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By Pam Burke 

Law enforcement looking for escaped prisoner


Last updated 6/14/2022 at 6:14pm

Maria Rose Oppelt, aka Maria Rose Newton

Local law enforcement is looking for a Havre woman who escaped Monday afternoon from custody after her sentencing hearing at Hill County Courthouse.

Maria Rose Oppelt, aka Maria Rose Newton, was in the custody of a Probation and Parole officer at District Court and waiting for a law enforcement officer to take her to Hill County Detention Center after her sentencing hearing when she made her escape shortly before 4 p.m., Police Capt. Aaron Wittmer said.

District Court Judge Kaydee Snipes Ruiz had sentenced Oppelt to two years in prison for obstruction of justice, harboring a fugitive and...

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