Bail set at $500K in Helena double homicide
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Helena man is charged with using a shotgun to kill his upstairs neighbors at an apartment building.
Lewis and Clark County prosecutors filed deliberate homicide charges Monday against 43-year-old Tilmon R. Nungesser IV. He is charged with killing 40-year-old Robert Alan Mishler and 42-year-old William Andrew Mishler on Saturday night.
The Independent Record reported Nungesser appeared in Justice Court Monday and requested a public defender. His bail was set at $500,000.
Court records say officers responding to a 911 call found the Mishler brothers dead in the hallway near their apartment. Officers found Nungesser in the basement hallway with blood spatter on his face and clothes.
Officers say Nungesser confessed to the shooting and pointed out the shotgun to officers. Charging documents did not indicate a motive.
Judge says founder of Montana resort will stay in jail
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge says the founder of a Montana resort for the ultra-rich remains in contempt and will stay in jail for failing to account for millions of dollars from a Mexico property sale. Yellowstone Club founder Tim Blixseth has been in the Cascade County jail since April 2015. He sold the property in Mexico for $13.8 million in 2011, violating a bankruptcy judge’s order. U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon said Blixseth’s incarceration is meant to coerce him into revealing what happened to the money. Haddon says Blixseth has submitted more than 22,000 pages of accounting entries and other documents.
Arizona man killed in Montana crash
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A 20-year-old man from Bapchule, Arizona was killed in a rollover crash in northwestern Montana. The Montana Highway Patrol says the man was driving his pickup truck northbound on Badger Creek Road near Heart Butte early Sunday when it went off a ridge on a steep hill. The pickup rolled at least once. The man was thrown from the pickup. He was taken to Blackfeet Community hospital in Browning where he was pronounced dead. His name hasn’t been released.
Garryowen woman dies in crash near Lockwood
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 35-year-old Garryowen woman died and two other people were injured in a rollover crash on U.S. Highway 87 south of Lockwood. Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Michelle Frost says the SUV went into a ditch at about 7:25 a.m. Sunday. It rolled and struck a tree before coming to rest on its wheels. A 21-year-old woman from Crow Agency and a 28-year-old man from Columbus were injured after being thrown from the SUV during the crash. The victim remained in the SUV. She was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital. Her name has not been released.
Anti-refugee protesters descend on Montana capitol
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A group opposed to granting safe haven to Muslim refugees staged a rally that drew nearly 100 demonstrators to the Montana Capitol. A series of speakers at Monday’s event warned against what they consider a security threat if the United States allows refuges to pour in from violence-torn regions of the Middle East. About a dozen counter-demonstrators attended the event at the steps of the Capitol. It is the third demonstration in the past two months by a group that operates under the banner “American Security Rally of Montana.” Members of the group said they were particularly concerned about refugees from Syria.
Glacier breaks new visitation record for 2015
WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park has set a new record for the second straight year with more than 2.3 million visitors in 2015. The Missoulian reports (http://bit.ly/218fBiV ) that the park ranks tenth among the country’s national parks for most visitors last year. The figures released by the National Park Service show that Glacier came behind Yellowstone National Park, which took fifth place and also set a new record in 2015 by surpassing more than 4 million visitors. Glacier’s new record coincided with it welcoming its 100 millionth visitor last year in the park’s 105-year history. The National Park Service reported 307 million visits to its sites across the country last year, a nearly 5 percent increase from 2014.