Wolf Point Herald

Man Arrested Following Police Pursuit Through Wolf Point Streets

A Wolf Point man was arrested Saturday, June 14, after attempting to elude officers from three agencies at speeds up to 50 mph on Wolf Point streets.
Wolf Point Police, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies and Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice officers all pursued the vehicle.
Wolf Point Police Lt. Brian Erwin said a tribal officer attempted a routine traffic stop at 11:17 p.m. and the driver attempted to elude the officer.
The driver, identified as Royce Birdsbill, 45, of Wolf Point, was eventually stopped and taken into custody by tribal officers. No injuries were reported.

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Guilty Plea Entered In Embezzlement Case

A Wolf Point woman accused of embezzlement, changed a not guilty plea to a guilty plea in 15th District Court, Wednesday, June 11.
Kendra Chamberlain, 26, pleaded guilty to a single felony charge of theft by embezzlement. She had entered a not guilty plea Wednesday, Feb. 26.
She was charged following an investigation by Wolf Point Police that began on Jan. 13.
Authorities became involved after an allegation by Ag-Land management of employee theft at the Cenex East convenience store that included alleged cigarette thefts and returns to the store and false lottery ticket transactions.
The charging documents allege several falsified returns and lottery ticket transactions between September 2013 and Jan. 13.
A trial date had originally been set for May 15.
Judge David Cybulski has not set a date for sentencing.

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Charges Filed For Fights On Granville Street

Wolf Point Police have announced charges against two men stemming from a large disturbance that occurred on the 400 block of Granville Street, Wednesday, June 4, at 6:03 p.m., and a second incident of a fight that was retaliation.
Following further investigation, citations were issued during the following week against Zachariah Zilkoski, 22, of Billings, and Kyle McGill, 22, of Wolf Point, both for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
Lt. Brian Erwin said charges are pending against several other individuals.

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Wolf Point Police And Fire Blotter For June 19

(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire departments between June 9 and 15. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
June 9
11:46 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Johnson Street for a report of theft from a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
11:31 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Helena Street for a report of an assault with minor injuries. Charges are pending.
12:35 p.m., firefighters responded to a grass fire on Montana Highway 250 near mile marker 18 with two trucks and four firefighters. They returned to the station at 2:13 p.m.
10:22 p.m., firefighters responded with two trucks and four firefighters to a mutual aid call in Oswego with the Valley County Long Run Fire Department.
June 10
12:46 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of a fight in progress. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Kevin Bendon, 43, of Minnesota, for disorderly conduct.
1:47 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Custer Street for a report of a domestic disturbance and later arrested Frank Johnston, 33, of Wolf Point, for domestic abuse.
3:15 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Idaho Street for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
7:20 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of Sixth Avenue North and cited Carrie Manning, 43, of Wolf Point, for dog at large.
June 11
6 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Custer Street for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
June 12
12:10 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Custer Street for a report of suspicious individuals and cited a 15-year-old Wolf Point female for minor in possession of alcohol and a curfew violation. Officers arrested the same juvenile one hour later on the 400 block of Granville Street for domestic abuse.
8:45 a.m., officers responded to Git-N-Go for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. Charges are pending.
5:20 p.m., firefighters responded to a fence post fire at a residence in west end housing with one truck and two firefighters. They returned to the station at 5:44 p.m.
8:19 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of East Fairweather Street for a report of a disturbance in progress and cited Lance Fourstar, 37, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct.
10:19 p.m., as a result of a pedestrian stop on the 100 block of Alder Street, officers arrested Lance Fourstar, 37, of Wolf Point, for criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
June 13
10:33 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Alder Street for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
6:05 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Custer Street and arrested Kevin Belgarde, 27, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
June 14
1:51 a.m., firefighters responded to a rubbish fire on Slaughterhouse Road with two trucks and four firefighters. They returned to the station at 2:24 a.m.
4:11 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Benton Street for a report of an assault with minor injuries and arrested Tyler Lilley, 18, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct and simple assault.
6:16 a.m., officers discovered 18 vehicles with slashed tires on and near the 200 block of Custer Street with combined losses totaling over $1,000. The investigation continues.
1:53 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Helena Street for a report of a domestic disturbance with minor injuries. Charges are pending.
June 16
1:35 a.m., officers responded to Arlo’s Bar for a report of a disturbance in progress and arrested Kathy Birdsbill, 59, and Hailey Cantrell, 23, both of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct and simple assault.
Other Calls
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between June 9 and 15: checks for wellbeing, eight; civil standby, three; domestic disturbance, six; public assistance, 10; motor vehicle accidents, four; removal of unwanted individuals, six; animal complaints, two; medical assistance, one; alarm, two; assist other agency, five; unfounded report, five; driving complaints, six; fireworks complaints, one; and driving complaints, six.

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Parole Board Rejects Barry Beach’s Clemency Bid

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Beach is pictured during a speaking engagement while free for 18 months awaiting a new trial in 2012. The Montana Supreme Court rejected a district couort decision putting him back in prison a little more than a year ago.

 

The Montana Board of Pardons and Parole announced Wednesday, June 14 that it rejected a clemency application from former Poplar resident Barry Beach, dashing Beach’s hopes that the board would hold a full hearing and commute his 100-year sentence with no eligibility for parole so he could have become eligible for parole.
Beach was convicted in 1984 of the 1979 slaying of Poplar High School classmate Kim Nees and dumping her body in the Poplar River. Both were 17 at the time.
Beach’s recent clemency application was partly based on a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision that juvenile offenders can no longer be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Beach has maintained for 30 years that he was innocent of the murder and wrongly convicted.
Gov. Steve Bullock wrote a letter in April asking the board to focus on Beach’s worthiness for parole and not on whether he is guilty or innocent just days before the board considered Beach’s request.
Other people supporting clemency included former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and former U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns. Numerous people from Wolf Point and Poplar have called for clemency.

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