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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 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. Names on the jail roster are those of everyone incarcerated and persons booked into the jail during the previous week and does not necessarily mean there is a new charge or conviction. Some individuals might be serving time for a previous conviction.)
As of Monday, Oct. 19, 11 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center was holding two females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, Oct. 12 and Monday, Oct. 19:
• Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
• Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
• Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer, and resisting arrest;
• Donald Fowler, 53, Wolf Point, probation/parole violation;
• Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
• Juan Guzman, 50, Pharr, Texas, probation and parole violation;
• Christopher L. Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out of county warrant;
• Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
• Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
• Angel Ramos, 54, Wolf Point, partner or family member assault;
• Brett Sandy, 25, Orange, Calif., felony theft;
• Jared Thompson, 39, Ogden, Utah, partner or family member assault;
• Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Loren Warmbrod, 43, Wolf Point, probation/parole violation.
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(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department between Oct. 12 and 18. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
4:36 a.m., officers responded to the Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus hospital for a request to remove a person and arrested Royce Birdsbill Sr., 46, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
5:59 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of East Benton Street for a report of someone trying to gain entry into the residence and arrested Lloyd Whitehawk, 24, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.
3:40 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Third Avenue South for a report of an assault with minor injuries to a male victim. The incident remains under investigation.
5:59 p.m., officers responded to Arlo’s Bar for a request to remove a patron and arrested Larry Long, 42, of Frazer for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
8:02 p.m., officers responded to Sixth Avenue North and Eureka Street for a report of a fight in progress and arrested Jessica Eder, 33, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
8:41 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 300 block of Benton Street for a report of an assault and theft of a motor vehicle that was later recovered. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point man.
9:44 p.m., officers responded to the Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus hospital for a request to remove a person and arrested Billy Bruno, 49, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
12:14 a.m., officers responded to Arlo’s Bar for a report of an assault. The victim was unwilling to cooperate with police. No further action was taken.
1:31 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Dayton Street for a report of a man causing a disturbance in the yard and arrested Gifford Standing, 37, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
9:50 a.m., police took a report at the station of a theft from a motor vehicle that previously occurred with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
2:42 p.m., officers responded to Cenex West for a report of a person causing a disturbance and arrested a 16-year-old Poplar male on a Youth Court pickup and hold.
7:49 p.m., officers responded to the Sherman Inn for a report from a mother of her two juvenile daughters getting into an altercation. The juveniles were released to their mother. No further action was taken.
8:32 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Custer Street for a report of an attempted burglary with no reported loss and property damages valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
8:50 a.m., officers responded to the Sherman Inn for a report of a theft and arrested Melvin Lilley Sr., 40, of Wolf Point for theft.
3:12 p.m., police took a report of a previous theft of packages that had been delivered to a residence on the 300 block of Hill Street.
4:53 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Johnson Street for a report of a man causing a disturbance and arrested Carl Fourstar Jr., 50, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
8:08 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of Benton Street for a report of an assault and arrested Angel Ramos-Dominguez, 54, of Wolf Point for partner or family member assault.
10:09 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of an assault on a victim with minor injuries. The incident remains under investigation.
11:29 p.m., officers responded to the area of Borge Park for a report of possible drug use in a vehicle and arrested Keenan Beauchman, 18, of Wolf Point for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
5:37 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Benton Street for a report of a 15-year-old boy who had not returned home for several days. He was later located, cited for youth in need of intervention and returned to his guardian.
10:51 p.m., police conducted a traffic stop at Seventh Avenue North and Johnson Street and arrested John Bach, 33, of Nashua for DUI.
9:45 a.m., officers responded to the parking lot of Cenex West for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
6:45 p.m., officers responded to Northern Lights Casino for a report of a theft from a customer with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
8:18 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 300 block of Fairweather Street for a report of juveniles causing a disturbance and arrested a 16-year-olf Wolf Point girl for disorderly conduct and minor in possession of alcohol.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between Oct. 12 and 18: checks of wellbeing, one; civil standby, none; domestic disturbance, four; public assistance, 16; motor vehicle accidents, none; removal of unwanted individuals, 17; animal complaints, two; medical assistance, two; fire assistance, none; alarm, five; assist other agency, two; unfounded reports, 26; fireworks complaints, none; driving complaints, four; school requested assistance, none.
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Much of the 17-member Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department missed dinner and most of the 102nd annual Firemen’s Grand Ball at the Elks Club Saturday, Oct. 10, when they were called out to a grass fire north of Wolf Point. Pictured are: (from left to right) Jennifer Burshia, safety officer; Jaronn Boysun; David Parsley, assistant chief; Aaron Heath; Chris Dschaak, captain; Justin White; and Chris Allen, training officer. Serving at the fire and missing the picture are, Shawn Eggar, chief; Clint Bushman, captain; Joe Reinhart, secretary/treasurer; firefighters Terry Delger, Mike Palivoda, Tim Palivoda, Allen Richard, J.T. Szymanski, David Toavs, and Kahlil Wehbe. The Renegades play for the dance on the stage behind the firefighters. The annual WPVFD fundraiser helps the department purchase trucks and other equipment. (Photo by John Plestina)
Written by Eric Killelea and Angela Rose Benson
Unknown to Roosevelt County officials, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train derailment that leaked 35,000 gallons of crude oil and forced the temporary evacuation of homes five miles east of Culbertson last July was caused by rail tracks warping in high temperatures.
The train derailed when traveling from North Dakota to Washington July 16 along a single-main track due to irregular track alignment, the so-called “sun kink” effect, according to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Aug. 31 report obtained by The Herald-News last week.
The report was released one month after the incident, but local officials say they have not yet received explanations from the railroad company or the federal agency. “There’s no new information being given at this time,” said Culbertson Mayor Gordon Oelkers on Monday, Oct. 12. “I don’t believe BNSF Railway is doing anything wrong or bad. No information has been asked or given to the city.”
No fire, explosions or injuries were reported and a hazardous-materials team contained the leak with earthen dams. Yet the derailment occurred only two days after an unconnected BNSF train carrying mixed cargo derailed due to the same “sun kink” effect about 20 miles away near Fort Kipp. The two incidents, which delayed Amtrak passenger trains, also followed fiery North Dakota crude train derailments and the 2013 explosion in Quebec, Ont., Canada, that killed 47 people.
BNSF spokesperson Matt Jones on Monday wrote in email the cause of the derailments was “thermal misalignment.” According to the company’s website, when heat expands the rail, it puts pressure on the steel, and when the pressure becomes too much, the track can buckle or bulge out, sometimes more than a foot.
The FRA said the equipment and track damage for both derailments cost about $3.2 million. It remains unclear whether the tracks were fixed or whether the federal agency will fine the BNSF trains, which were traveling at recommended speed through the county.
Despite the damages, area officials, such as Dan Sietsema, the coordinator at the Roosevelt County Disaster and Emergency Services, say they only heard “informal reasons” for the latter derailment and did not request information.
“My opinion is this stuff happens,” Sietsema said during an interview last week in his county office.
BNSF transports a wide-variety of cargo across the northern corridor in Montana and North Dakota, including agriculture, consumer, lumber and crude products. Though the number of trains and the types of cargo vary on a daily basis, BNSF averages about 35-38 trains per day on the Glasgow subdivision through Roosevelt County, Jones wrote. The railroad company reports information about the number of Bakken crude trains traveling through state counties to the state of Montana.
“BNSF is a good company to work with. They come in and take care of things,” said Sietsema, who did not have reports of train cargo. When questioned he added: “Every train that comes through makes me nervous, but trains are safer than highway transportation. It isn’t the railroad’s fault.”
Roosevelt County now operates under its 2014 emergency operating plan and hospitals and schools along the tracks rely on their own safety measures, Sietsema said. But the county must rely on limited resources and a Billings-based hazardous materials crews to battle at-risk incidents like crude train derailments.
“No community that I know of that has trains has enough [firefighting] foam to put out oil fires,” Sietsema said. “We do what we can with the best of our ability, with the resources that we have on hand. You can only purchase the amount of resources that funding allows.”
Nonetheless, the DES coordinator plans to organize mock train derailment exercises for the Roosevelt County Local Emergency Planning Committee in Wolf Point and Poplar. The federally mandated working group consists of local emergency workers who identify all hazardous materials here, Sietsema said, but the meetings have not been attended on a regular basis. A derailment simulation was planned for the summer, but the incidents occurred before the committee could gather.
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The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department held a Fire Prevention Week open house at the fire hall for students from Frontier and Southside elementary schools and Fort Peck Tribes Head Start Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 7-8. Pictured are Head Start children approaching firefighter Chris Allen, who put on turnout gear and a breathing apparatus, while fellow firefighter Kahlil Wehbe explained what Allen was doing and told children they should not be afraid if firefighters ever have to come into their homes in turnout gear. Wehbe encouraged the children to approach Allen. The children also met Sparky the Fire Dog and got in a fire truck. (Photo by John Plestina)