Gianforte raises $250,000, including $150,000 from loans
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican Greg Gianforte has loaned his gubernatorial campaign $150,000 during the latest campaign finance reporting period. The Bozeman businessman also reports receiving more than $100,000 in donations in the period.
The loans add to the $272,000 Gianforte has given his campaign.
Statewide office seekers must file campaign finance reports on Monday. The filing deadline is the first following last week’s ruling by a federal judge invalidating contribution limits set by voters in 1994, opening the way for unlimited campaign contributions by political parties and substantially higher limits for political action committees.
Gianforte has $375,000 left to spend in his attempt to derail Gov. Steve Bullock’s bid for a second term, after spending about $239,000 between April 27 and May 18.
Bullock had not filed his report with the commissioner of political practices early Monday afternoon.
Butte police investigate theft from medical marijuana shop
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Law enforcement officers say two male suspects cut a hole in the roof of a building housing a medical marijuana dispensary and stole about $12,000 worth of marijuana plants.
Butte-Silver Bow officers say video surveillance shows the two used a ladder to climb onto the roof of Evergreen Medical at about 1:30 a.m. Friday.
Police dispatch logged alarms at the business at 2:24 a.m. and again at 3:56 a.m. Undersheriff George Skuletich tells The Montana Standard that responding officers found the building dark and the doors locked. The owners did not respond to the alarms.
The surveillance video showed the suspects descending the ladder at 4:07 a.m. with a backpack and a large garbage bag.
Officers found two saw blades on the roof.
Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Butte-Silver Bow law enforcement.
Belgrade man charged with wife in theft case pleads guilty
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Gallatin County man charged along with his wife in two theft cases has pleaded no contest to stealing and pawning tools from a Belgrade business.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that Jonathan Dedycker entered the plea Monday to felony theft as part of a plea deal that dismissed another felony theft charge. The second charge was related to allegations that Dedycker helped his wife, Katlyn, steal more than $11,000 in items from Gallatin County mailboxes.
Prosecutors say Jonathan Dedycker stole more than $6,000 worth of tools from a shop where his wife worked as a receptionist and then pawned the items.
Katlyn Dedycker has been charged as a co-defendant in both theft cases and faces additional charges of assault on a peace officer and issuing a bad check.
Heavy rains caused localized flooding in Northwest Montana
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Heavy weekend rains have caused localized flooding in northwestern Montana and road closures near Columbia Falls, Hungry Horse and in Glacier National Park.
Glacier spokesman Tim Rains says a culvert 2 miles from Apgar along Lake McDonald overflowed Monday morning, sending water across Going-to-the-Sun Road, prompting its closure.
Flathead County officials say there were other localized closures due to overwhelmed culverts.
The National Weather Service says 4.88 inches of rain fell at Hungry Horse Dam from Friday through Sunday while 3.81 inches of rain fell at West Glacier. Up to 3 feet of snow fell in the mountains above 6,300 feet in Glacier park. Meteorologist Dave Nobel says another three-quarters of an inch of rain was expected to fall on Monday.
The weather service issued a flood warning Monday for urban areas and small streams in Flathead County.
Powerball ticket sold in Great Falls wins $50K prize
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Results of Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s Montana Lottery drawings:
JACKPOTS WON: None.
MAJOR PRIZES WON IN MONTANA: A Powerball ticket sold in Great Falls matched four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000.
THE WINNING NUMBERS DRAWN:
Montana Cash: 12, 16, 24, 33, 42.
Hot Lotto: 2, 6, 21, 42, 47. Hot Ball 15
Powerball: 5, 7, 9, 23, 32. Powerball 26. Power Play 4
Mega Millions: 19, 24, 26, 40, 68. Mega Ball 8, Mega Play: 2
Lucky for Life: 4, 13, 24, 28, 30. Lucky Ball 15.
ESTIMATED JACKPOTS FOR THE NEXT DRAWINGS:
Montana Cash: $140,000
Hot Lotto: $2.83 million
Powerball: $80 million
Mega Millions: $203 million
Lucky for Life: $1,000/Day for Life
YELLOWSTONE-HOT SPRING TRESPASSING
Yellowstone IDs 4th man charged with walking on hot spring
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities have identified the fourth individual who is accused of walking onto a sensitive hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.
The criminal complaint says Hamish McNab Campbell Cross, who carries a New Zealand passport, was among a group of men seen and photographed walking on the hot spring on May 14.
The men are accused of leaving an established boardwalk and stepping onto a geothermal feature where they snapped selfies and took video of themselves.
Ranger believe they have returned to Canada where some of them have a clothing line that they promote.
The group posted an apology on their social network and offered to donate up to $5,000 to the park.
One of the men reached through email has decline comment on behalf of the group.