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More Plea Deals Coming in Rocky Boy Theft Cases
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (NMB) - Another defendant in a string of embezzlement, fraud and bribery cases on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation has made a plea deal with federal prosecutors. James Eastlick, Sr. filed a motion to change his plea in U.S. District Court in Great Falls on Wednesday. Details of the plea agreement are not available at this time. District Judge Brian Morris set the change of plea hearing for April 21st.

Eastlick's daughter Tammy Leischner and her husband Mark have also been indicted on similar charges. Tammy Leischner asked for an extension before she enters into a plea agreement. She is awaiting evidence that may be in her favor.

According to the motion filed by Leischner's lawyer, her brother and co-conspirator, James Eastlick, Jr., told prosecutors that he signed Leischner's name to a contract and had submitted an invoice to Northwest Pipe from his sister's email account. Prosecutors allege that he contract and invoice in question are fraudulent.

Judge Morris granted Leischner's request.

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MSUN Excellence Award, Athletic HOF Recepients Announed
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - The Montana State University-Northern Foundation and Alumni Association have announced the recipients and inductees for the Founder's Excellence Award and Athletic Hall of Fame.

Tom Patrick, lifelong resident of Havre and owner of Patrick Construction, will receive this year's Excellence Award. Four-time All-American wrestler Kyle Fisher and former Lights wide receiver Andy Smith will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

They will be honored at the Founders' Excellence and Hall of Fame Dinner on Friday, May 2nd. Tickets are $30 each. To RSVP, call the Foundation Office at 265-3711 before 5:00 PM on April 24th.

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State Legislators Travel to Havre for Listening Tour
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Next Wednesday, a handful of state Democrats will be in Havre as part of their statewide Legislative Listening Tour. They will meet with city and county officials, as well as members of the public. State Senator Greg Jergeson says some of the Legislators are coming from as far away as Missoula and Butte. He says this will give local residents a chance to talk about issues with leaders who may not hear about them otherwise.

"It's not the easiest thing in the world. We're on the edge of the isolated part of Montana, and so from here and then east, it's just tough to get them up here because they don't appreciate, really, what a vital part of the whole state this is."

He gives us a sampling of the Legislators who will be in attendance.

"Jon Sesso from Butte, who is the Senate Majority Leader. Cliff Larson from Missoula, who is the Whip. Representative Chuck Hunter, who is the House Minority Leader. And locally, Clarena Brockie and I will be in attendance, as well."

Here is a schedule of events:

TUESDAY, APRIL 22

6:00-9:00 PM - Pot luck barbecue at Greg Jergeson's (818 5th St)

RSVP for the pot luck at 265-8023 and please bring a side dish


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23

7:00-8:00 AM - Breakfast with Labor (N. MT Hospital Conference Room, 2nd Floor)

8:15-9:15 AM - Hard hat tour of new N. MT Hospital Family Medical Center (Legislators only)

9:30-10:00 AM - Hard hat tour of new Bullhook Clinic (Legislators only)

10:00-11:15 AM - Health Care Issues (Patterson Room, City Hall)

11:15 AM-12:00 PM - Local Government Infrastructure and Services (Patterson Room, City Hall)

12:00-1:00 PM - Lunch with Local Business Leaders (Guadalajara Restaurant)

1:15-2:15 PM - Agriculture Value Added and Transportation Isues (Hensler Auditorium, MSUN Campus)

2:30-3:15 PM - Tour of MSUN Auto/Diesel building project (Legislators only)

3:30-5:00 PM - Education Issues (303 Cowan Hall, MSUN Campus)

5:30 PM - Legislators depart for Great Falls

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CORRECTION Harlem Man Dies in Crash North of Harlem
CORRECTION

In an earlier edition of this story, it was incorrectly reported by the Montana Highway Patrol that the victim of the rollover crash was a 32-year-old man from Havre. Blaine County Undersheriff Frank Billmayer has identified the victim as 29-year-old Thomas Murphy Walker, Jr. of Harlem.


HARLEM, Mont. (NMB) - A 29-year-old Harlem man has died after a one-vehicle rollover crash north of Harlem. Blaine County Undersheriff Frank Billmayer has identified the victim as Thomas Murphy Walker, Jr. The crash occurred at 8:35 Tuesday night.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, the vehicle was traveling southbound on Secondary Highway 241, when it entered a left-hand curve. The vehicle went off the left side of the road, drove through the ditch on the east side, struck an approach, went airborne, and rolled before finally coming to rest on its' roof.

Walker was pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers, a 35-year-old Havre man and 36-year-old Harlem woman, suffered injuries and were taken to Northern Montana Hospital.

Speed was not a factor in the crash. It is unknown if alcohol was a factor, and none of the occupants were wearing their seatbelt.

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House Candidate Rosendale Stops by Havre
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - On Tuesday evening, U.S. House Candidate Matt Rosendale hosted a meet-and-greet at Wolfer's Diner. The Republican from Glendive is facing four other candidates in the primary election. He says one nice aspect of this particular election is that voters can research each candidates' prior voting record.

"They're very fortunate in this election cycle that they are not obligated to listen to campaign promises. The beauty of this election is they can look at the votes, because four of the five (candidates) have served in the state Senate."

Rosendale is running against fellow Republicans Elsie Arntzen, Corey Stapleton, Drew Turiano and Ryan Zinke. The primary election will be held on June 3rd.

When Rosendale first announced his candidacy, he had the support of 50 different state Legislators. He notes that recently, he has picked up a few more notable endorsements.

"We're very fortunate to have Congressman Ron Marlenee, whose been co-running this tour with me, and we're very fortunate also today to also secure the endorsement of former Governor Stan Stephens."


Marlenee served in the U.S. House for 16 years from 1977 until 1993. Stephens was Montana's Governor from 1989 until 1993.

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Purple Up! Day Helps Support Military Youth
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - On Tuesday, citizens across the state wore purple in support of military youth. The Purple Up! day lands right in the middle of April, which has been designated "Month of the Military Child." Alyssa O'Neil is the Havre area Family Assistance Center Specialist for the Montana National Guard. She says that while the men and women actively serving our country deserve a lot of credit and attention, the children back home are often overlooked.

"They're the ones helping to support our adult service members. They're the ones writing cards, helping send care packages, just giving them the emotional support from home that they need while they're overseas or away at schools and training."

She adds that there are a number of statewide programs specifically designed for military youth.

"In Montana, the National Guard and Reserve Soldiers are geographically dispersed, and youth do not have on-base support like active duty youth. So, state-level programs and camps are available to help with resilient skills, life skills, leadership and team building."

According to the Montana National Guard, there are 6,700 Montana youths connected to the military.

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Cuts Coming to H. Earl Clack Museum Budget
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - At Monday night's H. Earl Clack Museum Board meeting, Board Member Val Hickman gave an update on the Museum's budget. The reserve cash fund that the Museum has relied upon over the past few years has been emptied, which means by July the Museum will have to make some cuts to the budget. Hickman says the problem is there aren't many items on the budget line to take money from.

"We only have things left like personnel, utilities, we have some subscriptions and some advertising, and about 20% to 25% of our budget goes to Wahkpa Chu'gn (Buffalo Jump)."

She adds that the Clack Museum Foundation could help finance some of the proposed cuts. However, the Foundation already provides a lot of support.

"They already pay things like our rent and some of our other costs. Anytime that we're going to do a new display, use some kind of cabinet or materials for that, the Foundation pays for that. They already help us a lot."

Hickman says four separate proposals have been created. One would keep everything the same, while the other three would reduce hours of operation in some capacity. The Board will ultimately vote on what changes to make at the May meeting.

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Govt: Tadios Can Afford Private Counsel
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (NMB) - The legal battle between the United States' Attorney's Office and a Box Elder woman accused of embezzling over $51,000 from the federal government has escalated over the past two weeks.

Former Rocky Boy Health Clinic CEO Fawn Tadios has been representing herself since late March after firing 4 separate court-appointed lawyers. U.S. Attorney Carl Rostad has since questioned Tadios' ability to hire a private lawyer to defend her, citing her ownership of two separate houses and two separate vehicles as proof of income.

On Monday, Tadios responded to those allegations. She stated that one house is located in Aberdeen, Washington and that her mother lives there, and the other house is in Box Elder and is a "rent to own" property owned by the Federal Government. She also stated that the two vehicles were purchased for her son and daughter, and they currently make the monthly payments.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris did not make a ruling, but set a trial date for May 1st.

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MT Wounded Warriors Makes Presentation in Havre
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - On Monday night, Montana Wounded Warriors Board Member Neil Baumann was in Havre to give a presentation about his organization. The non-profit group was formed in 2010, and takes wounded veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq on hunting and fishing trips around the state. Baumann notes that unlike the national Wounded Warriors Project, 100% of the funds raised by the Montana group go directly to the state's veterans.

"We are a grassroots volunteer organization based out of the Flathead, and we have no paid staff. We are all volunteer, so all of the donations that we receive go to benefit our wounded Montana veterans."

He adds that taking the veterans into the wilderness for a couple of days has many benefits.

"First and foremost, the benefit is that they know that the people of Montana who have donated this money appreciate what they've done, respect them for their service to our state and our country. Secondly, they get out there with other wounded veterans, and realize that there are others that are in the same boat as them."

For more information, you can log on to montanawoundedwarriors.org.

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