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The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the Patty Presser residence on the 400 block of Garfield Street, Sunday, July 5, at about 12:30 p.m. The fire turned out to be something left on the stove that burned. No damage was reported. The Wolf Point Police Department, Fort Peck Tribes Department of Justice and Northeast Montana Health Services ambulance also responded. (Photos by John Plestina)
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Two-thirds of the trio of the Wolf Point men charged in a marijuana growing and distribution case avoided prison when they were sentenced in 15th District Court Wednesday, June 24.
District Judge David Cybulski sentenced Dougal Zane McMorris, 19, to a four-year deferred imposition of sentence, a $4,000 fine and $460 in surcharges for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and Pryce Allery Paulson, 20, to a three-year deferred imposition of sentence, a $4,000 fine and $460 in surcharges for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs for felony criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs.
McMorris, Paulson and Dustin Kinzie, 20, all withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas under plea agreements during recent months.
McMorris and Kinzie pleaded guilty to single counts and Paulson pleaded no contest.
Kinzie, McMorris and Paulson were three of six people arrested following a joint operation by the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice that resulted in county and tribal officers entering Kinzie’s residence on the 400 block of Custer Street, across the street from Southside Elementary School, with a search warrant on Oct. 14, 2014.
The officers found five marijuana plants, growing equipment, about one half pound of marijuana packaged in one-ounce baggies in a backpack, two ounces of marijuana in a black air vault, several pipes and bongs, several digital scales, small unopened jeweler’s bags that are commonly used to package drugs, marijuana seeds, paraphernalia, a .25 caliber pistol, an empty box and receipt for a Mossberg pump shotgun, $783 in cash and marijuana growing equipment, according to the charging documents. There was a young child present in the house.
Criminal possession with intent to sell, gun complicity with a drug crime, felony child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia charges were filed in Fort Peck Tribal Court in the same case against Arlyn “A.J.” Headdress Jr., Tyler Nygaard and Nevaeh Yellowrobe, all of Wolf Point.
Assistant Roosevelt County Attorney Jordan Knudsen said in November that Montana law allows for a separate felony charge for dealing drugs near a school. So far, that additional charge has not been filed against anyone involved in the case.
Montana has a drug-free school zone law with a prohibition on sales and distribution of illegal drugs within 1,000 feet of any school.
So far, no federal charges have been filed against anyone charged in the case.
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The Montana Department of Revenue is mailing out classification and appraisal notices to all owners of residential, commercial, industrial, agriculture and forest land properties, with the department’s determination of a property’s market and taxable values.
“We ask you to review the information thoroughly,” said Mike Kadas, director of the Montana Department of Revenue. “Although this is not a tax bill, it is important information that your county treasurer’s office will use when calculating your property tax bill.”
New this year, property owners can access additional details about their property characteristics and values online by visiting revenue.mt.gov/property-assessment.
If property owners disagree with the department’s determination, they can submit a Form AB-26, request for informal classification and appraisal review, to the department. The Form AB-26 must be submitted within 30 days from the date on the classification and appraisal notice. To obtain a Form AB-26, property owners can contact their local department office located in each county or go online to revenue.mt.gov/appeal-process.
Instead of submitting a Form AB-26 for an informal review, property owners may choose to make a formal appeal directly to the county tax appeal board, also within 30 days of the notice date. However, the department does encourage taxpayers to file a Form AB-26 as most property taxpayer concerns are resolved informally with the department through the AB-26 process.
Montana law requires the department to send a classification and appraisal notice to property owners at the beginning of each appraisal cycle and whenever a change in ownership, classification or value has occurred. Under new state law, residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial properties are now classified and appraised every two years. The reappraisal cycle for forest land remains at six years.
The public can find contact information for local Department of Revenue offices by visiting revenue.mt.gov/contact-us or by calling toll free (866) 859-2254.
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A Poplar man was seriously injured when he rolled a car and was thrown from it on the Park Road north of Poplar Tuesday, June 30.
Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice chief criminal investigator Ken Trottier identified the man as Alvin Hoole. His age was not available but Trottier said Hoole is in his 20s.
The crash occurred during the evening hours after a domestic disturbance where Hoole had fought with a woman in the car. She got out before Hoole crashed, according to Roosevelt County Undersheriff John Summers. Hoole was the sole occupant of the car.
He was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Poplar Campus. From there, he was flown by air ambulance to a Billings hospital with injuries that were reported as life threatening.
Trottier said Monday that Hoole was no longer in a life-threatening situation.
Trottier said alcohol was a factor in the crash and that Hoole could be charged with driving under the influence when he returns from Billings.
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The man who showed up drunk for his sentencing in 15th District Court in May returned sober Wednesday, June 24, and was sentenced on eight misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident that occurred in November.
Alexander Phillip Jiron, 33, of Rapid City, S.D., and the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota was arraigned in November 2014 and pleaded not guilty on all nine original charges. Felony criminal endangerment was dismissed under a plea agreement.
District Judge David Cybulski sentenced Jiron to 30 days in the Roosevelt County Jail and a $1,000 fine for DUI second offense, 45 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for fleeing or eluding a peace officer, seven days in jail and a $250 fine obstructing a peace officer, two days in jail and a $250 fine for driving a motor vehicle while license is suspended or revoked, a $100 fine for speeding on a non-interstate highway, two days in jail and a $250 fine for operating without liability insurance, a $250 fine for operating with expired registration and a $50 fine for an open container law violation. The sentences run concurrently and Jiron received credit for 57 days served in the Roosevelt County Jail.
Jiron appeared intoxicated when he appeared in court for his first scheduled sentencing on May 27.
At that time, Cybulski gave him leniency, not revoking Jiron’s bond and allowing him to be released. Cybulski told Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies to perform a preliminary breath test, also known as a field sobriety test. Jiron blew a .158, nearly twice the legal limit to drive a motor vehicle.