Written by John Plestina
A sentencing for Amber Dawn Taylor, 29, of Wolf Point was continued until Wednesday, Dec. 10, when she appeared in 15th District Court before Judge David Cybulski Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Probation and Parole officer Pam Heikens of Glasgow testified that Taylor should be ordered to substance abuse treatment as part of her sentence and asked Cybulski to delay imposition of sentence until an evaluation is completed by Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center.
A plea agreement calls for Taylor to be placed into the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections for five years with three years suspended and a recommendation for long-term treatment at Elkhorn Treatment Center, a 47-bed residential treatment-based correctional facility in western Montana serving women, most of which are in DOC custody.
Taylor, who was arrested twice on drug charges, withdrew ‘not guilty’ pleas on five charges and pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs under a plea agreement where four charges were dismissed in 15th District Court Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Earlier this year, Taylor pleaded not guilty to possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of drugs, driving while privilege is suspended or revoked and driving with no insurance, second or subsequent offense.
The first arrest came after a Wolf Point Police officer and a Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice drug investigator jointly stopped a car Taylor was driving at the corner of Idaho Street and Sixth Avenue South on Sept. 23, 2013.
The charging documents allege that the officers found crystal methamphetamine, marijuana, paraphernalia, more than 40 small plastic bags, a packaging device and other contraband in the car.
She was charged nearly a year ago with criminal possession with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Taylor was free on bond when a Montana Highway Patrol trooper arrested her a second time after a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 2 and Second Avenue North in Wolf Point on March 28. Three passengers were in her vehicle.
According to charging documents, the MHP trooper stated that Taylor smelled of burnt marijuana and that she admitted having a suspended driver’s license and no insurance.
The trooper seized several syringes, 98 small plastic jewelry bags, marijuana, a marijuana pipe and other paraphernalia, according to documentation from the court, that also alleges that one of the syringes contained a liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine.
Taylor pleaded not guilty to possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence, driving while privilege is suspended or revoked and driving with no insurance, second or subsequent offense.
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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, Nov. 17, 16 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding two female inmates and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding three males to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Tuesday, Nov. 11, and Monday, Nov. 17:
•Adam Alonzo, 31, Williston, N.D./San Bernadino, Calif., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell.
•Malinda Bibb, 31, Minot, N.D., arrested on a warrant for bail condition violation, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Edwin Falcon, 55, Poplar, arrested on a federal warrant. Transferred to federal custody.
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment.
•Steven Gray Hawk, 37, Poplar, arrested on U.S. Marshal’s warrant.
•Geoff Hagadone, 43, Poplar, partner, family member assault and endangering the welfare of children.
•Dylan Hebberlman, 21, Havre, arrested by Roo-sevelt County deputies on Blaine County warrant. Extradited to Blaine County.
•Alexander Jirone, 33, Rapid City, S.D., criminal endangerment, fleeing or eluding a peace officer, speeding on non-interstate-exceed night speed limit, operating with expired registration, operating without liability insurance.
•Jennifer Johnshoy, 29, Crookston, Minn., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Gary Jones, 44, Madisonville, Tenn., assault on a peace officer.
•Dakota Kinzie, 23, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer.
•Dustin Kinzie, 20, Wolf Point, criminal production/manufacture of dangerous drugs, criminal endangerment, criminal possession with intent to distribute, criminal endangerment.
•Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernadino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant.
•Robert Lindquist, Chattoroy, Wash., 41, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence.
•Anthony Miller, 22, Wolf Point, serving 48-hour sentence.
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Hot Springs, Ark., out-of- county warrant.
•Michelle Parker, 41, San Diego, Calif., arrested on bench warrant.
•Derek Reed, 32, Seattle, Wash., criminal contempt warrant.
•Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer.
•Kaylob Trowbridge, 22, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer.
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(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire department between Nov. 10 and 16. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
12:55 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Third Avenue South and Benton Street for a minor motor vehicle accident and cited Jamie Wolff, 25, of Wolf Point for driving without a license and driving without insurance.
6:40 p.m., officers responded to the Wolf Point High School for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
5:27 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Idaho Street for a report of criminal trespass. The investigation continued at press time.
12:28 p.m., officers responded to Steve’s Auto on U.S. Hwy. 2 for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
2:18 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of shoplifting with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
5:30 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Cascade Street for a report of theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
2:15 p.m., officers responded to the Homestead Inn for a report of an assault. The investigation continued at press time.
7:47 p.m., officers responded to the Sherman Inn for a report of vandalism to a vehicle in the parking lot with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
1:50 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 400 block of Dawson Street for a report of a theft from a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
9:56 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 400 block of Granville Street for a report of an assault. The suspect left prior to police arrival.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between Nov. 10 and 8: checks of wellbeing, three; civil standby, two; domestic disturbance, one; public assistance, 12; motor vehicle accidents, none; removal of unwanted individuals, seven; animal complaints, two; medical assistance, four; fire assistance, none; alarm, six; assist other agency, three; unfounded report, three; driving complaints, three; and school requested assistance, none.
Written by John Plestina
Winter Storm Astro, the season’s first named winter storm, dropped plowable snow in northeast Montana Sunday, Nov. 9, into Monday, Nov. 10, and brought a cold air intrusion that was a rude awakening for some.
The temperature in Wolf Point at 5 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, was just below zero with a wind chill of minus 19. Early morning air temperatures as cold as minus 8 are forecast for this week.
The National Weather Service at Glasgow reported 3.5 inches of snow in Wolf Point, 3 inches near Lustre, 2.5 inches near Poplar and 1 inch in and around
The Weather Service recorded a storm total of 6.1 inches of snow in Glasgow, breaking a record for Nov. 9 that stood 74 years. The new record of 6.0 inches in a single day surpassed the previous record of 4.6 inches that was set in 1940.
“The heavier amounts were generally in western Phillips County. Northeast Garfield County had the highest reported amount, 8.8 inches,” said meteorologist Rex Morgan, with the National Weather Service in Glasgow.
There was also a 7-inch value recording 13 miles northeast of Bloomfield in Dawson County.
All this begs the question: what do Typhoon Nuri and Bombogenesis have to do with Wolf Point’s weather?
Not much directly, but both do have indirect impacts on the current local weather.
Typhoon Nuri came out of Asia with a vengeance late last week and became the strongest storm on record to hit Alaska. Measured as a hurricane, it recorded a category 5. Nuri has been termed a massive non-tropical superstorm that has added energy to the jet stream. It generated high-altitude winds of nearly 200 mph over the Pacific Ocean. It has since generated a ripple effect of snow and cold weather across much of the nation.
“[Typhoon Nuri] shoved the cold air front from the Arctic down here,” Morgan said.
Bombogenesis is a term sometimes used when a mid-latitude cyclone rapidly intensifies. The term has been associated with Typhoon Nuri.
“We don’t really like that term [Bombogenesis] as meteorologists. It seems kind of alarmist,” Morgan said.
The National Weather Service predicts unseasonably cold temperatures and possible flurries later in the week.
Written by John Plestina
Breaking with a long-standing tradition, the Christmas Parade of Lights will not be held this year. Instead, the Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture wants to take the kickoff of the holiday season in a new direction.
The first “Get Lit In Wolf Point: Festival Of Lights And Stroll” along with the annual Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation Festival of Trees will open the holiday season Friday, Dec. 5.
Dwindling parade participation in recent years prompted the new direction, said the chamber.
All downtown businesses are asked to light up and decorate for the holidays. It is hoped that all downtown Christmas lights be turned on at 5:30 p.m. The public could stroll the downtown area, viewing the lights and holiday displays.
The chamber is also seeking volunteers to build stationary holiday displays that could be set up in Sherman Park.
The Festival of Trees fundraiser, where people can win a fully-decorated Christmas tree, will be held in the upstairs bar area in the Wolf Point Elks Club on the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue South.
The NEMHS Charitable Foundation will sell tickets at the Elks Club Friday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. until the drawing at 7 p.m.
Decorated trees will be displayed in the Elks Club for one week during lunch hours from Friday, Nov. 28, through Friday, Dec. 5.
“We are assisting the Optimists this year and having one of their Angel Trees at the event also,” NEMHS Charitable Foundation executive director Beth Pickthorn said.
“I do not know how many trees we’ll get donated at this time. We had nine the first year and 13 last year. This is only the third year we’ve held this, and the first year at the Elks, as we always had used the empty Bryan’s store that Gysler’s [Furniture and Appliance] is now in,” she said.
Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the Grinch will be at the Festival of Trees, Friday, Dec. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Photos with Santa will be available by local photographer Nicole Huber.