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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.)
As of Tuesday, Feb. 24, 15 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, Feb. 17, and Tuesday, Feb. 24:
•Amos Bridges, 38, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest;
•James Brown, 22, Anchorage, Alaska, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs;
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•Tyrell Connor, 29, Wolf Point, probation violation;
• Dale Cooper, 38, Wolf Point, arrested on Roosevelt County warrant;
• Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner/family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Andrew D. Giles, 33, Grenville, Tenn., contempt of court;
•Christopher Hovey, 25, Lansing, Mich., felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Jason Knight, 37; Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernadino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, 41, Chattoroy, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•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;
•Dani Trinder, 21, Wolf Point, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest;
•Carroll G. Wells, 35, Fairview, criminal contempt warrant.
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(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire departments between Feb. 9 and 22. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
12:40 a.m., police conducted a traffic stop on the 100 block of Sixth Avenue North and cited Cami Shields, 38, of Wolf Point for driving without a license, driving without insurance and criminal contempt of court.
1:49 p.m., officers responded to the Sherman Inn and arrested Isaac Irizary, 43, of Wolf Point for partner/family member assault and disorderly conduct.
12 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of smoke at the Dakota Dollar Plus store. The cause was an overheated popcorn machine.
12:27 p.m., officers responded to a minor motor vehicle accident at Third Avenue South and Main Street and arrested Timothy Todd, 51, of Wolf Point for driving under the influence, driving without a license, driving without insurance and careless driving.
4:10 p.m., officers responded to Prairie Cinema and arrested Anthony Miller, 22, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
9:03 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Custer Street for a report of a disturbance and arrested Steven Follet, 34, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct and Marva Bull Chief, 47, of Wolf Point for domestic abuse.
9:15 p.m., police conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Hwy. 2 and Fourth Avenue and cited Holly Reum, 37, for driving without a license, driving without insurance and failure to give the right of way.
6:15 p.m., police took a report of an assault that occurred earlier at Albertson’s. The investigation continued at press time.
10:23 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Eureka Street for a report of a man causing a disturbance and arrested James Olson, 36, on a warrant.
12:37 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Main Street for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued over $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
2:35 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of employees finding a bag containing suspected illegal drugs. Police seized the bag. The investigation continued at press time.
9:48 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 400 block of Custer Street for a report of an assault. The suspect left prior to police arrival. The investigation continued at press time.
11:25 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 300 block of First Avenue South for a report of an attempted break-in. The investigation continued at press time.
4:19 p.m., firefighters responded to a truck axle fire at Cenex East.
6:29 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Cascade Street for a report of a man revving an engine in a parked car and arrested Curtis Forrest, 27, of Wolf Point for driving under the influence, refusal of a breath test, driving without a license and driving without insurance.
9:48 a.m., officers responded to Wolf Point Federal Credit Union for a report of a woman knowingly writing checks on a closed account. Police notified area businesses. The investigation continued at press time.
9:57 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Dawson Street for a report of a disturbance and cited a 17-year-old Wolf Point male for minor in possession of alcohol.
2:23 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Eureka Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle. The investigation continued at press time.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between Feb. 9 and 22: checks of wellbeing, three; public assistance, 14; motor vehicle accidents, two; removal of unwanted individuals, five; animal complaints, two; medical assistance, two; fire assistance, one; alarm, three; unfounded reports, 11; and driving complaints, three.
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The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department responded to the new Dakota Dollar Plus store on the 400 block of Cascade Street Friday, Feb. 13. The building that formerly housed Top Notch Video, filled with smoke when a popcorn popper overheated. There was no reported fire damage and no injuries. The Wolf Point Police Department and Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice assisted at the scene. (Photo by John Plestina)
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District Judge David Cybulski agreed to reduce bail for a Williston, N.D., couple with companion felony drug cases from $25,000 each to $5,000 with waivers of extraction Wednesday, Feb. 11, allowing them to return to jobs in a Williston tattoo and piercing business. Both were freed on bond the following day.
Joshua Wayne Jones, 36, was arraigned on a felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Melissa Ann Jewett, 32, was arraigned immediately after Jones on felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a peace officer.
Both pleaded not guilty to all counts.
According to the Roose-velt County Attorney’s Office, the business that employs Jones and Jewett is Skinful Pleasures, a Williston tattoo and piercing parlor.
Both have tattoos on their necks and Jones has what is clearly a swastika on the right side of his neck.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Sgt. Patrick O’Connor and Deputy Chelbi Brugh arrested Jones and Jewett Monday, Jan. 19, after making contact with them inside the State Line Casino near Bainville. Casino staff had requested that the RCSO remove Jones and Jewett from the establishment.
The RCSO had prior contact with the pair when the Gold Dust Casino, also located near Bainville, called Dec. 31, 2014, telling deputies that Jones was making employees nervous. At that time, deputies told Jones and Jewett to leave the casino. According to the RCSO, Jewett had given a false name and birth date. The RCSO dispatch data center was not operational for checks of suspects.
Jewett’s true identity became known Jan. 19, as well as Jones being on federal probation for a counterfeiting conviction. It was later learned that Jones was off supervised probation.
“Deputies had received criminal history information about Jones violent tendencies and his prior arrests for drug possession and weapons possession,” a narrative from Roosevelt County Undersheriff John Summers read.
The narrative also stated that Jones tried several times to put his hands in his pockets and was told not to by O’Connor and Brugh at the State Line Casino. Jones had to be secured in handcuffs.
Methamphetamine and a knife were found in Jones pockets.
One hydrocodone pill was found on Jewett that she did not have a prescription for.
The car Jones and Jewett were driving when they were arrested was towed to the RCSO in Wolf Point and a search warrant was secured. More hydrocodone pills, a pill bottle with a name on it other than Jones’ or Jewett’s and several cell phones were found in the car and secured as evidence.
The car was released to Jones when he and Jewett bonded out of jail Thursday, Feb. 12.
May 11 trial dates are scheduled.
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Mothballing the existing municipal water treatment plant was considered when the Wolf Point City Council addressed concerns about connecting to the Assiniboine and Sioux Rural Water System with the city’s engineer during the monthly council meeting Monday, Feb. 19.
The Fort Peck Tribes has asked the city to connect to the ASRWSS as the primary source of municipal drinking water. City officials signed a letter of intent with the tribes in 2013 to connect to ASRWSS.
Engineer Jed Kirkland of Interstate Engineering of Nashua presented a report on the
ASRWSS and the possible city connection to it that Mayor Chris Dschaak and public works director Rick Isle requested before the city might sign the ASRWSS agreement with the Fort Peck Tribes.
The report addresses concerns that have been expressed about the reliability of the ASRWSS and its ability to continually supply the municipal system.
Kirkland advised the council to be sure the agreement is how they want it and explained pros and cons of retaining the existing water treatment plant as a backup system.
He presented options for mothballing the plant while keeping it in a position to be quickly restarted if the ASRWSS were to fail. The aging municipal system could become a secondary system. It includes the existing water treatment plant and several wells. Federal and state environmental regulations to prevent cross contamination were also addressed.
The report calls for mothballing procedures that include maintaining and lubricating equipment in the treatment plant, disconnection of the plant from the distribution and storage system, cleaning and reshaping the backwash pond to its original configuration and disinfections of wells upon a restart of the existing system.
Kirkland said removing pumps, filters, valves and other equipment from service in the treatment plant would result in a gradual deterioration of equipment. He cautioned about potential freezing up of valves not frequently used and deterioration of bearings and seals in pumps not used on a regular basis. Kirkland said he contacted the treatment plant equipment manufacturer and was cautioned about possible problems with equipment with long- or short-term shutdowns.
Partly at issue is the plan to use chloramines as the disinfectant for the ASRWSS and the current use of chlorine in the existing system. There are potential problems mixing chlorine and chloramines in the same water distribution system because the ammonia ratio in the water could change and there is a potential of state or federal violations.
A water system should be continuously used to meet state Department of Environmental Quality requirements.
“When you take a system like that offline, it’s going to deteriorate,” Kirkland said.
He cautioned that if the city were to shut down the existing system for three years or longer and were to then want to bring it back online, environmental regulations would require improvements to the latest standards.
“It’s not going to be a flip on a switch and you have water,” Kirkland said.
He also cautioned about potential odor and taste problems.
There is a potential risk of the city losing water rights because the state considers the rights dependent on historical use. Those rights can be adjusted against the wishes of municipal officials if there is no or reduced use.
According to Kirkland’s report, there is no plan to take or reduce water rights held by municipalities in the near future, but that no or reduced water use over an extended period of time could result in the state revisiting water rights if water is needed.
“Right now, your water rights are based on use,” Kirkland said.
He said the city should demonstrate historic use of the water rights. Kirkland said the state might not take away the water rights, but could.
He said the ASRWSS does not have a buffer and incoming water goes directly into the treatment plant.
Kirkland used the recent oil spill on the Yellowstone River near Glendive as an example.
There was no buffer, he said. Glendive had no pre-sedimentation ponds to buffer their water system. There is a concern that the ASRWSS does not use pre-sedimentation ponds.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency suggests but does not require ponds, Kirkland said.
He said the Dry Prairie Rural Water system on the east side of Roosevelt County would soon connect to the ASRWSS pipeline.
Dschaak said the council will want assurances and a possible opt-out clause.