Wolf Point Herald

Wyoming Sex Offender Held For Failing To Register

A convicted sex offender from Wyoming appeared in 15th District Court, Wednesday, July 16, for probation violations that include failing to register as a sex offender in Roosevelt County and for failing to register as a violent offender.
William B. Debbs Jr., 43, of Casper, Wyo., is listed on the National Sex Offender Registry as a Level 3 sex offender and a “sexually violent predator.”
He was convicted in Wyoming of sexual assault, first-degree and indecent liberties with a minor. The female victim was seven years old at the time of the assault, according to the registry.
The registry also lists Debbs with a Butte address.
Debbs said he was admitting allegations during the admissions hearing, but defense attorney John Wheatcroft said he was reluctant to allow him to do that. Debbs then denied the allegations.
Alleged probation violations also include alleged alcohol and drug use.

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Little Known About Stabbing In Wolf Point

The Wolf Point Police Department reported that officers responded to Seventh Avenue North and assisted the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice at the scene of a stabbing, Saturday, July 19, at 2:15 p.m.
City police did not release any additional information.
A telephone call to tribal police in Poplar was not returned Tuesday, July 22, as of presstime.

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Drug-Carrying Amtrak Passenger Sentenced In District Court

The Washington man who was found unconscious and in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana onboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder in Wolf Point was sentenced in 15th District Court, Wednesday, July 16.
Dale Andrew Cooper, 38, of Bremerton, Wash., pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
A state charge of carrying a dangerous drug on a train was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Judge David Cybulski found Cooper guilty of the three charges and sentenced him to a five-year deferred sentence under the supervision of the Montana Department of Corrections.
Cybulski said later that Cooper will have to begin his deferred sentence with probation in Montana but could get it transferred to Washington at a later date.
Cooper told the court that he lives in Washington where marijuana is legal but he realizes that it is not legal in Montana.
Wolf Point police took Cooper into custody, Friday, June 6, at Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus after he had been transported by ambulance and treated at the hospital.
Police reported that they were called to the Wolf Point Amtrak depot along with emergency medical personnel for an unconscious male onboard an eastbound train.

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Zimdars Sentenced In Drug, Water Treatment Plant Vandalism

Judge David Cybulski sentenced Chas Douglas Zimdars in 15th District Court, Wednesday, July 16, to three suspended prison sentences and a $5,000 fine with $4,000 suspended and restitution.
Under a plea agreement, Zimdars pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal endangerment and criminal mischief, all felonies, Wednesday, March 12.
Zimdars was originally charged with counts listed on charging documents as criminal endangerment, operation of clandestine laboratory, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal mischief, all felonies, and less serious charges of criminal trespass to property, fleeing from or eluding police, driving without a valid drivers license, second or subsequent conviction.
He was accused of damaging the water treatment plant in Wolf Point during June 2013, several drug related charges and other offenses.
He admitted to possessing methamphetamine and damaging the treatment plant during a previous court appearance.

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Calling Inventors And Anyone With Original Products Or Ideas

Area residents with inventions or innovative ideas or products will have an opportunity to learn how to connect with commercial markets during a workshop in Wolf Point Wednesday, July 30.
The Montana Department of Commerce Business Resources Division will present a  Montana Technology Innovation Partnership free roundtable meeting at Great Northern Development Corp., located at 233 Cascade St. in Wolf Point, at 1 p.m.
Topics will include protecting ideas and inventions, research and development opportunities and feasibility to achieve sales in a proposed market.
Audrey Wooding, of Bozeman, will present the workshop.
She said assistance is available to businesses and individuals for research and development.
Wooding said she will be available to answer questions about grant opportunities and intellectual property, for writers and others.
“People don’t necessarily have to be researchers or developers. It could be an inventor who is working in their garage,” Wooding said. “They may need assistance about different strategies if they are working in their garage.”
We will gear it toward the people who show up,” she said.
Similar roundtable events will be presented in Billings, July 28; in Miles City, July 29; in Havre, July 31; and in Lewistown, Aug. 1.
For additional information, contact Lorene Hintz at 653-2590 or Audrey Wooding at 994-3885 or visit http://mtip.mt.gov/events.mcpx.

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