Written by John Plestina
The Roosevelt County DUI Task Force discussed ways to use an expected $18,000 windfall during their meeting May 6.
Gov. Steve Bullock signed House Bill 132 into law in April, paving the way for the Roosevelt County’s task force to receive about $18,000 in funding by July 1.
The new legislation allows reallocation of unspent special revenue funds to Roosevelt County and 35 other counties that have DUI task forces or other county drinking and driving prevention programs, by allowing for the county portion of driver’s license reinstatement fees collected in counties that do not have task forces to be distributed on an equal basis to the 36 counties that have task forces on July 1 of each year.
County commissioner Gary Macdonald said what is likely to be $18,000 has averaged about $2,400 annually from DUI fines and fees. He said about $500,000 is being divided among the counties that have task forces.
Macdonald said the amount Roosevelt County receives in future years will not be as much.
The task force looked at the budget for the next fiscal year which will be about $21,000.
During the May 6 meeting, the task force discussed using part of the funding to establish one county-wide scholarship for a graduating high school senior in 2016. They also discussed establishing an essay or poster contest for junior high and younger students next year with first-, second- and third- place financial awards.
In other business, Macdonald said the Northern Tribes DUI Task Force has been created that includes the Fort Peck Reservation and others along the Hi-Line.
Another alcohol sales and service training will be held in Wolf Point June 9. Several have been held in Wolf Point and Culbertson during the past year.
Employees, managers and owners of bars, restaurants, convenience stores and other retail stores that sell or serve alcohol must take an alcohol sales and server training class that is mandated by state law and become certified within 60 days of being hired. After 60 days, employees cannot legally work without certification and owners of establishments could face fines for not ensuring that themselves and all of their employees are certified.
“They have to have it within 60 days [of being employed] or they’re breaking the law,” Macdonald said.
The task force is a citizens group appointed by the county commissioners that includes representatives of several law enforcement agencies and members of the public plans and funds public education, awareness and enforcement projects to reduce the number of alcohol and drug related crashes and deaths in Roosevelt County.
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Joshua Joseph Jackson of Wolf Point was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Great Falls to 46 months in the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons following a guilty plea in a drug case April 22.
Jackson pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
The following two counts were dismissed under a plea agreement: conspiracy with intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.
Authorities alleged that Jackson possessed and distributed a detectable amount of methamphetamine in Wolf Point Dec. 28, 2013.
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed suit, Tuesday, May 5, against three men the federal agency has accused of running a fraud and Ponzi scheme in which they raised more than $62 million from investors that thought they were helping provide new housing in the Bakken Oil Fields.
According to the SEC, North Dakota Developments LLC and its owners, Robert Gavin and Daniel Hogan, illegally raised money by promising high rates of return on North Dakota oilfield housing projects that were never finished.
According to reports, some of the housing projects were in eastern Montana, but locations were not revealed. Interests were sold in six housing developments in western North Dakota and eastern Montana.
The SEC filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in North Dakota.
Gavin, who owns 80 percent of the business, is a resident of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Hogan, who owns the remaining 20 percent, is a resident of the United Kingdom, according to court records.
North Dakota Securities Commissioner Karen Tyler also took action, ordering Gavin and Hogan to cease and desist from engaging in alleged fraudulent practices involving the sale of investments in Bakken oilfield housing.
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Melvin Moses Lilley III, 22, of Wolf Point pleaded not guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon, assault resulting in serious bodily injury and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence during an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate John Johnston in U.S. District Court in Great Falls, Wednesday, May 6.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, Lilley faces a potential maximum sentence of life in prison, $250,000 in fines and five years supervised release.
The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the 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, May 11, 10 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center and Valley County were each holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, May 4, and Monday, May 11:
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•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;
•Donald Lee Fowler, 52, Plentywood, 48-hour sentence for Montana State Probation and Parole;
•Amelia Holly Hackman, 32, Scobey, contempt of court from Sheridan and Daniels counties;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Robert Lindquist, 41, Chattoroy, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•John Mincey, 47, Poplar, theft - first offense;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Jeri-Ann Salazar, 22, West Covina, Calif.; disorderly conduct, bonded out;
•Zachery Rory Shay, 23, Rock Springs, Wyo., arrested on out-of-county warrant;
•Tyler Taberna, 31, Culbertson, driving under the influence, bonded out;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, felony theft and burglary;
•Jarod Weyrauch, 30, Wolf Point, probation violation.