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Associated Press Montana News Summary
Tuesday, May 26th 2015 
Latest Montana news, sports, business and entertainment

Father kills himself after wounding daughter in head

(Information in the following story is from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) Authorities in northeast Montana say a father shot his teenage daughter in the head and then shot and killed himself.

Valley County Sheriff Glenn Meier says the girl is hospitalized.

Meier tells the Great Falls Tribune that the shooting occurred early Saturday near the town of Lustre.

Meier says a 16-year-old girl said her father, 62-year-old Raymond Rahn, shot her in the head and then shot himself in the head.

He says the father died en route to the hospital and the daughter is at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point.

The two were the only occupants of the home at the time.

Meier says the man's wife is in Seattle being treated for a disease.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Meier did not release the name of the girl.


New Butte water treatment plant uses innovative system

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) Butte is opening a water treatment plant that uses a filtration system used in Asia and Europe.

When complete in December 2016, Butte will be the first municipality in the nation to treat its drinking water with this system.

The two-story plant will filter drinking water from the Basin Creek Reservoir. About 40 percent of Butte's annual water supply comes from Basin Creek.

The Japanese and European-inspired treatment plant is a ceramic membrane plant. It will use a pressurized system to push the water through the membranes and take pumping out of the equation.

Butte officials say it will ultimately save them money.


Montana FWP at work on new mountain lion management plan

(Information in the following story is from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department is beginning to develop a new plan for managing mountain lions in the state.

The current plan is about 20 years old, and officials hope to have a new plan ready by the end of this year.

FWP regional wildlife manager Mike Thompson tells the Missoulian that there has been an erosion of trust between the agency and the public as the old plan becomes more and more outdated.

The outdated plan has left the agency reacting to lion issues more than getting ahead of them.

For example, the agency has struggled to find a balance that allows more experienced hunters a chance at early-season hunts while providing enough hunter opportunities to ensure the proper number of lions are removed each year.


2 suspects arrested in BB gun incident in Missoula

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Missoula police have taken two males into custody after several people were reported being shot at by someone with an air gun.

No one was seriously injured in the incident that occurred Sunday in the downtown area.

The Missoula Police Department says an adult and a minor were firing a BB gun from an apartment in the area.

The incident remains under investigation.


Netting of Yellowstone lake trout is a long-term venture

(Information in the following story is from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com)

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) New research predicts it will take another 14 years of killing lake trout in Yellowstone Lake in order for native cutthroat trout to be re-established to the level sought by managers.

Montana State University student John Syslo modeled the effectiveness of Yellowstone's lake trout netting and killing efforts for his doctoral dissertation.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that Syslo's study also discovered that lake trout have shifted their diet away from cutthroat and now subsist primarily on a small type of scud that cutthroat also feed on.

Lake trout suppression in Yellowstone National Park began in 1998, four years after they were first discovered there. The program is now the longest running of its kind in the West. Lake trout were illegally introduced in the 1980s.


Nevada case is latest to test 'stand your ground' laws

RENO, Nev. (AP) The idea that a person's home is their castle and they have the right to kill trespassers has been widely accepted in the U.S. for more than a century.

But that broad legal premise has been put to the test in several states amid cases that stretched the boundaries of "stand your ground" self-defense laws.

The latest high-profile case is in Nevada, where a man is on trial on murder charges after opening fire on two trespassers not in his home but at a vacant rental unit he owns.

It has helped renew discussions about stand-your-ground laws and how they are interpreted across the U.S.

More than 30 states have adopted or strengthened such provisions, providing more leeway to claim self-defense as a reason to kill.

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Associated Press Montana News Summary
Sunday, May 24th 2015 
Latest news, sports, business and entertainment

Great Falls police investigate Great Falls fatal stabbing

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) A stabbing in Great Falls has resulted in one man dead and a woman in police custody.

Police say the stabbing occurred Friday night at an apartment complex.

An apartment manager reported that a tenant had told him she just stabbed her boyfriend, and responding police found a woman standing over the man when they arrived.

The man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name was not immediately released.

But police say they took into custody 52-year-old Diana McClammy.

The incident remains under investigation.


Western Montana's river lovers brace for early runoff

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Rivers throughout western Montana could get lower than normal this summer, as an unusually low snowpack has melted away two or three weeks earlier than usual.

National Weather Service hydrologist Ray Nickless says rivers in the northwest corner of the state will especially see low flows if conditions don't change.

Nickless tells the Missoulian (http://bit.ly/1Eq2aJN) that some river levels already are close or even at the lowest point on record for this time of year.

He says the Yaak, Fisher, Thompson and St. Regis rivers are all at real low levels.

Nickless says the Clark Fork and Bitterroot river basins will see better flows because they had more snow.

Outfitters say now is a great time to get on the river for recreation and fishing is better now than normal.


Missoula man pleads guilty to rape of university student

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) A Missoula man has pleaded guilty to raping and attacking a University of Montana student.

The Missoulian reports (http://bit.ly/1AlWzJz ) that 20-year-old Zachary Brennan Newbary accepted a plea deal with prosecutors that recommends 20 years in Montana State Prison with 12 years suspended.

Court documents say that the September assault began when the victim told Newbary she didn't want to have sex with him. They say he responded with obscenities, held her down and raped her.

Documents say the victim spent the entire night thinking Newbary was going to kill her.

She told police she managed to escape outside but Newbary jumped out the window, grabbed her hair and dragged her back inside before physically attacking her.

Officers found the victim bruised and swollen, sporting a chipped tooth.

Newbary's sentencing is set for September 3.


Butte man gets 15 years for striking, killing pedestrian

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) A Butte man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for negligent homicide.

The Montana Standard reports (http://bit.ly/1Q3jScP) that 28-year-old Lucas Virgil Hundley was driving high on methamphetamine in 2013 when he struck a 77-year-old pedestrian who later died from his injuries.

Bondsmen tried to take Hundley into custody in 2014, but he slipped out of his jacket and ran officer. Officers found him hiding in a crawl space.

Police found a baggie with meth residue inside his jacket and used a Taser to subdue him.

The sentencing says Hundley cannot be paroled until he completes a treatment program.

Hundley was also sentenced to five years in prison for assaulting a police officer and possession of dangerous drugs. That sentence will run concurrently with the homicide sentence.


N. Idaho man says his dog was killed, mistaken for wolf

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) A North Idaho man said his dog was shot on a Forest Service road last weekend by a teen who mistook the husky-malamute cross for a wolf.

The Spokane Spokesman-Review reports (http://is.gd/jU4g4R ) the dog later died. The same bullet struck Jim Rosauer's second dog, which survived.

Rosauer says the dogs had run ahead of him and his wife when they were hiking last Sunday afternoon on the snow-covered road to Spruce Lake, which is near the Montana border.

They saw a couple and their 19-year-old son about 180 yards away with a gun. The man apologized to Rosauer and said he told his son to shoot the wolf.

Boundary County Sheriff Greg Sprungl confirmed that the shooting is under investigation, but said no charges have been filed.


Popular Yellowstone and Grand Teton trails closed for now

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) Two of the most heavily used day-hiking routes in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks in northwest Wyoming are closed for the time being.

In Yellowstone, the iconic Brink of the Lower Falls trail is closed in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone because of a mud and rock slide that deposited a 7-by-8-foot boulder on the route, effectively blocking the path.

Yellowstone spokeswoman Traci Weaver tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide (http://bit.ly/1Q3d9j3) that it's too early to say when the trail will reopen.

In Grand Teton, the trail beyond Hidden Falls to Inspiration Point is closed and being rerouted so crews can replace bridges over Cascade Creek and rebuild the rocky ledge trails and steps that lead up to the popular Jenny Lake overlook.


Pair of armed men rob casino in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) Police say a pair of armed men robbed a casino in Billings and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Billings Police Sgt. Matt Brewer says no one was hurt when the Montana Nugget Casino was held up about 10:30 p.m. Friday.

The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1HoQWHu ) that employees told officers that two males wearing all-black clothing and ski masks and armed with handguns entered the casino, demanding money from an employee.

After receiving the money, both men fled on foot. Police were unable to identify or apprehend either of the men.

Police say both suspects appear to be either Hispanic or Native American males in their early 20s, 5-foot, 8-inches tall, about 140 pounds, with athletic builds.

The investigation is ongoing.


4 Chippewa Cree council members sworn in

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) Four new members of the Chippewa Cree's governing council have been sworn in after waiting half a year for an appeal of the election results to end.

The Havre Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1ApxvRv ) state Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy, who lost in the election, objected to the results because an honorary tribal member was allowed to vote. Only full members may vote in a tribal election.

The only Chippewa Cree Business Council seat still vacant after Thursday's swearing-in is that of the chairman. Ken Blatt St. Marks was elected by the tribe as chairman only to be removed by the other members of the council.

The other council members accuse St. Marks of misconduct, while St. Marks says his removal was in retaliation for his cooperating with federal investigators in a corruption probe.

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