Helena brothers killed, suspect arrested
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Lewis and Clark County officials have released the names of two men who were shot and killed in Helena over the weekend.
Coroner Mickey Nelson tells the Independent Record that 40-year-old Robert Alan Mishler and 42-year-old William Andrew Mishler were shot to death Saturday night at an apartment building just west of the downtown area.
Police say the shooting was reported at around 9:15 p.m. Saturday. The suspect, 43-year-old Tilmon R. Nungesser IV, was found in the basement of the building and arrested on suspicion of deliberate homicide. He also lived in the building.
Police Chief Troy McGee said more information would be released on Monday when charging documents are filed.
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.
The crash remains under investigation. The patrol said it’s not clear yet who was driving.
UM student dies after reported fall from residence building
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A University of Montana student has died after apparently falling from the top floor of a residence hall.
UM spokeswoman Peggy Kuhr says that a call was made at about 7:45 a.m. Saturday stating “that someone had fallen” from the top of the five-floor Miller Hall. Kuhr tells the Missoulian that the male student was taken to the hospital but died of his injuries.
The victim’s name was not immediately released. The Missoula County Coroner’s Office is handling the case.
Court denies petition to rehear newlywed murder appeal
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman who admitted pushing her husband to his death off a cliff eight days after their wedding has lost another legal appeal.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a petition to rehear an appeal by Jordan Graham, of Kalispell. Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Hornbein says Graham’s only remaining option is an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Graham’s attorney Michael Donahoe tells the Missoulian that they intend to pursue the Supreme Court appeal. Graham pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after authorities say she pushed Cody Johnson off a cliff in Glacier National Park on July 7, 2013.
Film company fined for wilderness violations
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Missoula-based film company has been cited for violating state fishing regulations and filming illegally in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says the company’s owners and an associate were fined a total of about $6,000 as part of a plea agreement involving 38 state and 11 federal citations.
The Daily Inter Lake reports that Missoula Wild produced films that showed people illegally fishing for bull trout, a federally protected species. State citations were issued for intentionally fishing for bull trout in closed waters, failing to immediately release bull trout and failing to report a bull trout on a Fish, Wildlife and Parks Bull Trout Catch Card.
Montana officials move forward with sage grouse plan
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana panel overseeing a sage grouse conservation plan has finalized guidelines for awarding $10 million in grants to help boost habitat for the imperiled bird.
Meanwhile, state officials say they have evaluated most of the 112 projects proposed within prime habitat areas for the sage grouse. Officials with the Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team said Friday that they will begin accepting applications as soon as early next month and could begin awarding grants in May.
Forensic expert says victim shot in back in land access case
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A forensic expert testified that he believed an Augusta-area man was walking or running away from a confrontation when he was shot in the back and killed in October 2013.
The defendant, Joe Campbell, told investigators that Tim Newman was pointing a gun at him when he fired the first shot. He said he then shot Newman in the back as he tried to get up from the ground.
William Schneck with Microvision Northwest testified Friday in District Court that he was unable to reconstruct the crime scene as Campbell explained it. He said based on Newman’s injuries, body position and the location of fired bullets and casings, it was more likely that Newman had his back to Campbell when the first shot was fired.