GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Cellular One is discontinuing its wireless service in Montana at the end of July while an AT&T authorized dealer from Utah is taking over the company’s seven stores in Montana. Cellular One CEO Jonathan Foxman notified customers earlier this month that the service was being continued because the company couldn’t afford the cost of upgrading its Montana network to 4G technology. The letter said Cellular One customers would receive a $100 credit and pay no activation fees if they switched to AT&T. Early termination fees also would be waived. Verizon and AT&T are Montana’s largest wireless companies. Spring Mobile spokeswoman Heather Bailey says the Utah-based company will be operating the Cellular One stores in Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula. The stores have about 20 employees.
Remington closing Montana Rifleman in Kalispell
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Remington Outdoor Co. has announced it is closing a gun barrel manufacturer in northwestern Montana and moving its production to Huntsville, Alabama. Remington spokesman Teddy Novin told the Flathead Beacon on Thursday that the Montana Rifleman in Kalispell is one of several company plants that are closing, with their work being consolidated at its Alabama facility. Remington purchased Montana Rifleman in March 2013. Montana Rifleman was founded in 1990. It produced 143,000 rifle and pistol barrels in 2011. In 2012, the plant produced more than 312,000 barrels and had a workforce of between 160 and 170.
Warrant issued for man shot during home invasion
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Billings man who was shot in the leg during a weekend home invasion. Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Ed Zink says Justice of the Peace Pedro Hernandez issued the warrant for Christopher James Michelotti on Thursday. Michelotti faces an aggravated burglary charge. The warrant sets his bail at $500,000. Michelotti was charged after a home invasion late Sunday in which the homeowner said he shot Michelotti after Michelotti ignored the homeowner’s warning not to come down to the basement. The homeowner said Michelotti was armed. Co-defendant Danny Jo Lira was arrested and charged with felony aggravated burglary by accountability. His bail was set at $50,000. Michelotti was taken to the hospital. It was not clear whether he was discharged or left against doctor’s orders.
Highway patrol looking for injured pedestrian
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Highway Patrol is looking for a man who ran away after being hit by a pickup truck on an Interstate 90 onramp near Billings. Sgt. Derek Brown tells The Billings Gazette the driver of the pickup reported a young man ran in front of his truck and was hit at about 5:40 p.m. Thursday. The teen got back up, but ran away when the driver said he was going to call police. The pedestrian is described as a 16- to 17-year-old male with shaggy brown hair and light facial hair. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and a black baseball cap. Brown says while the youth apparently wasn’t injured, he was worried about the possibility of internal injuries.
2 hospitalized after Great Falls fire
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A fire at a downtown Great Falls apartment building led to two residents being hospitalized for smoke inhalation and possible burns. The fire was reported at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in a second-floor apartment. Assistant Fire Chief Steve Hester says the fire was contained to the room where it started and firefighters were able to quickly knock it down, but all the residents of the building were evacuated. Hester says the cause of the fire is under investigation. No other information about the hospitalized residents was released.
Officials identify victim of Pompeys Pillar crash
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone County officials have released the name of a man who died in a rollover crash on an Interstate 94 frontage road near Pompeys Pillar. The coroner’s office tells KULR-TV that 24-year-old Josh Lowe of Custer died early Thursday. The patrol says the crash happened between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Troopers say Lowe was westbound on Custer Frontage Road when he lost control of his car, overcorrected and rolled the vehicle. Lowe was thrown from the car and died at the scene. The cause of the crash is under investigation.