Wolf Point Herald

Little Known About Stabbing In Wolf Point

The Wolf Point Police Department reported that officers responded to Seventh Avenue North and assisted the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice at the scene of a stabbing, Saturday, July 19, at 2:15 p.m.
City police did not release any additional information.
A telephone call to tribal police in Poplar was not returned Tuesday, July 22, as of presstime.

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Drug-Carrying Amtrak Passenger Sentenced In District Court

The Washington man who was found unconscious and in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana onboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder in Wolf Point was sentenced in 15th District Court, Wednesday, July 16.
Dale Andrew Cooper, 38, of Bremerton, Wash., pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
A state charge of carrying a dangerous drug on a train was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Judge David Cybulski found Cooper guilty of the three charges and sentenced him to a five-year deferred sentence under the supervision of the Montana Department of Corrections.
Cybulski said later that Cooper will have to begin his deferred sentence with probation in Montana but could get it transferred to Washington at a later date.
Cooper told the court that he lives in Washington where marijuana is legal but he realizes that it is not legal in Montana.
Wolf Point police took Cooper into custody, Friday, June 6, at Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus after he had been transported by ambulance and treated at the hospital.
Police reported that they were called to the Wolf Point Amtrak depot along with emergency medical personnel for an unconscious male onboard an eastbound train.

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Zimdars Sentenced In Drug, Water Treatment Plant Vandalism

Judge David Cybulski sentenced Chas Douglas Zimdars in 15th District Court, Wednesday, July 16, to three suspended prison sentences and a $5,000 fine with $4,000 suspended and restitution.
Under a plea agreement, Zimdars pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal endangerment and criminal mischief, all felonies, Wednesday, March 12.
Zimdars was originally charged with counts listed on charging documents as criminal endangerment, operation of clandestine laboratory, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal mischief, all felonies, and less serious charges of criminal trespass to property, fleeing from or eluding police, driving without a valid drivers license, second or subsequent conviction.
He was accused of damaging the water treatment plant in Wolf Point during June 2013, several drug related charges and other offenses.
He admitted to possessing methamphetamine and damaging the treatment plant during a previous court appearance.

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Calling Inventors And Anyone With Original Products Or Ideas

Area residents with inventions or innovative ideas or products will have an opportunity to learn how to connect with commercial markets during a workshop in Wolf Point Wednesday, July 30.
The Montana Department of Commerce Business Resources Division will present a  Montana Technology Innovation Partnership free roundtable meeting at Great Northern Development Corp., located at 233 Cascade St. in Wolf Point, at 1 p.m.
Topics will include protecting ideas and inventions, research and development opportunities and feasibility to achieve sales in a proposed market.
Audrey Wooding, of Bozeman, will present the workshop.
She said assistance is available to businesses and individuals for research and development.
Wooding said she will be available to answer questions about grant opportunities and intellectual property, for writers and others.
“People don’t necessarily have to be researchers or developers. It could be an inventor who is working in their garage,” Wooding said. “They may need assistance about different strategies if they are working in their garage.”
We will gear it toward the people who show up,” she said.
Similar roundtable events will be presented in Billings, July 28; in Miles City, July 29; in Havre, July 31; and in Lewistown, Aug. 1.
For additional information, contact Lorene Hintz at 653-2590 or Audrey Wooding at 994-3885 or visit http://mtip.mt.gov/events.mcpx.

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Several Appear In Court For Pleas

Several people appeared in 15th District Court Wednesday, July 16.
Joel Tarango Campos of Las Cruses, N.M., initially pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Defense attorney Mark Epperson said Campos was acting against his advice.
Judge David Cybulski said he would strike the guilty plea.
After meeting with Epperson in private, Campos entered not guilty pleas to both charges.
A trial date of Oct. 16 was set.
Cybulski said the state is seeking treatment for Campos as a persistent felony offender, which would mandate a minimum five-year prison sentence with a maximum of 100 years.
Dale Robert Fowler, 60, of Wolf Point waived his right to a speedy trial to allow time for him to complete a Veteran’s Administration substance abuse treatment program in South Dakota.
Fowler pleaded not guilty during a previous court appearance to a felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs in October 2013.
Fowler had a trial scheduled for Sept. 18.
Other cases are against him.
Wolf Point officers arrested Fowler April 2 on a warrant out of McCone County following a traffic stop at Sixth Avenue South and Main Street for a stop sign violation and driving while license was suspended or revoked, according to information provided by the WPPD.
Fowler also pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, second or subsequent offense, in 15th District Court, Wednesday, June 11.
He also pleaded not guilty to driving on a suspended or revoked license and driving with no insurance.
April Dawn Frost of Evansville, Wyo., entered pleas of not guilty on three counts that include criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
A trial date of Oct. 16 was set.
Defense attorney John Wheatcroft said he will seek a bond reduction at a future hearing.
Trial dates, Sept. 22 and Oct. 16, were set for Jeremy Thomas Sepanski, of Plentywood, charged with forgery, theft and obstruction of a peace officer.
He also had a change of attorney from Cynthia Thornton to John Wheatcroft.
Sepanski has another case against him in Plentywood.
Darryl James Lewis of Powell, Wyo., pleaded not guilty to five drug-related charges.
A trial date of Oct. 16 was set.
Michael Allen Monson pleaded guilty to criminal endangerment on a change of plea for an incident that occurred in Culbertson on Jan. 14.
Sentencing will follow completion of a presentencing  investigation by the Department of Probation.

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