Written by John Plestina
Charges were dismissed in 15th District Court on Wednesday, July 29, against an Amtrak employee who was alleged to have committed a kidnap and sexual assault onboard a passenger train that was passing through Roosevelt County in April.
Wolf Point Police arrested Charles Henry Pinner, 59, of Detroit, Mich., on April 19 following allegations that were made against Pinner. He had been charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexual intercourse without consent, both felonies.
The charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning that charges could be refiled.
Further investigation was the reason given.
Pinner had been free on bail since July 15, when District Judge David Cybulski granted a bond reduction from $50,000 to $5,000 with a requirement that he have a GPS monitoring system before he was released, have standard conditions and to stay in contact with his attorney at all times.
Written by John Plestina
Two men from Florida and Williston, N.D., that Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested on July 7 following a high-speed chase that started in Culbertson, faced arraignments on a host of felony and misdemeanor charges in 15th District Court Wednesday, July 29.
Julian Tyler Baughman, 32, of Tampa, Fla., pleaded not guilty to three counts of felony theft, criminal endangerment, fleeing from or eluding a peace officer and two counts of criminal mischief during the arraignment.
He is being held in the Valley County Detention Center in Glasgow.
Arrested with Baughman was Kevyn Alan-Addison Johannesson, 26, of Williston, N.D. He pleaded not guilty on the same date to three counts of felony theft, criminal endangerment, fleeing from or eluding a peace officer and two counts of criminal mischief.
According to charging documents, a RCSO deputy pursued Baughman who driving a van reported stolen in Williston on U.S. Hwy. 2 in Culbertson. Baughman attempted to elude the deputy and later exited the van and got into the passenger side of a pickup truck driven by Johannesson, who took the deputy on a chase with speeds reported as high as 80 mph that ended in a field outside Culbertson after one deputy fired three shotgun blasts and another discharged two rounds with a rifle into the tires to disable the vehicle. Over $30,000 worth of stolen tools and equipment was recovered from the van, according to court documents. Both the van and the pickup were reported stolen from Williston.
The Montana Standard of Butte reported in April that Baughman was arrested with a woman from St. Louis Mo., for attempting to steal a pickup truck in Butte, being in possession of a car that was reported stolen in Billings that contained between $2,000 and $3,000 worth of stolen items. The Montana Standard reported that Baughman and the woman attempted to pawn electronic items at a Butte pawn shop, but were denied because neither produced identification.
Baughman also had previous felony charges in Florida.
The Williston Herald reported in January that Johannesson was arrested and charged with felony possession of contraband after he was released from the Williams County Jail in Williston.
The Williston Herald also reported that Johannesson admitted to stealing a four-wheeler and is facing two counts of burglary, one count of felonious possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of felonious theft of property in North Dakota.
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Two Roosevelt County residents were arraigned before U.S. Magistrate John T. Johnston and pleaded not guilty to all charges in U.S. District Court in Great Falls July 29.
Indictments had been handed down by a federal grand jury.
Shanley Leonard Bighorn, 30, of Brockton faces charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm not registered in the national firearm registration and transfer record.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, Bighorn faces life in prison, $10 million in fines and five years supervised release.
Paul Darrell Red Eagle Sr., 27, of Poplar is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, Red Eagle faces life in prison, $10 million in fines and five years supervised release.
The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice and the Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated both cases.
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Several people appeared for law and motion hearings before District Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court July 29.
Scott Darlan Crain, 27, of Froid was sentenced a four-year deferred imposition of sentence, a $4,000 fine and surcharges.
During a previous hearing, Crain was released from the Roosevelt County Jail on his own recognizance after he withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
He had pleaded not guilty Sept. 24 to criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. Crain admitted in court that he possessed methamphetamine in Froid Aug. 27.
Chris Berry Martin, 43, of Bay Town, Texas, withdrew a previously entered not guilty plea and pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute in a case that began in December 2014. The drug was identified as methamphetamine.
The state’s sentencing recommendation is a six-years confinement to the Montana Department of Corrections with three years suspended and no fine.
The defense recommendation is he is entitled to a deferred sentence.
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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, Aug. 10, 14 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center was holding four females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, Aug. 3, and Monday, Aug. 10:
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Jasy Brown, 37, Poplar, U.S. Marshal warrant, transported to Great Falls;
•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;
•Tyrule Davis, 43, Los Angeles, Calif., assault on peace officer or judicial official;
•Jeffery Devlin, 26, Polson, out-of-county warrant;
•Travis Dyer, 35, improper turn, operating without liability insurance and out of county warrant;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Andrew Gill, 23, Williston, N.D., driving a commercial vehicle while CDL is revoked and careless driving and operating without liability insurance, released on bond;
•Christopher L. Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out-of- county warrant;
•Daniel Imlay, 40,
of Plentywood, operating without liability insurance, turning when unsafe to do so, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked; and operating without liability insurance, released;
•Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
•Jay T. Kaylor, 46, Tacoma, Wash., violation of a protective order;
•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;
•Randall Lehner, 56, Wolf Point, bench warrant;
•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.
•Georgia Wetsit, 47, Wolf Point, U.S. Marshal warrant, transported to Great Falls.