Written by John Plestina
The Wolf Point woman who faced a 16-count federal drug indictment in September, was sentenced to 15 months in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons in U.S. District Court in Great Falls Monday, March 16.
Judge Brian Morris included three years supervised release with conditions and a $100 special assessment for Cheryl Lee Culbertson-Nygaard, 45.
According to U.S. District Court documents, Culbertson-Nygaard agreed to a plea agreement and pleaded guilty in November to Count II of the indictment, which is possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine between 2010 and 2013.
The other 15 counts were dismissed. All were alleging similar incidents of methamphetamine distribution on different dates during the three-year period.
Culbertson-Nygaard was arrested Sept. 22 in Wolf Point and pleaded not guilty to all 16 charges during an arraignment in Great Falls.
She was free on bond and faced potential maximum penalties that included up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine.
Written by Jaimee Green
If you live in Roosevelt County, there’s a new Facebook page to like!
In an effort to make the Roosevelt County Local Emergency Planning Committee more visible to the community, its members have created a Facebook page to serve as one more vital place for community members to receive pertinent information about potential hazards pertaining to natural and man-made disasters, as well as tips for everyday safety and preparedness.
The Facebook page is Roosevelt County, MT Local Emergency Planning Committee.
“In addition to its formal responsibilities, the LEPC often serves as a focal point for information and discussions about hazards within the county. The LEPC’s ability to improve and maintain the safety and health of its community is greatly enhanced by the support of an informed community. Having a Face-
book page is just one more way to reach out and keep everyone connected,” said Lee Allmer, chairman of the LEPC.
Several members of the committee are managing the Facebook page and continually adding content that is relative to potential weather and seasonal hazards, as well as other threats such as railway Bakken oil traveling across the county.
“Utilizing social media is a great way to connect with the community and keep them informed about potential threats that could affect them,” said Dan
Sietsema, disaster and emergency services coordinator for the county.
For the past several years, the members of the LEPC have worked to build up the committee’s membership. Now that the volunteer membership is growing, they are better able to begin doing public awareness activities in the county. Last summer, they hosted weather-spotter courses in Wolf Point and Culbertson in collaboration with the National Weather Service and John Pulasky, a meteorologist with the Northern Ag Network.
The beginnings of the national push to create LEPCs dates back to 1986 when Congress passed the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act which established a national baseline with regard to planning, response, management and training for hazardous materials emergencies. SARA mandated the establishment of both State and local planning groups to develop and review hazardous materials response plans.
The state planning groups are referred to as the State Emergency Response Commission and are responsible for developing and maintaining the state’s emergency response plan.
In the county, the scope of hazards has widened to include hazards not related to hazardous chemicals. The LEPC and the county DES coordinator are responsible for developing an emergency plan for and responding to chemical and non-chemical emergencies within the community. It is the main function of the LEPC to look after community interests and serve as a coordinating point for both planning and training activities at the local level.
Current local membership includes Lee Allmer, chairman; Deborah Heckmun, vice-chairman; Jaimee Green, secretary/treasurer; John Carlbom; Sharon Dschaak; Teresia Moore; Steve Harada; Jeff Wozniak; and members of the county commission.
For more information about the LEPC, contact Dan Sietsema at 653-6224.
Written by Herald-News
(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.)
As of Monday, March 23, 12 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between March 16 and March 23:
•Henry Aiken, 49, Greenville, S.C., driving while revoked and speeding, released;
•Doreen Blackdog, 51, Brockton, driving under the influence;
•James Brown, 22, Wolf Point, driving under the influence;
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•John Dagenhart, 33, Andrews, Texas, and Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, bonded out;
•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;
•Mark Ebemeyer, 38, Eugene, Ore., obstructing a peace officer and out-of- county warrant;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernardino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, 41, Chattoroy, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner/family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Courtney L. Madoche, 28, Olympia, Wash., obstructing a peace officer; fail to carry proof of insurance, fail to dim lights within 1,000 feet of an oncoming vehicle, fail to yield, bonded out;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Wesley Stearns, 42, Havre, contempt of court;
•Brian B. Suggs, 33, Mesa, Ariz., driving under the influence, criminal endangerment, failure to carry proof of insurance, driving a motor vehicle while the privilege to do so is revoked and fail to stop immediately at property damage accident.
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, felony theft and burglary.
Written by Herald-News
Faith Lutheran Home staff members JoMarie Brien (front, left) and Geri Todd (front, right) demonstrate for Wolf Point 100 Club members how the new mechanical lift is able to transport residents from sitting to standing positions. The lift was purchased with help from the 100 Club. Roo-sevelt County donated $1,000 toward the purchase of the lift. “We have a total of six mechanical lifts and all of our nursing staff all love them,” said JoAnn Hibl, director of nursing for Faith Home. “We are very thankful for the support of the Wolf Point 100 Club.” Pictured are (from left to right) Jeff Harada, Janese Houg, John Carlbom, Cathryn Wylie, Wade Krauth, James Johnson and Shirley Zimmerman. (Photo by Deanna Buckles)
Written by John Plestina
It remains unclear if lost oil industry jobs is the reason for a small decline of jobs in Roosevelt County.
The Montana Department of Labor and Industry released unemployment data for all Montana counties Wednesday, March 18, that showed Roosevelt County ranked No. 37 in the state with an unemployment rate of 5.9 percent in January. Those stats showed 4,308 people employed in January, 37 fewer than one year prior.
Montana Department of Labor and Industry Research and Analysis Bureau economist Matt Betchers told The Herald-News that it was difficult to determine how many of the 37 lost jobs were in the oil industry due to the small size and population of the area.
“What we have seen come into the area office [Wolf Point Job Service] is three or four people that shared that they worked in the oilfield and got laid off,” Shawn Andersyn, manager for the Wolf Point and Glasgow Job Service offices, said.
The unemployment rate in Roosevelt County was reported at 6.4 percent in January 2014, with a low of 4.3 percent in October 2014.
The state unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in January.
McCone County was ranked No. 2 with 2.6 percent unemployed and 56 more jobs than in January 2014.
The following statistics were reported for other northeast Montana counties: Richland, third, 2.6 percent unemployed; Daniels, seventh, 3.3 percent; Sheridan, 11th, 3.7 percent; and Valley, 15th, 4.1 percent.
Making the No. 1 spot was Fallon with 2 percent unemployed.
Lincoln County, which includes Eureka and Libby, in the northwest corner of Montana placed 56th and last with an unemployment rate of 13 percent.
The statistics are not seasonally adjusted.
The state unemployment rate continued its decline in January, down 0.1 percentage points to 4.4 percent. In contrast, the U.S. unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 5.7 percent in January.
“Montana started 2015 with strong job growth, with the economy adding over 3,000 jobs in January,” Gov. Steve Bullock said in a prepared statement. “With strong wage growth last year, and low inflation because of falling fuel prices, more Montanans are employed and have more money in their pockets.”
“Montana’s economy continues to add good-paying jobs,” Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy said. “We must continue our efforts to train workers with the skills needed by businesses in order to continue job growth in today’s low unemployment environment.”
Montana’s total employment levels increased by 3,230 jobs in January.