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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 Monday, April 6, 11 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 Monday, March 30, and Monday, April 6:
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•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;
•Vern Eagleman, 52, Poplar, out-of-county warrant;
•Mark Ebemeyer, 38, Eugene, Ore., obstructing a peace officer and out-of- county warrant;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner/family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•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;
•Daniel Morris, 35, Wheeling, W.V., contempt of court;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Billie Romo, 31, Bain-
ville, driving under the influence and following too closely;
•Wesley Stearns, 42, Havre, contempt of court;
•Brian 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;
•Jarod Weyrauch, 29, Wolf Point, fail to report violation.
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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 March 30 and April 5. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
10:30 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 Block of Idaho Street for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
4:47 p.m., police took a report of a vehicle theft from Cenex East with a loss valued over $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
6:37 p.m., officers responded to Shopko Hometown for a report of shoplifting with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
11:07 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a theft and arrested Luke Jackson, 40, of Wolf Point for theft.
8:50 a.m., police took a report of a theft that occurred earlier on the 100 block of Granville Street with a loss valued over $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
11:30 a.m., police took a report of threats on the 600 block of Fourth Avenue North. The incident remains under investigation.
1:42 p.m., officers responded to Northside School for a report that an adult caused a disturbance and left prior to police arrival. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point man.
1:43 p.m., officers responded to a residence the 800 block of Fifth Avenue North for what was believed to be a theft in progress. A suspect left prior to police arrival. The incident remains under investigation.
3:54 p.m., officers responded to a residence the 200 block of East Indian Street for a report that the resident found BB pellet holes in a window. The incident remains under investigation.
4:59 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Idaho Street for a report of a burglary with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
6:37 p.m., firefighters responded to a grass fire off West Fairweather Street that started when someone was burning trash.
6:55 p.m., officers responded to the Homestead Inn for a report of vandalism to a fence at the storage area behind the motel.
11:17 a.m., firefighters responded to a downed power line on Slaughterhouse Road at U.S. Hwy. 2. Fire command remained on the scene until Montana-Dakota Utilities arrived.
12:29 p.m., officers responded to a motor vehicle accident in the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 2 and Sixth Avenue North and cited Kayla Beauchman, 21, of Wolf Point for following too closely, driving without a driver’s license and driving without insurance. No injuries were reported.
1:43 p.m., police took a report of an assault on the 500 block of Blaine Street that occurred earlier in the day that left a victim with minor injuries. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point man.
10:08 p.m., officers responded to a residence the 200 block of Garfield Street for a report of a missing 11-year-old boy. The child returned home later.
2:30 a.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Seventh Avenue South for a report of an attempt to gain entry into a residence and arrested Abraham Chopper Jr., 44, of Poplar for disorderly conduct.
6:30 p.m., officers observed a disturbance in the 200 block of Main Street and arrested Brandy
Schlinder, 31, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
1:27 a.m., police conducted a traffic stop on the 300 block of Sixth Avenue South and cited two male Wolf Point juveniles, ages 15 and 16, for curfew and released them to guardians.
8:30 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of First Avenue South for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
6:04 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Dawson Street for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
3:32 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 400 block of Garfield Street for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
9:45 p.m., firefighters responded to a dumpster fire on First Avenue South between East Edgar and East Fairweather streets.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between March 30 and April 5: checks of wellbeing, three; civil standby, three; domestic disturbance, four; public assistance, 25; motor vehicle accidents, two; removal of unwanted individuals, eight; animal complaints, three; medical assistance, one; alarm, two; assist other agency, two; unfounded reports, nine; driving complaints, six; and school requested assistance, one.
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Fort Peck Tribes Chairman A.T. “Rusty” Stafne (left), BIA regional director Darryl LaCounte and Dry Prairie board chairman Rick Knick of Culbertson display gifts from the Fort Peck Tribes after signing the water agreement. (Photo by John Plestina)
The Fort Peck Tribes, Culbertson-headquartered Dry Prairie Rural Water Authority and the Bureau of Indian Affairs signed an historic water agreement for the delivery of water from the Tribes’ intake and treatment facilities near Wolf Point to Dry Prairie customers throughout northeastern Montana at the tribal government offices in Poplar Tuesday, March 31.
The tribal and Dry Prairie water systems agreement is a result of more than two decades of work that resulted in a collaboration between the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation and their non-Indian neighbors. The systems will be connected later this spring as a result of this three-party agreement.
Once connected, the tribal intake and treatment facilities will begin supplying water to Dry Prairie at a delivery point near U.S. Hwy. 2 on the eastern side of the reservation. This eastern connection will allow Dry Prairie to immediately serve some 700 of its rural customers, as well as the communities of Culbertson, Bainville, Froid, Medicine Lake, Plentywood and Antelope.
In addition to the eastern connection point, tribal and Dry Prairie officials hope to establish connections between the two systems near Frazer later this year and then near Nashua during the upcoming year. The westernmost connection would allow Dry Prairie to deliver water from the tribal facilities to its customers west of the reservation. A third connection is also planned along the northern boundary of the reservation, near Montana Hwy. 251. Eventually, the combined rural water systems would consist of about 3,000 miles of water pipeline servicing approximately 30,000 residents throughout all of Roosevelt County, the eastern half of Valley County, and Sheridan and Daniels counties.
“This moment has been a long time coming,” Tom Escarcega, director of the Assiniboine and Sioux Rural Water System project, said.
Escarcega, who emceed the ceremony and signing event, has worked on the project since 1992.
“It’s truly a great thing when the Indian community works with the non-Indian community to make a good thing happen,” BIA regional director Darryl LaCounte of Billings said.
“This is a great example of what we can do together,” Dry Prairie board chairman Rick Knick of Culbertson said.
Knick, LaCounte and Fort Peck Tribal Chairman A.T. “Rusty” Stafne were the three signers of the agreement.
“This is a very important project for northeastern Montana. This is great for us,” Stafne said.
“I think we are entering hard times. This project will make it easier for us,” he said.
“We are very proud. This agreement represents decades of cooperation between the Tribes and its off-reservation partners, and is a first of its kind in Montana,” Stafne said in a prepared statement prior to the signing ceremony.
Sens. Steve Daines, R. Mont., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., and Gov. Steve Bullock were all invited to participate. Bullock, Daines and Tester sent representatives in their absence. Zinke was not represented.
Congress authorized the two water projects in 2000 at 1998 costs of $193 million. That price tag is now estimated at $320 million. Daines said the project was about $150 million short during a visit to Poplar in May 2014.
Dry Prairie Rural Water Authority is a municipal, industrial, and rural water system for Roosevelt, Valley, Daniels and Sheridan counties outside the boundaries of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation that the conservation districts own in each of the counties.
DPRWA brings Missouri River water to municipal water systems, rural households, and livestock pasture taps.
The Fort Peck Tribal water system is operated by the Fort Peck Tribes and held in trust by the Department of Interior.
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An unofficial straw poll taken by the Fort Peck Tribes Executive Board Thursday, March 26, put the brakes on the $33 million dollar Buffalo Rivers Casino & Lodge that was proposed to be built on a site near Fort Kipp.
The 8-2 vote against moving forward with the project was taken following a lengthy discussion that included concerns that a $29 million loan from the Shakopee Mdewankontan Tribe in Minnesota would be too expensive with a 6.5 percent interest rate. The cost to the tribes with interest would have been $44 million with steep monthly payments.
“It has to come to full board [on April 13],” executive board member Stacey Summers of Wolf Point said. She also said she expects the project to be formally voted down.
Summers said there will be discussions about a smaller casino project that would cost less money to build.
“The $29 million plus the 6½ percent interest; I just don’t see us making those payments,” Summers said.
Vice chairwoman Patricia Iron Cloud said she would delay any public comment until after the executive board takes a formal vote.
Information disseminated by Jamie Beskow, media director for James Dugan, a Sioux Falls, S.D., casino marketing firm, led to news stories in The Herald-News, Fort Peck Journal and Billings Gazette that the casino was going to be built. A date in June for a groundbreaking was given to The Herald-News.
The Herald-News contacted Beskow Wednesday, March 25. She said she was not aware the executive board had not approved the project.
Beskow said her company is affiliated with Arrowhead Consulting Group of Sioux Falls, which is also involved with the proposed project. Arrowhead Consulting Group is a casino staffing and training consultant, according to information on the internet.
Executive board members voting against proceeding with the casino project were Ed Bauer, Marva Firemoon, Charlie Headdress, Pearl Hopkins, Rick Kirn, Terry Rattling Thunder, Grant Stafne and Summers.
Garrett Big Leggins and Tom Christian voted in favor of the project as it was proposed.
Roxanne Gourneau abstained from voting.
In a second straw poll, council members voted 8-2 in favor of a possible smaller casino project and a more extensive feasibility study.
According to a press release from Beskow, the proposal called for a casino with a gaming floor with 400 video gaming machines and four poker tables, 75-room hotel, 150-person restaurant with a buffet, events center that would seat more than 400 people, a lounge that would accommodate live entertainment, snack bar and a gift shop.
Beskow’s press release also said the completed project would employ about 220 people.
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Between 850 and 900 people were served at Schmeckfest Friday, March 27, the 50th annual fundraising dinner for Lustre Christian High School.
Julie Reddig, who along with her husband Dean, head the steering committee for Schmeckfest said Monday, March 30, that it was too soon to determine exactly how many people were served or how much money was made from the dinner and fundraising auction.
The annual fundraiser that celebrates the German-Mennonite heritage of much of the Lustre community, features an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord-style traditional German meal, silent auction, live auction, crafts, bake sale and entertainment.
The dinner held in March every year began in 1966 as the Lustre Bible Academy Smorgasbord and, in 1973, became Schmeckfest. The private Christian school became Lustre Christian High School in 1978.