Written by John Plestina
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Bureau of Indian Affairs and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested a Wolf Point man picking up a package containing what has been called $240,000 worth of methamphetamine at the Wolf Point Post Office Friday, July 24.
The RCSO reported the arrest of Lionel Weeks, 50, of Wolf Point. He was taken to the Fort Peck Tribal Jail in Poplar and was scheduled for an arraignment Monday in Fort Peck Tribal Court.
Sheriff Jason Frederick, undersheriff John Summers and four deputies made the arrest and seizure with agents from the BIA and Border Protection shortly after 5 p.m.
“Obviously, you have to be ready for the safety of the public and the safety of the officers. Innocent people are picking up their mail,” Summers said.
Frederick told The Herald-News that Weeks was arrested when he picked up a single package at the post office counter weighing 2.1 pounds.
“That’s a pretty good seizure,” Frederick said.
He said he believes it is the largest local meth seizure at one time.
Addressing unconfirmed reports that the street value could be $240,000, Frederick was hesitant.
“It depends on how you look at it. I don’t want to give a statement on it because there are so many different values of meth,” he said.
Frederick said there are differences in the values in California and the Bakken.
“We received a tip of a suspicious package and we called in U.S. Border Patrol’s dog,” Frederick said. The dog had a positive response to the package.
Tribal court prosecutor Adrienne Weinberger failed to return two calls from The Herald-News and directed a staff member to call this newspaper to say the prosecutor’s office had no comment about charges or pleas and was declining to say if the arraignment took place.
Frederick said there was a single tribal charge of possession with intent to distribute. He said federal charges are likely.
Written by John Plestina
An unnamed real estate developer has stepped up and is considering rebooting the Wolf Point Village apartment project that was considered dead earlier this month.
Mayor Chris Dschaak told the city council Monday, July 19, that the proposal could be revived.
City clerk/treasurer Marlene Mahlum said the developer is willing to go to the state and apply for more Low Income Housing Tax Credits funds.
“He wanted to know if the city is intending to commit the HOME funds to the project,” Mahlum said.
The city received a $750,000 HOME grant for the project through the Montana Department of Commerce in early 2014. The city acted in a pass-through capacity with the project for the funding. Great Northern Development Corporation was the project manager.
Wolf Point must spend the HOME funds by March 17, 2016, for Wolf Point Village or another affordable housing project.
GNDC housing specialist Brianna Vine, who has worked on the proposed project since early 2014, said nothing is definite but more information might be presented at the next city council meeting Monday, Aug. 17.
Vine said she could not identify the developer.
“He has to submit to the state by Aug. 3,” Mahlum said.
“If all goes well, we could see something [construction] by next summer,” she said.
Developer Jonathan Reed of Jonathan Reed & Associates of Colorado Springs, Colo., worked with municipal officials and GNDC through most of 2014 and nearly half of this year to develop the proposed 24-unit rental complex that was to be located at the northern edge of Wolf Point within walking distance of Northeast Montana Health Service - Wolf Point Campus, Borge Park, the swimming pool and Northside Elementary School.
The 2014 proposal included building four one-bedroom units, 12 two-bedroom units and eight three-bedroom units. A family of four with a household income between $23,240 and $38,860 would have qualified for the apartments with rents ranging from $354 to $767 monthly.
It is unknown whether a project by the new developer would include the Wolf Point Village name or the same amenities Reed proposed.
Written by Angela Rose Benson
Every year, Culbertson hosts the Roosevelt County Fair from July 30 to Aug. 1. While the fair board, volunteers and staff exhaust their efforts to make this event possible, community members anticipate the opening of the annual fair for their enjoyment.
“We enjoy what we do and we love bringing the community together,” said fair manager Angela Miller.
This year’s theme is “Grow It. Sew It. Show It.”
The fair kicks off Thursday, July 30, with the opening of the indoor open class exhibits and the flag salute presented by Tumbleweed and Up-N-Atom 4-H clubs and the Froid Future Farmers of America chapter.
The rest of the day has much to offer, including youth entertainment, horse judging, 4-H conference judging and the 4-H/FFA silent project auction. The Midway Band will provide afternoon entertainment, as well. There will be a free corn feed and the FFA Alumni barbecue at the fairgrounds at 5 p.m. Evening fun is offered at the Saddle Club rodeo grounds where O-Mok-See children’s horse events will take place starting at 6 p.m.
Roosevelt County Fair has added something new to the Thursday agenda by planning a grain bin safety workshop available to the public.
Friday, July 31, is Cooperative Day at the fair. Culbertson FFA and Missouri River Rats 4-H will present the morning flag salute and immediately following will be the livestock judging. With small animal judging and showmanship to follow, youth entertainment is also available throughout the day.
At 5 p.m., the Culbertson Chamber will sponsor a free meal. After the meal, the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction will kick off, while the 4-H/FFA silent project auction closes.
Entertainment for the evening will be the Tigirlily concert starting at 8 p.m. Kendra, 19, and Krista, 17, are a sister duo from North Dakota. The sisters are singer/songwriters, musicians and performers who have performed all over North Dakota and surrounding states including Nashville, Tenn. At the 2015 North Dakota Music Awards, Tigirlily was awarded best original country band, best song, best video, best stage show and the U Rock award.
The final day of the fair, Saturday, Aug. 1, will begin with Bainville FFA and Frontier 4-H presenting the flag salute. Next on the schedule is livestock showmanship where community members young and old will present their animals.
Youth entertainment continues, the rib cook-off begins at 1 p.m. and the Dollar in the Straw, sponsored by First Community Bank, will follow at 1:30 p.m.
The fair will begin the closing process at 3 p.m.
At 5:30 p.m. will be the ranch rodeo calcutta at the Culbertson Saddle Club and the ranch rodeo will begin at 6 p.m.
Written by Herald-News
A Toyota sedan and an SUV collided in the intersection of Granville Street and Second Avenue South Thursday, Aug. 23, at 1:37 p.m. Wolf Point police responded. The driver of the Toyota was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus with non-life threatening injuries. Neither driver was identified. (Photo by John Plestina)
Written by John Plestina
The Roosevelt County Commissioners passed a vicious dog ordinance on the required second of two readings Tuesday, July 28, passing the measure into law.
Under the new ordinance, an owner of a dog that bites or attempts to bite will face a misdemeanor charge that carries a maximum fine of $250 and possible destruction of the dog or the mandatory implantation of an identifying microchip. It becomes mandatory that biting dogs be euthanized after second offenses. The fines for an owner on second offense goes to $500.
The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office or any other local law enforcement agency will be authorized to impound and quarantine any dog that bites.
The Roosevelt County Attorney requested the ordinance after several people asked for stricter laws addressing vicious dogs.
In other business, the commissioners authorized the purchase of a 2011 Chevrolet ½-ton pickup from High Plains Motors for $19,000 and the purchase of new spraying equipment giving the mosquito board a second pickup and spraying unit.
The commissioners voted to accept responsibility for electrical problems at the Roosevelt County Library in Culbertson. The city bonded $400,000 to build the library and electrical issues surfaced after it opened. The likely cost to the county to correct deficiencies is about $2,500.
In other business, the commissioners accepted a $9,700 bid from Alan Engelke to relocate fire hydrants at the fairgrounds in Culbertson.
The commissioners also authorized the purchase of chairs for the health department for $569 from Will’s Office World. Will’s matched a lower bid by Costco.