Written by Al Stover
Jesse Steven Benton appeared in Montana 15th Judicial Court Aug. 28.
In an agreement between Benton, Roosevelt County Attorney Ralph Patch and defense attorney Frank Picocos, Benton revoked his previous plea of not guilty to the felony charge of assaulting a peace officer and the misdemeanor charges of partner/family member assault and escape and changed his plea to guilty in the wake of a plea agreement.
Patch made a motion to dismiss the charge of resisting arrest.
Benton had been arrested July 26 on the charges listed above. He had originally pleaded to not guilty to all of the charges at his arraignment, Aug. 14.
After Picocos asked Benton a series of questions, Judge David Cybulski agreed that Benton had competent counsel.
The plea agreement is not binding and a pre-sentence investigation is ongoing. Benton is also allowed to make contact with the victim.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:51
Written by Jaimee Green, NEMHS
Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation recently received a monetary donation from the Wolf Point High School Student Council members following a class project geared toward giving back to the community.
The contribution collected last year made it possible to purchase a stereo/mp3 player and bookshelf for the chemo and infusion therapy room, allowing patients to listen to music while they receive their treatments.
“The school felt it was important to give back to the community because they give so much to us throughout the school year. It’s important for us to support them because they always support us,” said Katie Page, a 2013 WPHS graduate and former secretary for student council.
The students raised the money after collecting $1 from students who wanted to wear hats to school and from teachers who wanted to wear jeans every other Thursday. Each month, the class selected a local organization to benefit from the money raised.
“We thought it was important to give back to Northeast Montana Health Services because a lot of their patients are the same people who come to our events and cheer us on,” said Sarah Hafner, a senior and treasurer for student council.
In the past, the student council has also donated to other organizations such as the City of Wolf Point’s Beautification Committee, Angel Tree Project, Post Prom, local WPEA Scholarship Fund, Girl Scouts, the Wolf Point Soccer Association and the Boys and Girls Club.
“I was very impressed with how serious all of the students took this. If they choose to wear a hat on the designated days they reported to the front office to give their dollar. I am extremely proud of all of them,” said Melissa Cromwell, student council advisor.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:47
Written by The Herald-News
The Montana Department of Justice has announced the availability of $67,730 in Chrome for Kids Wish Fund grants.
These funds are made available through a special Chrome for Kids motorcycle license plate that is used to fund efforts by Montana-based nonprofit corporations which grant wishes to chronically or critically ill Montana children.
“Thanks to the generosity of Montana’s motorcycle owners, the wish of a chronically or critically ill child can now come true,” said Attorney General Tim Fox. “Families who are dealing with a seriously ill child often struggle simultaneously with the financial aspect of their loved one’s diagnosis, leaving little for a dream vacation or activity. The Chrome for Kids Wish Fund grants offer a way for Montana’s non-profits to help improve the lives of ill children in ways that are meaningful to them and their families.”
Grant applications will be accepted by the Motor Vehicle Division at the Montana Department of Justice through Oct. 30. Grants will be awarded by Nov. 30. Funds awarded through these grants must be used within two years of the award.
Grant criteria are:
•Only Montana-based nonprofit public or private corporations which have received IRS 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt designation and whose purpose includes assistance to chronically or critically ill Montana children may apply for a Chrome for Kids Wish Fund grant.
•Funds must be used to provide a chronically or critically ill Montana child a special wish. No more than 10 percent of awarded grant funds can be used for program administration by the applicant.
•Children’s wishes shall be determined by the parents or legal guardians of minor children in consultation with the child and an attending healthcare provider and may be of the following type: (a) a visit to a special place such as a children’s theme park or a city or metropolitan area to experience unique or different food, arts, education, entertainment, and culture; (b) a trip to participate in or observe a special activity such as a rodeo, baseball game, surfing, or other physical/sports activity; (c) financial assistance to provide improvement in the quality of life for the critically or chronically ill child as determined by the attending physician and parents/legal guardian; or (d) a special activity such as a birthday party or celebration of the child’s life as determined by parents/legal guardian.
Grant applicants must submit the following materials with each grant application: The legal title of the nonprofit organization and the address of its principal office; a list of the organization’s board members and their occupations; a copy of the organization’s IRS tax-exempt designation; the name of the proposed grant, the amount of funding requested, the general purpose of the proposed grant, a specific description of how any awarded grant funds would be used; and any evidence of public support for the proposed grant.
Successful grant applicants will be required to provide the Montana Department of Justice Motor Vehicle Division with a report, once grant funds are exhausted, that details specifically how the grant funds were used.
For more information, call 406-444-3638.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:34
Written by Al Stover
Dozens of girls and their parents went to Borge Park to sign up for Wolf Point Girl Scouts
Families who missed the barbecue can still sign up at the first two meetings, which will be held Sept. 9 and Sept. 16 at the Immaculate Conception Parish, located at 513 Dawson Street. The church will also be the place for regular Girl Scouts meetings, which will be held first and third Mondays of every month.
Ann Landsrud is one of the leaders. She has been a troop leader for nine years and has been involved in Girl Scouts since second- grade.
Landsrud said Girl Scouts encourages girls that anything is possible and helps prepare them to be the leaders of tomorrow.
One of the ways Girl Scouts has been preparing girls is to become the leaders of the future is to have them participate in National Leadership Journeys, which has them focus on learning the fundamentals about Girl Scouts and having them discover their talents and confidence, connect with others and take action in their community.
Angelica Sutton, 10, has been in Girl Scouts for four years. She said girls pick the journey series at the beginning of the year.Once the girls have picked the journey, they will work on projects and activities relating to that particular journey throughout the year.
“Every journey gets you different badges,” Sutton said.
Sutton’s Journey revolved around trying new things. They went to the First Lutheran Church and made food.
“It’s about having them focus on the world as a whole and making it a better place,” Landsrud said.
In addition to instilling girls with values to help them become leaders, being a part of Girl Scouts also provides them with opportunities to travel around and outside the United States.
The Girl Scouts will have their annual fall candy, nuts and magazine sale, beginning Oct. 12.
There are currently four Girl Scouts troops: Daisies are kindergarten and first graders, Brownies are second and third graders, Juniors are fourth and fifth graders and Cadettes are sixth, seventh and eighth graders.
“Last year was the first year we had a Cadette troop,” Landsrud. “I remember when my 22-year-old [daughter] was in Girl Scouts and there wasn’t a Cadette troop either. It had been about a good 20 years since we had a Cadette troop. We’re excited about the growth and retaining the girls.”
Sutton said when a girl first becomes a cadette, they pick a trip at the beginning of the year. They will raise money toward that trip for the next three years.
Landsrud also said high school students can also join Girl Scouts.
According to Joy Wolff, 10, who has been in Girl Scouts for five years, troops also engage in community service such as picking up garbage.
“We started at the church by Git-and-Go and we went to the Northside [School] and down to the Old Town Grill,” Wolff said.
Meetings are every first and third Monday of the month at Immaculate Conception Parish, 513 N. Dawson Street, at 6 p.m. If you would like to sign up and cannot make the Sept. 9 or Sept. 16 meetings, you can contact Ann Landsrud at 650-8209. You can also visit Wolf Point Girl Scouts Facebook Page.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:33
Written by Al Stover
Joey Olsen, an officer of the Wolf Point Police Department, has been accepted into the Montana Law Enforcement Academy Officers Basic Training Course #151. He will start training, Sept. 16.
Olsen, who began working for the WPPD in December 2012, said he knew he would be attending the training course once he finished his probationary period.
According to Montana Law Enforcement Academy’s website, officers in Montana must complete the basic training course offered in their respective professions within a year of their hire. Some of the courses taught in the program include patrol operations, traffic enforcement and police proficiencies.
“It’s exciting to go there and learn things that I haven’t learned so far,” Olsen said.
Olsen’s father, Butch Olsen, was a graduate of the basic training course’s first class. According to Joey Olsen, his father was a member of the Montana Highway Patrol and then became the juvenile probation officer for Roosevelt County.
“I knew I couldn’t get in trouble [when I was younger],” Olsen said. “If I did, then I knew I would be in big trouble.”
Joey Olsen said what drove him to law enforcement was he respected his father and what he did in law enforcement.
Prior to joining the police department, Joey Olsen, a 2006 graduate of Wolf Point High School, studied physical education and history at University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., for five years. He said that while he had always intended to be in law enforcement, he considered being a physical education teacher in case becoming a police officer fell through.
Joey Olsen is expected to return to Wolf Point Dec. 16. Wolf Point Police Department Lieutenant Brian Erwin said Joey Olsen is a strong, productive member of the community.
“We’re looking forward to getting him off, getting him trained and bringing him home,” Erwin said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 09:27