Wolf Point Herald

Charges Expected Against Driver In Fatal Crash Near Poplar Friday

A man remained lodged in the Fort Peck Tribal Jail early this week facing likely charges following a crash that claimed the life of a Poplar woman on County Road 1053 near Poplar Friday, April 4.
Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice investigator Ken Trottier identified the woman as Larissa Youngman, 22. He said she was a passenger in the car and died at the scene of the single-vehicle crash that was reported about 2:30 p.m.
Trottier identified the driver as Lance Adams, 26.
The Montana Highway Patrol reported that a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix carrying Adams and Youngman drifted across the center line and rolled down an embankment.
“The vehicle landed on its roof. There was damage pretty much all along the vehicle,” MHP Trooper Deedra Fillion said.
She said the male was driving.
“[Adams] was treated and released and taken into custody tribally,” Trottier said.
“A federal investigation is pending. Alcohol is suspected,” he said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:36

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Wolf Point Woman Indicted For Drugs, Abuse related to Infant Death

Jeanette Payne, 27, of Wolf Point, appeared in U.S. District Court in Great Falls on charges of distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine in the presence of a minor and felony child abuse and neglect in relation to the death of her infant child in December 2012.
According to the charging documents, Payne distributed methamphetamine, aided and abetted the offense, sold methamphetamine in the presence of a minor and allowed the minor to inhale, be exposed to or have contact with the substance during December 2012.
“The child tested positive (for meth) and the mother tested positive,” Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice Investigator Ken Trottier said.
She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Strong in Great Falls on April 2 and entered pleas of not guilty.
If convicted of the most serious charges in the indictment, Payne faces 20 years imprisonment, $1 million in fines and three years supervised release.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:35

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Poplar Woman Indicted For Assault With Knife, Kidnapping

Elaine Fast Horse, 30, of Poplar, appeared recently in U.S. District Court in Great Falls on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping.
A federal grand jury indicted her on both counts.
If convicted of the most serious charge in the indictment, Fast Horse faces life imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and five years supervised release.
According to the charging documents, the charges stem from allegations that Fast Horse assaulted another person with a knife and seized and confined that person on or about Oct. 10, 2012.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Fort Peck Tribes Department of

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:34

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California Man Alleged To Have Taken Police On High Speed Chase Allowed Bail

A California man facing drug charges and alleged to have taken police on a high speed chase was granted permission to reside in California while on bail awaiting trial during his arraignment in 15th Judicial District Court Wednesday, March 26.
Louis William Steigelmeier Jr., 58, of Brea,
Calif., pleaded not guilty to five counts.
Judge David Cybulski set a trial date of July 17.
Steigelmeier is charged with possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, criminal endangerment, tampering with evidence, eluding police and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He is alleged to have taken police on a high speed chase Feb. 18 that began in Poplar and ended in a field near Brockton.
Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice acted on a tip alleging that Steigelmeier was dealing methamphetamine.
He left a bar in Poplar and took officers on a chase at speeds authorities say exceeded 100 mph on Highway 2.
According to charging documents, more than $4,000 in cash and paraphernalia were found in Steigelmeier pickup truck and methamphetamine was alleged to have been thrown from the vehicle. The pickup burned after an officer fired an shotgun into the engine compartment to stop the vehicle.
Steigelmeier faces a maximum of more than 30 years incarceration on the five charges and maximum fines exceeding $150,000.
Bail conditions allow him to leave Montana and reside with his wife in California. Other conditions include that he may not possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs, may not associate with people using alcohol or drugs, may not possess firearms and he may not possess or apply for a passport. He is also precluded from any contact with the alleged victim and the victim’s family.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:33

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North Dakota Fugitive Waives Extradition

A fugitive from justice from North Dakota waived extradition in 15th District Court Wednesday, March 26.
Daniel Eugene Bressler is charged in North Dakota with theft of property, a class B felony, alleged to have occurred Monday, March 24, in Williams County, N.D., in the Williston area.
Charging documents filed in Northwest Judicial District Court in Williston, N.D., allege that Bressler stole property valued above $10,000.
Bressler agreed to return to North Dakota and signed a waiver of extradition.
Judge David Cybulski gave North Dakota authorities until Monday, April 14, to retrieve Bressler from the Roosevelt County Jail.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:32

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