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GREAT FALLS STABBING
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 RAPE-GUILTY PLEA
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.
MISTAKEN FOR WOLF
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.