Wolf Point Herald

Supreme Court Orders State DOJ To Respond To Beach’s Petition

The Montana Supreme Court has ordered the state Department of Justice to respond to assertions in a petition filed by an attorney representing former Poplar resident Barry Beach.
The petition was filed Thursday, Oct. 23, and asks that Beach be re-sentenced. Wednesday, Oct. 29, the highest state court ordered the DOJ to respond within 30 days, by Nov. 28.
DOJ attorneys must answer allegations in the petition that Beach’s 100-year sentence that was handed down in 1984 is not legal because Beach was a minor at the time the crime was committed and the sentence does not provide an opportunity for him to obtain his freedom.
A 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling requires judges who impose sentences to take into consideration that minors are not as responsible for crimes as adults and more likely than adult offenders to be reformed.
The petition asks the Supreme Court to order that Beach, 52, be re-sentenced with consideration that he was 17 years old at the time of the offense he was convicted of.
Beach was convicted in 17th District Court in Glasgow in April 1984 of the 1979 beating death of Poplar High School classmate Kim Nees and dumping her body in the Poplar River. Beach has maintained his innocence for 35 years.
In June, the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole rejected an application from Beach for a full clemency hearing.

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Growing An Existing Business Workshop Coming To FPCC

A free workshop dedicated to help individuals grow existing business will be held in Greet the Dawn Auditorium on the Fort Peck Community College Poplar campus Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Native American Development Corporation, Small Business Administration, Montana Small Business Development Center and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise will conduct the workshop.
Dr. William R Osgood will cover all aspects of growing a business, including building a strategy and business plan, financial forecasting, putting it all together and utilizing/building networks.
Stephen Fox of the Native American Development Corporation, Tom White of the Small Business Administration and Shannon Hahn of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise will be at the meeting.
Visit www.NADC- NABN.org to register for the workshop.

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Poplar Man Charged With DUI After Rollover Crash Near Brockton

A man who rolled a pickup truck carrying five passengers on Montana Secondary Hwy. 480 just north of the bridge that leads into Richland County was charged with DUI.
The Montana Highway Patrol identified the driver as Nolan Hendrickson, 26, of Poplar. He was also charged with seatbelt and no liability insurance violations.
MHP trooper Steve Nard said the five passengers were four adults and one child.
He said four people were transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Poplar Campus were they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Nard said the 1996 Chevrolet 1500 was northbound, went off the east side of the roadway, overcorrected and rolled.

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Body Of Crash Victim Found After 41 Days

A group of several hunters in rural Valley County found a wrecked SUV with a body inside Thursday, Oct. 30, 41 days after the driver had been reported missing.
The Montana Highway Patrol reported that the 1995 GMC Suburban drove off Gilberson Road, about a mile west of Montana Hwy. 24 and about eight miles northeast of Glasgow.
The MHP identified the driver as Kevin A. Coverdell, 52. He carried a Wyoming driver’s license and the SUV he was driving was registered in North Dakota. MHP Trooper Mitch Willett said Coverdell was living in Glasgow at the time of his death and had ties to Rock Springs, Wyo., and western Montana.
Coverdell was reported missing to the Valley County Sheriff’s Office Sept. 19. He was last seen in Glasgow that morning and the MHP believes he died in the crash that day. The VCSO put out an attempt to locate with no reported sightings of Coverdell’s vehicle.
“We’re going to say the crash happened on the 19th. We cannot pin down the date the crash happened,” Willett said.
He said Coverdell was driving eastbound on Gilberson Road and drove off the road at a “T” intersection, hit an old farm tire and then struck an old piece of farm equipment at the crest of a hill, pushing it down the hill. The SUV flipped over and landed on its top with the roof caved in.
Willett said Coverdell was not wearing a seatbelt.
Coverdell was believed to have been alone in the Suburban and there are no known witnesses. The cause of the crash might remain unknown, according to Willett.

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Several Appear In District Court

Several people appeared on felony charges in 15th District Court Wednesday, Oct. 29.
John Travis Dighans, 37, of Poplar was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested Sept. 15 and is free on bail.
Bruce Johnson, 57, of Poplar appeared for the second time for a scheduled hearing for a probation and parole violation.
When he previously appeared Oct. 15, his public defender was not present. When Johnson appeared, Wednesday, Oct. 29, his lawyer said he did not have paperwork for the case.
Johnson entered general denials of alleged probation violations on his lawyer’s advice. He will appear for another hearing in December.
Bail was reduced to $5,000 for Kelly Marie Severson, 47, of Saco after Cybulski rejected a defense request for an own recognizance release.
Severson said she would live with her father.
She has been jailed for nearly a month, charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

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