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The Roosevelt County Commissioners awarded a bid for geotechnical exploration for the new county jail.
Rawhide Engineering of Billings was the successful bidder at $5,600.
Geotechnical exploration is below-ground investigation includes boring, sampling and testing the soil.
Voters approved the new jail and sheriff’s office last November. Construction is slated for 2016.
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In the story about the Montana Department of Revenue alcohol law enforcement training for area law enforcement that ran last week, powdered-alcohol and alcohol-filled chocolates are illegal in Montana.
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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 to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Tuesday, Sept. 8, 15 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center Was Holding two females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, Aug. 24 and Tuesday, Sept. 8:
• Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
• Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
• 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;
• Tyrule Davis, 43, Los Angeles, Calif., assault on peace officer or judicial official;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Terry Holben, 46, Harlem, partner or family member assault - third offense;
•Christopher L. Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out-of- county warrant;
•Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Anthony McClendon, 56, Culbertson, aggravated assault;
•Roy Allen Murray Jr., 30, Portland, Ore., arrested on Oregon felony warrant, driving under the influence - drug, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked, operating without liability insurance, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Brett Sandy, 25, Orange, Calif., felony theft;
•Bobby Vondall, 28, Trenton, N.D., speeding, driving under the influence, disorderly conduct;
•Kouchi Wagner, 44, Kalispell, out-of-county warrant;
•Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
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(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
Noon, officers responded to Fourth Avenue South and Main Street for a report of a motor vehicle accident with one person transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus with non-life threatening injuries. Officers cited Phillip Letsche, 51, of Wolf Point with a right-of-way violation.
8:30 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Johnson Street for a report of a theft from the yard with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
10:17 p.m., officers responded to Third Avenue South and Main Street for a report of a disturbance and cited David Moran, 23, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
2:34 a.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a male harassing others. The individual left prior to police arrival.
9:05 a.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a female attempting to pass counterfeit currency. The incident remains under investigation.
10 a.m., officers responded to Wolf Point Liquor Market on the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
10:16 a.m., officers responded to Wolf Point Federal Credit Union for a report of an attempt to pass counterfeit currency by the same individual that attempted to use counterfeit money at Town Pump 16 minutes earlier. Police said the individual is a juvenile female. The incident remains under investigation.
11:22 a.m., officers responded to Triangle Park for a report of a male attempting to assault a female and arrested Larry Long Jr., 42, of Frazer for disorderly conduct.
10:05 p.m., officers responded to Gysler Hardware for a report of an attempted assault with no reported injuries. The incident remains under investigation.
10:09 p.m., officers responded to Lucky Lil’s Casino for a report of an assault. The victim refused to cooperate with police. No further action was taken.
10:27 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 300 block of Custer Street for a report of a man causing a disturbance and arrested Trevor White, 23, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct and simple assault.
8:49 a.m., police took a report of a theft of a credit card with unauthorized charges against the card with a loss valued over $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
4:02 a.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a request to remove a male and arrested Josh Flaten, 22, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
11:55 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Main Street for a report of a motor vehicle accident and cited Jeff Low Dog, 54, of Wolf Point for driving without a license.
1:15 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of Idaho Street for a report of a theft from the yard with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
5:38 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 300 block of Custer Street for a report of vandalism to a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
10:39 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of East Granville Street for a report of an assault and arrested Billy Escarcega, 28, and Doratello Fisher, 30, both of Wolf Point for aggravated assault and criminal trespass.
10:50 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 400 block of Fifth Avenue South for a report of two people throwing rocks at a residence. The incident remains under investigation.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6: checks of wellbeing, two; civil standby, two; public assistance, 26; motor vehicle accidents, one; removal of unwanted individuals, 17; animal complaints, five; medical assistance, four; alarm, 11; assist other agency, three; unfounded reports, 10; driving complaints, nine; and school requested assistance, one.
Written by John Plestina
Debris from two burned mobile homes on the south side remain long after fires displaced the last people living at the sites.
(Photos by John Plestina)
City officials are telling some Wolf Point property owners to remove trash and junk vehicles from yards and cut down weeds or the work could be done without permission from owners and assessments charged.
City clerk/treasurer Marlene Mahlum said weeds and other vegetation exceeding eight inches, untrimmed hedges, unlicensed vehicles, trash and debris from burned structures violate a municipal nuisance ordinance.
Property owners are legally responsible for weeds and trash to the street in front of their properties and one-half of alleys behind properties.
The problem exists in every part of town.
Mahlum said the Wolf Point Police Department and public works department could enforce the nuisance ordinance.
She cited public health, safety and fire hazards.
“I can send them a notice. I can give them seven days to mow it,” Mahlum said.
She said the city can have grass and weeds mowed, yards cleaned up and charge assessments.
“We have sent letters out. I don’t know how many of them responded,” Mahlum said.
“Some of them cut the weeds and left them [in yards and alleys],” she said, and added that cut vegetation must be removed.
Mahlum said owners of several properties with debris remaining from fires that destroyed houses and mobile homes, and owners of vacant and neglected properties are subject to the nuisance ordinance. Some structures that have been destroyed by fire have remained on lots for several years.