Wolf Point Herald

Not Guilty Pleas Entered For Alleged Meth Lab In Poplar Teacher Housing

The couple accused of operating a methamphetamine manufacturing operation in the basement of a house in the Poplar School District’s teacher housing pleaded not guilty to all charges during arraignments in 15th District Court Wednesday, July 29.
Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick and three deputies entered the single-family house on the 400 block of Fourth Avenue West with a search warrant on July 5. That followed the arrests of the daughter and son-in-law of the teacher and spouse that rented the house at a subsidized rent. That teacher had allowed the daughter, son-in-law and four grandchildren between the ages of three and 12 to live in the basement.
The RCSO does not believe the teacher was involved or had knowledge of the drug lab. The Poplar School District evicted them.
Arrested and charged were the daughter, Amanda Walton, 32, and her husband, Monte Walton, 35. Both are charged with felony endangering the welfare of children due to the presence of the four children at the site of the alleged meth lab, felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, felony criminal production/manufacture of dangerous drugs, misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor violation of a protective order. In addition, Amanda Walton is charged with felony forgery by common scheme.
Endangering the welfare of children is a felony if juveniles are exposed to meth or meth paraphernalia.
The Waltons could face enhancements because the alleged meth lab was in a house where children were present and less than 500 feet from a school.
According to the RCSO, the restraining order violations were because the Waltons had restraining orders on each other. The paraphernalia was syringes.
They moved to eastern Montana from New Mexico and lived in Plentywood before moving to Poplar. Monte Walton worked in the oilfields.
He has been lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail and Amanda Walton is held in the Valley County Detention Center. She appeared for her arraignment by video conferencing.
District Judge David Cybulski denied a defense request for a bond reduction from $50,000 for each defendant to $2,500 because Monte Walton is wanted in Colorado for failure to appear.

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Saturday Is Volunteer Day For Wolf Point Schools

The Wolf Point School District will hold a volunteer work day Saturday, Aug. 15, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The work will be done at all three schools and will consist of painting, setting up classrooms, mowing, demolition of the old crows nest at the football field, weeding and cleaning.
Volunteers are asked to come to Wolf Point High School for work assignments.
Food and drinks will be provided.

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New Meetings Scheduled As City Budget Process Slows

The public budget hearing the Wolf Point City Council had scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 5, and a special council meeting scheduled for Monday, Aug. 10, to adopt the budget for the next fiscal year were postponed.
The public hearing will be held at City Hall Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m., and the budget adoption meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m.

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Charge Dismissed In Alleged Amtrak Rape; New Charges Could Be Filed

Charges were dismissed in 15th District Court on Wednesday, July 29, against an Amtrak employee who was alleged to have committed a kidnap and sexual assault onboard a passenger train that was passing through Roosevelt County in April.
Wolf Point Police arrested Charles Henry Pinner, 59, of Detroit, Mich., on April 19 following allegations that were made against Pinner. He had been charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexual intercourse without consent, both felonies.
The charges were dismissed without  prejudice, meaning that charges could be refiled.
Further investigation was the reason given.
Pinner had been free on bail since July 15, when District Judge David Cybulski granted a bond reduction from $50,000 to $5,000 with a requirement that he have a GPS monitoring system before he was released, have standard conditions and to stay in contact with his attorney at all times.

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Florida And Williston Men Arrested Near Culbertson After High-Speed Chase

Two men from Florida and Williston, N.D., that Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested on July 7 following a high-speed chase that started in Culbertson, faced arraignments on a host of felony and misdemeanor charges in 15th District Court Wednesday, July 29.
Julian Tyler Baughman, 32, of Tampa, Fla., pleaded not guilty to three counts of felony theft, criminal endangerment, fleeing from or eluding a peace officer and two counts of criminal mischief during the arraignment.
He is being held in the Valley County Detention Center in Glasgow.
Arrested with Baughman was Kevyn Alan-Addison Johannesson, 26, of Williston, N.D. He pleaded not guilty on the same date to three counts of felony theft, criminal endangerment, fleeing from or eluding a peace officer and two counts of criminal mischief.
According to charging documents, a RCSO deputy pursued Baughman who driving a van reported stolen in Williston on U.S. Hwy. 2 in Culbertson. Baughman attempted to elude the deputy and later exited the van and got into the passenger side of a pickup truck driven by Johannesson, who took the deputy on a chase with speeds reported as high as 80 mph that ended in a field outside Culbertson after one deputy fired three shotgun blasts and another discharged two rounds with a rifle into the tires to disable the vehicle. Over $30,000 worth of stolen tools and equipment was recovered from the van, according to court documents. Both the van and the pickup were reported stolen from Williston.
The Montana Standard of Butte reported in April that Baughman was arrested with a woman from St. Louis Mo., for attempting to steal a pickup truck in Butte, being in possession of a car that was reported stolen in Billings that contained between $2,000 and $3,000 worth of stolen items. The Montana Standard reported that Baughman and the woman attempted to pawn electronic items at a Butte pawn shop, but were denied because neither produced identification.
Baughman also had previous felony charges in Florida.
The Williston Herald reported in January that Johannesson was arrested and charged with felony possession of contraband after he was released from the Williams County Jail in Williston.
The Williston Herald also reported that Johannesson admitted to stealing a four-wheeler and is facing two counts of burglary, one count of felonious possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of felonious theft of property in North Dakota.

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