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Saturday, July 4th 2015 
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ULTRALIGHT ACCIDENT

1 hurt in ultralight crash in Gallatin County

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) A 55-year-old man suffered leg injuries when his ultralight aircraft crashed in Gallatin County.

Authorities say the crash occurred about 11 a.m. Friday.

The pilot was taken to an area hospital.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office says federal agencies that investigate plane crashes have been contacted, but it wasn't immediately known whether any federal investigation would be conducted.

INTERNET SEX STING

First man sentenced from 2014 sex sting

(Information in the following story is from: Daily Inter Lake, http://www.dailyinterlake.com)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) A 37-year-old man has been sentenced to five years in prison for sexual abuse of children.

Joshua Frederick Naethe, of Somers, was sentenced Thursday by Flathead District Judge Ted Lympus. He was given credit for 319 days served in jail.

The Daily Inter Lake reports that the sentence is in accord with a plea agreement signed in April on felony sexual abuse of children.

Naethe is the first to be sentenced of seven men who were arrested in a police sting last summer.

Several others have pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of children and are due for sentencing hearings.

Several others have pleaded not guilty.

HEALTH CARE

Montana had 2nd highest rate of health exchange re-enrollees

(Information in the following story is from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) Montana has the nation's second highest rate of people re-enrolling in the health exchanges established under the federal health care law.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released updated enrollment statistics for the 34 states using the federally run marketplace in 2015. Those numbers show that 59 percent of the more than 54,000 Montana residents who signed up for health insurance plans signed up again after enrolling last year.

Jennifer McKee is the spokeswoman for Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, which watches over the insurance industry in the state.

McKee tells The Billings Gazette that there was good representation all over the state among those buying through the federal marketplace.

Four companies sell policies on Montana's marketplace. However, one is pulling out after this year.

MONTANA CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL

Helena officials to discuss Confederate memorial fountain

HELENA, Mont. (AP) Helena officials will meet next week to discuss whether anything should be done with a downtown memorial to fallen Confederate soldiers.

City manager spokeswoman Sarah Elkins said Thursday her office has received four to six comments about the fountain, spurred by the debate over Confederacy symbols in the wake of the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting.

Elkins says some have suggested rededicating the memorial, while others want to leave it alone.

She says no immediate action will be taken as a result of Wednesday's meeting.

The fountain was built in 1916 by the Daughters of the Confederacy as a memorial to soldiers who died during the Civil War. One side is inscribed with "A Loving Tribute to Our Confederate Soldiers" and another says "By the Daughters of the Confederacy in Montana, A.D. 1916."

GRAND TETON-SUBDIVISION ROAD

Patagonia founder, others, sue over Grand Teton road paving

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) The founder of the Patagonia outdoor clothing company and a well-known wildlife photographer are suing over plans to pave a road in Grand Teton National Park.

The gravel road provides access to a subdivision next to the park. Property owners there include Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard (EE'-von SHIN'-ard) and photographer Tom Mangelsen.

Chouinard and Mangelsen are among seven people who recently sued National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis and Grand Teton Superintendent David Vela in Wyoming federal court.

They allege park officials neglected to do an environmental analysis of plans by the subdivision to pave a mile of the private road where it crosses through the park.

Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs declined to comment on the lawsuit but said subdivision residents disagree among themselves over whether to pave the road.

LITTLE SHELL

Montana tribe's hopes for recognition buoyed by rule changes

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) The leader of the Little Shell Band of Chippewa Indians says new rules for the recognition of Native American groups could ease the way for the landless Montana tribe to be formally acknowledged by the U.S. government.

The Interior Department rules aim to reform a process widely-considered broken after recognition petitions from the Little Shell and other tribes languished for decades.

Tribal Chairman Gerald Gray said the changes finalized this week show a better understanding among officials that many tribes dispersed after European settlement instead of signing treaties and moving to reservations.

Montana officials recognized the tribe in 2000. Gray says it now has more than 6,000 enrolled members.

Formal recognition by the U.S. would make the Little Shell eligible for education, health care, housing grants and other benefits.


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Associated Press Montana News Summary
Friday, July 3rd 2015 
Montana tribe's hopes for recognition buoyed by rule changes
MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) The leader of the Little Shell Band of Chippewa Indians says new rules for the recognition of Native American groups could ease the way for the landless Montana tribe to be formally acknowledged by the U.S. government.

The Interior Department rules aim to reform a process widely-considered broken after recognition petitions from the Little Shell and other tribes languished for decades.

Tribal Chairman Gerald Gray said the changes finalized this week show a better understanding among officials that many tribes dispersed after European settlement instead of signing treaties and moving to reservations.

Montana officials recognized the tribe in 2000. Gray says it now has more than 6,000 enrolled members.

Formal recognition by the U.S. would make the Little Shell eligible for education, health care, housing grants and other benefits.


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Helena officials to discuss Confederate memorial fountain
HELENA, Mont. (AP) Helena officials will meet next week to discuss whether anything should be done with a downtown memorial to fallen Confederate soldiers.

City manager spokeswoman Sarah Elkins said Thursday her office has received four to six comments about the fountain, spurred by the debate over Confederacy symbols in the wake of the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting.

Elkins says some have suggested rededicating the memorial, while others want to leave it alone.

She says no immediate action will be taken as a result of Wednesday's meeting.

The fountain was built in 1916 by the Daughters of the Confederacy as a memorial to soldiers who died during the Civil War. One side is inscribed with "A Loving Tribute to Our Confederate Soldiers" and another says "By the Daughters of the Confederacy in Montana, A.D. 1916."


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Associated Press Montana News Summary
Friday, July 3rd 2015 
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) The founder of a Montana club for the ultra-rich will stay in jail until a federal judge is satisfied that he understands what happened to the money from a Mexican resort sold in violation of a court order. Tim Blixseth has spent more than two months in jail since the judge found him in contempt for not accounting for the 2011 Tamarindo resort sale.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) A second complaint has been lodged with the state contending the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes omitted reports of their lobbying efforts at the Montana Legislature this year. The complaint says the CSKT should have disclosed in lobbying reports their contributions to the lobbying organization, Farmers and Ranchers for Montana. FARM acted in favor of the Flathead Indian Reservation water compact that passed through the Legislature this session.

SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) A tornado picked up a single-wide trailer in eastern Montana and threw it onto a storage shed about 60 feet away, injuring a 79-year-old man and his dog. The National Weather Service in Glasgow says a storm unleashed a tornado with winds estimated at 100 mph and dropped hail up to 2 inches in diameter.

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) The Flathead County commissioners unanimously voted to ban the use of fireworks throughout the county, on both public and private lands, due to a weekend forecast that calls for warm temperatures and sustained winds. Numerous other counties in western Montana have banned fireworks, as has Butte-Silver Bow County and the town of Deer Lodge. A public show in Butte will go on as scheduled.


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Associated Press Montana News Summary
Friday, July 3rd 2015 
Latest Montana news, sports, business and entertainment
BILLIONAIRE'S BANKRUPTCY

No end in sight for Yellowstone Club founder's jail time

HELENA, Mont. (AP) The founder of a Montana club for the ultra-rich will stay in jail until a federal judge is satisfied that he understands what happened to the money from a Mexican resort sold in violation of a court order.

Tim Blixseth has spent more than two months in jail since U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon found him in contempt for not accounting for the 2011 Tamarindo resort sale.

After a Thursday hearing, it's clear Blixseth won't be freed anytime soon. Haddon told attorneys for Blixseth and the Yellowstone Club's creditors he may appoint an independent examiner to scrutinize thousands of disputed documents.

Haddon ordered a trial-like hearing to decide whether Blixseth has accounted for the sale proceeds. He gave the attorneys until July 10 to decide how much time they need to prepare.

WATER COMPACT

Second lobbying complaint contends CSKT omitted reports

HELENA, Mont. (AP) A second complaint has been lodged with the state contending the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes omitted reports of their lobbying efforts at the Montana Legislature this year.

Walter Morris of Twin Bridges and Terry Threlkeld of Gallatin Gateway filed the argument with the Commissioner of Political Practices Wednesday.

Morris and Threlkeld say the CSKT should have disclosed in lobbying reports their contributions to the lobbying organization, Farmers and Ranchers for Montana. FARM acted in favor of the Flathead Indian Reservation water compact that passed through the Legislature this session.

The complaint is similar to one brought by Flathead County Republican Chairman Jayson Peters against the tribes in April.

The tribes denied wrongdoing in a response to the April complaint and said that grassroots lobbying, like FARM's activities, is not required to be reported.

MONTANA TORNADO DAMAGE

Tornado tosses mobile home 60 feet, injuring Montana man

SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) A tornado picked up a single-wide trailer in eastern Montana and threw it onto a storage shed about 60 feet away, injuring a 79-year-old man and his dog.

The National Weather Service in Glasgow says a storm unleashed a tornado with winds estimated at 100 mph and dropped hail up to 2 inches in diameter Tuesday evening about 17 miles southeast of Sidney, near the North Dakota line.

A photo of the damage shows the frame of the trailer wrapped around a pickup truck and the shed in shambles. A separate single-wide trailer used for storage was upended and landed on its top.

The man was taken to the hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. Weather officials did not have his name or know how badly he was hurt.

FISHING RESTRICTIONS

Low water levels prompt fishing restrictions

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Low water levels have state wildlife officials reducing fishing hours in certain western and southwestern Montana waterways heading into Independence Day weekend.

Beginning Friday, fishing won't be allowed from 2 p.m. to midnight on Bitterroot and Blackfoot rivers, as well as certain parts of Silver Bow and Flint creeks and the Clark Fork River. The restrictions also apply to the entire length of the Jefferson River and the entire length of the Big Hole River except for the stretch from Dickey Bridge to the Maiden Rock fishing access site.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries managers say afternoon heat combined with low water flows stress the fish.

Fisheries Manager Pat Saffel says the restrictions are being put into place earlier in the year than usual.

The reduced fishing hours will be in place until further notice.

FLATHEAD FIREWORKS CANCELLED

Flathead County bans fireworks, including public shows

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) The Flathead County commissioners unanimously voted to ban the use of fireworks throughout the county, on both public and private lands, due to a weekend forecast that calls for warm temperatures and sustained winds.

Thursday morning's decision cancels fireworks displays on Flathead Lake and a popular private show put on by former San Francisco 49ers owner at Eddie DeBartolo Jr. at his Candy Bar Ranch near Whitefish.

Whitefish Fire Chief Joe Page canceled that city's fireworks display, which is set off from a barge on Whitefish Lake. In both 2013 and 2014 a fire started on the barge. The city planned to use fire-proof decking this year to avoid a repeat fire.

Numerous other counties in western Montana have banned fireworks, as has Butte-Silver Bow County and the town of Deer Lodge. A public show in Butte will go on as scheduled.

LAWYER DISBARRED

Montana Supreme Court orders Billings lawyer disbarred

(Information in the following story is from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) A Billings attorney has been disbarred for misconduct after he misused a client's funds.

The Billings Gazette reports the Montana Supreme Court ordered Randy Laedeke's disbarment and imposed more than $65,000 restitution to people entitled to recover damages for the death of William Newberg.

Newberg died in April 2005 from injuries suffered in a vehicle accident. Laedeke was hired by Newberg's window and he obtained a $300,000 settlement in the case. Under their agreement, Laedeke could have received a maximum of $120,000.

Laedeke paid himself more than $183,000 for fees and another $32,000 in expense reimbursements.

The justices said Laedeke had blatantly disregarded his obligations as an attorney.

Laedeke had been on an indefinite suspension since January for another complaint. He could not be reached for comment.

YELLOWSTONE-RADIO COLLARS

Yellowstone loses radio frequencies used to track wildlife

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) Government researchers have lost their license to a set of radio frequencies used to track more than 100 radio-collared wolves and elk at Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone biologist Doug Smith said Thursday that new licensee Northwestern Energy is letting the research work continue, allowing the park to avoid more than $450,000 in estimated costs to restart the program.

Smith says radio signals from collared wildlife experienced interference this past winter after NorthWestern acquired the frequencies, but researchers still could track the animals.

The license used by the park accidentally was allowed to expire several years ago.

Park service emails obtained by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility show officials were concerned the loss of monitoring data would jeopardize years of science on wolves and the elk herds they prey upon.

BUSINESS LOAN LAWSUIT

Montana Supreme Court ducks decision on punitive damages cap

HELENA, Mont. (AP) The Montana Supreme Court has overturned a $52 million jury verdict in a breach of contract case, but justices did not rule on the constitutionality of the state's $10 million cap on punitive damages.

The court on Wednesday sent the case back to District Court in Butte for a new trial, saying Masters Group International's lawsuit against Comerica Bank should have been tried under Michigan law, where Comerica was previously headquartered.

The Supreme Court, therefore, did not rule on the question of whether Montana juries should be allowed to award more than $10 million in punitive damages.

The Silver Bow County jury had unanimously decided Comerica was in breach of contract and was liable for $52 million in damages to Masters Group for ultimately thwarting its effort to open an office supply distribution business in Butte. The award included $10.5 million in punitive damages.

FATAL CRASH-ROGERS PASS

Ronan woman, 24, dies in crash north of Helena

(Information in the following story is from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) Authorities say a 24-year-old Ronan woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash north of Helena.

The Independent Record reports Danella Hiday was headed west on Highway 200 near the top of Rogers Pass when her car drifted off the side of the road Thursday afternoon. Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Alicia Williams says Hiday overcorrected, and her car crossed both lanes of traffic before going down a steep embankment.

Williams says Hiday, who was not wearing a seatbelt, might have been speeding at the time of the crash.

MARION SHOOTING

Suspect in shooting outside Marion bar pleads not guilty

(Information in the following story is from: Flathead Beacon, http://www.flatheadbeacon.com)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) A man accused of shooting two people outside a northwest Montana bar has pleaded not guilty.

The Flathead Beacon reports 27-year-old Leif Lee denied charges Thursday of assault with a weapon and criminal endangerment stemming from the June 14 shooting in Marion.

Investigators say a witness intervened in an altercation between Lee and a woman when Lee pulled a gun. The witness reportedly tried to grab the gun when it went off.

The witness was struck in the hand and arm, and one of the bullets also struck the woman in the arm. The woman, of Bigfork, was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Officials say Lee fled on a motorcycle but called police the next day, acknowledging his involvement.

FATAL CRASH-SENTENCE

Butte man gets 6-year deferred sentence for fatal crash

(Information in the following story is from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com)

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) A 19-year-old Butte man who caused a crash that killed a passenger on Halloween 2013 has been given a six-year deferred sentence.

The Montana Standard reports Cody Richards was sentenced Thursday for the death of 19-year-old Kiel Podgorski. Richards pleaded guilty in March to negligent homicide.

Defense attorney Greg Jackson said his client had been drinking and was unable to control his vehicle as he tried to negotiate a curve on icy roads. The Montana Highway Patrol found Richards was driving too fast for road conditions when his vehicle went off a county road and down a steep embankment.

Richards and two other men Wayne Worley, then 30, and Tyler Weddle, then 19 were treated for injuries and released.

YELLOWSTONE-BISON ENCOUNTERS

Yellowstone bison gore woman, injure teen in latest run-ins

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) Bison gored a woman and tossed a teenager into the air in Yellowstone National Park, the latest run-ins with the massive animals during tourist season in the popular landmark.

The National Park Service says a bison gored a 68-year-old woman Wednesday on a trail near Yellowstone Lake. She was taken to a hospital, but her condition wasn't immediately known.

On June 23, a bison tossed a 19-year-old off-duty park concession employee who was off trail. She was treated and released from a hospital for minor injuries.

In other encounters, the animals have gored a 16-year-old girl and tossed an Australian tourist in the air. Both suffered serious injuries.

Yellowstone prohibits people from getting within 25 yards of bison or other large animals and within 100 yards of bears and wolves.


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Associated Press Montana News Summary
Thursday, July 2nd 2015 
Latest Montana news, sports, business and entertainment
POLYGAMOUS MARRIAGE

Polygamous Montana trio applies for wedding license

HELENA, Mont. (AP) A Montana man has applied for a marriage license so he can legally wed his second wife.

Nathan Collier of Billings said Wednesday that last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage inspired him to try to force the acceptance of polygamous marriages.

He says he'll sue the state if his application is rejected.

Collier says Yellowstone County Courthouse officials initially denied the application Tuesday. When he told officials he planned to sue, they said they would consult with the county attorney before giving him a final answer.

Collier married his first wife, Victoria, in 2000. He and his second wife, Christine, had a religious wedding ceremony in 2007 but didn't sign a marriage license.

The trio recently has appeared on the reality cable television show "Sister Wives."

PENSION PROBLEM

Judge rules for teachers' union in pension dispute

HELENA, Mont. (AP) A Helena judge says a state law cutting teachers' inflationary pension increases is unconstitutional.

District Judge Mike Menahan ruled Tuesday that the Legislature's cost-saving measure passed in 2013 violated provisions in the state and U.S. constitutions that prohibit the impairment of contract obligations.

The judge ordered a permanent block to that section of the law.

The law cut annual inflationary increases for beneficiaries in the Teachers' Retirement System from 1.5 percent to .5 percent. The cuts were part of a pension overhaul that increased contributions from employers and employees.

The state teachers' union and six retired and current employees sued. They argued the pension shortfall would be balanced without an unconstitutional cut to benefits.

Menahan dismissed state attorneys' argument that the courts must respect the legislators' decision to make the cuts.

GOP LEADERSHIP

New GOP chairman appoints opponents to leadership positions

HELENA, Mont. (AP) Montana's new Republican Party chairman is making a show of party unity by appointing the incumbent he ousted and another candidate for the top spot to leadership positions.

Rep. Jeff Essmann of Billings was elected chairman at the party's annual convention last week, defeating incumbent Will Deschamps of Missoula and former Madison County Commissioner Dan Happel.

Essmann announced Wednesday that Happel will be the party's finance chairman and Deschamps will be the new Republican Speakers Committee chairman.

Essmann says their appointments will mean a stronger and more unified party as the focus turns toward the 2016 elections.

WATER DISPUTE

Mountain Water requests delay in its acquisition by Missoula

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

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Mountain Water Co. has asked for a delay the city of Missoula's attempt to acquire the utility.

The Missoulian reports that Mountain Water filed the motion Tuesday in Missoula County District Court. The court ruled June 15 that public ownership of the utility is "more necessary" than its private status, but President John Kappes argues that the Montana Supreme Court should be allowed to consider the company's appeal before negotiations continue.

The district court ruling gave Mountain Water and Missoula about a month to agree on a fair price for the public water drinking system. But Kappes said that process would be moot if the Supreme Court sides with Mountain Water.

The city's attorneys say they believe the district court ruling is solid and that Mountain Water is trying to drive up legal costs.

MOUNTAIN JESUS STATUE

Appeals court to hear arguments in Jesus statue dispute

(Information in the following story is from: Daily Inter Lake, http://www.dailyinterlake.com)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) A federal appeals court will take up a dispute over whether a 6-foot-tall statue of Jesus should remain on U.S. Forest Service land next to a Montana ski resort.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Tuesday in Portland, Oregon.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is appealing a Montana judge's decision to allow the statue to remain on the Whitefish mountainside. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen said the statue does not represent a governmental endorsement of religion because the land is leased to a private organization.

Foundation spokeswoman Rebecca Market tells The Daily Inter Lake it is unconstitutional to have a large statue of Jesus on public land.

The Knights of Columbus says the statue commissioned more than 60 years ago is a World War II memorial.

CHIPPEWA CREE ELECTION

Ken St. Marks elected tribal chairman, again

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) Ken Blatt St. Marks, who has been repeatedly elected and removed as chairman of the Chippewa Cree Tribal Business Committee, has been elected for a fourth time.

St. Marks received 280 of the 625 votes cast in Tuesday's special election. Interim chairman Ted Whitford Sr. was second with 215 votes. Whitford will revert to his position as vice chairman.

St. Marks was initially elected chairman in the fall of 2012. The business committee has impeached him three times on allegations of corruption. Tribal members have responded by re-electing him.

The Department of Interior found that St. Marks was removed from office in retaliation for cooperating with agents investigating tribal corruption involving federal funding. The tribe was ordered to pay St. Marks more than $648,000 for his salary and attorney costs.

WEST NILE VIRUS

Montana reports first human West Nile virus case of 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) Montana health officials say the year's first human case of West Nile virus has been reported in Rosebud County.

Department of Public Health and Human Safety officials said in a statement Wednesday the person is recovering in a hospital. The statement did not identify the person other than he or she is an adult.

Officials say it is earlier than usual for the mosquito-transmitted infection to be reported in a person.

Five cases were reported last year. By comparison, there were 200 cases in 2003 and 2007, but none in 2010.

Symptoms include a low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches. In a very few people, infection can lead to life-threatening symptoms that include convulsions, coma and paralysis.

ASSET FORFEITURE

Montana Supreme Court reverses police seizure of Hummer

HELENA, Mont. (AP) The Montana Supreme Court says Missoula police were wrong to seize a Hummer titled to a Missoula woman.

The court ruled on Tuesday that the Missoula Police Department unlawfully decided a car title does not imply ownership of the vehicle or the right to argue ownership in court.

Police officials had relied in part on that reasoning in 2013 to seize a Hummer titled to both Bobby Bilderback and his mother, Marie Felton.

The Hummer was seized in relation to the overdose death of a Washington state teen who bought meth from then-44-year-old Bilderback. He is serving a five-year sentence at the Washington State Penitentiary for controlled substance homicide.

Police did not prove Felton was involved in her son's crimes and the court ordered the car be released to her.

FIREWORKS FIRE

Fireworks cause blaze at Ronan-area shop, apartment

(Information in the following story is from: KERR-AM, http://www.750kerr.com/)

POLSON, Mont. (AP) A young boy playing with fireworks started a fire east of Ronan that caused $250,000 in damage to a shop and apartment.

Ronan Fire Chief Mark Clary tells KERR-AM that firefighters were called at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, about the time emergency services coordinators were issuing an emergency declaration to prohibit the use of fireworks due to the recent hot, dry weather.

Clary says a 5- or 6-year-old boy admitted throwing fireworks into a bush. The fire spread to a large shop that also contained an apartment. The renters escaped through the windows. Clary says it appears they lost all of their belongings in the fire.

No one was injured.

GIRLFRIEND STABBED

Man charged with girlfriend's head stabbing

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) A man is being held on a $250,000 bond on charges that he stabbed his girlfriend in the head.

Officers arrested 37-year-old Shane Childress on an attempted deliberate homicide charge, among others.

Authorities say Childress was arguing with his girlfriend at a hotel early Monday morning. Police arrived to find the woman bleeding from the top of her head.

Childress was arrested at a nearby motel a few hours later.

The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment and released Tuesday.


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