Written by The Herald-News
Justin Michael Perkins appeared in the Montana 15th Judicial Court for his arraignment, Aug. 14.
Perkins pleaded not guilty to the felony charges of theft and criminal possession of drugs and to the misdemeanor charges of possession of dangerous drugs and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
According to charging documents, the Roosevelt County/Fort Peck Tribes 911 dispatch center received a 911 call from a woman who reported that her vehicle had been stolen as she was making a purchase at the Val-Am in Culbertson.
The woman provided the license plate number and description of her vehicle. She also mentioned that she had seen a male around her vehicle at the time.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Sergeant Tim Lingle responded and arrived in Culbertson. He interviewed the woman who made the 911 call. Later that morning, footage from a security camera showed a suspect with a dark-colored goatee and wearing a light blue Affliction T-shirt, dark pants and a light colored ball cap with the letter “T” on it. The suspect purchased some items and removed his ball-cap, revealing his shaved head, giving a clear photograph of his description. The suspect exited the store after making the purchases. He was later identified as Justin Michael Perkins.
The footage showed Perkins walking up to the vehicle and looking into it. He climbed into the driver’s seat and drove west onto U.S. Highway 2.
At approximately 11:15 a.m., Lingle was contacted via radio by dispatch and informed that there was another possible stolen vehicle. Court documents stated that Richland County was also informed of a stolen vehicle.
Around 30 minutes later, Lingle was informed by dispatch that a stolen pickup had been reported in Richland County and that Fort Peck Tribal Police Lt. Frank Martell had previously conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and released the vehicle in Poplar prior to the pickup being reported stolen. Dispatch also advised Lingle that officers in Poplar, and Wolf Point were looking for the vehicle and that the driver was identified as Perkins and there was another male, Rick Morales, also in the vehicle. They also told him the vehicle was a red 2004 GMC pickup.
At 1:14 p.m, Lingle was traveling west by County Road 1028, he noticed a red GMC truck, with an extended cab, and no front license plate, traveling east.
He recognized the driver as the person who fit the description on the security camera.
There was at least one additional male passenger in the truck.
Upon receiving a description of the stolen vehicle, he activated his emergency lights and pulled over the pickup at County Road 1028.
Lingle alerted dispatch at 1:15 p.m. that he was out with the vehicle and had Perkins on the ground. Two more males exited the vehicle. One man was identified as Morales while the other was identified as Terrance Dupree.
Perkins asked the sergeant what was going on and Lingle told him he was being arrested for having stolen a vehicle from Richland County and for stealing the car at the Val-Am. Perkins stated, “Oh, yeah.”
After he placed Perkins in the patrol unit, Lingle noticed a rifle with a scope, with the barrel pointing toward the floorboard and butt on the front seat.
He removed the rifle for his own safety and found that it was loaded.
Once the officer had secured the rifle in his patrol unit, Perkins said there was another rifle under the back seat. Lingle went back to the back of the cab of truck and found a .22 caliber rifle where Perkins said it was and secured it.
Perkins also told the officer that he had a pipe in the glove box of the vehicle. Lingle asked if it was for a marijuana pipe. Perkins said no and that he had been selling drugs after he had lost his job.
Deputies Jason Baker and Joseph Moore of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department and Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant Jeff Kent and Trooper Woody Bateman arrived on scene to assist Lingle.
Perkins was transferred to Baker’s patrol unit. Bateman stayed on the scene with the stolen vehicle while Lingle transported Morales to Poplar.
When he was on his way back to the scene, Moore said he contacted the registered owner who gave permission to search the vehicle. The owner also wanted to be present to verify if any property was missing from the vehicle.
The owner arrived and gave Richland County Undersheriff Denny Palmer and Lingle permission to search the vehicle.
They found a flowered colored case behind the passenger seat that contained a razor blade, straw and fuse holder. A pink or purple colored bag was also found between the front seats that contained a glass meth pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue.
After the search, the owner found a green ledger with drug information. The ledger, a silver watch and a set of keys were taken into evidence. Palmer took custody of the two rifles and provided Lingle with a property receipt. After cleaning the scene, the remainder of the evidence was taken to Wolf Point. The truck was returned to the owner.
Attorney Terrance Toavs requested Perkins have his bond reduced to $25,000 on the conditions that he reside with his mother, and sign a waiver of extradition to travel to Pennsylvania and return for the proceedings. Ralph Patch approved the bond reduction.
Perkins is scheduled to have his omnibus hearing on Aug. 28 and his trial is set for Oct. 17.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:04
Written by Al Stover
The Wolf Point School District board of trustees held a meeting, on Aug. 13, to approve several items for the beginning of the school year.
The board approved the minutes of the board meetings that took place on June 11, June 25, July 1, July 15 and July 22. They approved the warrant registers and claims against the districts.
In business matters, the trustees looked at the purchase orders of several items such as the housing and maintaining of Black Mountain Software, the annual maintenance contract of Professional Computer Services, steamer repair by Gary Brink, Inc. and the replacement and purchase of an office work station at the north office, which will be set up by Will’s Office World. The total cost of the order will be $31,646.76. The office work station will be funded with the Deferred Maintenance Grant in Fund 115.
Board member Janice Wemmer-Kegley asked about the steamer repair. Superintendent Joe Paine said the steamers in the kitchen are cleaned every year. The reason for the repair is the filter that catches lime deposits in one of the steamers was bypassed and lime deposits ended built up in one of the steamers, which caused it not to function. He also said that the district has one working steamer but if it went down they would have no working steamers.
The board also approved the hire of several new personnel, pending background checks: Katie Hari as the head cheer coach, Shanna Hopson as a teacher for Southside Elementary School, Kim Azure as a custodian for Northside Elementary School, Patricia Toavs as a concession stand manager and co-special education director, Kim Hanks as a co-special education director, Jeff Whitmus as a junior high football assistant coach, Brent Boitano and Walker Weeks as high school football assistant coaches, Mike Erickson as transportation director and activities director, Dawn Garfield for adult education, Lynne Monson for National Honor Society advisor and KD Madison as junior class advisor.
The board also approved tuition agreements for the students coming from McCone County, the review and approval of policy 2100P. Paine said the policy needs to be approved every year and that he would like to get a committee together and condense and modify the policy to help students and faculty understand it.
Paine presented the MTSBA Custom Policy Manual for a second reading. He said he made some changes to the wording of positions, legislature and disaster drills such as instead of having a drill for avalanches, they would have a drill for floods.
The superintendent was seeking the approval to apply for the quality grant to help improve the parking lots. He said there is a planning grant for $25,000 for each district. Since Wolf Point makes up two districts, they could get $50,000. Paine also requested $12,500 to go toward planning for the project and contacting an architect. The board of trustees approved this.
The trustees approved the results of the Aug. 12 election regarding the mill levies for the high school and elementary schools, which were both rejected with votes of 222-201 and 188-186, respectively.
In addition to the approved items, several school officials attended the meeting to give reports on the upcoming year.
Southside Elementary School principal Susan Brown said they were getting ready for the school year with training held during the summer. She said they had 40 to 50 students attend summer school, with 58 students receiving carnival passes for attending 90 percent of the term.
Brown reported there were four new teachers with three out of the four growing up in Wolf Point.
Northside Elementary School principal Hannah Nieskens said Northside also welcomed new teachers, as well as a transfer from the high school, to the staff.
Wolf Point High School principal Kim Hanks also talked about the training with the staff. She also said she would be welcoming five new staff members to the junior high school.
Paine talked about the recent levy elections. Although it was defeated, Paine said the vote was closer this year than last year. He thanked the board and the staff and said the community is showing support due to the school being able to trim the budget the last couple of years.
“If we can continue to do that, we will continue to gain their support,” Paine said. “I’m looking forward to the levy next year. I’m very optimistic about that.”
On a final note, Paine said he talked to the state and learned that 35 students successfully complete the driver’s education program and Eric Peterson completed his certification and will be able to teach drivers education.
With the fees and reimbursement, the program profited $2,800, which will go into a fund to build toward transportation and driver’s education materials.
The board held a special meeting to approve the budgets for the elementary school and the high school for the 2013-14 school year, Aug. 19.
On this date, they also approved purchase orders for a web-based MAP Assessments and Science Assessments from Northwest Evaluation Association and internet filtering service and an open enterprise subscription from OpenDNS Inc.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 15:27
Written by Al Stover
Christopher Steven Bauman appeared in Montana 15th Judicial Court, Aug. 14.
Bauman pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of criminal endangerment and the misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, third offence; violation in a construction zone, driving while suspended or revoked and unlawful possession of open alcoholic beverage contained in motor vehicle on highway.
According to charging documents, July 7, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Lynwood Bateman was working his shift traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 2 at approximately mile marker 642 at an active construction zone. At 3:14 p.m., he noticed a black Dodge pickup truck traveling above the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour. His radar confirmed the pickup’s speed at 48 mph. Bateman activated his top lights and initiated a traffic stop near mile marker 641.
Bateman told the driver the reason for the stop and asked for his driver’s license, proof of insurance and registration receipt, which the driver stated he did not have. When Bateman asked why he did not have any of the documents, the driver informed him that his license was suspended.
The trooper stated he noticed the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, as well a strong smell of a metabolized alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. There was also a male child in the passenger seat. He also noticed an open six pack of beer, an open case of beer in the rear seat and a black high powered rifle in the seat next to the driver. Bateman asked the driver if he had any weapons on his person. After the driver said, “No,” the trooper had the driver leave his car and gave him a pat down to ensure their safety.
The driver provided his name, Christopher Steven Bauman, and told the trooper his license had been suspended for “drinking.” Bateman asked how much he had been drinking and Bauman said “four or five [beers].” Bauman also confirmed the child in the passenger seat was his son.
After Bateman told Bauman that he would be back momentarily and instructed him to stay behind the vehicle, Bauman immediately tried to return to the inside of the vehicle. Batemen once more told him to stay behind the vehicle and Bauman tried to return to the inside of the vehicle several minutes later.
Bauman approached Bateman and asked what he was doing and said he wanted to speak to his son. The trooper told Bauman there were weapons in the vehicle and that he would like him to stay behind the truck for safety reasons. He also said he would let him talk to his son.
Bateman returned to his vehicle and ran Bauman through Montana Highway Patrol dispatch, which notified the trooper that Bauman’s driving privileges were suspended in North Dakota. He notified dispatch that he would be conducting standardized field sobriety tests.
Bateman informed Bauman that due to the alcohol in the vehicle and his recent alcohol consumption that he needed to make sure he was still good to drive. After Bauman told Bateman that they both knew he was not good to drive, the officer said he still needed to ask him questions to determine that. Bauman refused to do the field sobriety tests and refused to give a breath sample.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Moore arrived on the scene at 3:36 p.m., after Bateman informed Bauman he saw the open container in the vehicle. Bauman stated, “I was drinking and driving!” and later said, “I drink a lot!”
Bateman contacted dispatch and requested a phone call from the local Child Protective Services. Kristina Hughes made ar rangements to change the child to Mrs. Bauman’s house. Bateman also had Moore watch Bauman as he applied for a telephonic search warrant. Moore said that Bauman wanted to talk to the child and Bateman informed the deputy about the weapons and told him to keep a close eye on him.
As Moore stood by the door, he motioned to Bateman, who was applying for the warrant, that Bauman was drinking something. Bateman told the deputy to take it away and then retrieved all of the containers himself. He poured the remaining beer from the open bottle. Moore notified Bateman that Bauman was again drinking from a container. Bateman told Bauman to exit the vehicle and that he had given him the chance to talk to his son and his behavior was “unacceptable.”
Bateman made contact with Roosevelt County Justice of the Peace Hendrickson by telephone and she approved the warrant to obtain blood from Bauman. At 4:38 p.m., Bateman read Bauman the Montana DOJ Implied Consent Advisory and Bauman refused to give a blood sample. Bauman did give Moore permission to move his truck off the roadway and to approve a tow bill.
Bateman placed Bauman under arrest at 4:50 p.m. Moore told Bateman that he locked Bauman’s dog inside the vehicle. At 5:54 p.m., Bateman arrived at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point to get a blood draw. Bauman requested to have a cigarette, to which Bateman agreed. He asked what was going on and Bateman explained the situation, to which Bauman said, “I know, I’m guilty.” He then provided a blood sample without incident.
At 6:56, Bateman transported Bauman to the Roosevelt County Jail.
Bauman is set to have his omnibus hearing, Aug. 28 and his trial date is scheduled for Oct. 17.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 15:27
Written by The Herald-News
The Wolf Point Area Museum will continue to be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Sept. 13. Admission is free, a gift shop is on the premises and plenty of off-highway parking is available. Free Wi-Fi is also available.
In the last 12 and a half weeks, 591 visitors have visited the Museum, including visitors from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, and Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Canada.
Twenty new acquisitions, either donations or on loan, have been received this year.
Dot Balbinot’s Native American Collection
Come into the Wolf Point Area Museum and view items from Dot Balbinot’s Native American collection of miniature designs of Indian dancing apparel figures crafted by Matt Big Talk including 13 female and male traditional, southwestern, shawl, grass and jingle figurines.
Also on display are eagle feather, turkey feather, leather, wood and many beaded items crafted by local and out-of-state artisans including, but not limited to, Arlee Flynn, Yvonne Smoker, Judy Homan, Lois Reddoor Bushman, Iris Allrunner, various Big Talk family members, Joel Sparvier, Rocky Lewis, Vermae Taylor, Erlene Simmons, Teddy Hines, Curley Youpee, Elissa Barr, Dolly Stark and west coast Indians.
Two items are over 100 years old — a full beaded dress top and a purse with cross and horse head. One item is more than 75 years old — beaded purse with large pink flower.
A leather skirt from the 1951 Oil Celebration is also on display.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 08:49
Written by The Herald-News
The Wolf Point Police Department had a busy July as they had 532 complaints and patrolled 6,578 miles for the month.
The department also helped out with the annual Wild Horse Stampede weekend by maintaining a proactive foot-patrol during the weekend’s festivities, as well as providing traffic control during the parade, with assistance from public works, the Montana Highway Patrol, the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Peck Tribal Police. They also assisted the Stampede Committee by having officers escort their staff and deposits to the bank.
Prior to Stampede weekend, the police department had been busy on the evening of July 4 and the morning of July 5, responding to fireworks complaints.
The department handed out a total of 87 combined citations, with 66 for criminal, 10 for traffic and seven for civil.
For animal control, the department patrolled 935 miles, impounded 13 animals and released three. A total of 13 animals were also adopted and one animal was licensed.
In other news, Officer Joey Olsen was accepted into the Montana Law Enforcement Academy Officer’s Basic Training Course #151. He will be training from Sept. 16 to Dec. 13. Joey’s father, Butch Olsen, was a graduate of Basic #1.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 08:38