Wolf Point Herald

Highway 2 Fireball Driver Pleads Not Guilty

The oilfield worker authorities say was drunk behind the wheel of a pickup truck when he created a fireball with a shower of sparks coming from a bare rim on U.S. Hwy. 2, a few miles west of Bainville, entered seven not-guilty pleas in 15th District Court Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Brian Suggs of Mesa, Ariz., is charged with a single felony count of criminal endangerment and six misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, operating a vehicle while the privilege to do so is suspended or revoked, failure to carry proof of insurance, failure to remove injurious material from a highway following a motor vehicle crash, failure to give information to the other driver in a motor vehicle crash and failure to give notice by the quickest means of apparent damage over $500.
According to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Suggs was driving with a suspended Arizona driver’s license.
District Judge David Cybulski agreed to reduce bail from $50,000 to $10,000, allowing him to return to an oil field job in Williston, N.D.
A trial is scheduled for June 11.
Two RCSO deputies arrested Suggs near mile marker 656 at 12:42 a.m., on Jan. 31 after the driver of a semi reported that a white pickup truck sideswiped his trailer, resulting in extensive damage.
The RCSO reported that deputies observed a shower of sparks coming from the front end of the pickup when they initiated a traffic stop and performed a field sobriety test.
Undersheriff John Summers said debris left on the highway from the collision between Suggs’ vehicle and the semi trailer punctured a hole in the gas tank of an RCSO patrol vehicle that was responding to assist the two deputies that were at the scene. That vehicle had to be towed.
A passenger in Suggs’ vehicle was not charged.

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Several Appear In District Court Feb. 25

Several people appeared before District Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Amos Bridges
Cybulski reduced bond for Daniel Amos Bridges, 38, of Wolf Point from $25,000 to $5,000 for each of two cases for a total of $10,000.
A recent case against Bridges is a felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. He entered not- guilty pleas Jan. 14.
He also appeared before Cybulski on Jan. 14 on a petition to revoke a bail for an earlier case against him with a felony charge of forgery by common scheme, filed in October 2013. He is alleged to have violated conditions of house arrest. Bridges is alleged to have forged checks at businesses in Wolf Point valued at $2,227 on two accounts in his mother’s name.
According to charging documents, Bridges was arrested in Poplar December after attempting to elude Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies and Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice officers.
Charging documents also state that two attempts to stop a fleeing Bridges with tasers used by a tribal officer and another by a deputy had no effect. A deputy took him into custody.
Joshua Jones
Joshua Wayne Jones, 36, of Williston, N.D., did not appear for a scheduled court appearance.
He has been free on bond since Feb. 12, one day after Cybulski agreed to reduce bail from $25,000 to $5,000 with a waiver of extraction.
Jones was arraigned on a felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jones and Melissa Jewett, 32, also of Williston, Jan. 19 in a casino near Bainville. Methamphetamine and a knife were found in Jones pockets.
Scott Varner
Scott Austin Varner, 22, Crawfordville, Fla., withdrew a previously entered not guilty plea to a charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
Varner admitted in court that he was in possession of marijuana in excess of 60 grams.
He was arrested by the Montana Highway Patrol Oct. 13, 2014.
Carroll Wells
Carroll Gregg Wells, 35, of Fairview, entered not guilty pleas to charges of burglary and theft.
He said he had not spoken to his defense attorney when he appeared for an arraignment, Wednesday, Feb. 11.
A trial is scheduled for June 11.
Wells had been wanted in Roosevelt County on a warrant and was transferred in early February from the jail in Dickinson, N.D., where he had been held for about a year for a North Dakota case.

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Roosevelt County Jail Roster For March 5, 2015

(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.)
As of Monday, March 2, 14 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Feb. 23 and March 2:
•Daniel Amos Bridges, 38, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest;
•James Brown, 22, Anchorage, Alaska, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, released Feb. 27;
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•Dale A. Cooper, 38, Wolf Point, arrested on Roosevelt County warrant;
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner/family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Christopher Hovey, 25, Lansing, Mich., felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Heather Kashuba, 40, Culbertson, partner/family member assault, criminal mischief - misdemeanor and disorderly conduct;
•Jason Knight, 37; Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernadino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, 41, Chattoroy, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and DUI;
•Anthony Miller, 22, Wolf Point, contempt of court, time served, released Feb. 25;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Danelle Parker, 43, Wolf Point, hold on U.S. Marshal’s warrant;  
•Olyn Payne, 35,  Wolf Point, hold on U.S. Marshal Warrant;
•Casey J. Soennichsen, 35, Broadview, driving under the influence per se, bonded out;
•Brian Suggs, 33, Mesa, Ariz., driving under the influence, criminal endangerment, failure to carry proof of insurance, driving a motor vehicle while the privilege to do so is revoked and fail to stop immediately at property damage accident;
•Carroll Wells, 35, Fairview, criminal contempt warrant.

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Firefighters Respond To Truck Fire

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The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a fire in the axle of a trailer of this semi carrying a large breaker for oil field use in the Cenex East parking lot, Wednesday, Feb. 18. The load was en route to Tioga, N.D. The fire was reported at 4:19 p.m. The oversized load was being escorted by Corbin Pilot Car of Altamont, Ill. The 29-year-old male truck driver is from Henderson, Texas.   (Photos by John Plestina)

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Union Proposes Substantial Raises For Some Employees

The Wolf Point Educational Support Staff Association presented a new proposed salary schedule that would translate into substantial raises for some school district employees to the Wolf Point School board negotiations committee during the fourth round of collective bargaining negotiations Monday, Feb. 23.
The WPESSA is the union that represents classified school district employees that include non-certified aides, cafeteria workers, clerical staff and bus drivers.
The current longevity scale goes up to Step 20, which is an employee with 20 years on the job. It does allow for longevity raises for long-term employees beyond the 20-year mark.
Superintendent Joe Paine said the new scale proposed by the union would give raises in excess of $8,000 per year to some long-time employees.
The current highest hourly wages range from $19.80 for paraprofessional aids to $26.20 for district office staff. Under the WPESSA proposal, the highest rates for employees with 35 or more years employment would range from $26.80 to $33.20.
WPESSA president Jennifer Zimmerman said those at the bottom of the longevity scale are not earning very much. She said better longevity raises would entice some people to stay on the job.
The lowest wages are $10.30 per hour for new employees.
“I realize that the people who have been here for a long time are very valuable to us,” Paine said.
Also discussed was a proposal to give paraprofessionals $1 above their hourly pay rate for substituting for a teacher. The current rate is a flat $100.
The school district is proposing to offer employees two additional paid holidays because the administration is considering a reduction of two school calendar days.

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