Felony drug charge against Glendive officer dropped
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Glendive police officer facing a drunken driving charge has had a drug charge against him dropped after he was able to produce a valid prescription.
The Billings Gazette reports that 48-year-old Michael Louis Briggs was charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs after Yellowstone County jail offers found hydrocodone in his possession. The charge was dismissed Tuesday after he produced a valid prescription.
Charging documents say Billings police officers had responded Jan. 8 to reports of a someone driving erratically.
Officers say they tracked down Briggs, who reportedly appeared disoriented and had slurred speech.
Briggs refused to take field sobriety tests and was taken to the county jail.
Glendive Mayor Jerry Jimison says Briggs resigned as a police officer earlier this week. He was hired in April 2014.
Trial dates set for Manlove, Nisbet in Vann’s fraud case
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A March 21 trial date has been set for the former CEO and former CFO of Vann’s Inc. Both men are charged with conspiring to defraud the chain of employee-owned electronics and appliance stores, forcing it into bankruptcy.
Former CFO Paul Lyn Nisbet had reached a plea agreement with a restitution requirement, but pleaded not guilty to conspiracy on Jan. 12.
Former CEO George Leslie Manlove pleaded not guilty the same day to more than 200 charges, including wire, bank and bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy. Prosecutors said he used money from Vann’s for personal expenses.
Both men are charged with creating a corporation to buy a property that housed a Vann’s store, then caused Vann’s to make above-market lease payments to pay off the loan.
There is a March 10 deadline for plea agreements.
Blaine County offers 2-day offices for Fort Belknap voting
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The Blaine County commissioners have proposed opening a satellite voting office for two days a week before the 2016 election.
A settlement in a 2012 federal lawsuit won the right to open satellite offices on the Crow, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Belknap reservations.
The Great Falls Tribune reports that the commissioners responded Tuesday to a Jan. 5 letter from the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council with the proposal. The proposal would move Blaine County’s election office to a tribal building on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the 30-day voting period before each state and federal election.
Fort Belknap President Mark Azure was not available for comment.
A consultant with the Indian voting rights organization criticized the proposal, calling it a “two-fifths compromise” to limit Native Americans’ voting rights.
Woman who was killed in Bozeman apartment fire identified
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Gallatin County officials have identified a person killed in a Bozeman fire as a 44-year-old woman.
Coroner’s officials said Thursday that Rosanna Yvette De La Cruz was found dead in her partially burned apartment on Wednesday.
The coroner’s statement did not list a cause of death and said the case is under investigation.
Deputy Fire Chief Greg Megaard previously said that someone walking a dog reported the fire at about 5 a.m. Wednesday.
Two dogs in the apartment survived. One was unconscious, but responders were able to revive it. The dog was taken to a veterinarian for treatment.
Montana woman sues after finding human face in car wash
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Livingston woman has filed a complaint seeking damages for the alleged emotional trauma she suffered from finding part of a man’s face in a car wash after he was struck and killed by a semitrailer.
The Billings Gazette reports Kimberly Kriege’s suit filed in November against trucking company CRST Expedited Inc. has been moved to federal court in Butte.
In 2013, David Welk was driving for the company when he hit and killed 81-year-old pedestrian, Elgie Bedford.
Welk, who was convicted of the crime, left the scene. Investigators reported Bedford’s body was run over by several subsequent vehicles.
Kriege claims the man’s face ended up on her vehicle after she discovered it at a car wash.
Lawyers for CRST have said the company isn’t responsible for any damages.
Havre teen gets 100 years for stabbing MSU-Northern students
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A Havre teenager who pleaded guilty to attempted deliberate homicide for stabbing three Montana State University-Northern students has been sentenced to 100 years in prison.
The Havre Daily News reports 18-year-old Justice Brown was sentenced Thursday for repeatedly stabbing Sam Mix, Taylor Woolman and Alicia Sneed during a break-in at an off-campus apartment in May. A large crowd was on hand in the Hill County Courthouse on Thursday as the judge said his first duty was to protect the public.
Mix was stabbed more than three dozen times, Woolman was stabbed more than 20 times and Sneed was stabbed seven times before she escaped and called for help.
Brown was 17 at the time of the stabbings but was tried as an adult. Police haven’t determined a motive for the attacks.
Rocky Mountain College hires Jason Petrino as football coach
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Rocky Mountain College has hired Jason Petrino as its next football coach.
The Kalispell native spent the past four years as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach under former Montana coach Joe Glenn. Petrino replaces Brian Armstrong, who resigned to become an assistant coach at Montana State.
Rocky athletic director Bruce Parker and President Bob Wilmouth announced Petrino’s hiring Thursday.
Petrino played football at Carroll College and was Mike Van Diest’s secondary coach from 2000 to 2002, when the Saints won their first NAIA national title. He was an assistant to Glenn at Wyoming and USD. His cousins, Bobby and Paul Petrino, are head coaches at Louisville and Idaho.
Petrino says he’s excited to be at Rocky and to be back in Montana.
Former Montana coach Robin Pflugrad was scheduled to be interviewed Thursday but Parker said he withdrew his candidacy to pursue other opportunities.