The Latest: Missing 1-year-old girl found dead in Poplar
POPLAR, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities say a 1-year-old girl who they believe was abducted has been found dead in Poplar.
The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement posted on its Facebook page Wednesday that a person is in custody. The statement did not have any further details.
County spokesman Lee Allmer says a cause of death has not yet been determined. He says the FBI is leading the investigation.
Kenzley Olson was last seen Tuesday morning, and an Amber Alert was issued early Wednesday.
Officials had originally sought two North Dakota residents they believed responsible for her kidnapping, but later determined they were not involved.
2 Bundy sons lose bid for release ahead of trial in Nevada
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal magistrate judge in Las Vegas says two sons of rancher Cliven Bundy who are accused of leading an armed confrontation with government officers in Nevada in April 2014 will remain in custody pending trial.
Like 17 other co-defendants before them, including their father, Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy were deemed to be a danger to the community and a risk not to return to court.
The ruling on Wednesday came with the 19 defendants and their lawyers gearing up for a Friday hearing to set a schedule ahead of trial.
It could be pushed back from May 2.
Seven of the Nevada defendants are also facing federal trial Sept. 7 in Oregon, where more than two dozen people face charges in a U.S. wildlife refuge occupation this year.
Grizzly recovery coordinator to retire after 35 years
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The nation’s first and only grizzly bear recovery coordinator is stepping down from his post in Montana after 35 years, saying the threatened species has recovered enough for him to retire.
The Great Falls Tribune reports that Chris Serveehn of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says he’s stepping down at the end of April. Wayne Kasworm will become acting recovering coordinator.
Serveehn, who took the job in 1981, says he considers bear populations in Yellowstone National Park and the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem recovered.
He says efforts have included investing millions of dollars in management, garbage clean-up and reducing bear-human conflicts.
The grizzly bear remains protected under the Endangered Species Act. There are up to 1,700 grizzly bears in the West, with most in Montana and Wyoming.
Yellowstone visitor ‘lucky’ not to be hurt by bison
CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials are warning people against approaching wildlife in the park after a woman was caught on video petting a buffalo.
The Cody Enterprise reports that park spokesman Amy Bartlett says the woman “was extremely lucky” she wasn’t hurt in the Friday incident.
The woman’s encounter with the bison comes after Yellowstone reported five run-ins between park-goers and buffalo last year. One incident involved a woman who was flipped into the air by a bison while trying to take a selfie with the animal.
Bartlett says park officials hope the woman caught petting the bison last week in the Geyser Basin area will realize how fortunate she was not to be harmed by the animal.
Park visitors are required to stay at least 25 yards from bison.
Cruz robocalls prompt complaints in Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz may be chatting up Montanans for their vote, but his robocalls are pushing the wrong buttons for some.
Such automated phone calls are illegal in Montana, and are prompting a few complaints.
Montana’s Commissioner of Political Practices was alerted to the calls earlier this week but says he doesn’t have the authority to enforce the state law that prohibits political robocalls.
Cruz is hoping to prevent Donald Trump from winning the Republican nomination outright. Montana, which awards only 27 delegates, could be crucial in Cruz’s presidential bid.
Greg Trangmoe, a state co-chair for Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s campaign, says the robocalls show that Cruz isn’t playing by Montana rules. Earlier this year, the Cruz camp explored the possibility of trying to disqualify Kasich from the June primary.
Criminal charges filed against oil company for 2011 spill
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An oil and gas company faces criminal charges for a 2011 oil spill prosecutors say polluted a stream in northwestern Montana.
A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday charges FX Drilling Co. and field supervisor Quay Geza Torok with negligent discharge of oil into waters of the United States and failure to immediately notify federal authorities of the spill.
Prosecutors say Torok discovered a 3-inch line connecting two oil wells had broken on an oil field located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation on June 12, 2011. They say the spilled oil and production fluid, estimated at up to 840 gallons, made its way to Cut Bank Creek nearly a mile away.
Attorneys representing the company and Torok said Wednesday there is no evidence the spill reached the stream.
Missoula knife attack trial set for October
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A man charged with killing one Montana woman and assaulting another will go to trial in October.
The Missoulian reports that Scott Austin Price is scheduled for a four-day jury trial in October on charges that he fatally stabbed Lonette Keehner in a motel before stabbing another woman in a nearby parking lot.
Sarah Rae McKnight is also charged with the attacks, which took place last December in Missoula. Both McKnight and Price pleaded not guilty in January.
McKnight’s trial is scheduled for August.
Both suspects are in custody on $1 million bail.