Written by Al Stover
An inmate who escaped Aug. 9 from the Fort Peck Adult Detention Center has been found and arrested in Park Grove.
Eric Fowler, of Wolf Point, was apprehended by Valley County Sheriff's deputies, Friday, Aug. 23.
He was arrested on felony charges of possession of dangerous drugs (methamphetamine) and failure to register as a violent offender and misdemeanor charges of possession of dangerous drugs (marijuana), driving with suspended license and failure to have a child properly restrained.
The Valley County Sheriff's Office had received information that Fowler had been staying with his girlfriend and her child. They had conducted a traffic stop and surprised Fowler after he had left the house at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Fowler had been held in the Fort Peck Detention Center on several charges including possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 10:00
Written by The Herald-News
A mobile home fire in Wolf Point, at the 300 block of East Fairweather, Friday, Aug. 30, took the life of Lisa RunsThrough, 55, confirmed Roosevelt County Sheriff Freedom Crawford.
RunsThrough’s death notice can be found on page seven of this issue of The Herald-News. Responding to the fire, which was reported at approximately 10:30 p.m., were the Fort Peck Department of Law and Justice, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department and the Wolf Point Ambulance Service.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation, reported Crawford. Further information was unavailable as of presstime.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:58
Written by Al Stover
John Hauso appeared in Montana 15th Judicial Court Aug. 28 to change his plea from not guilty to guilty on the misdemeanor charge of partner/family member assault.
According to court documents, Hauso, Roosevelt County Attorney Ralph Patch and defense attorney Terrance Toavs have agreed to allow Hauso to plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge of partner/ family member assault and dismiss the felony charge of assault on a minor.
According to charging documents, Christina Hughes, a caseworker with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Child Enforcement Division, contacted the Roosevelt County/Fort Peck Tribes 911 Dispatch Center requesting to speak with a deputy regarding a welfare check on children in Bainville.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy Clay McGeshick made contact with Hughes and proceeded to 139 Road 2061 near
Bainville and made contact with Awniwake Robinson.
He observed two marks on Robinson’s forehead. Robinson told the deputy that her husband, identified as John T. Hauso, hit her 12-year-old son and said the incident occurred a week before she learned about it.
Robinson began to cry again and stated she was scared of Hauso and was planning on leaving.
McGeshick noticed bruising on the 12-year-old’s arm. The 12-year-old stated that Hauso had hit him at least 20 times on the date of May 16. He also said the assault happened in Hauso’s truck while they were on their way to get his mother.
McGeshick asked Robinson about the injuries to her forehead. Robinson said that she and Hauso had been fighting for a week and that it had been happening for a long time, getting worse and worse. She also said she had marks and bruises all over her body.
Charging documents stated that Robinson said Hauso had stopped taking his medication for his bipolar disorder and had previously assaulted her son.
Hauso was located by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Baker later in the evening. He was arrested for the assaults and incarcerated at the Roosevelt County Detention Center. He posted the bond of $11,000.
During the hearing to change Hauso’s plea, Toavs asked Hauso a series of questions. Judge David Cybulski agreed that Hauso was making his plea of his own accord.
Toavs recommended Hauso serve six months probation. He also recommended Hauso attend counseling classes for anger management, pay a fine of $1,000, with $500 suspended and no credit for time served, which the court accepted.
Hauso must send a letter to the clerk of court in five months regarding his counseling.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:55
Written by The Herald-News
A 21-year-old Wolf Point man will serve 40 months in prison in connection with the Feb. 2 robbery at Town Pump in Wolf Point.
The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on Aug. 27 before Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, Michael Bearhill Jr., an enrolled member of a federally-recognized tribe, was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea.
In addition to his prison term, he was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and will have three years supervised release.
In an offer of proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In the early hours of Feb. 2, Bearhill entered a convenience store in Wolf Point, which is within the exterior boundaries of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, and pointed what appeared to be a gun at two employees behind the counter.
He forced them to open the till while he continued to point the gun at an employee. An employee described the robber as having a blank stare, and she realized he was serious. He removed over $300 from the till and fled.
He was later identified on video by other employees as Bearhill.
When questioned, he admitted to going into the convenience store, pulling a gun out of his coat and telling the employees he wanted money.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the “truth in sentencing” guidelines mandate that he will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, he does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for “good behavior.” However, this reduction will not exceed 15 percent of the overall sentence.
The investigation was conducted by the Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation Division and Wolf Point Police Department.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:54
Written by The Herald-News
The Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Montana, Inc. is accepting applications for mini-grants of up to $2,000 to fund local education and outreach efforts that address nonpoint source pollution and water quality issues.
Thanks to a grant from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, SWCDMI has $17,000 of federal Clean Water Act Section 319 funding available for local groups working on education and outreach projects that will increase awareness of local nonpoint source pollution issues.
Examples of previously funded projects include workshops, conferences, trainings and student field studies.
Projects must address larger watershed efforts in the applicant's area.
Applicants may be conservation districts, local watershed groups, county extension service, counties, schools, etc. The applicant must have the ability to manage federal funding.
Applicants must provide a minimum of 40 percent in non-federal local in-kind or cash match. An accepted DEQ Watershed Restoration Plan is not required for this funding.
The grants are funded on a reimbursement basis only.
Applications will be reviewed by a panel from the Montana Watershed Coordination Council's Education and Outreach Committee that includes individuals from a range of organizations.
The call for applications round began Aug. 26, with an application deadline of Sept. 27. A total of $8,500 will be available for this round of funding.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:53