Wolf Point Herald

Commissioners Nix Lifting Fire Restrictions

The Roosevelt County Commissioners decided to keep Stage 1 fire restrictions in place, Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Roosevelt is currently one of two Montana counties with Stage 1 restrictions.
“Were No. 1 in the state for fires, all caused by machinery [used for harvesting] and cigarettes,” commissioner Gary Macdonald said.
The commissioners issued the restrictions, Thursday, July 24, and set them to remain in place until further notice.
The following are prohibited until the restrictions are lifted: building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire except within a recreation area; smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren or cleared area at least three feet in diameter.
All land within the city limits is exempted from the restrictions.
Other exceptions include: persons with a permit authorizing an otherwise prohibited act; those using liquid petroleum or LPG fuel devices that can be turned on and off; where otherwise prohibited activities are posted as allowed; and wildlife or law enforcement officers, firefighters or rescue workers in the performance of an official duty.
Other restriction or exemptions could be posted.
The county commissioners will continue to review the restrictions.

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Man Stabbed In Wolf Point Dispute

Wolf Point Police reported that an 18-year-old Wolf Point male was stabbed and sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries, Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Officers responded to the 100 block of Benton Street for a report of a disturbance that was reported at 10:37 p.m.
He was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus.
“It was some sort of a dispute between these two people,” Sgt. Ryan Michaelsen said.
The suspect, a 35-year-old Wolf Point male, left the scene prior to police arrival.
“He took off and we have not been able to find him,” Michaelsen said Monday, Aug. 25.
He said charges are pending. Police did not disclose the victim’s name or the extent of his injuries.

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Brockton School Trustee Indicted, Accused Of Child Molestation

A federal grand jury indicted Brockton School board member Wayne Delvin Littlecrow, who is also known as Wayne Todd, earlier this month, on three charges alleging sexual acts with a child younger than age 12.
Littlecrow, 49, was arrested on a federal warrant Thursday, Aug. 7, and has been jailed in Great Falls.
He appeared for arraignment before federal Magistrate Judge Robert Holter, Friday, Aug. 8.
A three-count federal indictment charged him with aggravated sexual abuse, abusive sexual contact and sexual abuse of a minor.
According to two of the charges listed in the charging documents, multiple incidents occurred in Brockton between 2009 and 2011. A third count alleges that Littlecrow engaged in a sexual act with a minor between the ages of 12 and 16.
The current age and sex of the alleged victim were not made public.
Littlecrow could face a maximum of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
His name is listed as Little-
crow on the charging documents and Little Crow on the Brockton School District website that lists him as a current school trustee.

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Suspicious Fires In Two Poplar Houses

The Poplar Fire Department was called out to fires in two abandoned structures five blocks apart, Wednesday, Aug. 20.
One of the fires was on Second Avenue and the other was on A Street. The house on Second Avenue was completely destroyed. The other was in a trailer and it remains standing, Poplar Fire Chief Greg Gourneau Jr. said.
The fires were at about 6 a.m.
He did not want to comment about the possibility of arson. The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice is investigating.
The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department assisted as mutual aid.
“Thanks to the Wolf Point Fire Department for coming down and assisting us,” Gourneau said.

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MDU Files Natural Gas Hike Request

Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. filed a natural gas rate increase request with the Montana Public Service Commission Friday, Aug. 15.
If approved, it would increase residential customers’ monthly bills by an average of about $3.21 a month.
The Montana PSC has up to nine months to issue a decision on the proposed increase request. MDU has also filed a request for an interim rate increase of 2.6 percent, or $2.2 million over current rates, which, if approved, would be implemented while the PSC reviews the overall request. The interim increase would be $1.64 more per month for the average residential customer.
The main reason for the gas rate increase request is to recover the cost of the increased investment in natural gas facilities, which has totaled about $15.8 million since 2011.
The proposed increase is for $3 million annually over current rates, or a 3.6 percent overall increase. MDU has about 80,760 natural gas customers in 36 Montana communities.
“We have worked, and continue to work, extremely hard at watching our operating expenses and looking for ways to be more efficient each day. That is one facet of our business,” said Frank Morehouse, MDU president and chief executive officer. “But we also have made significant investments in our natural gas infrastructure to ensure safe and reliable service to our customers.”
The proposed increase for each rate class, which is based on rate class studies, is: residential, 5.4 percent; firm general, 0.8 percent; small interruptible, 0.8 percent; large interruptible 0.7 percent.

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