycling scrap metal from the refinery for the original project that took a decade to complete.
Daniels has retained some rights to the original metal sculpture. He temporarily transported it to Billings in 2000 or 2001 and had a mold made.
“But I didn’t have the finances [to have the sculpture cast] until last year,” Daniels said.
The “Herd Bull” is for sale.
“Whoever buys it is where it’s going to end up,” Daniels said.
He plans to show the “Herd Bull” in Deadwood and Sturgis, S.D., during the annual motorcycle rally.
However, Daniels would like to sell the “Herd Bull” locally in northeast Montana if he can find a local buyer.
“I’d like it to be local because I’m local,” he said.
Daniels’ inspiration to create the original “Herd Bull” came from a fascination with buffalo skulls and his knowledge as a youth and young man that there was an abundance of bison skulls in the Missouri River in eastern Montana.
“I took scuba diving lessons so I could dive in the Missouri River,” Daniels said.
He took those lessons during the 1970s.
“There’s quite a concentration of buffalo skulls in there,” Daniels said.
He retrieved several.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology carbon dated one of the skulls for Daniels with a determination that it was over 10,000 years old.
With the sculpture arriving in Oswego in early June, Daniels contacted Wolf Point Centennial Committee chairman Duane Kurokawa about entering it in the parade.
“I told him I would be [in the parade with the sculpture]. He got excited,” Daniels said.
This year, the parade increases from two to three days as the Wild Horse Stampede includes the Centennial Celebration. Several floats are themed for the centennial and will be showcased, depicting decades in Wolf Point’s history and significant events before and after 1915. The flatbed with the “Herd Bull” and several other showcased entries will be paraded around Marvin Brookman Stadium during grand entries before each of the rodeo performances. Announcer Randy Schmutz will tell a little about each of the floats.

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“Super Heroes” Parade In Poplar

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“Super Heroes” was the theme of the Poplar Wild West Days parade Saturday, June 13. The parade is held along with a rodeo and a host of other family events.  The first photo is Mylie Olson riding in the parade on Andy’s All-In-One float honoring teachers.  (Photos by John Plestina)

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