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The Shopko Foundation presented a $2,500 donation to Wolf Point High School, during the grand opening of the Wolf Point Shopko Hometown store, Friday, March 27. WPHS principal Kim Hanks (left) and daughter Afton, 2, accept the donation from Wolf Point Shopko Hometown manager Kerrie Letsche. The school administration can use the money where they feel it is needed. The Green Bay, Wisc.-headquartered Shopko Foundation focuses on community projects, education and health. (Photo by John Plestina)
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An oilfield worker from Florida, who authorities allege committed a violent assault against a woman in Bainville, was arraigned in 15th District Court on kidnapping and sexual assault charges Wednesday, March 25.
Joseph Martin Laturell, 52, pleaded not guilty to felony charges of sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated kidnapping and partner or family member assault, third offense.
Charging documents allege that Laturell raped and otherwise abused a 43-year-old Williston, N.D., woman in an apartment in a building in Bainville that a oilfield service company rents for its employees.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Laturell at the apartment building after responding to a 911 call from a woman that was placed at 3:11 a.m. March 8.
According to charging documents, no one spoke when the emergency call was answered, but the dispatcher heard a woman scream, “Get off me. Stop it. Don’t touch me. Leave me alone.” The dispatcher then heard a male voice telling the woman to shut up, that she wasn’t going anywhere and threatening to bash her face in with several expletives directed at the woman.
The location the emergency call came from was determined and two RCSO deputies and one sergeant responded. When deputies could not gain entry by knocking on the door and announcing their presence, the apartment door was kicked open.
The charging documents further state that the deputies found Laturell lying on a couch and secured him. They then located the woman lying naked from the waist down on the bathroom floor saying, “Help me, help me.”
Laturell was arrested and taken to the Roosevelt County Jail, where he has been lodged since March 8 held on $50,000 bail.
The charging documents also state that the woman was disoriented and told deputies, “He hurt me. He tried to gas me.”
It was not determined what she meant by “gas me.”
She was transported to Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.
The court papers also allege that the woman had a no contact order against Laturell.
The documents allege that Laturell forced the woman to return to Bainville from Williston, N.D., that physical abuse, a death threat and forced rape occurred in the apartment. The woman told deputies she got away from her attacker and locked herself in the bathroom, where she made the 911 call.
The woman was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Williston where a sexual assault exam was conducted.
If convicted of sexual intercourse without consent, Laturell faces a potential life sentence and aggravated kidnapping has a maximum 100-year sentence.
He is scheduled for trial July 16.
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Several people appeared before District Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court, Wednesday, March 25.
Jason Daugherty, 37, of Wolf Point was denied a bond reduction on his second request within a two-week period.
Cybulski denied a request for a bond reduction to $20,000 for both cases against Daugherty. Cybulski also denied a bond reduction on March 11. Bail is set at $50,000 for each case totaling $100,000.
Assistant Roosevelt County Jordan Knudsen objected to a bond reduction due to Daugherty’s past history and said the alleged assault on a police officer justifies high bail.
Daugherty is alleged to have physically struck a Wolf Point Police officer and attempted to run from a Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice officer and a Valley County Sheriff's deputy in Frazer.
Daugherty was arraigned March 11, and pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. In a second and separate case he was arraigned for, Daugherty pleaded not guilty to felony attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest. Both cases were from December.
Defense attorney Mary Zemyan argued that Daugherty has ties to the community.
“I’m not giving him more rope. I think he’s burned himself. I’m not going to reduce it,” Cybulski said.
Mark Steven Ebmeyer, 38, of Eugene, Ore., signed a waiver of extradition during an extradition hearing.
He is also charged locally with obstructing a peace officer.
Ebmeyer asked Cybulski if he was facing extradition to Oregon or Washington.
The response was Oregon.
An online search for Ebmeyer revealed numerous past addresses in Oregon and Washington, and one in Arizona.
Oregon authorities have until April 20 to pick up Ebmeyer, who is lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail.
The Circuit Court Clackamas County Ore., issued an arrest warrant seeking his return.
Ebmeyer is wanted in Oregon for driving while suspended or revoked, a Class B felony.
Joseph Frederick, 43, of Poplar was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to felony driving under the influence fourth offense, driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating without liability insurance and failure to stay on the right side of the roadway.
A trial is scheduled for June 11.
Christopher Hovey, 25, of Lansing, Mich., did not appear on a bench warrant to revoke bond for failing to comply with bail conditions.
Hovey pleaded not guilty in January to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
It was stated in court in January that Hovey was wanted for parole violations in North Dakota.
Brian Suggs, 33, of Mesa, Ariz., sought a second bail reduction or own recognizance release during an omnibus hearing.
Suggs, an oilfield worker wanting to return to his job in Williston, N.D., could be released and participate in the North Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Program in Williston, N.D., with a S.C.R.A.M. alcohol monitor bracelet.
Cybulski agreed to reduce bail from $50,000 to $10,000 on Feb. 25, to allow Suggs to return to work in North Dakota. Suggs has remained lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail.
RCSO deputies arrested Suggs a few miles west of Bainville on Jan. 31 after initiating a traffic stop and performing a field sobriety test.
Suggs pleaded not guilty on Feb. 25 to a single felony count of criminal endangerment and six misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, operating a vehicle while the privilege to do so is suspended or revoked, failure to carry proof of insurance, failure to remove injurious material from a highway following a motor vehicle crash, failure to give information to the other driver in a motor vehicle crash and failure to give notice by the quickest means of apparent damage over $500.
According to the RCSO, Suggs was driving with a suspended Arizona driver’s license.
Carroll Gregg Wells, 34, of Fairview withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to a single count of theft.
He entered not-guilty pleas to charges of burglary and theft on Feb. 25.
Wells is alleged to have stolen a pickup truck in Culbertson and damaged it.
Wells had been wanted in Roosevelt County on a warrant and was transferred in early February from the jail in Dickinson, N.D., where he had been held for about a year for a North Dakota case.
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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.)
As of Monday, March 30, 13 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, March 23, and Monday, March 30:
•James Brown, 22, Wolf Point, driving under the influence;
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•John Dagenhart, 33, Andrews, Texas and Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, released;
•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;
•Mark Ebmeyer, 38, Eugene, Ore., obstructing a peace officer and out of county warrant;
•Matthew Gibney, 43, Bismarck, N.D., out-of- county warrant;
•Andrew Giles, 33, Wolf Point, contempt of court, released, time served;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner/family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernardino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, 41, Chattoroy, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Carlos Maynard, 43, Wolf Point, driving under the influence, released;
•Anthony McClendon, 55, Culbertson, disorderly conduct, bonded out;
•Anthony Moreno, 28, Red Oak, Texas, driving under the influence and operating without liability insurance, released;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•William Sprouse, 33, Wolf Point, operating without liability insurance and habitual offender operating a motor vehicle;
•Wesley Stearns, 42, Havre, contempt of court;
•Brian B. Suggs, 33, Mesa, Ariz., driving under the influence, criminal endangerment, failure to carry proof of insurance, driving a motor vehicle while the privilege to do so is revoked and fail to stop immediately at property damage accident;
•David Toavs, 27, Wolf Point, serving time, released;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, felony theft and burglary.
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The first photo is Bill Dasinger (right) congratulating Tom Waller of Froid on his induction into the Walleyes Unlimited Hall of Fame during the Walleyes Unlimited annual banquet Saturday, March 21. The second picture is Marvin Olson of Wolf Point accepting a plaque for the late Dennis Tolan, who was posthumously inducted into the Walleyes Unlimited Hall of Fame. The third photo is Rockie Ruhd of Wolf Point who was awarded Angler of the Year. The fourth picture is Sue Herzog riding the Huffy bike in the Elks ballroom after winning it. She bought a chance on the bike, which Albertson's donated. The last picture is Robert Toavs, who donated his auction services to the Walleyes Unlimited banquet, helping to make the annual fundraising event a success. (Photos by John Plestina)
The Wolf Point chapter of Walleyes Unlimited honored several of its own members with 240 people in attendance during the organization’s 29th annual walleye and prime rib banquet at the Wolf Point Elks Club Saturday, March 21.
Two Walleyes Unlimited members were inducted into the local chapter’s hall of fame for devoted commitment to the enhancement of warm water fishing.
Tom Waller of Froid and the late Dennis Tolan of Wolf Point, who was posthumously awarded, were inducted. Tolan’s brother-in-law Marvin Olson accepted the plaque for Tolan’s family. Tolan died in October 2014.
Rockie Ruhd of Wolf Point was awarded Angler of the Year.
Local auctioneer Robert Toavs assisted with the evening by announcing the winners of the numerous prizes, calling three games of the ever-popular Backwards Bingo and calling a live auction.
Kiyo Ruhd won the yard and garden package on the main fundraiser drawing, valued at more than $2,600. It included a 42-inch Troy-Bilt riding lawnmower, trimmer and tiller.
Dana Schumacher won the home improvement package valued at more than $1,600. It included a DeWalt circular saw kit, hammer drill, reciprocating saw, table saw and other tools and saws from DeWalt.
Rick Justice won the $500 prize.
Nathan Lee was the winner of the grand door prize, a Traeger grill.
Walleyes Unlimited is Montana’s largest sport fishing organization with over 4,000 members. Now in existence 32 years, Walleyes Unlimited informs and educates the public about the importance of sport fishing in Montana, supports, building and maintaining warm water fish hatcheries in Montana and the development of a hatchery program to accommodate the needs of warm water fishing.
Walleyes Unlimited is a charitable organization with 501 (c) (3) nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Service.
Among the activities of the Wolf Point chapter are sponsoring a Kids Fishing Day, a Little League baseball team and a girls’ softball team; donating to local charities; and funding scholarships for a graduating high school senior and a Fort Peck Community College student.