Authorities searching for possibly abducted 1-year-old girl
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in North Dakota are searching for a 1-year-old girl they believe might have been abducted.
The Highway Patrol early Wednesday issued an Amber Alert for Kenzley Olson. She was last seen at a residence in Poplar, Montana.
The patrol says the American Indian girl with black hair, brown eyes and a three-quarter-inch scar over her right eye might be with two adults from the Minot area who might be returning there.
Authorities say they might be traveling in a silver, four-door 2006 Chrysler 300 with North Dakota license plate KCV650.
Man gets 40 years in prison for death of 2-year-old boy
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A 22-year-old Evergreen man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.
Brandon Newberry entered an Alford plea in February to mitigated deliberate homicide. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to gain a conviction.
Newberry, who was sentenced Tuesday, was initially charged with deliberate homicide in the February 2015 death of Forrest Groshelle. An autopsy found the boy had been hit in the abdomen numerous times, causing a laceration of the small intestine that slowly poisoned him.
Newberry was watching the boy while his mother was at work.
Medical marijuana backers launch new Montana ballot measure
HELE NA, Mont. (AP) — Advocates for medical marijuana in Montana have begun gathering signatures for an initiative that would ask voters to undo legislation limiting the use of the substance.
But backers of I-182 have just nine weeks to collect the 24,175 valid signatures needed to place the measure on the November ballot.
The “Yes on 182” campaign said during a news conference at the state Capitol on Tuesday that signature gatherers were already fanning out through the state.
Voters in 2004 legalized marijuana for medicinal use, but the law was rolled back by the 2011 Legislature. Earlier this year, the state Supreme Court upheld key provisions of the legislative changes.
If approved, the measure would lift the three-patient limit imposed on providers and establish licensing fees to pay for administering the program.
Woman facing charges in Sanders County shooting death
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 31-year-old woman is facing a deliberate homicide charge after police say she admitted to fatally shooting a man east of Trout Creek last year.
The Billings Gazette reports that Jenna Michael appeared in court Tuesday and was ordered to be jailed on $100,000 bond. She was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Offender Task Force in Billings on Monday in connection with the July 9 death of 54-year-old Marvin Gallaher.
She has been ordered to remain in the Yellowstone County Jail until her extradition back to Sanders County.
Court documents say Michael admitted to using illegal drugs with Gallaher before she shot him in Thompson Falls near the Vermillion River Drainage.
Booking documents do not indicate if Michael has hired an attorney.
Man convicted of killing deputy makes deal on drug charges
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A man who was convicted of killing a Cascade County sheriff’s deputy in 2014 has made a plea deal with federal prosecutors on additional drug and weapons charges.
Under the agreement filed Tuesday, Adam Sanchez Jr. plans to plead guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Federal prosecutors agreed to recommend a lighter sentence for accepting responsibility for the crime. They also agreed not to prosecute his mother, Susan Sanchez, for any role she might have played in his crimes.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris set a change of plea hearing for April 26.
Sanchez was sentenced in December to life in prison without parole for the death of 33-year-old Deputy Joe Dunn during a high-speed chase.
2 Bundys seeking release from jail in Nevada standoff case
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A son of rancher Cliven Bundy wants more time to prepare to seek release from federal custody pending trial in an armed confrontation with government agents in Nevada two years ago.
Ammon Bundy argues in documents filed ahead of a Wednesday detention hearing in Las Vegas that he’s no flight risk and no danger to the community.
His brother, Ryan Bundy, is also seeking release.
A delay would create a conflict with a court order from a federal judge in Oregon. She wants Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and several co-defendants returned to Portland by Monday.
There, they face charges in a U.S. wildlife refuge occupation this year.
In Nevada, the defendants are among 19 people facing charges in an April 2014 standoff that stopped federal agents rounding up cattle.