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Several people appeared before District Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Cybulski reduced bond for Daniel Amos Bridges, 38, of Wolf Point from $25,000 to $5,000 for each of two cases for a total of $10,000.
A recent case against Bridges is a felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. He entered not- guilty pleas Jan. 14.
He also appeared before Cybulski on Jan. 14 on a petition to revoke a bail for an earlier case against him with a felony charge of forgery by common scheme, filed in October 2013. He is alleged to have violated conditions of house arrest. Bridges is alleged to have forged checks at businesses in Wolf Point valued at $2,227 on two accounts in his mother’s name.
According to charging documents, Bridges was arrested in Poplar December after attempting to elude Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies and Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice officers.
Charging documents also state that two attempts to stop a fleeing Bridges with tasers used by a tribal officer and another by a deputy had no effect. A deputy took him into custody.
Joshua Wayne Jones, 36, of Williston, N.D., did not appear for a scheduled court appearance.
He has been free on bond since Feb. 12, one day after Cybulski agreed to reduce bail from $25,000 to $5,000 with a waiver of extraction.
Jones was arraigned on a felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jones and Melissa Jewett, 32, also of Williston, Jan. 19 in a casino near Bainville. Methamphetamine and a knife were found in Jones pockets.
Scott Austin Varner, 22, Crawfordville, Fla., withdrew a previously entered not guilty plea to a charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
Varner admitted in court that he was in possession of marijuana in excess of 60 grams.
He was arrested by the Montana Highway Patrol Oct. 13, 2014.
Carroll Gregg Wells, 35, of Fairview, entered not guilty pleas to charges of burglary and theft.
He said he had not spoken to his defense attorney when he appeared for an arraignment, Wednesday, Feb. 11.
A trial is scheduled for June 11.
Wells had been wanted in Roosevelt County on a warrant and was transferred in early February from the jail in Dickinson, N.D., where he had been held for about a year for a North Dakota case.
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(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.)
As of Monday, March 2, 14 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Feb. 23 and March 2:
•Daniel Amos Bridges, 38, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest;
•James Brown, 22, Anchorage, Alaska, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, released Feb. 27;
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•Dale A. Cooper, 38, Wolf Point, arrested on Roosevelt County warrant;
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner/family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Christopher Hovey, 25, Lansing, Mich., felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Heather Kashuba, 40, Culbertson, partner/family member assault, criminal mischief - misdemeanor and disorderly conduct;
•Jason Knight, 37; Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernadino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, 41, Chattoroy, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and DUI;
•Anthony Miller, 22, Wolf Point, contempt of court, time served, released Feb. 25;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Danelle Parker, 43, Wolf Point, hold on U.S. Marshal’s warrant;
•Olyn Payne, 35, Wolf Point, hold on U.S. Marshal Warrant;
•Casey J. Soennichsen, 35, Broadview, driving under the influence per se, bonded out;
•Brian Suggs, 33, Mesa, Ariz., driving under the influence, criminal endangerment, failure to carry proof of insurance, driving a motor vehicle while the privilege to do so is revoked and fail to stop immediately at property damage accident;
•Carroll Wells, 35, Fairview, criminal contempt warrant.
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The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a fire in the axle of a trailer of this semi carrying a large breaker for oil field use in the Cenex East parking lot, Wednesday, Feb. 18. The load was en route to Tioga, N.D. The fire was reported at 4:19 p.m. The oversized load was being escorted by Corbin Pilot Car of Altamont, Ill. The 29-year-old male truck driver is from Henderson, Texas. (Photos by John Plestina)
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The Wolf Point Educational Support Staff Association presented a new proposed salary schedule that would translate into substantial raises for some school district employees to the Wolf Point School board negotiations committee during the fourth round of collective bargaining negotiations Monday, Feb. 23.
The WPESSA is the union that represents classified school district employees that include non-certified aides, cafeteria workers, clerical staff and bus drivers.
The current longevity scale goes up to Step 20, which is an employee with 20 years on the job. It does allow for longevity raises for long-term employees beyond the 20-year mark.
Superintendent Joe Paine said the new scale proposed by the union would give raises in excess of $8,000 per year to some long-time employees.
The current highest hourly wages range from $19.80 for paraprofessional aids to $26.20 for district office staff. Under the WPESSA proposal, the highest rates for employees with 35 or more years employment would range from $26.80 to $33.20.
WPESSA president Jennifer Zimmerman said those at the bottom of the longevity scale are not earning very much. She said better longevity raises would entice some people to stay on the job.
The lowest wages are $10.30 per hour for new employees.
“I realize that the people who have been here for a long time are very valuable to us,” Paine said.
Also discussed was a proposal to give paraprofessionals $1 above their hourly pay rate for substituting for a teacher. The current rate is a flat $100.
The school district is proposing to offer employees two additional paid holidays because the administration is considering a reduction of two school calendar days.
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A recently publicized and previously unreported federal report underscores public safety risks from oil trains that pass through many communities including Wolf Point, Poplar, Culbertson and Bainville.
The analysis by the U.S. Department of Transportation of risks associated with moving large quantities of crude oil or ethanol across the nation predicted 15 derailments of tanker trains in 2015 and an average of 10 each year over the coming 20 years. The analysis also predicts the possibility of large numbers of fatalities if accidents occurred in populated areas and more than $4 billion in damages.
The federal analysis was completed in July 2014.
“Actually [the oil trains] scare me,” Roosevelt County’s Disaster and Emergency Services coordinator Dan Sietsema said.
“If one of them exploded within the city limits [of Wolf Point], the isolation area is one-half mile. I’m not sure how much destruction there would be from the explosion. Several blocks at least. It would be at least half the town that would be impacted and our business district is downtown and along the railroad tracks,” he said.
“We’re in the process of developing an exercise for the emergency responders” Sietsema said.
There have been at least 21 accidents involving oil train trains in the United States and Canada since 2006 that resulted in either derailment, fire or significant fuel spills, or all three. Thirty-three ethanol train accidents were reported during the same nine-year period.
About half of those trains were hauling crude oil from the Bakken region including two that were involved in accidents this month. Nineteen tanker cars of a CSX train derailed in a rural area of West Virginia Monday, Feb. 16, causing a fire that destroyed one home, injured one person, spilled more than 3 million gallons of crude into a tributary of the Kanawha River and burned for several days forcing the evacuation of several hundred people. The train had just passed through a town with a population of about 2,000.
Twenty-nine tanker cars on a Canadian National Railway train carrying Bakken crude oil derailed in a rural area in Ontario, Saturday, Feb. 14, resulting in a fire and oil spill.
In July 2013, 72 cars from a train carrying 1.9 million gallons of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota to a refinery in eastern Canada derailed and exploded, killing 47 people and ravaging about a square mile of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada, located about 10 miles from the U.S. border.
Trains hauling Bakken crude oil have also been involved in major accidents in North Dakota, Alabama, Oklahoma and Virginia.
According to reports, rail shipments of crude oil have increased from 9,500 carloads in 2008 to more than 435,000 in 2013, driven by the Bakken boom in North Dakota and Montana.
Limited pipeline capacity forces about 70 percent of crude oil to reach refineries by rail, according to American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers.