BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Federal authorities have filed a court petition in hopes of committing a Montana man to a psychiatric hospital after he was found incompetent to stand trial in a triple murder on the Crow Indian Reservation. Sheldon Bernard Chase was charged with shooting his grandmother, cousin and cousin's boyfriend at their home near Lodge Grass in 2011. Authorities say he suffers from an unspecified mental illness.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Cut Bank man has been charged with criminal endangerment following a shooting in Plentywood last week. Sheridan County deputies tell the Great Falls Tribune that Herbie Fitzgerald was taken arrested after the shooting at a hotel. Police say the victim was hospitalized in good condition.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Wildlife officials have killed a mountain lion that had taken up residence in a Helena neighborhood and killed three housecats. The Independent Record reports that a couple reported spotting the lion lying in their planter outside the front window of their home. Warden Dave Loewen says he decided to kill the lion rather than tranquilize it because that could take up to 15 minutes, posing a danger to people in the area.
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - The Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribes want to remove about 30,000 non-native lake trout from Flathead Lake this year using gill netting. The Daily Inter Lake reports that the tribes published a final environmental impact statement in the Federal Register on Feb. 21.
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