Wolf Point Herald

Williston Man Gets Deferred Imposition Of Sentence For Bainville Burglary, Truck Theft

A Williston, N.D., man was given a three-year deferred imposition of sentence and a $500 fine on a felony charge of burglary in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Clinton Jay Carnes, 30, could have received a maximum sentence of 20 years in the Montana State Prison and a maximum fine of $50,000.
According to the charging documents, Carnes entered a residence in a rural area near
Bainville and stole a pickup from the property. The incident occurred during the late night hours of July 19 and early hours of July 20, 2013.
The charging documents also accuse Carnes of calling 911 and saying that a pickup was parked at an oil well site south of Bainville.
A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office sergeant located the truck. A .22 caliber pistol was recovered from the truck that the owner of the pickup said was not his.
Carnes later admitted
owning the pistol and claimed it had been stolen from him.
Probation and parole officer Darrin Moser, who works in Sidney, completed the pre-sentence investigation and report, and recommended a three-year deferred sentence, less time than the five-year deferred sentence a plea agreement recommended. Moser said Carnes had been cooperative with him.
Assistant county attorney Jordan Knudsen expressed concern that Carnes had been carrying a firearm at the time of the offense. He also requested that there be no contact with the victim.
“The victim and his wife still feel traumatized,” Moser said and added that the victims, who are in their 80s, still wake up at night fearing that their home is being broken into.
“When I look at things, what disturbs me is what you did and you had the pistol with you,” Judge David Cybulski said. “I have to look at the circumstances and the circumstances add up to pure stupidity.”
He then said he would accept Moser’s recommendation for a lighter sentence than the plea agreement called for.
Carnes has been free on bail for more than a year.

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School Board Hears Parental Concerns

About a dozen people addressed the Wolf Point School District board of trustees about Native American student issues, Tuesday, Sept. 9, during a public comment period that lasted about 90 minutes.
“They had concerns and they want to make things better,” superintendent Joe Paine said. “It was positive.”
The people, mostly parents, addressed several topics including student attendance, academic success, improving the graduation rate, athletics and policy changes that address cuts from athletic teams.
Paine said the people who addressed the board wanted to work together with the school district to foster more successes in school.
In other business, the board accepted recommendations from the district’s facilities committee that included purchasing a new security camera system for Northside Elementary School and Wolf Point High School, a new district-wide telephone system and a new hot water heater for the high school.
“We’re going to do some work on the concrete at Southside School,” Paine said. He also said some shingles will be replaced.
During a meeting of the facilities committee, Monday, Sept. 8, needs were considered that could total $1.7 to $2 million.
Safety issues take a priority.
The large potholes in the high school parking lot have been filled and Paine said he is hoping for grant funding to repave the entire parking lot. He said the district would not know for a few months if the district will receive the grant.
In another matter, the board approved the purchase of a Swaby Pump and Motor from S & S Machine for $6,915. The pump will remove water and waste water from the high school locker rooms in the basement.
The board also approved hiring Chris Bengochea as a temporary high school and junior high accompanist, Derek Nielson as an assistant high school football coach, Marianne Zilkoski Rees as seventh-grade girls’ basketball coach and Adam Denny as high school and junior high assistant custodian.
In other business, the board approved the final expenditures for the Montana Striving Readers Project and ESEA Title grants.
The board also approved an agreement with the Scobey School District for two students to attend Scobey schools with no tuition. The students live within the Wolf Point School District, but live closer to Scobey.
A closed executive session was held to consider three disciplinary student issues. One student was readmitted to school under a zero-tolerance behavior contract and an attendance contract. The other two were postponed because the children and/ or their parents were not present at the meeting.

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Former Assistant Manager, Another Man Indicted For Alco Theft

A federal grand jury indicted a former Alco assistant manager and one other man, Thursday, Sept. 4, on felony theft charges stemming from an alleged theft from the Wolf Point Alco store, March 20, 2013.
Wolf Point law enforcement responded to a mid-morning 911 call nearly 18 months ago alleging that the Alco employee taking a deposit to a bank had been maced, robbed and needed medical treatment.
Indicted were Frederick Michael Campbell, 33, an assistant manager of the Alco store, and Frank Austin Damon, 30, both Wolf Point males, and both facing a single felony theft charge.
If convicted, Campbell and Damon could each face up to five years incarceration, a maximum fine of $250,000 and supervised release.

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Chamberlain Sentenced For Embezzlement

Fifteenth District Judge David Cybulski sentenced a former Cenex East employee to a four-year deferred imposition of sentence for embezzlement, Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Kendra Chamberlain, 26, of Wolf Point pleaded guilty to a single felony charge of theft by embezzlement, Wednesday, June 11. She had entered a not guilty plea in February.
“When I look at the crime, it’s stupid,” Cybulski said.
Chamberlain was charged following an investigation by the Wolf Point Police Department that began on Jan. 13, following an allegation by Agland management of employee theft at the Cenex East convenience store that included alleged cigarette thefts and returns to the store and false lottery ticket transactions.
The charging documents allege several falsified returns and lottery ticket transactions between Septem-
ber 2013 and Jan. 13.

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Correction For Photo ID

A caption under a photo on the front page last week should have read Culbertson School board chairman Paul Finnicum explains about the school’s achievements to Lt. Gov. Angela McLean. Also pictured is school board member Ron Larsen.

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