Wolf Point Herald

Trio From N.D. Facing Drug Charges Appear

Three people from Minot, N.D., facing related charges, appeared before Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped a car carrying Malinda K. Bibb, Brandon J. Bigham and Jamie D. Vert on U.S. Hwy. 2, near the North Dakota state line, Sept. 20, 2013. Vert was driving, according to the charging documents.
Methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and weapons [no firearms] were found in the vehicle, according to charging documents.
All three were subsequently arraigned on felony charges.
Malinda Bibb
Bibb, 31, pleaded not guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and was released on $20,000 bond, Wednesday, May 28.
Bibb was scheduled with an original trial date of Aug. 14. Fifteenth District Judge David Cybulski declared a mistrial because not enough potential jurors showed up for jury selection. A new jury trial is scheduled for Thursday Oct. 16.
Bibb faces new charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, carrying dangerous drugs on a train, both felonies, and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from her arrest by Wolf Point Police Department officers onboard the Amtrak Empire Builder train, Monday, Sept. 8, on a warrant for alleged bail condition violations. According to charging documents, she was attempting to travel to Washington. She appeared before Cybulski, Wednesday, Sept. 24, to answer a petition to revoke bail.
“I’m not inclined to squash the warrant,” Cybulski told Bibb.
He denied a defense request to reduce bond and kept it at $50,000.
Brandon Bigham
Bigham, 30, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs, felony criminal possession with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Police in North Dakota arrested him recently while out on bail. Cybulski added $20,000 to $10,000 bond Bigham previously posted for a total of $30,000 during a recent court appearance.
Bigham withdrew his previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to felony possession of dangerous drugs intent to distribute. The county attorney has agreed to recommendation that other charges be dismissed. The recommendation in the plea agreement is for eight years confinement to the Montana Department of Corrections with four years suspended.
Bigham entered his plea behind closed doors in Judge David Cybulski’s chambers with his attorney and Assistant County Attorney Jordan Knudsen present.
Jamie Vert
Vert, 36, entered a change of plea under a plea agreement. She withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs. The original charges contained in the charging documents were felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs and required motor vehicle insurance.

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California Man Must Serve At Least Five Years In Prison On Drug Charges

Judge David Cybulski sentenced Hilario Velasquez to a 10-year commitment to the Montana Department of Corrections with five years suspended and a $30,000 fine on drug charges in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Velasquez, 34, of Williston, N.D., and Riverside, Calif., is eligible for the DOC-operated Treasure State Correctional Training Center, a 90- to 120- day military-style boot camp program located near Deer Lodge, and a 90- to 120-day aftercare program in a secure facility in Great Falls.
“The problem is you have a criminal history as a drug dealer in California and North Dakota while you were on probation,” Cybulski said.
He said he reserves the right to suspend part of the fine if the probation officer makes that recommendation. Cybulski also warned Velasquez that he could put him in prison for the full 10 years if there is any drug use after the five years have been served.
Probation and Parole Officer Trevor Newman completed the pre-sentencing investigation and report that recommended the sentencing Cybulski imposed.
Newman said the boot camp fail rate in 2012 was 38 percent.
He said Velasquez has a past substance abuse and criminal history in California that includes distributing marijuana.
Velasquez owes more than $7,000 to the state of California.
A jury convicted Velasquez, Friday, Aug. 1, of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute [methamphetamine], a felony, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Velasquez was arrested with Adam Lucatero Alonzo, 31, of Williston, N.D., and San Bernardino, Calif., and a Poplar woman who was not charged. Alonzo withdrew a not guilty plea and pleaded guilty in August to criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, after signing a plea agreement.
Judge David Cybulski accepted the plea and found Alonzo guilty.
The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office reported that shortly after midnight, Sept. 25, 2013, a deputy observed a black Saturn Ion traveling as much as 15 mph under the posted speed limit and weaving on U.S. Hwy. 2 eastbound, between Bainville and Cul-
bertson. The car crossed the center line three times and then stopped. The driver, later identified as Alonzo, was unable to provide a driver’s license or any identification, vehicle registration or insurance card, and told a deputy his name was Adam Lucatero. Lucatero is reported to be his middle name.
The deputy stated in a written report that there was an odor of marijuana in the car.
The deputy reported that both men were uncooperative, resulting in the officer removing his duty weapon from his holster. The deputy also had to threaten Velasquez with pepper spray.
The deputy wrote in his report that Velazquez told him he is on felony probation in California and was not supposed to leave that state.
Alonzo has an extraditable parole warrant out of North Dakota for another drug case.
The car was impounded. Judge David Cybulski granted a search warrant for the car, where authorities found a substantial amount of syringes [several used], other drug paraphernalia, a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, digital scale, 10 cell phones and $991 in cash.

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Glasgow Meeting Will Address Montana Water Supply Initiative

A meeting in Glasgow will be the nearest location to Wolf Point where one of several public meetings will give people an opportunity to comment on the Lower Missouri River Basin draft plan.
That meeting will take place Thursday, Oct. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cottonwood Inn.
The Lower Missouri River Basin Advisory Council completed its work of addressing water resource issues at the end of May. By mid-June, a final Recommendation Development Report was forwarded to the Water Resource Bureau of Montana’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Since then, DNRC staff has been working to combine recommendations from all four watershed basins in the state [Clark Fork, Yellowstone, Upper Missouri and Lower Missouri] into one statewide water resource management plan.
A public meeting was held at the Wolf Point Elks Club in May with participation from the Wolf Point, Poplar and Culbertson areas.
The draft plan has been released for public comment and a series of meetings will be held to hear from the state’s citizens.
This attempt at updating Montana’s existing state water plan was very ambitious, and involved the public at every level. The result is a document that has concrete recommendations on how to manage our state’s precious water resources with measurable results. Agencies whose duties encompass water distribution, water quality, drought concerns, economic development, and wildlife can all benefit from suggestions gleaned from public comment over the past year.
For those unable to attend, DNRC will accept written public comment on the plan until Oct. 26. To submit written comment, visit www.dnrc.mt.gov for an online comment form and a copy of the draft plan.

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Roosevelt County Jail Roster For Oct. 2

(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 Sept. 29, Valley County Detention Center was holding two female inmates and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Monday, Sept. 29:
•Adam Alonzo, 31, Williston, N.D./San Bernadino, Calif., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell;
•Malinda Bibb, 31, Minot, N.D., arrested on a warrant for bail condition violation, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Brandon Bigham, 30, Minot, N.D., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell; criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Scott Crain, 27 Froid, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing a peace officer and misdemeanor criminal mischief;
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Culbert-
son, disorderly conduct, partner/family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Paul Harkin, 38, Billings, criminal trespass, obstructing a peace officer and criminal mischief. Bonded out.
•Gary Jones, 44, Madisonville, Tenn., assault on a peace officer;
•Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Hot Springs, Ark., out-of- county warrant;
•Alvin Scherrill, 61, Culbertson, serving sentence;
•Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer;
•Kalob Trowbridge, 22, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer;
•Hilrio Velasquez, 33, Riverside, Calif., possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Wolf Point Police And Fire Blotter For Oct. 2

(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire departments between Sept. 22 and 28. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
Sept. 22
10:41 a.m., officers responded to Git-N-Go for a report of a beer theft with a loss valued at less the $1,000. The investigation continued at presstime.
5:22 p.m., officers responded to Triangle Park for a report of an assault with minor injuries to a Wolf Point female. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point female.
7:15 p.m., firefighters responded to a dumpster fire on the alley between East Dawson and East Edgar streets, just off First Avenue South with one truck and two firefighters.
11:29 p.m., officers responded to Arlo’s Bar for a report of a fight in progress and arrested Hjalmer Spotted Bear, 29, of Mandaree, N.D., and Noble Drags Wolf, 28, of Poplar, for disorderly conduct.
Sept. 23
5:34 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Crescent Drive for a report of a suspicious male in the area. The investigation continued at presstime.
5:36 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of East Indian Street for a report of criminal trespass to a residence. The investigation continued at presstime.
8:09 a.m., firefighters responded to a one-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Hwy. 2, one mile east of Alco with one truck and five firefighters.
10:45 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Idaho Street for a report of a domestic disturbance in progress and arrested Michael Crow Jr., 23, of Wolf Point, for domestic abuse.
2:30 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Alder Street for a report of theft of utility services. The investigation continued at presstime.
4:50 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Blaine Street for a report of an assault in progress with minor injuries to a 41-year-old Wolf Point female and arrested Felicia Yellow Hawk, 31, of Wolf Point, for simple assault and assault with bodily fluid.
7:34 p.m., officers took a complaint of a sexual assault of a minor. No other information was provided other than the investigation is continuing.
11:55 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Custer Street for two separate reports of criminal trespass where two residences were entered. The investigation continued at presstime.
Sept. 24
3:35 a.m., officers responded to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus for a report of a disturbance and arrested Nathan Dumont Jr., 46, of Wolf Point, for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Sept. 25
2 a.m., officers responded to The Water Hole for a report of an assault with minor injuries to a 23-year-old Wolf Point female. Charges are pending against another Wolf Point female.
11 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Third Avenue South for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued at over $1,000. The investigation continued at presstime.
2:09 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street and arrested Joshua Franke, 21, of Wolf Point, on an outstanding warrant.
4:24 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Granville Street for a report of a restraining order violation. The investigation continued at presstime.
4:40 p.m., officers responded to the Youth Dynamics office for a report of a theft with a loss valued at less the $1,000. The investigation continued at presstime.
6:30 p.m., officeers responded to the Wolf Point Wellness Center and arrested a 16-year-old Wolf Point male on a warrant.
9:17 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Helena Street for a report of harassment. The investigation continued at presstime.
Sept. 26
1:08 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of criminal trespass and arrested Robert Azure III, 21, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.
6:33 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Granville Street for a report of trespass to a vehicle with no reported loss. The investigation continued at presstime.
Sept. 27
4:13 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Edgar Street for a report of a suspicious individual in the area. The investigation continued at presstime.
9:39 a.m., officers responded to Lucky Lil’s for a report of an assault with minor injuries to a 29-year-old Wolf Point female. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point male.
11:45 a.m., officers took a report of a strong arm robbery with minor injuries to a 19-year-old Wolf Point male. Two suspects from Wolf Point have been identified.
12:34 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Blaine Street for a report of a single-vehicle motor vehicle accident with no injuries reported. A 17-year-old Wolf Point male was cited for driving without a driver’s license and careless driving.
4:33 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street for a report of a disturbance in progress and arrested Jatonna Fourstar, 35, of Wolf Point, on a warrant.
5:15 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of West Cascade Street for a report of a domestic disturbance in progress and arrested a 15-year-old Wolf Point female for disorderly conduct.
11:17 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Idaho Street for a report of a disturbance in progress and cited Ashley Bigleggins-Shyface, 23, of Wolf Point, for criminal mischief.
11:44 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Idaho Street for a report of a domestic disturbance in progress and arrested Seth Miller, 31, of Wolf Point, for domestic abuse.
Sept. 28
4:41 a.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a beer theft. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point male.
11:18 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Custer Street for a report of suspicious young males in the area. No damages were reported. There was no further investigation.
2:04 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Idaho Street for a report of a domestic disturbance in progress and arrested Erica Laverdure, 25, of Wolf Point, on a warrant.
Other Calls
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between Sept. 22 and 28: checks of wellbeing, 13; civil standby, six; domestic disturbance, five; public assistance, 13; motor vehicle accidents, one; removal of unwanted individuals, 15; animal complaints, three; medical assistance, four; fire assistance, one; alarm, nine; assist other agency, 11; unfounded report, 11; driving complaints, five; school requested assistance, one.

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