Written by John Plestina
A former Flathead County man with an arrest warrant for a probation violation attempted to flee from a Montana Highway Patrol trooper in Sheridan County, taking several law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase through two counties that ended in a field near Froid Friday, Nov. 20.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office chief deputy Corey Reum said Adam K. Stephan, 42, of Plentywood took deputies from Roosevelt and Sheridan counties, the MHP and U.S. Border Patrol agents in vehicles and a helicopter on a pursuit at high speeds over gravel roads south to the Froid area, then west on Montana Secondary 344, where Reum arrested Stephan in a field just feet from the bridge that would have put them on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
“The highway patrolman disabled his car chasing the guy on the gravel roads,” Reum said.
Reum said Stephan was driving an early 1990s Geo Metro station wagon. His wife and a dog were with him. The wife was not arrested.
“He had a blowout. That’s why he ditched the car,” he said.
Stephan ran in a field with his wife and dog.
Reum had boarded the helicopter.
“The helicopter dropped off me and a Border Patrol agent in a field and the helicopter went up in the air and gave us aerial coverage as we advanced on him and we apprehended him in the tall weeds,” Reum said.
Stephan was booked into the Roosevelt County Jail.
He was arraigned before Judge Traci Harada in Roosevelt County Justice Court last week for fleeing or eluding a peace officer, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so is revoked, operating a motor vehicle without liability insurance, reckless driving and a seatbelt violation. Harada set bail at $1,910 bond for those charges.
There is a $10,000 bond for a 72-hour hold for probation and parole criminal contempt citation, the apparent reason an MHP trooper attempted to stop Stephan.
Probation and parole officer Darrin Moser of Glendive said Monday that he was filing a revocation of probation. He said he could not elaborate on details.
According to the Clerk of the District Court’s office in Kalispell, the violation stems from a 2002 case where Stephan was convicted to two felonies ― issuing bad check and criminal possession of dangerous drugs ― and sentenced to 15 years in Montana State prison with 10 years suspended.
According to the Montana Department of Corrections Offender Network website, Stephan has had several drug, burglary, theft and bad check charges since the 1990s and is known by several aliases including Buddha, Cueball and Red.
Written by John Plestina
Finding ways to bring new ideas to Wolf Point and empowering people to know they can make a difference are the motivations behind a recent block party that was intended to foster long-term changes.
About 100 people gathered in Sherman Park Saturday, Oct. 10, for the first community block party.
The Rev. Dr. Christine Holler-
Dinsmore said she hopes that October block party would be the beginning of fall and winter events in Wolf Point to generate new ideas while people have a good time.
Holler-Dinsmore is affiliated with First Lutheran Church in Wolf Point and is the mission developer at Spirit of Life, an outreach group of American Indian ministries of the Montana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
She has taken pictures of places and buildings that have been abandoned or not used for any purpose and is asking people for ideas of what they want to see in that location and how structures could be transformed into a productive uses for the community.
Holler-Dinsmore said ideas that have been generated include developing a community food co-op, similar to one that is operating in Bozeman, more places for artists to work and a place for children and teens to build bicycles.
“Just various things that could help kids have alternatives to behaviors that are not so healthy,” she said.
Perhaps the biggest project Holler-Dinsmore envisions would be a walking trail, bike path and a cross country ski trail along the Missouri River, similar to one along the Yellowstone River in Billings.
Future plans include a possible second community block party in Wolf Point in the spring and to bring the block party idea to Poplar.
A few months ago, when she was considering holding a block party, Holler-Dinsmore brought the idea to Tori Matejovsky, executive director of the Wolf-Point headquartered Great Northern Development Corporation, which provides technical assistance in economic development in six counties in northeast Montana and the Fort Peck Tribes.
“It’s just a way to generate some ideas. This spring we’re going to generate some ideas,” Matejovsky said.
She said the efforts are in addition to what has been done by the Wolf Point Beautification Committee and the Optimists Club. The Wolf Point Lions Club also picks up trash along roadways during warm months.
GNDC continues to work toward economic development and environmental cleanups through the U.S. EPA Brownfields Program throughout the region.
“The only thing we really have going on in Wolf Point [for current development projects] is housing,” Matejovsky said.
She was referring to the proposed $6.15 million North Star apartment complex. The subsidized complex would offer affordable rents at a site located near the Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus hospital. If it is built, the complex would be the first new housing units not financed through the Fort Peck Housing Authority in about 30 years.
“We’ve got to wait until January to find out about that,” Matejovsky said.
Another possible transformation in 2016 would be the site of the former VFW Club in downtown Wolf Point that included a restaurant, bar and bowling alley. Fire destroyed the VFW building nearly nine years ago, leaving a burned out shell.
First Baptist Church purchased a tax lien on the property earlier this year with plans to build a new church that would replace the current church on Third Avenue North.
Written by John Plestina
Two women — the driver and a passenger — fled the scene after an SUV rolled over on “Swimming Pool Road” about one mile north of Wolf Point Friday, Nov. 27.
An unknown female reported the crash to the Roosevelt County 911 Dispatch Center at 7:37 p.m.
Roosevelt County Undersheriff John Summers said Monday that it was unknown how long the wrecked red Ford Expedition had been abandoned. He said the motor was cold when officers arrived.
Wolf Point Police and a Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice officer responded to the scene.
The officers were told that the two women were picked up and left the scene in a green Ford Expedition.
Summers said officers were looking for the vehicle and its owner.
He said the mother of one of the women who left the scene arrived and told officers they would pay towing fees.
Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus was notified to report anyone who might have suffered injuries in a crash.
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Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture director Jam Bryan presents the First Dollar Award to Wild Rose Café owners Kerry and Linette Uchtman Tuesday, Nov. 24. The Uchtmans opened the restaurant about two weeks ago at 530 U.S. Hwy. 2 West in the building that formerly housed Just Dine it. Pictured are (from left to right) Mikaela Uchtman, Bryan, Jasmine Yellow Robe, Rolinda Yazzie, Kerry Uchtman and Linette Uchtman. (Photo by John Plestina)
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Lt. Gov. Angela McLean has accepted a new position at the Office of Commissioner of Higher Education as director of American Indian and Minority Achievement and. K-12 Partnerships.
McLean will also continue to serve as the lieutenant governor until a new lieutenant governor is appointed.
“Angela has contributed to the success of our team during her tenure as lieutenant governor. Her life-long commitment to education and the relationships she has built in Indian Country will serve her well and continue to benefit Montanans across our state. Her passion to work on challenging issues and continually seek opportunities to help others has led her to taking this new role, and she will be terrific at it,” Gov. Steve Bullock said.
The governor will begin the process to select the next lieutenant governor immediately and will announce his selection in the coming weeks.