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Do you know a farm or ranch worker who is hard-working, dedicated and deserves to be recognized?
Nominate them for Montana Ag Worker of the Year. The winner will receive an award presented to them at a celebration in their community.
Nominations for the recognition are due Tuesday, Dec. 31.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:13
Written by The Herald-News
Charles Bowman Bowen was sentenced to 20 years at Montana Department of Corrections with credit for time served (656 days) at his appearance in Montana 15th Judicial Court Nov. 13 after being convicted of negligent homicide.
Bowen, of Florida, was arrested Jan. 11, 2012, for negligent homicide for the death of Brian Doyle, also of Florida. Doyle’s body was found in the ditch along U.S. Hwy. 2, near Bainville Jan. 20, 2012. Reports said Doyle died nine days earlier from exposure and injuries from being run over by a motor vehicle.
On Jan. 27, an arrest warrant was issued, charging Bowen with negligent homicide. Bowen was arrested that day by the Williams County Sheriff’s Office in Williston, N.D., area.
During the sentencing, the state presented the presentence investigation report. The defense asked questions regarding the details and accuracy of the criminal history on the report. The PSI recommended that Bowen serve the maximum sentence of 20 years.
The victim’s sister, Erin Groom, his brother, Thomas Doyle, and significant other, Victoria Amberson, gave statements, detailing how the loss of Doyle impacted their lives and asking the defendant why he chose not to go back and help him.
After they finished their statements, the defense brought Richard Peck, criminal investigator for the public defender’s office, to the witness stand. Peck, who conducted his own presentence investigation for the public defender’s office, said he contacted all the counties in Florida to obtain accurate details of Bowen’s criminal history.
After a break, Judge David Cybulski allowed Bowen to give a statement. The defendant gave his condolences to the victim’s family and said he had wanted to give Doyle help by inviting him come to work in the oil field. Bowen also intends to get his G.E.D., complete his ministry education and help his teenage son through high school.
The prosecution agreed with the PSI’s recommendation of Bowen serving 20 years in Montana State Prison. The defense said the sentence should not be based on emotion, but rather on the defendant, the criminal history and the circumstances. The defense also mentioned they do not believe the criminal record in the state’s PSI report is correct and should not be taken into consideration.
Cybulski said he saw no alternatives to prison and handed down the sentence. In addition to his sentence, Bowen will pay a fine of $50,000. The credit for time served will not go toward the fine.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:05
Written by The Herald-News
William Francis Dupree appeared in Montana 15th Judicial Court to change his plea from “not guilty” to “no contest” on the felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
Pleading “no contest” means that the defendant concedes the charges alleged without disputing or admitting guilt or offering a defense.
According to court documents, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputies Patrick O’Connor and Curt Holum were conducting a business check at the Gold Dust Casino in Bainville.
O’Connor noticed a green pickup with a person inside who appeared to be attempting to hide from officers. Deputies ran the plates through dispatch. The registered owner, William Francis Dupree, had outstanding warrants for his arrest. When officers returned to the vehicle, the individual was gone.
Officers went into the casino, made contact with Dupree and arrested him for the outstanding warrants. Holum attempted to identify the female with Dupree. The woman provided Holum with a name that was different from the name Dupree gave O’Connor. The female, identified as Tanya Maria Hilliard, was arrested for a California probation warrant.
O’Connor went back to the pickup to make sure it was secured. He searched the vehicle and found a hunting rifle and a glass marijuana pipe.
Dupree and Hilliard were advised of their Miranda rights. Dupree was asked about the pipe and he said it was his pipe he used to smoke marijuana and that there was a gram of marijuana in the pickup. He refused to allow O’Connor to remove the contraband. During transport, he stated that any other drugs or contraband in the vehicle belonged to Hilliard.
The vehicle was towed to Wolf Point and a search warrant was obtained. O’Connor located a coffee can on the front passenger floorboard. When the coffee grounds were removed, there was a white plastic container that replaced the bottom of the can. The container contained a tied plastic baggie of suspected crystal methamphetamine. There was also folded paper bindle containing a white powdery substance consistent with methamphetamine. A green leafy substance, similar in appearance and odor to marijuana, was located in a pouch of the vehicle. Items of drug paraphernalia and a high-powered rifle were also found in the search.
Dupree testified to the facts of the offenses and the court accepted the plea after Judge David Cybulski found it was voluntary.
The defense and the prosecution filed an ‘own recognizance’ to allow Dupree to be free while he awaits his sentencing. Cybulski advised the defendant to stay clean and keep in contact with his attorney.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:05
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Jason Pautz appeared in Montana 15th Judicial Court to change his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty” on the felony charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (fourth offense).
In addition to the felony charge, Pautz changed his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty” on the misdemeanor charges of obstructing a peace officer, fleeing or eluding from a peace officer, reckless driving, driving with a suspended driver’s license and operating without insurance (second offense).
Pautz had originally been charged with criminal endangerment, but the charge was reduced to negligent endangerment, to which he also pleaded “guilty.”
According to court documents, Dec. 10, 2012, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Baker was on patrol and traveling east on U.S. Hwy. 2 when he noticed a small red pickup truck with a topper traveling faster than the speed limit. Baker activated his radar and clocked the vehicle at 84 miles per hour, heading toward him.
Baker activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop. As he came close to the truck, the vehicle continued to travel west in the eastbound lane before it turned south into an oil well site. The deputy continued to attempt to stop the vehicle. The vehicle shut off its lights on the site. When Baker found the vehicle, the pickup once again drove off at a high rate of speed and returned to the highway. Baker notified dispatch that he was in pursuit.
Court documents state that, as the pursuit continued west, the truck hit speeds of 100 miles per hour and crossed the center line and fog lines several times. At around mile marker 650, Baker noticed sparks on the highway.
The pursuit continued west before the driver of the truck slammed on his brakes, forcing Baker to slam on his brakes to avoid a collision. After Baker avoided a collision, the vehicle drove off. Baker was informed that Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy Vernon First had deployed stop sticks at mile marker 635. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick O’Connor was waiting to assist at mile marker 633.
The vehicle hit the stop sticks before coming to a halt from a flat tire. The driver, identified as Jason Pautz, was taken into custody. The smell of an alcoholic beverage emitted from inside of the vehicle. There was an empty beer bottle by the driver’s seat.
O’Connor assisted Baker with the DUI processing and transported Pautz to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. O’Connor noticed Pautz’s slurred speech, the smell of alcohol coming from his breath, poor coordination and glassy, bloodshot eyes. The defendant also did poorly on one field sobriety test and refused to perform two others. After O’Connor advised Pautz of the Montana DOJ Implied Consent Advisory form, Pautz refused to provide a blood or breath sample.
Upon further investigation, O’Connor learned that Pautz had past DUI convictions. He applied for a telephonic search warrant to collect a blood sample from the defendant through Roosevelt County Justice of the Peace Tracy Harada. The warrant was approved and blood was obtained by Northeast Montana Health Services in Wolf Point.
Pautz was incarcerated in the Roosevelt County Detention Center. A driving history was checked through the National Crime Information Center and previous records showed that Pautz had past DUI convictions in Montana and Oregon.
During the hearing, Judge David Cybulski advised Pautz of his rights. Pautz testified to the facts of the offenses and the court accepted the plea after the judge found it was voluntary.
Cybulski sentenced Pautz to six months in Department of Corrections, with credit for time served (67 days), for first two charges, with a fine of $7,150.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:04
Written by Eileen Traeholt
Amanda Lenihan, a 2012 graduate of Lustre Christian High School, has recently been deployed to Japan for a two-year tour of duty as a U.S. Marine intelligence analyst for the 1st Marine Air Wing. On Nov. 1, Lenihan hiked up Mt. Suribachi on the Island of Iwo Jima where she was promoted to Lance Corporal by both her Company Commander and her unit Sergeant Major.
A reception was held at the MB Church Sunday evening for newlyweds Aaron and Naomi Young. The reception was hosted by Aaron’s parents, Wes and Joy Young.
Sunday morning during the worship service at the EMB Church, a dedication was held for the 106 shoeboxes that had been collected from Church members, community and the Young People’s group that had packed boxes for Samaritan’s Purse. From here, the boxes will go to Denver, Colo., where they will be prepared for shipment to countries all over the world.
Chapel Topic Features Sharing Gospel With Friends
My curiosity was piqued last Wednesday when, after school, the dorm dad, Randy Davis, approached me and asked if I had keys to the drama room. I am custodian at Lustre Christian High School and he asked if could he store something in there overnight. I agreed and to my wonderment several of the students bought a coffin up the stairs. When I asked, they said it was for Thursday’s chapel.
The next day, Davis led the chapel with the topic of “Sharing the Gospel With Family and Friends.” The students used the coffin as a prop in the skit that they presented, based on the YouTube video, “A Letter From Hell,” in which a young person killed in a car wreck writes to his Christian friend asking why he didn’t witness to him.
After the skit, Davis asked the students how many would leave a Christmas package under the tree unopened. He compared that to the gift of Salvation that God offers to us, that so many of us leave unopened. He closed his chapel with Revelations 3:20.
Chapel is held at LCHS every Thursday afternoon and is open to the public for anyone interested.
Lustre hosted a jamboree Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Lustre Christian High School gym. Guest teams were Opheim and Nashua.
The Lustre Grade School jamboree team played the first game against Nashua and lost, 7-37. Being the stiff competitor that Nashua proved to be, Lustre coach Linette Uchtman said she considered the game a win in the fact that they were able to score in both halves of the game. Megan Fast, Kolden Hoversland, and Halle Reddig each had two points and Kaleb Hoversland scored one.
Lustre’s junior high defeated the Nashua Porcupines by a score of 34-23. Zach Brown led with 16 points; Thomas Brown, seven; Sadie Brown, five; Levi Brown, four; and Kaitlyn Toavs, two.
The next round of Lustre’s games pitted the LGS jamboree team to a close victory over Opheim, 18-16. Megan Fast and Halle Reddig each had four points, Kolden Hoversland led with six points, and Amber Reddig and Olivia Brown each contributed two.
The Lustre junior high could not hold their winnings, however, and lost the next game to Opheim with a final score of 32-40. Levi Brown led the team with 14 points; Zach Brown, 10; Thomas Brown, six; and Sadie Brown, two.
For those of you that may not know how the jamboree teams stack up, Lustre has only a co-ed team with the other schools having both a boys’ and a girls’ team. It is set up, that if there are any boys on a team, they have to play the boys’ team. Therefore, Lustre’s co-ed team always plays against the competition’s boys’ team.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:59