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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, Dec. 1, 18 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding one female inmate and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Tuesday, Nov. 25, and Monday, Dec. 1:
•Robert J. Armstrong, 27, Wolf Point, partner/ family member assault;
•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;
•Anthony Delvane, 34, Frostrooper, Fla, out-of-county warrant, bonded out;
•Joshua J. Fish, 27, Brockton, out-of-county warrant, bonded out;
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner/family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Clint W. Hansen, 25, Post Falls, Idaho, partner/ family member assault;
•Daniel G. Hutchison, 53, Salmon, Idaho, partner/family member assault;
•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;
•Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernadino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, Chat-toroy, Wash., 41, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•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;
•Jerry D. Schumacher, 63, driving under the influence, speeding exceeding day limit;
•Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer;
•Kalob 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 departments between Nov. 24 and 30. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
10:30 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of East Indian Street for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
6:44 p.m., officers responded to the ALCO parking lot for a report of harassment. The individual was told not to have further contact with the complainant.
6:33 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of shoplifting. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point male.
7:33 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of Edgar Street for a report of vandalism to a building with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
9:57 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of East Front Street for a report of a man causing a disturbance and arrested Robert Armstrong, 27, of Wolf Point for partner/family member assault.
7:45 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 800 block of Fifth Avenue North for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
6 a.m., officers assisted the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice at a reported party going on at a residence on West Fairweather Street and cited a 14-year-old Wolf Point male for a curfew violation.
7:40 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of Garfield Street for a report of a burglary with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
3:05 p.m., firefighters responded to a structure fire on 10th Avenue North in west end housing with five firefighters and command. The fire started in a mattress. Damage was minimal and confined to one room.
2:58 a.m., officers responded to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office for a report of a theft from an unlocked vehicle on the 200 block of Custer Street with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
11:14 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Alder Street for a report of a burglary with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
4:19 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of Idaho Street for a report of a knife-point robbery and cited Crystal War Club, 29, of Wolf Point with robbery.
11:56 a.m., officers responded to Git-N-Go for a report of a possible forged and stolen check. The investigation continued at press time.
8:45 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of shoplifting with a loss valued under $1,000. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point man and woman.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between Nov. 24 and 30: checks of wellbeing, one; civil standby, three; public assistance, three; removal of unwanted individuals, six; medical assistance, two; alarm, three; assist other agency, four; unfounded report, seven; and driving complaints, four.
Written by John Plestina
Gospel Fellowship Church is exploring options for the congregation that include substantial repairs or replacement of the more than half-century-old facilities after a fire burned through part of the interior of the church on the corner of Hill Street and Second Avenue North in Wolf Point, Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Beginning Sunday, Nov. 30, the congregation will meet for Sunday services in Community Bible Church at 436 Indian Street, at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday School and 10:45 a.m. for services for at least four weeks.
The church held services in the Sherman Inn’s Centennial Room, Sunday, Nov. 23.
“We’ve talked about different options; possibly different churches in town,” Pastor Bruce Bogar said.
A business meeting was held.
“On Sunday [Nov. 23], we’ll present some different options to the congregation. We have quite a few options,” Bogar said Friday, Nov. 21.
He said other churches have offered temporary space for Sunday worship.
Fire burned portions of the church and there is extensive smoke, water and steam damage, leaving the future of the current church building in question.
An estimated 45,000 to 50,000 gallons of water was used to extinguish the fire. The church had about two feet of water pumped out of the basement three days after the fire.
“That’s still in question right now,” Bogar said. “At first it looked like it may be repairable. There’s more damage to the rafters than we had thought.”
Bogar and church trustees are waiting to see what an insurance adjuster says.
“I just look around. They put so much water on it. There’s steam and water damage inside the building,” trustee Brian Miller said.
“Knock it down and build a new facility or reuse part of it. There are safety concerns,” he said.
“There’s a lot of history here. People got married here. People got buried here,” Miller said.
The oldest part of the church was built during the late 1950s and an addition dates to the late 1980s.
An investigator from the Montana State Fire Marshal’s Office in Miles City conducted an investigation, Wednesday, Nov. 19.
Following that investigation, Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department chief Shawn Eggar said the cause was not suspicious.
“It was determined to be accidental. It was in the area of the sound room where it started. Nothing suspicious at all,” Eggar said.
“It could have been electrical it could have been the furnace. There was nothing suspicious,” he said.
No one was in the church when the fire started and no injuries were reported.
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A new principal and teacher have joined the Frontier School staff.
Principal Jack O’Neill is a longtime educator and former lawman.
He came to Frontier in July as business manager and district clerk and took over as principal after the school year started.
Born and raised in upstate New York, O’Neill is a Vietnam veteran, having served in the 11th Armored Cavalry. He remained in the Army after his service in Vietnam, serving in the Military Police in Hawaii and Louisiana.
He has many years as an educator, as a math teacher and principal in Colorado, mostly in the Denver metropolitan area, three years in South Dakota and one year in Alaska.
O’Neill did double duty in Kit Carson, Colo., southeast of the Denver area, as a teacher during the day and a deputy sheriff at night.
Tina Strauser recently joined the Frontier staff as a K-6 music teacher and fifth-grade reading and science teacher. She is also an assistant girls’ basketball coach.
Strauser is a former Northeast Montana Health Services’ public relations director and substitute teacher in Poplar. She is also a photographer for the Fort Peck Journal.
Originally from Sidney, Strauser has lived in Poplar for many years.
Her husband, Marty Strauser, owns an automotive body shop in Poplar.
Strauser is pursuing a master’s of education degree through Montana State University - Billings.
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Four people graduated from the Fort Peck Tribal Court DUI Court 12-month alternative sentencing diversion program and one from the Tribal Court’s Wellness Court, Friday, Nov. 21. Pictured are (listed alphabetically) DUI Court graduates Dorothy Day, Patricia Falls Down, Jason Hamilton and Norman Owens, and Wellness Court graduate Shai-Lee Weeks holding her son, Kayto McKenzie, 1. Also pictured are public defender Rena Belton, Spotted Bull Recovery Resource Center staff member Donna Black Dog, prosecutor Andrea Brown, probation officer Courage Crawford, DUI Court coordinator Sidney Gourneau, Judge Danna Runs Above and IHS employee Cheryl Shanks. DUI Court is a multi-phased alternative sentencing program for DUI offenders that uses a premise that most repeat drunk driving offenders are alcoholic and need treatment and support that might include 12-step recovery meetings. The program keeps offenders out of jail as long as they comply with the requirements of DUI Court. Wellness Court is a similar program addressing family and sobriety issues and is tied to family court. (Photos by John Plestina)