Written by John Plestina
Jordan Clark likened himself to Jared Fogle, the Indiana man who lost a lot of weight eating sandwiches and became a television commercial celebrity.
“It’s like the Subway sandwich guy who lost all the weight, but without the sandwiches,” said Clark, a Wolf Point High School sophomore.
The second year WPHS junior varsity wrestler has had a goal of getting down to 286 pounds, which would qualify him to wrestle in the 285-pound weight class and his first official varsity bout.
Clark told The Herald-News he was nearing that goal, Thursday, Jan. 29. He made his goal at Malta the next day and officially wrestled as a varsity competitor for the first time. He faced tough competition and did not win.
The teenager weighed well in excess of 300 pounds when he played football for the Wolf Point Wolves this past fall. Clark tipped the scale at 338 pounds at the start of the wrestling season, which was the Wolf Point Invitational Dec. 11, 2014. Six weeks later, on Saturday, Jan. 24, he weighed in 46 pounds trimmer at 292 pounds at Harlem, just six pounds too heavy to compete in the 285-pound weight class as a varsity wrestler.
“Jordan Clark is on the verge of being a huge success story for this community if he loses five more pounds,” head wrestling coach Bruce Knerr said early last week.
Clark needed to get down to 286 pounds by Friday, Jan. 30, which would allow him to wrestle his first varsity match.
Clark made the goal of 286 pounds by Friday.
“That’s the same weight he was in junior high,” Knerr said.
“Jordan has wrestled over 26 matches this year, but he can’t be a scoring wrestler. We have to wrestle him as a renegade or junior varsity wrestler,” Knerr said.
“He has been a major driving force behind our team with his dedication to the team, himself and his desire to get fit and compete. Jordan has inspired several other boys to dedicate and get into better shape and be healthier, mainly David Knerr, who has lost 36 pounds, and Ty Nygard, who lost 21 pounds. The boys were a little soft but their hard work has made them healthier and better, faster athletes,” Knerr said.
“He’s a big, solid kid. He got under 300 pounds by Christmas break. That was his goal,” Knerr said.
Clark accomplished the weight loss with conditioning that included weight lifting.
“He just doesn’t take a day off from his conditioning,” Knerr said.
“Four guys lost about 140 pounds between them since the start of the season.” Knerr said.
He said he’s eating smaller portions and more chicken and less of other meats.
Clark’s goals include for his teammates to do good, too.
“This weekend, I see myself doing pretty good,” Clark said, and added that he has been working harder.
Clark has also played varsity and junior varsity football under Knerr, who is the head football coach.
Written by John Plestina
A U.S. district judge rejected a plea agreement and imposed a harsher sentence on a drug offender who is originally from Roosevelt County, Friday, Jan. 30.
Authorities say Eugene Vernon Laroche, 48, of Fairview was part of a 17-member drug trafficking organization that transported large amounts of methamphetamine from Washington to lower-level traffickers in the oilfields of northeastern Montana.
Judge Susan P. Watters sentenced Laroche in U.S. District Court in Billings to a 40-month commitment to the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons. The sentence will run consecutively to a sentence imposed in Richland County.
The court recommended that Laroche be sent to the federal prison camp at Yankton, S.D., and that he participate in an intensive substance abuse treatment program.
Watters rejected a plea agreement that called for 18 months to 24 months incarceration.
Laroche faced 10 years to life in prison under a federal indictment.
Laroche had entered a guilty plea to the use of a communications device to assist felony drug trafficking Tuesday, Jan. 20.
Laroche originally pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and aiding and abetting in June 2013.
According to the charging documents, Laroche used a telephone nearly two years ago to obtain a vehicle for Jennie Britt of Sidney and Robert “Dr. Bob” Farrell Armstrong of Moses Lake, Wash., to enable them to obtain methamphetamine in western Montana and bring it to eastern Montana. Armstrong gave Laroche 14 grams of meth as payment, according to charging documents.
The Montana Highway Patrol arrested Britt and Farrell near Whitehall March 15, 2013.
Several people were arrested as part of a multi-agency drug investigation in 2013 that included the transportation of meth from Washington to eastern Montana. A federal grand jury indicted eight members of the organization, including Britt and Armstrong, in September 2013. Armstrong received a 20-year sentence and Britt was sentenced to 40 months.
Laroche was one of the last people indicted in the case.
Written by John Plestina
County Road Department workers will soon have new wheels as the county commissioners accepted a low bid of $115,400 from Fox Ford of Wolf Point for four new pickups.
The funding will come from the road department’s equipment fund.
Several people were appointed and reappointed to county boards. They were: Robert Peterson, airport board; Tracy O’Connor, airport board; Ruth Jackson, health board; Shelly Isle, health board; Mike Christoffersen, fair board; Dave Wemmer, compensation board; Zane Panasuk, compensation board; Gerald Petersen, planning board; Larry Burshia, planning board; Terry Traeger, weed board; and Gary Hansen, weed board.
The commissioners also voted to approve commissioner Gary Macdonald as acting presiding officer for an absence of presiding officer Duane Nygaard later this month.
The commissioners approved a $7,000 contract with Fusion Communications for fleet mapping for the county’s communication system, which will allow it to work with others in Montana.
In other business, the commissioners voted to approve recertification of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office’s K9 Unit.
Sheriff Jason Frederick said the recertification must be annual and a trainer came to Wolf Point for that purpose.
Written by John Plestina
A jury trial that was scheduled to have begun this week in Wolf Point was averted when a man accused of sex crimes with a 14-year-old girl withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty.
Timothy Earl Oglesby, 31, of Wolf Point who had signed a plea agreement Wednesday, Jan. 21, pleaded by video conference before 7th Judicial District Judge Katherine Bidegaray of Sidney.
Under the plea agreement, Oglesby pleaded guilty to a felony charge of incest. There is a recommendation in the plea agreement that a second charge of sexual intercourse without consent be dismissed.
Sentencing will come at a later date after a pre-sentencing investigation and report is completed. Under the plea agreement, the state is recommending a 40-year sentence to Montana State Prison with 20 years suspended and eligibility for parole after 10 years served if he completes phases I and II of sex offender treatment or an equivalent. A conviction for incest carries a maximum life sentence.
Oglesby was originally charged with sexual intercourse without consent and incest following an investigation by the Wolf Point Police Department. The alleged incidents occurred during 2012.
Bidegaray was appointed to hear the case because 15th District Judge David Cybulski was disqualified in July 2014, after a defense motion for substitution of district judge.
Written by John Plestina
A noticeably pregnant Wolf Point woman received a 10-year sentence to the Montana Department of Corrections with five years suspended during a disposition hearing in 15th District Court Wednesday, Jan. 28.
Judge David Cybulski sentenced Kristy Daugherty, 30, to four years in DOC custody with one year suspended to run concurrently with the longer sentence for an additional charge of endangering the welfare of children.
Daugherty was taken into custody following the hearing. She had been free on her own recognizance since Oct. 29 when she denied allegations of violations of court-imposed conditions of a deferred imposition of sentence for a 2010 conviction for criminal possession of precursors to dangerous drugs, operating an unlawful clandestine laboratory and endangering the welfare of children, all felonies. The drug was identified in court as methamphetamine.
Daugherty appeared Jan. 14 for an adjudication hearing and admitted in court to violations of conditions that included keeping and maintaining employment, failure to provide information about employment and failure to keep a chemical dependency appointment.
Probation and Parole officer Pam Heikens of Glasgow testified that she recommended that the deferred imposition of sentence be revoked. She said Daugherty could receive substance abuse treatment while in Department of Corrections’ custody. Heikens said Daugherty failed to follow through with a condition that she go to treatment and that she believed Daugherty would not follow through and obtain treatment if she is not incarcerated.
Daugherty is likely to receive treatment at the DOC Passages Prerelease Center in Billings or at another facility in Sheridan, Wyo.
Daugherty testified that she is willing to go to treatment and wants to change her life.
She said she is 4½ months pregnant and had been living in Wolf Point with her mother and stepfather.
Daugherty appeared before Cybulski in May on a petition to revoke probation. At that time, he reinstated six- and four-year deferred imposition of sentences to run concurrently and mandated immediate entry into substance abuse treatment and follow through with all probation conditions.