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An undercover loss prevention officer had her eye on the suspect dressed when he grabbed a toolbox and ran from a Crescent Springs Home Depot.
She gave chase, and wound up on the hood of the suspect’s car.
Security video shows the suspect stop the car abruptly, sending the security guard flying to the ground.
NEW YORK Thousands of Americans think Melania Trump s refusal to live in the White House is putting taxpayers in the poorhouse and they re giving her an ultimatum. The Change.org petition calls for the first lady to move to the White House or pay for her own security back at Trump Tower in New York.
As to help relieve the national debt, this expense yields no positive results for the nation and should be cut from being funded, the petition to the Senate reads. Police Commissioner James O Neill told lawmakers in February it costs the NYPD between $127,000 and $146,000 a day to protect the first lady and her 11-year-old son Barron. When the president is in town, the city pays more than $308,000.
Signatures poured in with Americans voicing their thoughts on paying to protect Trump Tower.
I m signing because I would rather our taxpayer money be used to improve and keep our social programs, rather than being used to guard Trump Tower just because the first lady doesn t want to move, wrote Ryan Dontje of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Many people discussed the programs President Donald Trump wants to cut, including Meals on Wheels. Helen Marchiorlatti of Daly City, California, said she won t pay taxes to support the first lady living in luxury while the elderly lose meals and people lose their health insurance.
Businesses near Trump Tower are paying the price for tight security for the first lady and her young son, Barron. The Secret Service and NYPD have blocked off sidewalks in front of the tower and set up barricades on surrounding blocks. A survey conducted by City Comptroller Scott Stringer in December 2016 found that of 50 businesses in the area, 80 percent of them are losing business.
I have nothing personal against Melania. But this is both immoral and irresponsible for the Trumps to expect the U.S. to support their opulent lifestyle. AND, it costs NYC for added security and hurts the businesses around Trump Tower, said Mary Schmidt of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the petition.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the petition had over 130,000 supporters. The petition was created last week by Doug Caruana of Colorado.
Want to hear what the people are wanting to say? Caruana tweeted on Mar. 18. He included the hashtags #TakeBackAmerica, #CutTheWaste and #MAGA, President Trump s campaign slogan of Make America Great Again.
Once the petition has 150,000 signatures, it will be sent to Democratic senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
The Teton County commissioners invite all county residents to attend a public forum on Wednesday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the courtroom of the county courthouse in Choteau to meet the five applicants for interim Teton County justice of the peace. The five candidates are Devonna McCartney, Dianna Fellers Nelson, Pete Rasmussen and Janie Zwerneman, all of Choteau, and Ashley Johnson of Pendroy. Three of the applicants, Nelson, Rasmussen and Zwerneman, all ran against Myhre in the last primary election, seeking the elected position. During the forum, each of the five applicants will give a brief speech about why they have applied, and then the applicants will take questions from the audience.
The five Teton County residents have applied to be appointed to fill out the remainder of elected Justice of the Peace Wes Myhre s first four-year term in office. Myhre resigned as of March 20 to take a position as a federal courthouse security officer in Great Falls. The justice of the peace position, which is three-quarters time, pays $33,701.15 annually. Myrhe s term ends on Dec. 31, 2018, and will be open for election in 2018. The commissioners advertised for applicants with March 22 being the deadline to apply. All five applicants have either completed the state s Justice of the Peace certification training or are able to become certified within six months of being appointed.
Applicants had to be at least 18 years old, U.S. citizens and residents of Teton County for at least one year before the appointment. The Teton County commissioners will interview the applicants on Thursday, March 30, as follows: 9 a.m., Devonna McCartney of Choteau; 9:30 a.m., Ashley Johnson of Pendroy; 10 a.m., Dianna Fellers Nelson of Choteau; 10:30 a.m., Pete Rasmussen of Choteau; 11 a.m., Janie Zwerneman of Choteau. All interviews will be conducted in the courthouse in the conference room on the main floor. Following the conclusion of the interviews, the commissioners will hold their regular business meeting at 1 p.m. in the conference room and will appoint the new justice of the peace at that time.
Here is biographical and work information from each applicant s resume:
Dianna L. Fellers Nelson
A 1978 graduate of Turner High School, Nelson has a 1993 associate degree in paralegal studies from an Atlanta, Georgia, college, a general certificate from the Great Falls Vo-Tech in 1993 and a pharmacy technician certification from the State Board of Pharmacy. She is also certified as a justice court clerk and has taken numerous courses in paralegal and legal studies. She currently works 20 hours a week in Justice Court, where she has worked for more than 20 years as the court clerk. She also has worked part-time for the past 12 years as a pharmacy technician at Choteau Drug. From 2003 to 2005, she also worked as a part-time deputy clerk and election clerk in the Teton County Clerk and Recorder s Office. From 1996 to January 2015, she was also the Choteau City Court clerk.
As the current Justice Court clerk, Nelson performs all secretarial and bookkeeping responsibilities for the court, including scheduling, accounting for funds, collecting fines, preparing notices and restraining orders, and assisting with small claims and civil actions. Through her work at Justice Court, she has worked with law enforcement, city and county attorneys, District Court judges and clerks, city court judges and clerks and many other agencies in the county and the area and works with the public on a daily basis.
Ashley A. Johnson
Johnson s education includes an associate of arts degree from Great Falls College-Montana State University, completed in 2014, and she is taking online classes to earn a bachelor s degree in sociology from Grand Canyon University, based in Phoenix, Arizona. She has worked as the Pondera County Justice Court clerk since March 2015, where her duties include serving as receptionist, secretary, office manager and clerk. She is responsible for keeping all books, papers and records field with the court; collecting, tracking and processing money received; and attending hearings, and preparing documents, orders and correspondence for the judge.
Previously she worked as a teller at Independence Bank in Conrad from June 2014 to March 2015. She also worked for Loenbro, based in Black Eagle, as a recruiter from March 2013 to June 2014, and as an receptionist/clerk for Express Employment in Great Falls from July 2012 to March 2013.
McCartney attended George Wythe College in Cedar City, Utah, studying political science in the 1996-97 school year. She also completed 12 semester credits at the Great Falls College-MSU in 2006. She has been the co-owner of Fly Girlz Embroidery in Choteau since 2013 and worked in embroidery at Black Sheep Sports and Graphics in Choteau from December 2009 to July 2011. From December 2008 to October 2009 she was a veterinary technician at Bridger Veterinary Hospital in a Helena and has also worked as a seasonal employee at Sun Canyon Lodge, a nanny, a bookkeeper, a heavy equipment operator and as a self-employed rancher. Since February 2012, she has been a trained Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer for Front Range CASA, working with children, parents, foster parents, attorneys, child protective services workers, teachers and counselors as she advocates for children whose families are in the court system.
Rasmussen is a 1985 graduate of Choteau High School, who attended Western Montana College at Dillon and Miles Community College in Miles City. Since 1996 he has maintained his real estate broker s license, attending various real estate education schools and workshops. Since 1996, he has been a broker with R&R Real Estate in Choteau, where he works in marketing and sales of residential, farm and ranch and commercial real estate. As a part-owner, he also works with the public daily and does general computer and office work. He also owns and operates a commercial Angus and Corriente cow/calf business and works in general farm and ranch labor on area ranches on an as-needed basis.
He served from 1999 to 2007 on the Choteau City Council, where he was president of the council. He is a member of the Choteau Volunteer Fire Department and the Choteau Chamber of Commerce, and a past board member of the Teton WeatherBeater Corporation. He is also a past member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Northern Rodeo Association.
Zwerneman is a 1986 graduate of Choteau High School who earned an associate s degree in general education with a communications emphasis from the University of Montana at Missoula. From June 2015 to Feb. 2017, she worked as a rehabilitation specialist with the nonprofit Center for Mental Health in its Choteau office. She aided clients with recovery, assisted clients as they applied for assistance from other agencies, helped clients obtain community services, provided transportation and assistance with daily living skills and did front-office reception and scheduling. From December 2009 to May 2015, she was the office manager for Dr. Brian McCollom s optometry practice in Choteau, where she handled reception, insurance and patient billing, collections, scheduling, inventory and eyeglass sales, fitting and repair. From 2005 to 2009 she was the site manager at the Skyline Lodge in Choteau. She and her husband owned their own business, the Big Sky Bronze foundry from 1993 to 2005, and from January 2005 to July 2005 she was a part-time dispatcher for the Sheriff s Office.
She is a member of the Teton County GOP Central Committee and has been a volunteer emergency medical technician and a ski patrol member. She is a past president of the Choteau Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Choteau Jaycees and served on the Shadows of the Past Art Auction Committee.