Written by John Toavs
I am writing this letter about the new jail and the mill levy for our schools. I voted against the new jail but, on thinking over, we probably do need one.
I graduated from eighth- grade in a country school 15 miles north of Wolf Point in District 45 in 1939 and graduated from high school in Wolf Point in 1943. At that time, there was rationing of gas, tires, sugar, shoes and we were aware of saving everything we could for the war effort. Almost all boys who graduated went to serve our country for at least a couple of years. We returned home to work and pay our taxes to support our school system.
Now, we are building a new jail and I wonder if by supporting our schools better, we might not need to build new jails every few years. Who knows? One of our scholars might find the cure for cancer or be the next president.
I urge you the next time a school bond issue comes up, give it very careful consideration.
Do you suppose this Google guy graduated from Wolf Point? He sure is a smart cookie.
I now have a daughter, daughter-in-law, cousins, nephews teaching in the school system. We also have great grandkids attending school. We need to all work together to support our schools and Mr. Editor, we would all very much appreciate your help in keeping us informed.
Your cowboy/farmer friend, John Toavs
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A single-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Hwy. 2 about one mile east of Cattlemen’s Cut injured three persons, one seriously, Sunday, Nov. 9.
The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department reported that a Ford Expedition SUV rolled at 2:48 p.m.
Firefighters had to extricate a 44-year-old Wolf Point woman with multiple injuries. Firefighters had to extricate her from the SUV.
That woman, a 19-year-old woman and a small child were transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus. The younger woman and child were released from the hospital. No further information was available about the injured woman.
Written by John Plestina
Pictured is Brian Scott “Kodiak” Dahl
A high-profile federal drug case has finally come to an end, more than two years after an alleged gang member who had been savagely beaten, strangled and cut with razor blades was found sopping wet in his own blood in a field adjacent to a Culbertson home more than two years ago.
Tim Purdon, United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota, announced Monday, Nov. 3, that Brian Scott “Kodiak” Dahl, 51, of Williston was the seventh and final member of the “The Family,” a large-scale Williston, N.D. methamphetamine distribution organization, to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, N.D.
Dahl was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm while committing a drug-trafficking crime. He had pleaded guilty.
Dahl, who was arrested in January 2013, had transported meth from Washington, according to federal court documents.
Co-defendant Jeffrey Jim “Pops” Butler, 47, of Williston pleaded guilty to kidnapping and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison in October, 2013.
The other five men who pleaded guilty to charges related to the case and sentenced in 2013 were: Nicholas James Gordon Woodford, 24, 15 years; Tyler Michael White, 24, 13 years, 9 months; James Dean Odeneal, 24, 12 years; Zachary Russell Mills, 24, five years; and Matthew Powers, 23, five years.
All seven men had lived in the Williston area less than two years. All were reported to have been staying in several campers parked behind a house in Williston. They were alleged to have had a substantial amount of weapons in their possession. Dahl was arrested with nine rifles, six pistols, four shotguns and three revolvers.
Montana, North Dakota and federal law enforcement first became aware of “The Family” and allegations of large-scale drug trafficking after a resident of Roosevelt County Road 1017 just east of Culbertson saw a severely injured man stagger into a field adjacent to the reporting party’s house on Aug. 12, 2012, and made a 911 call for help. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tim Lingle and deputy Joe Moore were dispatched at 6:02 a.m.
The RCSO identified the injured man as Robert Osterhout, then 44, of Oswego, N.Y. Several media sources also have identified Osterhout.
He was transported by ambulance to Roosevelt Medical Center in Cul-
bertson and later to Mercy Medical Center in Williston, N.D. Osterhout was reported to have been suffering from multiple broken bones and other injuries.
Federal charging documents for now convicted members of “The Family” alleged that Osterhout was abducted, severely beaten with brass knuckles, strangled with a rope or string, shocked with a stun gun and cut with razor blades inside a camper in Williston, after members of “The Family” attempted to kill him, believing he would tell authorities about their illicit activities. According to charging documents, the men bound Osterhout, put him in a plastic-lined car trunk and drove him across the state line into Roosevelt County. Osterhout attempted to escape, was beaten again and left for dead in a rural area near Culbertson, according to federal court documents.
Osterhout survived and later told his story to the FBI while hospitalized in Williston.
There is no record of any charges against Osterhout.
Roosevelt County Undersheriff John Summers said Osterhout had walked covered in blood from where he had been dumped to the field beside the reporting party’s home with both eyes swollen shut, blood frozen on the back of his head and shaking uncontrollably due to cold temperatures. Osterhout was wearing only sweatpants and socks, Summers said.
“Deputies found drag marks on the county road with shoe prints visible, and a cell phone and a pop bottle. It appeared that a struggle had taken place near where the victim was found,” Summers said.
“The victim would not answer questions about what had happened when initially questioned by deputies,” he said.
Summers said he and Lingle returned to the scene four days later after residents of the area reported finding evidence in a nearby field.
He said they collected a black baseball cap, syringe-type needle, lighter, two pieces of rope, three pieces of plastic tape and a knife. Summers said they observed what appeared to be a spot of blood on the ground. Summers and Lingle photographed the crime scene. The RCSO later turned the collected items over to over to North Dakota law enforcement who were investigating the case as a possible kidnapping.
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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.)
As of Monday, Nov. 10, 19 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding two female inmates and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding three males to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Tuesday, Nov. 4, and Monday, Nov. 10:
•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.
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner/family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment.
•Steven Gray Hawk, 37, Poplar, arrested on U.S. Marshal’s warrant.
•Alexander Jirone, 33, Rapid City, S.D., criminal endangerment, fleeing or eluding a peace officer, speeding on non-interstate-exceed night speed limit, operating with expired registration, operating without liability insurance.
•Jennifer Johnshoy, 29, Crookston, Minn., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Gary Jones, 44, Madisonville, Tenn., assault on a peace officer.
•Dakota Kinzie, 23, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer.
•Dustin Kinzie, 20, Wolf Point, criminal production/manufacture of dangerous drugs, criminal endangerment, criminal possession with intent to distribute, criminal endangerment.
•Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Robert Lindquist, Chattoroy, Wash., 41, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence.
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernadino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant.
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Hot Springs, Ark., out-of- county warrant.
•Michelle Parker, 41, San Diego, Calif., arrested on bench warrant.
•Derek Reed, 32, Seattle, Wash., criminal contempt warrant.
•Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer.
•Kelly Severson, 47, Saco, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Alvin Sherrill, 61, Culbertson, driving a motor vehicle while privilege is revoked, driving under the influence, serving sentence.
•Christopher Smith, 24, Abilene, Texas, speeding and driving under the influence. Bonded out.
•Kalob Trowbridge, 22, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer.
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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 Nov. 3 and 9. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
5:57 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 400 block of Dayton Street for a report of a burglary with a loss valued over $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
7:58 p.m., officers responded to ALCO for a report of shoplifting and cited Amelia Hackmann, 32, of Scobey for theft.
1:36 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Front Street for a report of harassment. The investigation continued at press time.
3:37 a.m., officers responded to the 900 block of Fourth Avenue North for a report of suspicious activity. There was no reported damage or loss. The investigation continued at press time.
10:04 a.m., officers responded to Wolf Point High School for a report of an unruly student. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point female juvenile for vandalism.
10:34 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Sixth Avenue South for a report of a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident where two vehicles were struck and one was pushed into a third vehicle. Officers later cited Anthony Miller, 22, of Wolf Point for driving while driving privilege was suspended and failure to stop and identify himself after a motor vehicle accident.
10:50 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Granville Street for a report of a domestic disturbance and later cited Chris Friskey, 35, of Wolf Point for domestic abuse.
9:04 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Hwy. 2 near First Avenue North and cited Zachariah Zilkoski, 22, of Wolf Point for driving a motor vehicle after driving privilege was suspended or revoked.
11:54 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Fourth Avenue South and Main Street and cited Jasmine Yellowrobe, 38, of Wolf Point for driving without a license and driving without insurance.
9:36 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Hwy. 2 for a report of a domestic disturbance in progress. Charges are pending against an adult Wolf Point male.
1:18 p.m., officers responded to Lucky Lil’s Casino for a report of an unwanted intoxicated female and arrested Sue Bigleggins, 27, of Poplar for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
10:44 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Helena Street for a report of a domestic assault and arrested Jessie Belcher, 33, of Wolf Point for domestic abuse.
9:07 a.m., firefighters responded to a grass fire south of the UPS building east of Wolf Point. The cause is unknown.
1:05 p.m., officers responded to 300 block of Fairweather Street for a report of theft from a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. Charges are pending against an adult Wolf Point female.
2:06 p.m., officers responded to Dad’s Bar for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
2:08 p.m., officers responded to Gysler Hardware for a report of shoplifting. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point male.
3:27 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of East Fairweather Street for a report of an intoxicated male and arrested Quincy Charette, 41, of Poplar for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
5:31 p.m., officers responded to Fort Peck Community College for a report of vandalism to a building with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
7:54 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a domestic disturbance and arrested a 15-year-old Wolf Point male for domestic abuse.
2:39 p.m., officers responded to High Plains Motors for a report of a hit- and-run motor vehicle accident with damage reported at under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
2:44 a.m., firefighters responded to a burning railroad tie at the switch near the Silverwolf Casino.
4:48 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Granville Street for a report of an assault with minor injuries to a Wolf Point female juvenile. The investigation continued at press time.
9:05 p.m., firefighters responded to a structure fire west of Wolf Point on Smith Road. Multiple small fire burned in separate rooms of an abandoned residence.
9:46 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Fairweather Street for a report of vandalism to a residence with minor damage. The investigation continued at press time.
9:46 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of an intoxicated male and arrested Lester Menz Jr., 24, of Oswego for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
10:07 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Fairweather Street. Michael McKenzie, 20, of Wolf Point turned himself in on a warrant.
2:48 p.m., firefighters responded to a single-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Hwy. 2 about one mile east of Cattlemen’s Cut with three injured persons, one seriously. Firefighters had to extricate a woman from the SUV. All three were transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus. Two were released from the hospital.
5:40 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of a theft by EBT card of public assistance funds where a third party is alleged to have purchased the card.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between Nov. 3 and 9: checks of wellbeing, seven; civil standby, eight; domestic disturbance, three; public assistance, 11; motor vehicle accidents, none; removal of unwanted individuals, 12; animal complaints, none; medical assistance, two; fire assistance, one; alarm, nine; assist other agency, six; unfounded report, eight; driving complaints, three; and school requested assistance, none.