Written by John Plestina
A Wolf Point woman is facing multiple charges, accused of stabbing her stepfather in the head twice with two large kitchen knives.
Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice officers, Wolf Point Police officers and Northeast Montana Health Services EMS responded to the 300 block of East Fairweather Street Friday, Oct. 30, after 4 p.m.
Officers arrested Jessica Eder, 33, on multiple charges. FPTDLJ supervisory criminal investigator Ken Trottier said Eder is an adult.
He identified the victim as Eder’s stepfather, Waylon Jones, 41.
Jones was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus with two stab wounds to the side of the top of his head. He was reported to have lost a lot of blood, but the injuries were not life threatening.
Trottier said the stabbing occurred in Jones’ residence and he walked to a nearby house seeking assistance. A male from the residence Jones had walked to placed a 911 call, reporting that a man had shown up at his residence with stab woulds to the head.
Eder was arrested at 4:38 p.m.
Trottier said she was booked into the Fort Peck Tribes Jail in Poplar, charged with severe domestic abuse, resisting arrest, endangerment of a child and assault on a police officer.
“She bit the officer on the arm,” Trottier said.
The tribal officer was not seriously injured. The skin was not broken, according to Trottier.
The endangerment of a child charge is because of the presence of a young child at the residence at the time of the incident.
Trottier said officers confiscated the two large kitchen knives, both with blood on them.
He said federal charges are not likely.
Written by Herald-News
An unknown hit-and-run driver struck a power pole on BIA Route 1 [Bottom Road] about two miles east of Montana Hwy. 13 east of Wolf Point about noon Monday, Nov. 2. The downed and sparking power line ignited two separate small grass fires. The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and Montana-Dakota Utilities responded. No injuries were reported. (Photo by John Plestina)
Written by John Plestina
Wolf Point resident Bill Juve sounded elated Tuesday, Nov. 3, after the Roosevelt County Commissioners accepted a bid for construction on Rodeo Road, which Juve has long called for.
The commissioners voted unanimously to accept the only bid for the project, from Century Companies Inc. of Lewistown for $532,025. The bid calls for pulverization of existing asphalt with stabilization added.
Leveling and overlay had been considered, but that option was nixed.
In August, the commissioners approved a contract with Interstate Engineering of Nashua for engineering for the project.
Juve has long called for improvements to Rodeo Road. In July 2014, he told the commissioners that they had not honored a promise made in October 2013 to repair Rodeo Road before the end of spring 2014. Juve cited potholes causing wear and tear to vehicles.
In other business, the commissioners approved a resolution for tax compliance procedures for tax exempt property during 2016 and 2017 for the new Roosevelt County Jail. Bonds will be on sale Thursday, Nov. 5.
Construction for the jail ― approved by voters in November 2014 ― is slated to begin during spring 2016 with completion in 2017.
The commissioners voted to authorize the weed district to advertise a damaged 2012 Dodge pickup for sale for salvage. A new truck will be purchased.
The truck was wrecked in a single-vehicle rollover crash 15 miles north of Wolf Point Aug. 17. The Montana Highway Patrol reported in August that the truck rolled 1½ times on Roosevelt County Road 1725, about two miles west of Montana Hwy. 250, also known as Lustre Road.
Written by John Plestina
Whether new clemency powers granted to Gov. Steve Bullock will be former Poplar resident Barry Beach’s get out of jail card remains shrouded in mystery.
Bullock penned his signature to House Bill 43 in April, which grants Montana’s governor final authority in clemency decisions to release state prisoners, even if the Board of Pardons and Parole previously denied clemency applications. HB 43 went into effect Oct. 1, making Montana the 43rd state to grant final clemency powers to governors.
Bullock wrote to the parole board in April 2014 saying he believed Beach deserved an opportunity for rehabilitation outside of prison. At the time, a clemency application was pending.
Bullock had not made a statement on pardoning Beach under new authority granted by HB 43 until last week.
Bullock released the following statement Friday, Oct. 30: “Barry Beach’s request for clemency has not yet reached my office. When it does and I have an opportunity to review it, I will give the merits of his requests careful consideration and render a decision that serves the best interests of the state.”
Beach, now 53, has languished in Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge for most of the last 31 years since he was sentenced at age 22, in April 1984, to a 100-year term without parole for the 1979 murder of his Poplar High School classmate Kim Nees that happened when he was 17.
Beach has never wavered on his assertion of innocence and has maintained that his confession was coerced with aggressive tactics by investigators from a Louisiana sheriff’s office when he was 21 years old and living in Monroe, La.
Other people claimed responsibility for the murder and some have said they witnessed people other than Beach killing Nees.
A new clemency application was filed in October with the state parole board, because the parole board must still decide whether to hear a prisoner’s case and make a ruling before the governor can grant clemency.
The board has denied Beach four times in the past 21 years.
State Representative Margie MacDonald, D-Billings, who carried HB 43 to the floor, and 35 other legislators signed a letter that she composed to Bullock asking him to grant clemency.
Several Republican senators and representatives also wrote to Bullock and recommended that he commute the sentence to time served.
In May, the Montana Supreme Court denied a petition Beach’s attorneys filed in October 2014 with a 4-3, 68-page decision. The petition sought re-sentencing based on the constitutionality of the 100-year sentence without eligibility for parole because it was for a crime that occurred when he was a juvenile.
In June 2014, the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole rejected an application for a full clemency hearing for Beach.
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The historic three-party water service agreement between the United States Government, the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation and Dry Prairie Rural Water was signed Feb. 24 and will allow the delivery of water from the regional water treatment plant near Wolf Point to it’s off-reservation partner Dry Prairie.
In July, water was made available to Dry Prairie by the Assiniboine Sioux Regional Water System. The first delivery of water off the reservation was made to a meter vault located near U.S. Hwy. 2 on the eastern boundary of the reservation. Dry Prairie was then able to begin delivery of regional water to its east side service area, which included service to over 700 rural customers and the communities of Fort Kipp, McCabe, Bainville, Froid, Medicine Lake, Homestead, Dagmar and Antelope.
Each of the communities and all of the rural services were slowly converted to the new water source over a two-week period.
The Town of Culbertson has supplied water since 2006 on a temporary basis for the Dry Prairie project while the regional plant was being constructed.