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.
Today is Friday, May 16, the 136th day of 2014. There are 229 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 16, 1929, the first Academy Awards were presented. “Wings” won “best production,” while Emil Jannings (YAHN’-ings) and Janet Gaynor were named best actor and best actress.
On this date:
In 1763, the English lexicographer, author and wit Samuel Johnson first met his future biographer, James Boswell.
In 1770, Marie Antoinette, age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15.
In 1868, the U.S. Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson as it took its first ballot on the eleven articles of impeachment against him.
In 1920, Joan of Arc was canonized by Pope Benedict XV.
In 1939, the federal government began its first food stamp program in Rochester, New York.
In 1943, the nearly month-long Warsaw Ghetto Uprising came to an end as German forces crushed the Jewish resistance and blew up the Great Synagogue.
In 1948, CBS News correspondent George Polk, who’d been covering the Greek civil war between communist and nationalist forces, was found slain in Salonika Harbor.
In 1953, Associated Press correspondent William N. Oatis was released by communist authorities in Czechoslovakia, where he’d been imprisoned for two years after being forced to confess to espionage while working as the AP’s Prague bureau chief.
In 1961, Park Chung-hee seized power in South Korea in a military coup.
In 1974, former U.S. Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst pleaded guilty to failing to testify fully at his Senate confirmation hearing about an investigation of International Telephone & Telegraph Corp.; he was fined $100 and given a suspended 30-day sentence.
In 1984, comedian Andy Kaufman died in Los Angeles at age 35.
In 1989, during his visit to Beijing, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, formally ending a 30-year rift between the two Communist powers.
Ten years ago: The Bush administration announced a new initiative to speed up the approval process for new combination AIDS drugs designed to bring cheap, easy-to-use treatment to millions of people in Africa and the Caribbean. Pope John Paul II named six new saints, including Gianna Beretta Molla, revered by abortion foes because she’d refused to end her pregnancy despite warnings it could kill her. (Beretta Molla, an Italian pediatrician, died in 1962 at age 39, a week after giving birth to her fourth child.)
Five years ago: The ruling Congress party swept to a resounding victory in India’s mammoth national elections. Rachel Alexandra became the first filly to win the Preakness Stakes since 1924, holding off a late charge by Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird to capture the middle jewel of the Triple Crown by a length.
One year ago: President Barack Obama named a temporary chief for the scandal-marred Internal Revenue Service and pressed Congress to approve new security money to prevent another Benghazi-style terrorist attack. Candice Glover won the 12th season of “American Idol” on Fox.
Today’s Birthdays: Former U.S. Senator and Connecticut Governor Lowell Weicker is 83. Jazz musician Billy Cobham is 70. Actor Danny Trejo is 70. Actor Bill Smitrovich is 67. Actor Pierce Brosnan is 61. Actress Debra Winger is 59. Olympic gold medal gymnast Olga Korbut is 59. Actress Mare Winningham is 55. Rock musician Boyd Tinsley (The Dave Matthews Band) is 50. Rock musician Krist Novoselic (noh-voh-SEL’-ik) is 49. Singer Janet Jackson is 48. Country singer Scott Reeves (Blue County) is 48. Actor Brian (BREE’-un) F. O’Byrne is 47. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ralph Tresvant (New Edition) is 46. Actor David Boreanaz is 45. Political correspondent Tucker Carlson is 45. Actress Tracey Gold is 45. Tennis player Gabriela Sabatini is 44. Country singer Rick Trevino is 43. Musician Simon Katz is 43. Entrepreneur Bill Rancic (TV: “The Apprentice”) is 43. Actress Tori Spelling is 41. Actress Lynn Collins is 37. Actress Melanie Lynskey is 37. Actress Megan Fox is 28. Actor Drew Roy is 28. Actor Jacob Zachar is 28. Actor Marc John Jefferies is 24. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Ashley Wagner is 23. Actor Miles Heizer is 20.
Thought for Today: “I want, of course, peace, grace, and beauty. How do you do that? You work for it.” — Studs Terkel, American writer (1912-2008).
Montana man dies in avalanche while skiing
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A southwestern Montana man died in a backcountry avalanche over the weekend. Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Coroner Jerry Thomas says 46-year-old Ron Russell was backcountry skiing Saturday morning outside Anaconda when he was overtaken by an avalanche.
The Montana Standard reports Russell was able to dig himself out and call for help, but he died of his injuries. He was skiing alone.
Russell was a longtime math teacher at Anaconda High School. According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, he was the sixth person to die in an avalanche in Montana this winter and the 27th in the United States.
Ex-GOP chairmen take aim at US House candidate
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Three former Montana Republican Party chairmen have taken the unusual step of uniting to publicly oppose former state Sen. Ryan Zinke’s U.S. House bid.
State Sen. John Brenden of Scobey, former U.S. Rep. Rick Hill and former gubernatorial candidate Ken Miller released a statement Monday saying the Whitefish Republican’s views aren’t conservative enough.
They take issue with Zinke’s past legislative votes on issues such as natural-resource development and question his ties to a political-action committee he founded.
Zinke says the three see him as a threat to win the five-candidate primary over their favored candidates. He says he is fiscally conservative, pro-business, anti-abortion and supports gun rights.
Brenden and Hill are supporting other candidates in the June 3 primary. Miller says he supports any candidate other than Zinke.
Absentee ballots shipped ahead of June primaries
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Early voting is underway for the June 3 primary elections with more than 185,000 absentee ballots shipped to voters across Montana.
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch cast her absentee ballot in Helena Monday. She says absentee voting has grown exponentially since the law changed in 2000 allowing anyone to mail in a ballot.
McCulloch says 61 percent of the votes cast in the 2012 primaries were through absentee ballots.
The regular voter registration period for the primary elections closes Monday at 5 p.m. People can still register and cast a ballot up through the close of polls June 3.
Late voter registration must be done in person at a county election office or at a designated polling place.
Motorcyclist dies after collision in Billings
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 21-year-old Billings man has died after his motorcycle collided with a car at a city intersection. Assistant Yellowstone County Coroner Chad Fehr tells The Billings Gazette the victim of Friday’s collision was Craig Sowerwine.
Authorities said Friday that a car pulled out in front of Sowerwine’s motorcycle on Friday. He laid down the motorcycle and slid under the rear of the car, suffering fatal injuries.
Police say Sowerwine wasn’t wearing a helmet and was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic before the crash. The driver of the car told police she didn’t see the motorcycle.
The crash is still under investigation.
Butte man charged with felony DUI
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A Butte man on probation for a felony DUI faces another felony DUI charge after being stopped on Interstate 90 near Bozeman. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports 53-year-old Craig Lee Barth was pulled over by a Gallatin County sheriff’s deputy who spotted his pickup truck drifting between lanes and driving 45 mph in a 75 mph zone. Charging documents say a breath test showed Barth’s blood-alcohol level was 0.246, more than three times the limit at which a person is considered legally intoxicated. Court records in the weekend case say Barth has at least eight prior DUI convictions dating back to 1985. However, the Montana Supreme Court’s Sentence Review Division upheld Barth’s five-year commitment to the Department of Corrections for a 2008 DUI, which records said was his 13th conviction. Barth remained jailed Monday in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Billings man dies of burns suffered in fire
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings man who suffered burns in an apartment fire has died at a Utah burn hospital. Assistant Billings Fire Marshal Bill Tatum tells The Billings Gazette that Frank Grayson died Saturday. He was in his 70s. Grayson was critically injured in an April 22 fire in his second-floor apartment. Tatum says the man’s cause of death would be determined after an autopsy. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Tatum says as of Monday afternoon, it wasn’t a criminal investigation.
Governor appoints Shea to Montana Supreme Court
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed Montana Workers’ Compensation Court Judge Jim Shea to a vacancy on the state Supreme Court. Bullock said in a statement Monday that Shea has a reputation of being a fair and intelligent judge and lawyer. He says Shea’s understanding and respect for the state and federal constitutions make him well-suited for the Supreme Court.
The 48-year-old Shea has been on the workers’ compensation court since 2005. He will replace former Justice Brian Morris, who appointed at the end of last year to the U.S. District Court in Great Falls. Bullock’s office says Shea will be sworn in soon, but a date has not yet been set. He must be confirmed by the Montana Senate next year and then elected by the voters in November 2016.
Woman dies in crash near White Sulphur Springs
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 19-year-old woman has died after her sport utility vehicle crashed into a creek in central Montana. The Meagher (marr) County sheriff’s office on Monday identified the victim as Alivia Stewart of Lewistown. The Montana Highway Patrol reports Stewart’s body was found shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday near U.S. Highway 89 about 25 miles from White Sulphur Springs. Investigators believe the crash occurred hours earlier. Stewart was southbound when she swerved into the northbound lane for an unknown reason. She overcorrected and lost control of the SUV, which went off the road into a ditch. Stewart was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled. The SUV ended up in a creek. The patrol is investigating whether another vehicle may have been involved.
Brockton man pleads guilty to stabbing death
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A 50-year-old Brockton man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for stabbing a 21-year-old man to death during an argument. The Great Falls Tribune reports David J. Lewis entered his plea Friday for the January death of Armon Boyd. Prosecutors say Boyd was stabbed at least 19 times and that his body was found in Lewis’ residence. Court records say one of Boyd’s arms was nearly cut off. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris scheduled sentencing for Aug. 15. Lewis has been in custody since his arrest.
10 entities apply to get Yellowstone bison
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Ten entities have submitted proposals to take bison from Yellowstone National Park that came through an experimental program to establish new herds of the animals.
Applicants include wildlife agencies in Utah and Minnesota, three American Indian tribes and private conservation groups in Montana, Nebraska, New York and Colorado. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks released details of the proposals on Monday. Spokesman Ron Aasheim said the agency hopes to relocate the roughly 135 bison by the end of November. The bison were captured in the last decade, put into quarantine and tested repeatedly to make sure they don’t have the disease brucellosis. They’ve been held for the past several years on behalf of the state at a Bozeman-area ranch owned by philanthropist Ted Turner. Livestock groups have opposed previous Yellowstone bison transfers.
Montana Tech hires athletic director
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Montana Tech has named David Lau as its next athletic director. Lau has been assistant director of athletics for development at Missouri Western University, his alma mater, since 2003. Chancellor Don Blackketter says Lau accepted the job on Friday and is expected to start on June 1. Lau replaces Charles Bradley, who was fired in January. Montana Tech paid the rest of Bradley’s contract, plus a $40,000 settlement after Bradley claimed he was unfairly fired. After playing three years of baseball at Missouri Western, Lau signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets. He spent three years with the Mets before returning to Missouri Western to complete his degree.