Wolf Point Herald

Drunk Teen Accused Of Crashing Stolen Truck

The Montana Highway Patrol reported that an intoxicated 19-year-old girl was driving a pickup that was later reported stolen and crashed it on the Tule Creek bridge on U.S. Hwy. 2 about midway between Wolf Point and Poplar.
Trooper Derek Werner said Ashley Hilliard, 19, of Poplar was driving a 2001 Dodge pickup eastbound just after 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13. He said the truck drifted to the opposite side of roadway on the bridge, struck a guardrail, overcorrected, traveled again over the centerline and struck the guardrail on the opposite side. The vehicle became disabled, blocking the westbound lane.
Werner said Hilliard was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services-Poplar Campus with non-life threatening injuries.
Werner said he cited Hilliard into Fort Peck Tribal Court for DUI, unlawful possession, acquisition or consumption of alcoholic or intoxicating beverages by a person under the age of 21, and not wearing a seatbelt.
Werner said the vehicle was later reported stolen by the registered owner and that further charges were pending against Hilliard. The pickup was stolen out of Poplar. He said it sustained considerable damage and was possibly totaled.

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Jones, Sepanski, Twomey Appear In District Court

Several people appeared before Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Gary Ray Jones, 44, of Mesa, Ariz., was brought in on a bench warrant to answer a petition to revoke bond due to failure to comply with bail conditions.
He had been free on $40,000 bail, which Cybulski said no longer applies. Jones would have to put up an additional $40,000 bond to get out of jail.
He is charged with assault on a peace officer with injury.
A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 27.
Jeremy Sepanski, 30, of Plentywood withdrew not guilty pleas he had entered earlier this year and pleaded guilty to forgery, burglary and forgery by common scheme.
Sepanski is accused of illegally entering a house in Froid when no one was home on Jan. 20, stealing checks from the occupant of the house and attempting to cash them in a store in Froid.
Defense attorney John Wheatcroft said Sepanski is facing similar charges in Sheridan County and requested one pre-sentence investigation for charges in both counties. Roosevelt and Sheridan counties are in the 15th Judicial District.
Cody Daniel Twomey, 20, of Culbertson was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, criminal endangerment and being under the influence of an intoxicating substance by a person under 21.
The alleged incidents occurred at a party spot southwest of Culbertson near the Missouri River that is nicknamed “Twights Bottom” on June 22.
Roosevelt County Undersheriff Sheriff John Summers reported that deputies responded to multiple 911 calls at about 3:30 a.m. reporting a male “flipping out and in possession of firearm.”
Summers said several partygoers restrained the male until law enforcement arrived on scene.
A trial is scheduled for Nov. 13.

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Debbs Facing Incarceration After Failing To Register As A Sex Offender, Violating Other Conditions

A level 3 sex offender from Wyoming is facing incarceration following an adjudication hearing in 15th District Court Wednesday, Aug. 13.
William B. Debbs, 43, of Casper, Wyo., was jailed earlier this year on several probation violations including failing to register as a sex offender and violent offender.
Debbs is listed on the National Sex Offender Registry as a level 3 sex offender and a “sexually violent predator.”
Debbs, who had had previously denied all allegations of probation violations, conceded to the violations., including moving to eastern Roosevelt County without notification and failing to register as a sex offender and violent offender, and consuming alcohol and marijuana. He was arrested at a bus station.
Probation officer Roland Smathers testified from Butte via teleconference with recommendations that a previous Montana sentence that Debbs was on probation for be revoked in its entirety and that Debbs be sentenced to 7½ years with five years suspended.
Judge David Cybulski found Debbs in violation.
Debbs has been in Montana State Prison and in the Montana State Hospital. The Department of Health and Human Services had released him to the Department of Corrections.
Debbs told the court he was violently assaulted twice in Montana State Prison and he feared for his life if he were sent back there.
Cybulski said he would try to refer Debbs to the state hospital but he might end up back in prison.
He was convicted in Wyoming of first-degree sexual assault and indecent liberties with a minor. The female victim was seven years old at the time of the assault, according to the registry.
The registry also lists Debbs with a Butte address.

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California Man Sentenced On Drug And Firearms Charges

A California man who gave his last address as Williston, N.D., was sentenced on drug and firearms charges in 15th District Court Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Nicholas Marino, 25, has been in the Roosevelt County Jail, charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of dangerous drugs, firearm possession by convicted felon and sale of dangerous drugs. He has been classified as a persistent felony offender.
Judge David Cybulski sentenced Marino to 20 years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections with 15 years suspended and credit for 316 days served, a recommendation that he be sent to a boot camp, a $10,000 fine and fees. The DOC boot camp a 60-bed military format correctional facility for men located near Deer Lodge.
Marino is seeking transfer to a California institution, an issue the DOC might address.
He apologized for harm he might have brought to the community.
“I haven’t been the man my mother raised me to be,” Marino told the court. He said his crimes do not define him as a person. Acknowledging drug addiction, he said he is willing to work for his sobriety.

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Fire Burns 1,000 Acres North Of Fort Peck Reservoir

A wildfire burned about 1,000 acres in the Desert Coulee area near Willow Creek Road south of Glasgow, Thursday, Aug. 14.
Valley County Long Run Fire Chief Bob Hanson said his department responded at 9:30 p.m. with seven firefighters, three trucks and two tenders. They returned to their station at 4:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15.
The fire was contained several miles from Fort Peck Lake.
No structures were threatened.
Hanson said a lightning strike is believed to be the cause.

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