Written by The Herald-News
Jason Pautz appeared in Montana 15th Judicial Court to change his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty” on the felony charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (fourth offense).
In addition to the felony charge, Pautz changed his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty” on the misdemeanor charges of obstructing a peace officer, fleeing or eluding from a peace officer, reckless driving, driving with a suspended driver’s license and operating without insurance (second offense).
Pautz had originally been charged with criminal endangerment, but the charge was reduced to negligent endangerment, to which he also pleaded “guilty.”
According to court documents, Dec. 10, 2012, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Baker was on patrol and traveling east on U.S. Hwy. 2 when he noticed a small red pickup truck with a topper traveling faster than the speed limit. Baker activated his radar and clocked the vehicle at 84 miles per hour, heading toward him.
Baker activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop. As he came close to the truck, the vehicle continued to travel west in the eastbound lane before it turned south into an oil well site. The deputy continued to attempt to stop the vehicle. The vehicle shut off its lights on the site. When Baker found the vehicle, the pickup once again drove off at a high rate of speed and returned to the highway. Baker notified dispatch that he was in pursuit.
Court documents state that, as the pursuit continued west, the truck hit speeds of 100 miles per hour and crossed the center line and fog lines several times. At around mile marker 650, Baker noticed sparks on the highway.
The pursuit continued west before the driver of the truck slammed on his brakes, forcing Baker to slam on his brakes to avoid a collision. After Baker avoided a collision, the vehicle drove off. Baker was informed that Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy Vernon First had deployed stop sticks at mile marker 635. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick O’Connor was waiting to assist at mile marker 633.
The vehicle hit the stop sticks before coming to a halt from a flat tire. The driver, identified as Jason Pautz, was taken into custody. The smell of an alcoholic beverage emitted from inside of the vehicle. There was an empty beer bottle by the driver’s seat.
O’Connor assisted Baker with the DUI processing and transported Pautz to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. O’Connor noticed Pautz’s slurred speech, the smell of alcohol coming from his breath, poor coordination and glassy, bloodshot eyes. The defendant also did poorly on one field sobriety test and refused to perform two others. After O’Connor advised Pautz of the Montana DOJ Implied Consent Advisory form, Pautz refused to provide a blood or breath sample.
Upon further investigation, O’Connor learned that Pautz had past DUI convictions. He applied for a telephonic search warrant to collect a blood sample from the defendant through Roosevelt County Justice of the Peace Tracy Harada. The warrant was approved and blood was obtained by Northeast Montana Health Services in Wolf Point.
Pautz was incarcerated in the Roosevelt County Detention Center. A driving history was checked through the National Crime Information Center and previous records showed that Pautz had past DUI convictions in Montana and Oregon.
During the hearing, Judge David Cybulski advised Pautz of his rights. Pautz testified to the facts of the offenses and the court accepted the plea after the judge found it was voluntary.
Cybulski sentenced Pautz to six months in Department of Corrections, with credit for time served (67 days), for first two charges, with a fine of $7,150.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:04
Written by Eileen Traeholt
Amanda Lenihan, a 2012 graduate of Lustre Christian High School, has recently been deployed to Japan for a two-year tour of duty as a U.S. Marine intelligence analyst for the 1st Marine Air Wing. On Nov. 1, Lenihan hiked up Mt. Suribachi on the Island of Iwo Jima where she was promoted to Lance Corporal by both her Company Commander and her unit Sergeant Major.
A reception was held at the MB Church Sunday evening for newlyweds Aaron and Naomi Young. The reception was hosted by Aaron’s parents, Wes and Joy Young.
Sunday morning during the worship service at the EMB Church, a dedication was held for the 106 shoeboxes that had been collected from Church members, community and the Young People’s group that had packed boxes for Samaritan’s Purse. From here, the boxes will go to Denver, Colo., where they will be prepared for shipment to countries all over the world.
Chapel Topic Features Sharing Gospel With Friends
My curiosity was piqued last Wednesday when, after school, the dorm dad, Randy Davis, approached me and asked if I had keys to the drama room. I am custodian at Lustre Christian High School and he asked if could he store something in there overnight. I agreed and to my wonderment several of the students bought a coffin up the stairs. When I asked, they said it was for Thursday’s chapel.
The next day, Davis led the chapel with the topic of “Sharing the Gospel With Family and Friends.” The students used the coffin as a prop in the skit that they presented, based on the YouTube video, “A Letter From Hell,” in which a young person killed in a car wreck writes to his Christian friend asking why he didn’t witness to him.
After the skit, Davis asked the students how many would leave a Christmas package under the tree unopened. He compared that to the gift of Salvation that God offers to us, that so many of us leave unopened. He closed his chapel with Revelations 3:20.
Chapel is held at LCHS every Thursday afternoon and is open to the public for anyone interested.
Lustre hosted a jamboree Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Lustre Christian High School gym. Guest teams were Opheim and Nashua.
The Lustre Grade School jamboree team played the first game against Nashua and lost, 7-37. Being the stiff competitor that Nashua proved to be, Lustre coach Linette Uchtman said she considered the game a win in the fact that they were able to score in both halves of the game. Megan Fast, Kolden Hoversland, and Halle Reddig each had two points and Kaleb Hoversland scored one.
Lustre’s junior high defeated the Nashua Porcupines by a score of 34-23. Zach Brown led with 16 points; Thomas Brown, seven; Sadie Brown, five; Levi Brown, four; and Kaitlyn Toavs, two.
The next round of Lustre’s games pitted the LGS jamboree team to a close victory over Opheim, 18-16. Megan Fast and Halle Reddig each had four points, Kolden Hoversland led with six points, and Amber Reddig and Olivia Brown each contributed two.
The Lustre junior high could not hold their winnings, however, and lost the next game to Opheim with a final score of 32-40. Levi Brown led the team with 14 points; Zach Brown, 10; Thomas Brown, six; and Sadie Brown, two.
For those of you that may not know how the jamboree teams stack up, Lustre has only a co-ed team with the other schools having both a boys’ and a girls’ team. It is set up, that if there are any boys on a team, they have to play the boys’ team. Therefore, Lustre’s co-ed team always plays against the competition’s boys’ team.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:59
Written by The Herald-News
Flag Pole Park at Fort Peck can be transformed into a place of honor and remembrance for service men and women when the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park becomes a reality next year. Groundbreaking is planned for Memorial Day and fundraising has begun, announced Steve Page of Glasgow.
The park will honor those who serve today and those who served in the past, he said. “More than 9,000 men and women from northeast Montana have served in uniform and more than 300 gave their lives. The park will be a reminder of the freedom we have today thanks to their sacrifice and service.”
Inspiration for the park’s design came from original plans for the Town of Fort Peck, which featured a circular flagpole area.
Central to the park will be a monument reflective of the design used in the powerhouses at Fort Peck Dam. An American flag and flags for each branch of service will flank the monument and circular walkways will lead to places for reflection.
The project is the work of local Veterans of Foreign War and American Legion members who formed a committee three years ago.
“We realized that all other areas in the state have recognized their veterans,” said Art Widhalm of St. Marie. “Ours is a regional goal: to honor veterans from across northeast Montana.” He brings a wide vision to the committee through his work as the senior vice commander, Department of Montana, VFW.
Success of the project relies on support of people from all counties in this part of the state, explains Tom Markle who works on fundraising for the committee. The current effort will provide the first footprints for the park.
“In this first phase, we plan to build the central monument, install walkways and do landscaping,” he explained. “It is our intention to build the entire memorial with private and sponsor donations and not use any government funding.” Expected costs for the initial plans are $250,000. Recognition walls, sculptures and a vigil area can be added in the future.
Currently, the committee is working with many organizations in the region to build awareness and enthusiasm for the project and fundraising letters are in the mail. The time is right to build a regional memorial, Page concluded.
“Northeast Montana residents have a long history of military service. It began when the First Montana Volunteers organized in 1894, continued through all conflicts, including today’s war on terror.
“The memorial park will be an everlasting demonstration of our gratitude for their service,” Page said. “It’s now time for us to take up the challenge.”
For more information on the veterans memorial park, contact the committee at 228-2223 or visit the website at www.VeteransMT.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:47
Written by The Herald-News
Over 23,000 qualifying policyholders will receive part of a $12 million dividend from Montana State Fund. This is the largest dividend MSF has ever declared. The MSF board of directors approved the dividend at their Nov. 15 board meeting. This is the 15th consecutive year MSF has returned dividends to safety-conscious employers.
“It gives us pleasure to financially reward our policyholders who have invested time, money and efforts to create a safer workplace for their employees, said Laurence Hubbard, president and CEO of Montana State Fund. “Our ability to return a portion of our customers’ premium back to them is also testament to MSF’s commitment to operate a sound financial organization as well as partner with our policyholders to efficiently manage claims that contribute to positive outcomes for injured workers.”
MSF board chair Elizabeth Best stated, “It is hoped that employers who receive this dividend will use it to continue to improve safety in the workplace for Montana employees, who the board recognize to be equal stakeholders.”
Since 1999, MSF has returned $86 million to customers in general dividend payments. Policyholders from July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011, who meet the criteria for a dividend are being notified. Funds will be distributed by early January.
Montana State Fund provides workers’ compensation coverage and safety education resources to approximately 26,000 employers in the state, making it the largest workers’ compensation insurance company in Montana.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:29
Written by The Herald-News
The district 5 Make It With Wool Contest was held in Sidney Oct. 27 with three contestants, one in each category. Cortney Hecker of Sidney was the teen entry; Sara McMillen of Sidney, senior entry; and Kodi Bilquist of Bainville, preteen entry. Hecker and McMillen are eligible to compete in the Montana state competition that will be held in conjunction with the Montana Wool Growers annual convention in Billings the first weekend of December. From there, one junior and one senior contestant will be chosen to attend the national convention in Charleston, S.C., in January and will receive an all-expense-paid trip.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:27