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Plan to limit fishing guides on Madison River rejected

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has rejected a plan to limit commercial fishing guides on the popular and crowded Madison River.

The commission unanimously voted against the proposal Thursday after several outfitters spoke out against it.

The plan proposed by Fish, Wildlife and Parks would have capped the number of commercial fishing guides and barred guides from certain stretches of the river on different days.

The outfitters and guides generally agreed something needs to be done to address the river crowding.

But they questioned the plan's focus on only them, when private, non-commercial anglers make up 87 percent of the users annually.

Fish and wildlife director Martha Williams said the department would seek more input and come up with a revised plan.


Passing motorist rescues woman trapped by Montana flooding

(Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A witness is recounting the dramatic rescue of a woman who was trapped with her vehicle surrounded by rushing floodwaters in northern Montana.

Blake Wombold tells the Great Falls Tribune that he stopped on U.S. Highway 2 near Dunkirk Tuesday night to see a woman standing on top of a vehicle nearly submerged by the water.

He says a man from the truck ahead of him stripped off his clothes and swam out to the woman, who was afraid to go into the frigid water.

Wombold says the man convinced her to swim across the water to safety.

A video posted on Facebook by Kalispell resident Matt McCollam shows the rescue. McCollam says his brother Seth rescued the woman.

Neither McCollam brother immediately responded to emails for comment.



County offers reward for information in beating death

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Missoula County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect in the March beating death of a 45-year-old woman.

Susan Wood was found in the road unconscious with a serious head injury on March 3. She died on March 16 without regaining consciousness.

Sheriff T.J. McDermott on Thursday renewed the agency's request for any information that might help the investigation.

Officials said Wood walked almost everywhere she went and had a slight limp.

A review of surveillance video showed Wood walking near Lowe's on Reserve Street about 90 minutes before she was found several miles away. She still had her purse and other personal items with her when she was found.


Man charged with rape after DNA testing wants case dismissed

(Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com)

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A man charged with raping an 8-year-old girl after DNA evidence linked him to the 1987 case wants the charge dismissed, arguing the statute of limitations had run out.

Ronald Dwight Tipton argues a 2007 law that allows the prosecution of sexual assault cases within a year of a conclusive DNA match is unconstitutional.

A state judge rejected his motion to dismiss and the Montana Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports attorney Robert Stephens told justices "the proof of guilt is overwhelming," but argued his client's constitutional rights shouldn't be violated.

The state argues the law that allows for prosecution of sexual assault cases after the statute of limitations has otherwise expired recognizes the power of DNA evidence.

The justices took the case under advisement.



Great Falls man shot by officer convicted of kidnapping

(Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Great Falls man was found guilty of kidnapping and assault for beating a woman and holding a knife to her throat.

Police shot and injured Kevin Parisian on April 20, 2017 when he refused to drop the weapon.

The Great Falls Tribune reports a jury deliberated for less than an hour Wednesday before finding Parisian guilty.

Police responded to Parisian's apartment and found him in the doorway with a knife to his then-girlfriend's throat. She told officers she had told Parisian earlier in the day she was going to leave him and that he had assaulted her for hours until she was able to call her daughter, who called police.

Parisian's defense attorney argued Parisian was frustrated because the woman had taken his money and car keys.



Moss drops out of race for Montana's US House seat

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former state Sen. Lynda Moss says she's dropping out of Montana's U.S. House race.

Moss' exit leaves four candidates for the Democratic nomination in the June 5 primary election. The winner will take on Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte in the November election.

Her announcement Thursday comes after a sluggish fundraising quarter that saw her campaign raise about $32,000, which is slightly less than what she spent from January through March.

Moss said in a statement that she is proud of her campaign, but she has been up against formidable obstacles since joining the race. She says she will continue to serve Montana by finding common ground and working collaboratively on positive solutions.

Moss says she plans to make an endorsement after a May 3 candidate forum in Helena.

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