|Associated Press Montana News Summary|
|Thursday, October 4th 2012|
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A coroner's jury deliberated for about 15 minutes before finding a Billings police sergeant was justified when he fatally shot a man who had earlier shot at other officers and was approaching him in a motel hallway with a pistol raised. Jurors reached the verdict yesterday after a two-day hearing into the May 24 death of 29-year-old Michael Brandon.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has struck down Montana's campaign contribution limits as unconstitutional. Barring an appeal that stays the judge's order, the ruling means individuals and political parties can dump unlimited amounts of money into the coffers of their preferred candidate at the very peak of the campaign season.
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — An investigation into the suspected illegal feeding of black bears in northwestern Montana has resulted in the capture and euthanization of two more bears. State wildlife officials say the male bears were captured near Heron within the past week. Five other black bears were captured in the same area and euthanized last week. Witnesses say a resident was feeding the bears.
ANACONDA, Mont. (AP) — A 64-year-old Texas man has pleaded no contest to felony theft stemming from an attempted robbery at a Wells Fargo bank branch in Anaconda. The Montana Standard reports James Ramsey was arrested on Sept. 21 inside the bank. Prosecutors said he handed a teller a note demanding $10,000 in $100 bills.
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Custer County have released the name of a 10-year-old Anaconda girl who was killed in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 near Miles City. Sheriff Tony Harbaugh says Sierra Johnson died late Monday when the SUV she was riding in went off the highway and rolled. She was ejected from the SUV.
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