Written by John Plestina
A Wolf Point man is facing a sexual assault charge for an alleged incident that was reported to the Wolf Point Police Department during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 28.
WPPD Lt. Brian Erwin reported that officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Dayton Street at 2:50 a.m.
An adult female alleged an incident that resulted in officers arresting Joseph Lee, 26, of Wolf Point for sexual assault.
He was charged into Fort Peck Tribal Court.
If a federal investigation follows, the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice and possibly the Glasgow office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation would investigate the case.
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Judge David Cybulski heard several cases during Law and Motion proceeding in 15th District Court Wednesday, Jan. 28.
Stuart Hamman, 26, of Pensacola, Fla., being held for contempt of court, was sentenced on a revocation of a suspended sentence from a 2011.
Hamman was convicted nearly four years ago for forgery and theft.
Cybulski imposed a sentence of six years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections with two years suspended and credit for a total of 95 days previously served.
Hamman admitted violations in court that included that he used alcohol on two occasions, used methamphetamine on two occasions, did not pay fines or restitution and had telephone and personal contact with a person he was ordered not to have contact with.
Cybulski found him in violation. A disposition is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Christopher Lee Hovey, 25, of Lansing, Mich., pleaded not guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia during an arraignment that was continued from Jan. 14 because he said at that time that he had never spoken to the public defender.
Hovey is wanted for parole violations in North Dakota.
Cybulski granted own recognizance release, but only to North Dakota authorities. Hovey will be returned to Roosevelt County later this year following several months incarceration in North Dakota that includes a substance abuse component.
Bruce Johnson, 57, of Poplar appeared for an disposition hearing for alleged probation and parole violations.
Cybulski found him in violation and continued the hearing until Wednesday, Feb. 11, when sentence will be imposed. Johnson could be sentenced to the Department of Corrections.
Johnson was originally sentenced in 2008 and had numerous violations during 2014 that included the Montana Highway Patrol charging him with driving under the influence and other incidents where he was caught with marijuana, methamphetamine and other drugs, and driving on a suspended license.
Assistant Roosevelt County Attorney Jordan Knudsen made a motion to declare Robert Lindquist, 41, of Chattoroy, Wash., a persistent felony offender during an omnibus hearing, which could result in enhanced sentences.
Lindquist charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
During December, Lindquist was sentenced for driving under the influence to six months in jail with 60 days suspended, credit for 65 days previously served in the Roosevelt County Jail and a $5,000 fine with $4,000 suspended.
A trial scheduled for Feb. 12 was continued. A new trial date has not been set.
Delynn Ray Richards, 48, of Sidney and Idaho Falls, Idaho, pleaded not guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and a stop sign violation during an arraignment that was continued from Jan. 14.
A trial is scheduled for April 16.
Cybulski agreed on Jan. 14 to release Richards on his own recognizance allowing him to return to work.
Written by John Plestina
The first of two people who pleaded guilty in the drugs by deception case that occurred at Roosevelt Medical Center in Cul-
bertson in June 2014, was sentenced in 15th District Court Wednesday, Jan. 28.
Judge David Cybulski sentenced Jesse Allan Gottschalk, 22, of Algonac, Mich., and recently of Culbertson, to a four-year deferred imposition of sentence with credit for time served in the Roosevelt County Jail and a $5,000 fine.
Gottschalk pleaded guilty under a plea agreement in September.
His accomplice, Shelby Rider, 22, of Algonac, Mich., and currently living in North Dakota, is awaiting sentencing. She withdrew a previously entered not guilty plea and pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs in 15th District Court Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Gottschalk and Rider have both admitted in court that they together attempted to obtain drugs from Roosevelt Medical Center, June 25, 2014, by making false claims.
Both had entered not guilty pleas to felony possession of dangerous drugs and attempting to fraudulently obtain dangerous drugs Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Each have been free on $20,000 bond since August and both have signed waivers of extradition.
Gottschalk testified that he was legally prescribed drugs he later became addicted to after the death of his father.
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The man from Washington who faced three drug charges after Wolf Point Police removed him from an Amtrak train in June will spend more time in the Roosevelt County Jail and then face charges in Iowa.
District Judge David Cybulski revoked a five-year deferred imposition of sentence and granted credit for 81 days served in the Roosevelt County Jail to Dale Andrew Cooper, 38, of Bremerton, Wash., and recently of Wolf Point, Wednesday, Jan. 28.
Cooper will serve an additional 45 days in the Roosevelt County Jail while an interstate compact is completed allowing for transfer to Iowa, where there is another case against Cooper.
Cybulski found Cooper in violation of conditions of the deferred imposition of sentence on Jan. 14.
Cooper pleaded guilty in July to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
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A federal judge sentenced a Wolf Point man to 14 years in federal prison for stomping and beating Laramie Wallace so violently that he died two days later.
Wallace, 47, died March 21, 2014 at Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus.
A second man was flown to a Billings hospital for treatment of severe injuries and a third man reportedly suffered a broken nose.
Great Falls United States District Court Judge Brian Morris sentenced Mervin Hale Jr., 42, to 168 months in prison, followed by a term of 4 years supervised release. Hale previously pleaded guilty to second degree murder.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Weiss told the court that Hale and another man had been on a drinking binge in the days prior to the beating. During the late night hours of March 18, 2014, Hale and the man went to the victim’s home where the victim lived with his girlfriend.
The investigation revealed that the victim had been sleeping in the bedroom when Hale called him out to the living room. Hale was agitated and pacing around before he started beating and stomping on the victim. The victim died two days later from significant traumatic internal injuries.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, Hale will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is released from prison. The case was investigated by the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.