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District Judge David Cybulski heard several cases during Law and Motion proceedings in 15th District Court Wednesday, June 24.
Tina Lee Houim, 50, of Tioga, N.D., was sentenced to three years deferred imposition of sentence and a $1,000 fine for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, 24 hours in the Roosevelt County Jail and $800 fine for misdemeanor DUI first offense and a $200 fine for misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Houim withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty in January.
Nicodemus Andrew Kupka, 19, of Watford City, N.D., appeared for an arraignment and pleaded not guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
He has been lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail since his arrest June 15, held on $25,000 bond.
Sheriff Jason Frederick identified the drug in Kupka’s position as methamphetamine.
Kupka was arrested on U.S. Hwy. 2 near Bainville with Dhara L. Zinke, 23, of Kalispell, the sister of Congressman Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. She was charged in Roosevelt County Justice Court with misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child, first offense. Zinke posted $1,170 bail and bonded out.
Randall Lyle Lehner, 55, of Wolf Point was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to felony partner or family member assault.
The Wolf Point Police Department reported Lehner’s arrest at the Homestead Inn on April 12 following a report of a domestic dispute.
John Michael Mincey, 47, of Poplar withdrew a previously entered not guilty plea and pleaded Nolo Contendre [no contest] to misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle during a change of plea hearing.
He pleaded not guilty to felony theft, first offense, during his arraignment in May.
Mincey was sentenced to six months in the Roosevelt County Jail with four months suspended and credit for time served since his arrest on April 10. The defendant will pay a $500 fine.
The original felony theft charge is dismissed.
David Mahlon Rogers, 54, of Oregon was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to felony DUI fourth or subsequent offense and misdemeanor counts of driving while license is suspended or revoked, operating a motor vehicle that has not been properly registered, driving without insurance and a seatbelt violation.
Rogers made an initial appearance May 27.
Zachary Rory Everett Shay, 23, of Rock Springs, Wyo., appeared for a disposition hearing on a petition to revoke a sentence that was imposed July 22, 2014.
The court revoked Shay’s previous sentence and committed him to five years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections with three years suspended and a recommendation for the boot camp or connections corrections programs. Shay receives credit for all time served.
Shay was arrested earlier this year on an out-of-county warrant and returned to Wolf Point where he has been lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail. He appeared in court May 13 on a petition to revoke a five-year deferred sentence.
Shay pleaded guilty in 2014 to criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
He admitted in court in May that he went to Minot, N.D., in violation of probation terms, and admitted that he drank alcohol in violation and that he was charged with driving under the influence in Rawlins, Wyo.
Wesley Clarence Stearns 42, of Williston, N.D., was sentenced to a five-year deferred imposition of sentence for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, six months to run concurrent for misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. He also received a $25,000 fine with $15,000 suspended.
The court also sentenced Stearns to a five-year deferred imposition of sentence for felony issuing bad checks, common scheme. The sentences will run concurrently.
Stearns admitted during a previous court appearance to possession of methamphetamine and issuing four bad checks on July 4, 2013.
He has been free on bond.
Scott Austin Varner, 22, Crawfordville, Fla., was sentenced to a four-year deferred imposition of sentence for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and a $4,000 fine.
Varner 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 on Feb. 25.
Varner admitted in court at that time that he was in possession of marijuana in excess of 60 grams.
He was arrested by the Montana Highway Patrol Oct. 13, 2014.
Jared Joseph Weyrauch, 30, of Wolf Point, appeared for a disposition hearing on a petition to revoke a sentence that was imposed March 26, 2014.
The court revoked the deferred portion of the Weyrauch’s sentence, so he is sentenced to the DOC for five years with three years suspended, a recommendation for the Nexus program or corrections connections plus credit for about two months time served.
Weyrauch has been in jail since April 24.
He appeared for a revocation hearing on May 27 for violations of conditions of a sentence for a drug charge that was imposed March 26, 2014.
Weyrauch admitted to three violations in court. They were: failure to seek and maintain employment; purchasing, possessing or consuming illegal drugs; and failure to submit monthly reports.
Wolf Point Police officers arrested Weyrauch April 24 on a warrant following a foot pursuit on the 300 block of Custer Street.
The WPPD arrested Weyrauch in July 2013 with a substance that was identified as methamphetamine.
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(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 to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Monday, July 6, 16 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center Was Holding three females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, June 29, and Monday, July 6:
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer, and resisting arrest;
•Edward Jermaine Edwards, 43, Columbia Falls, S.C., driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked and out of county warrant, released;
•William Flynt, 36, Tucson, Ariz., fail to remain at accident scene, fail to carry proof or exhibit insurance, felony DUI;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Nicodemus A. Kupka, 19, Watford City, N.D., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and out of county warrant;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Cody Masterson, 23, Billings, seatbelt violation, stop sign violation, DUI and driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Charles Pinner, 59, Detroit, Mich., aggravated kidnapping and sexual intercourse without consent;
•Zachary Shay, 23, Rock Springs, Wyo., arrested on out of county warrant;
•William Sprouse, 33, Wolf Point, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked;
•Tyrule Davis, 43, Los Angeles, Calif., assault on peace officer or judicial official;
•Sam Vigoren, 40, Culbertson, out-of-county warrant;
•Amanda Walton, 32, Poplar, violation of a protective order, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child, transferred to Valley County Detention center;
•Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, theft and burglary;
•Jarod Weyrauch, 30, Wolf Point, probation violation.
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(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire departments between June 29 and July 5. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
12:01 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Second Avenue South for a report of suspicious individuals in the area and arrested Valen Manternach, 20, of Wolf Point for contributing to the delinquency of minors and a warrant. Police also arrested a 13-year-old Wolf Point girl for disorderly conduct and a curfew violation, and cited two girls age 13 and one boy, 14, for curfew violations.
1:05 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Custer Street for a report of a domestic disturbance and arrested Santee Black Dog, 34, of Wolf Point for criminal contempt and disorderly conduct.
3:55 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street for a report of a suspicious male in the area and arrested a 15-year-old Wolf Point male for minor in possession of alcohol, criminal contempt and criminal mischief, and a 14-year-old male for MIP, aggravated disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and a curfew violation. Police also cited a 13-year-old girl for a curfew violation.
12:43 a.m., firefighters responded to the 200 block of Helena Street for a garbage dumpster fire.
10:20 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Fourth Avenue South for a report of vandalism to the building with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
12:25 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of vandalism to the building with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
4:50 p.m., firefighters responded to Fourth Avenue East for a grass fire.
7:02 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Idaho Street for a report of a disturbance in progress and arrested Kam Corporan, 32, of Wolf Point on an outstanding warrant.
7:19 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Helena Street for a report of a disturbance in progress and arrested Jarrow Swift Eagle, 23, of Wolf Point for felony criminal mischief.
9:33 p.m., firefighters responded to the 100 block of Ash Street for a grass fire.
10:22 p.m., firefighters responded to BIA Route 1 for a grass fire.
10:30 p.m., firefighters responded to Smith Road for a grass fire.
10:56 p.m., firefighters responded to Rodeo Road for a grass fire.
9:50 a.m., firefighters responded to West Fairweather Street for a tree fire.
3:34 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on the 200 block of Front Street and cited Treyton Bow-Jackson, 21, of Wolf Point for contributing to the delinquency of minors and cited one male and one female, both 15, of Wolf Point for minor in possession of alcohol.
9:52 a.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of shoplifting and cited Michael Specht, 44, of Wolf Point for theft.
12:52 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Main Street for a report of theft from a business with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
2:06 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Benton Street for a report of a motor vehicle accident with no injuries and minor damage and cited Edward Hodges, 46, of Wolf Point for no insurance.
11:43 p.m., officers conducted a pedestrian stop at the intersection of Fifth Avenue South and Idaho Street and cited three 13-year-old boys for curfew violations.
11 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Fairweather Street for a report of a suspicious individual in the area. The incident remains under investigation.
11:11 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of theft from a vehicle. The incident remains under investigation.
10:32 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Granville Street for a report of a suspicious male and arrested Dustin Smith Sr., 30, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
10:40 p.m., firefighters responded to the 800 block of West Blaine Street for a burning mattress inside an abandoned building.
11:22 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of a grass fire at First Avenue South and Granville Street. Residents of the area had put out the fire.
3:50 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Dayton Street for a report of a domestic disturbance in progress and arrested Thomas Flynn, 31, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
7:28 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of a disturbance in progress and arrested Tosha White Hawk, 35, of Wolf Point for simple assault.
7:45 p.m., firefighters responded to a grass fire on Swimming Pool Road.
9:41 p.m., firefighters responded to a grass fire near Silverwolf Casino.
10:18 p.m., firefighters extinguished three grass fires at the site where the fireworks were set off at the rodeo grounds while standing by.
10:49 p.m., firefighters responded to 100 block of Idaho Street for a grass fire.
10:59 p.m., firefighters responded to 100 block of Idaho Street for a grass fire.
11:08 p.m., firefighters responded to R&D RV Park for a grass fire.
12:38 a.m., officers conducted a pedestrian stop in front of Arlo’s Bar and cited a 15-year-old Wolf Point male for minor in possession of alcohol and a curfew violation.
12:46 p.m., firefighters responded to the 400 block of Garfield Street for a report of a fire alarm and found a residential structure filled with smoke from the kitchen stove. No damage was reported.
3:42 p.m., firefighters responded to Shade Creek in McCone County to assist with a utility pole fire.
4:12 p.m., firefighters responded to Daniels County to assist with a grass fire.
6:22 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Third Avenue South for a report of a domestic disturbance. Charges are pending against a 27-year-old Wolf Point male.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between June 29 and July 5: checks of wellbeing, 14; civil standby, six; domestic disturbance, 10; public assistance, 13; motor vehicle accidents, three; removal of unwanted individuals, 18; animal complaints, 10; medical assistance, two; fire assistance, one; alarm, five; assist other agency, two; unfounded reports, 14; fireworks complaint, five; driving complaints, 10; and school requested assistance, one.
Written by Angela Rose Benson
The Montola oilseed crushing plant in Culbertson will soon be used to process oilfield brine and produce potable water.
(Photo by Angela Rose Benson)
An additional speaker was added to the Froid Research Farm Field Day Thursday, June 25, to discuss Sionix Oilfield Services’ recent purchase of the former Montola oilseed crushing facility east of Cul-
According to Dr. Rex E. Crick, president of Sionix Oilfield Services and professor of geology at the University of Texas for some 30 years, equipment has been arriving this week to the location, where in 30 days there will be an up-and-running oilfield brine treating facility that can also operate as a water treatment plant, able to produce drinkable and potable water.
“Whether we like it or not, within the next 10 years this area will look like another Williston,” Crick said.
The 55-acre site will serve the Bakken fields of Montana and North Dakota and is situated with convenient highway access where U.S. Hwy. 2 and Montana Hwy. 16 meet. The site includes heated tank storage, enclosed process and laboratory buildings, on-site water wells, tank flushing and extra truck parking. Once up and running, the facility will be capable of storing two-and-a-half million gallons.
Crick spent time explaining how SOS uses patented dissolved air flotation technology in combination with pH control, chemistry, filtration and processes to recycle both flow-back brines from fracking as well as produced and maintenance brines from existing wells.
“We’ll be on the ground floor of this when the oil comes this way,” he said.
Water is treated to customer specifications for “enhanced heavy brine for drilling or can be treated water suitable for reuse in fracking,” according to the company’s website. Both products will be available either heated or at ambient temperatures.
Explaining that 85 percent of the cost of water is associated with the cost of trucking it, Crick said oil companies will save on fuel and travel costs because SOS can clean the trucks in as little as 10 minutes and send them on their way reloaded, rather than empty.
Trucks delivering brine to SOS will be off-loaded, cleaned, filled with treated, heated brine to the customer’s specification and returned to the well site. This process also negates the need for permanent oilfield production into deep saltwater disposed wells.
“Our customers will have a lower total water cost and have the environmental benefits of reclaiming, reusing and recycling their brine to conserve the Bakken’s limited fresh water resource,” Crick explained.
Mayor Gordon Oelkers said during a May 2014 Culbertson City Council meeting that Sionix would employ between five and 20 employees in Culbertson.
He said at the time that Sionix would reclaim frack water and production water at the site and sell it back as heavy frack water.
Sionix is a Houston, Texas-headquartered company that designs mobile water treatment systems for use in oil and gas fracking, housing developments and commercial projects.
Written by John Plestina
The Wolf Point School board approved a high school athletic co-op agreement with Frazer High School for football and volleyball Thursday, June 25.
The agreement will allow Frazer students to play as Wolf Point Wolves during the 2015-2016 school year.
Frazer students participating will be required to follow Wolf Point’s rules for eligibility to play.
School board vice chairman Brandon Babb said each school should have its own requirements for eligibility.
Board member Corey Reum said Frazer students participating should be required to follow Wolf Point’s rules.
The board called activities director and head football coach Brett Scott who confirmed that Frazer students would have to follow Wolf Point rules for eligibility.
Under the agreement, Frazer will pay one-half of the stipend Scott receives as head coach, one- half of bus transportation costs at $2 per mile and the cost of one assistant coach.
For junior high athletics, Frazer will pay one half of coaching and transportation costs.
In other business, the board gave final approval to a contract with incoming district superintendent Gary Scott. It is a one-year contract with a salary of $82,640.
The board also ratified the collective bargaining contract with the Wolf Point Educational Support Staff Association that includes a 25 cent per hour raise on the base.
The trustees tabled ratification of the contract with the Wolf Point Education Association [teacher’s union] because WPEA president Patricia Toavs had not had time to review the language in the contract.
Members of both unions have voted to approve tentative agreements that came after four months of negotiations that stalled over health insurance and proposed raises for some long-term employees.
In another matter, the trustees voted to offer non-union full-time classified staff the opportunity to participate in group health insurance. The amount paid by the district for each employee will not exceed $662 per month.
In other business, the board approved the following hirings pending successful background checks: Abigail Kaylor and Darryl Ricker Sr., Southside School teachers; August Spotted Wolf and Claine Raining Bird, assistant custodians; and Dalton Hafner, summer grounds maintenance.
The board was informed of the resignation of high school/junior high librarian Pamela Murawski.