Wolf Point Herald

Zimdars Sentenced In Drug, Water Treatment Plant Vandalism

Judge David Cybulski sentenced Chas Douglas Zimdars in 15th District Court, Wednesday, July 16, to three suspended prison sentences and a $5,000 fine with $4,000 suspended and restitution.
Under a plea agreement, Zimdars pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal endangerment and criminal mischief, all felonies, Wednesday, March 12.
Zimdars was originally charged with counts listed on charging documents as criminal endangerment, operation of clandestine laboratory, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal mischief, all felonies, and less serious charges of criminal trespass to property, fleeing from or eluding police, driving without a valid drivers license, second or subsequent conviction.
He was accused of damaging the water treatment plant in Wolf Point during June 2013, several drug related charges and other offenses.
He admitted to possessing methamphetamine and damaging the treatment plant during a previous court appearance.

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Calling Inventors And Anyone With Original Products Or Ideas

Area residents with inventions or innovative ideas or products will have an opportunity to learn how to connect with commercial markets during a workshop in Wolf Point Wednesday, July 30.
The Montana Department of Commerce Business Resources Division will present a  Montana Technology Innovation Partnership free roundtable meeting at Great Northern Development Corp., located at 233 Cascade St. in Wolf Point, at 1 p.m.
Topics will include protecting ideas and inventions, research and development opportunities and feasibility to achieve sales in a proposed market.
Audrey Wooding, of Bozeman, will present the workshop.
She said assistance is available to businesses and individuals for research and development.
Wooding said she will be available to answer questions about grant opportunities and intellectual property, for writers and others.
“People don’t necessarily have to be researchers or developers. It could be an inventor who is working in their garage,” Wooding said. “They may need assistance about different strategies if they are working in their garage.”
We will gear it toward the people who show up,” she said.
Similar roundtable events will be presented in Billings, July 28; in Miles City, July 29; in Havre, July 31; and in Lewistown, Aug. 1.
For additional information, contact Lorene Hintz at 653-2590 or Audrey Wooding at 994-3885 or visit http://mtip.mt.gov/events.mcpx.

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Several Appear In Court For Pleas

Several people appeared in 15th District Court Wednesday, July 16.
Joel Tarango Campos of Las Cruses, N.M., initially pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Defense attorney Mark Epperson said Campos was acting against his advice.
Judge David Cybulski said he would strike the guilty plea.
After meeting with Epperson in private, Campos entered not guilty pleas to both charges.
A trial date of Oct. 16 was set.
Cybulski said the state is seeking treatment for Campos as a persistent felony offender, which would mandate a minimum five-year prison sentence with a maximum of 100 years.
Dale Robert Fowler, 60, of Wolf Point waived his right to a speedy trial to allow time for him to complete a Veteran’s Administration substance abuse treatment program in South Dakota.
Fowler pleaded not guilty during a previous court appearance to a felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs in October 2013.
Fowler had a trial scheduled for Sept. 18.
Other cases are against him.
Wolf Point officers arrested Fowler 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.
Fowler also pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, second or subsequent offense, in 15th District Court, Wednesday, June 11.
He also pleaded not guilty to driving on a suspended or revoked license and driving with no insurance.
April Dawn Frost of Evansville, Wyo., entered pleas of not guilty on three counts that include criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
A trial date of Oct. 16 was set.
Defense attorney John Wheatcroft said he will seek a bond reduction at a future hearing.
Trial dates, Sept. 22 and Oct. 16, were set for Jeremy Thomas Sepanski, of Plentywood, charged with forgery, theft and obstruction of a peace officer.
He also had a change of attorney from Cynthia Thornton to John Wheatcroft.
Sepanski has another case against him in Plentywood.
Darryl James Lewis of Powell, Wyo., pleaded not guilty to five drug-related charges.
A trial date of Oct. 16 was set.
Michael Allen Monson pleaded guilty to criminal endangerment on a change of plea for an incident that occurred in Culbertson on Jan. 14.
Sentencing will follow completion of a presentencing  investigation by the Department of Probation.

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The Herald-News and The Searchlight reported Thursday, July 17, that the Roosevelt County Commissioners approved a raise for themselves and all county department heads. The correct amount of the commissioner’s $1,500 pay increase is $51,000, up from $49,500.

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Ogres! Donkeys! Dragons! Fort Peck Summer Theatre Presents Shrek


A high-energy musical based on the Oscar winning film, Shrek The Musical, takes the Fort Peck Summer Theatre by storm for three weeks only.
In a far away kingdom, chaos ensues as an ogre is sent to rescue a beautiful princess from a dragon guarded tower. Throw in a motor-mouthed Donkey, a bad guy with a short temper, a gingerbread cookie with an attitude and a plethora of fairy tale misfits and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily there is one on hand – and his name is Shrek!
Shrek is a massive technical achievement for the theatre, as it features multiple elaborate costumes, special effects make-up and magical transformations.
A 25’ dragon puppet, built by the staff of Missoula Children’s Theatre, is voiced by Cassandra Norville Klaphake, the artistic producer at Arizona Broadway Theatre.
The production stars Glasgow natives Quinn Vaira, Hailey Stone and Tommi Prewett as Princess Fiona at various ages, and FPST artistic director Andy Meyers as Shrek, as well as Jerome Jaymes (Donkey), David Brumfield (Lord Farquaad), Em Laudeman (Gingy) and FPST performing arts director Morgan Phelps (Pinocchio).
The cast is rounded out by Josie Braaten, Alex Bradford, Chanel Bragg, Nick Dirkes, EJ Dohring, Daniel Dunn, Debra
Griebel, Dan Hance, Sydney Hayward, Mikaela Loya, Rachel Lynn Pewitt, Tayte Prewett, Jay Roberts, Mike Rukstad, Bridger Sanders, Ayla Stone, Elle Stone, Eva Stone, Colton Swibold, Harlan Taylor, Nancy Vaira and Megan Wiltshire.
Shrek is helmed by Mark and Lynzee Foreman, award winning directors from Phoenix, Ariz., who are making their FPST debut, along with Joseph Martinez, artistic director of Missoula Children’s Theatre. The design staff is Sarah Bell (costumes), Kurt Alger (hair/make-up), Shy Iverson (scenic), Spencer Perry (lighting), Mike Rukstad (sound) and Paige O’Neill (props).
Performances are July 25 through Aug. 10: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 4 p.m.
For tickets and more information, call the Fort Peck box office at 526-9943. Reservations are strongly encouraged, as Shrek is sure to pack the houses, as did standing-room-only productions earlier this season.

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