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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 illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Monday, July 28, 13 inmates were incarcerated, down from 18 one week earlier. Two females had been transported to the Valley County Detention Center and three males had been taken to the Fort Benton Detention Center to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail as of Monday, July 28: Adam Alonzo, 31, Williston, N.D./San Bernadino, Calif., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell; Michael Conant, 34, McCabe, partner family member assault, felony criminal mischief, felony assault on a peace officer; Kyle Cruch, 50, Bainville, assault with a weapon, intimidation, felony criminal endangerment, disorderly conduct; William Debbs, 43, Casper, Wyo., probation violation; Jesse Gotschalk, 22, Algonac, Mich., criminal possession of dangerous drugs; Gary Jones, 44, Mesa, Ariz., assault on a peace officer with injury; Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Nicholas Marino, 25, Williston, N.D., carrying a concealed weapon, possession of dangerous drugs, firearm possession by convicted felon, sale of dangerous drugs; Shelby Rider, 22; Algonoc, Mich., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia; Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer; Kyle Stevens, 36, Tomball, Texas, felony theft; Amber Taylor, 29, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; and Hilrio Velasquez, 33, Riverside, Calif., possession of dangerous drugs, 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 and volunteer fire departments between July 21 and 27. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
9:05 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of Fourth Avenue South for a report of a disturbance and arrested Brian Weston, 37, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.
11:15 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Eureka Street for a report of vandalism with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
1:35 a.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of an assault. The victim was uncooperative. No further action was taken.
5:26 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Benton Street for a report of a disturbance and cited Irvin Olson, 20, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct.
9:55 p.m., officers responded to Cenex West for a report of a shoplifting with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
6:51 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Fairweather Street for a report of a disturbance and arrested George Rider, 22, of Wolf Point, for simple assault.
11 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Fallon Street for a report of a theft and cited Sheridan Walton, 24, of Wolf Point, for theft.
1:47 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 400 block of Eureka Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
3:15 p.m., officers assisted with traffic control and a road closure on U.S. Hwy. 2 about four miles east of Wolf Point due to a grass fire.
6:26 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Idaho Street for a report of a restraining order violation and arrested Chris Lindsay, 26, of Wolf Point, for domestic abuse.
6:57 p.m., officers responded to the area of First Avenue South and Helena Street for a report of a fight between two females with minor injuries. The investigation continues.
8:34 p.m., officers responded to Triangle Park near Town Pump for a report of a man causing a disturbance and arrested Breon Dupree, 31, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
2:22 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Benton Street for a report of an intoxicated woman causing a disturbance in the yard. She was transported to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus by ambulance.
7:54 a.m., officers responded to Nemont on the 200 block of Benton Street for a report of vandalism to the building with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
12:25 p.m., officers responded to the 900 block of Fifth Avenue North for a report of a theft from a yard with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
12:41 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
9:51 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 900 block of Fourth Avenue North for a report of an assault and cited Margie Warclub, 31, of Wolf Point, for simple assault.
2:01 a.m., police observed a fight in progress on the 200 block of Main Street and cited Christopher St. Germaine, 37, of Wolf Point, and Larry Long Jr., 41, of Frazer, for disorderly conduct.
3:36 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of East Johnson Street for a report of vandalism to a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between July 21 and 27: checks of wellbeing, none; civil standby, three; domestic disturbance, two; public assistance, 26; motor vehicle accident, none; removal of unwanted individuals, nine; animal complaints, four; medical assistance, two; alarm, six; fire assistance, two; assist other agency, three; unfounded report, 18; fireworks complaints, none; and driving complaints, eight.
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House Fire On Garfield Street -- Wolf Point Volunteer firefighters Beau Garfield and Chris Dschaak prepare to enter the smoke-filled house on the 400 block of Garfield Street Friday, July 18. Wolf Point police officer Joey Olson stands by to keep onlookers away from the home. (Photo by John Plestina)
The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department responded to 16 calls between Monday, July 14, and Sunday, July 20, one a residential structure fire on Garfield Street and just two others that were not of suspicious origin.
Thirteen grass, garbage can and dumpster fires, some in the city and others around the county, could have been intentionally set, or at least had no other known way of igniting, according to WPVFD chief Shawn Eggar.
City and BIA firefighters were fighting one of several suspicious grass fire off Sixth Avenue South behind the Head Start building, Friday, July 18, when a homeowner made a 911 call at 8:58 p.m., reporting heavy smoke in her home on the 400 block of Garfield Street. The WPVFD went to the Garfield Street fire with two trucks and seven firefighters, and BIA firefighters remained at the grass fire and extinguished it.
WPVFD firefighters returned to the station at 10:39 p.m.
The house fire was limited to a isolated area in the finished basement, but there was extensive smoke damage throughout the entire home.
Eggar said the fire was not suspicious.
Darla Downs, who owns the Garfield Street residence, said that Eggar stated that the fire appeared to have started at a fish tank. The exact cause remains unknown.
Downs said she returned to her home shortly before 9 p.m. and found heavy smoke in the residence.
No one was in the house, but the family’s two dogs did not survive the smoke.
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Roosevelt County Commissioners approved a $300 monthly stipend for all permanent non-elected county employees, Tuesday, July 22, but excluded themselves and all elected officials following a citizen complaint.
The stipends are above and beyond the employees salaries and are intended as an incentive to remain on the job. The county has had difficulty retaining sheriff’s deputies and employees of other departments, especially on the east end of the county where the cost of housing is high.
Wolf Point resident Bill Juve said if the commissioners and other elected officials receive the stipends, the county’s compensation board should approve the stipends before the commissioners vote on them.
Juve cited roads that need repair, an issue he said should come ahead of stipends. He mentioned Rodeo Road several times. Juve has asked for repairs to Rodeo Road in the past.
Two compensation board members’ terms expired July 1 and the commissioners must reappoint them before that board could meet with a voting quorum. The earliest date that could happen is Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Assistant county attorney Jordan Knudsen will research whether the law requires the compensation board to make a recommendation on stipends for elected officials. If Knudsen determines that the compensation board does not have to weigh in on the decision, the commissioners could revisit the stipends for elected people as soon as Tuesday, July 29.
The stipends are tied to oil industry severance revenue funding. If the county’s revenue from the oil severance tax drops below an average of $400,000 per quarter, the stipend will cease.
“This will give our employees a very much deserved raise,” commissioner Gary Macdonald said. He added that the commissioners have the ability to discontinue the stipends if the severance revenue decreases.
A decision on the stipends had been delayed from Tuesday, July 15.
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The first phase of fundraising for the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park in Fort Peck has been a success.
“We have raised over $400,000 to date and have begun finalizing plans to complete the first phase of construction,” Tom Markle said. He co-chairs the fundraising committee with Steve Page.
“People of northeast Montana stepped up to the challenge to build a world-class memorial. After a very successful site dedication on Memorial Day at Fort Peck, we are encouraged that support for this project remains strong,” he said.
The committee expects to break ground this fall for initial site preparations to establish the footprint for the park. Construction will also begin on the main memorial with a formal entry, access walkways and a flag park.
In addition, the planning committee approved “Walls of Honor” that will be a central feature of the park. Engraved tiles placed on the walls will provide permanent recognition for veterans from all parts of northeast Montana.
Expertly etched on select black granite tiles will be a veteran’s last name, first name, initial and branch of service.
Walls of Honor committee chair Mike Hughes explained that the walls will honor all veterans in all branches of the service who are honorably discharged, and those currently serving.
“Custom-made tiles will allow families and friends to permanently recognize and honor any veteran special to their heart, or one who may be forgotten,” Hughes said.
The cost of each tile is $225 through Memorial Day when the cost increases.
Orders are currently being processed and forms are available at local vets clubs, www.VeteransMT.org or by calling the committee at 228-2223.