Written by Darla Shumway
After molesting and taking sexually explicit pictures of a child for two years, Waylon Novelle Blount, 36, of Wolf Point was sentenced in federal court March 18 to 10½ years in prison and 15 years supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Brian M. Morris.
Blount pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact and possession of child pornography, after it was discovered he had molested a child and forced her to wear women’s panty hose over the course of ages 10 to 12 years old. After forcing her to put on pantyhose, he would direct her to pose in sexual positions as he took photographs. Judge Morris addressed the defendant at sentencing, describing Blount’s actions as “morally reprehensible.”
In 2012, when the victim was 12 years old, Blount was trying to molest her when she fled and called 911 as she hid behind a house in Wolf Point. Police found her crying and shaking. She was interviewed and identified Blount as the person who had assaulted her and gave graphic details of times and places in which she had been molested. as well as molestation the night before she fled and called 911.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the truth in sentencing guidelines mandate that Blount will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, Blount 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 a joint effort by the Wolf Point Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:35
Written by John Plestina
The man accused of damaging a water treatment plant in Wolf Point during June 2013, several drug related charges and other offenses changed his plea from not guilty to guilty on three of seven counts in 15th Judicial Court Wednesday, March 12.
Under the plea agreement, Chas Douglas Zimdars pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal endangerment and criminal mischief, all felonies.
Zimdars was originally charged with counts listed on charging documents as criminal endangerment, operation of clandestine laboratory, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal mischief, all felonies, and less serious charges of criminal trespass to property, fleeing from or eluding police, driving without a valid drivers license, second or subsequent conviction.
The county attorney has agreed to move to dismiss the other four charges.
In a written statement contained in court documentation, Zimdars wrote, “I possessed methamphetamine in Roosevelt County, Mont., on June 12, 2013. He also acknowledged damaging a water treatment plant on the same date.
The Roosevelt County Attorney has recommended suspended sentences on all three of the counts Zimdars pleaded to, sparing him from having to serve a total of 16 years incarceration in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:34
Written by Vicki Viall
With the countdown to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Northeast Montana Veterans’ Memorial nearing the buzzer, the committee behind it has shifted into high gear. During the most recent meeting held on Saturday, March 22, a new sense of urgency prevailed.
One of the items discussed was brought up by the committee chairman Steve Page. A survey on the site for the memorial has shown that, from the top of the hill to the bottom, there is a drop of approximately 13 to 14 feet in elevation, which may cause the plans and designs for the memorial to be revisited and reworked.
Due to efforts by committee member Ann Kulczyk, the advertisement for bids, invitation for bids and instructions to bidders will be sent to newspapers in the nine northeast Montana counties for publication. It was also decided that all bidders need to visit the site to get a complete grasp on the vision for the memorial.
A Glasgow robotics club will build a mock-up of the memorial with Legos, which will be completed in time to be on display at the groundbreaking ceremony, which is scheduled for Memorial Day. The head of the club shared, via Ann Kulczyk, that the model will be “liquid” and can be changed as plans are updated and/or completed.
A soil survey has been requested but results have not yet been received. This is a must to ensure that the soil will be able to support the massive memorial.
The roster of speakers and keynote guests at the groundbreaking is expected to include a small group of Wounded Warriors. A 5 to 10K fun run fundraiser has been discussed.
The next meeting was scheduled for April 5 at 1 p.m. at the VFW Club in Glasgow. Veterans and others are encouraged to join this effort to bring this memorial to life for all veterans of all wars.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:33
Written by Vicki Viall
On Monday and Tuesday, March 17-18, the Wolf Point High School drama club presented Victor Hugo’s well known and much loved The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This version was adapted by Tim Kelly.
The drama club and their advisor, Patrice MacDonald, did an incredible job. Some participants performed more than one part and did such an outstanding job that it was difficult to point them out.
While the entire cast was superb, some must be singled out. This list includes Marqueese Porras in the title role of Quasimodo; Keisha Porras as Esmeralda; David Hopson as Dom Claude Frollo; Devin Northington as Pierre Gringoire; and Steven Remington as Clopin.
Dom Claude Frollo falls in love with the gypsy Esmeralda. She happens along as the playwright Pierre Gringoire is about to be killed by the king of the bandits, Clopin. He will be allowed to live if he can find a woman willing to marry him. Just as he is resigned to a fate of death, Esmeralda happens by and says she will marry him.
Earlier, Quasimodo had kidnapped Esmeralda to save her. Thus, he was arrested and flogged publicly. At that time, Esmeralda ordered him water to drink. In the meantime, Esmeralda had fallen for Phoebus, the captain of the guard. Pierre Gringoire had fallen for Esmeralda and wanted a real marriage. Dom Claude Frollo had professed his feelings to Esmeralda and oered her sanctuary. She, it turned out, was repulsed by Dom Claude Frollo.
So Frollo hid and when Phoebus put the moves on Esmeralda and she acquiesced. He stabbed Phoebus with Esmeralda’s dagger. She was then arrested and placed on trial. Phoebus did not die. Quasimodo and Gringoire were both attempting to save Esmeralda. Attempting to keep Frollo from stopping them and Quasimodo killing Frollo. Esmeralda realized that she really loved Gringoire. And the tortured Quasimodo brought the curtain down.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:32
Written by John Plestina
Nicholas Andrew Marino changed his plea on a drug charge following a plea bargain in 15th Judicial Court Wednesday, March 12.
The state has alleged that on or about June 2, 2013, Marino was in criminal possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to distribute, a felony. According to charging documents, the drug was methamphetamine.
Charges against Marino are listed on court documents as criminal possession with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia, both felonies, and carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor.
Under the plea agreement, Marino pleaded guilty to criminal possession with intent to distribute. The county attorney has moved for dismissal of the other two charges.
The original charges against Marino could carry a prison term of as much as 20 years.
The state is seeking treatment as a persistent felony offender.
Marino originally pleaded not guilty July 10, 2013.
Sentencing will not occur until after a pre-sentencing report is completed, which could take two to three months.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:31