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Man injured by bridge jumper sues county

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A man who was injured when another man jumped off a Clark Fork River bridge and landed on him is suing Missoula County, alleging it did not take enough steps to prevent such an accident.

The Missoulian reports Andy Hill's lawsuit argues the Bandmann Bridge in East Missoula has no barriers to prevent jumping and no signs to warn those on the river of the potential danger.

Hill suffered torn knee ligaments, a broken leg and other injuries in July 2013 when Corey Allen Hewitt landed on Hill as he floated the river on an inner tube. Hewitt was given a two-year deferred sentence for negligent endangerment and was ordered to pay Hill $22,500 in restitution.

County Chief Administrative Officer Vickie Zeier says the county intends to resolve the matter "amicably."


Girl injured by wild horse on Flathead Lake island

BIG ARM, Mont. (AP) - A 7-year-old girl was hospitalized after being kicked or stepped on by a horse on Wild Horse Island State Park in Flathead Lake.

Lake County Sheriff's Capt. Luke Mathias tells the Missoulian the girl was "very sleepy" and bleeding from the mouth and nose when first responders arrived shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday.

She was taken by sheriff's boat to Big Arm State Park, then by ambulance to the hospital in Polson.

The child's condition was not known Tuesday afternoon. Fish, Wildlife and Parks regional manager Dave Landstrom said "apparently the injury is not major."

Six wild horses live on the 3.3-square-mile island along with bighorn sheep, deer, bears and dozens of species of birds.


Bounty offered for former billionaire's assets

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The trustee representing Yellowstone Club creditors is looking for bounty hunters who can uncover assets the luxury resort's co-founder may have hidden from bankruptcy proceedings.

Brian Glasser is an attorney with West Virginia-based Bailey & Glasser LLP and the trustee of the Yellowstone Club Liquidating Trust.

He told The Associated Press Tuesday the trust will reward anyone with information that leads to the recovery of assets owned by Tim Blixseth with 10 percent of the profits.

Glasser says more than $286 million was funneled out of the Yellowstone Club under Blixseth.

He says he believes Blixseth has money in hidden bank accounts and land holdings abroad or in other people's names. He is calling on people with knowledge of those transactions to come forward.

Blixseth did not respond to a call or email for comment.


Search scaled back for man presumed drowned

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Officials in northwestern Montana are scaling back their search for a 62-year-old Missoula man who drowned in Middle Thompson Lake over the weekend.

Lincoln County officials say Anthony Bachman had apparently been drinking before he fell off a pontoon boat Saturday evening in the lake about 45 miles southeast of Libby. He was not wearing a life jacket and others on the boat were unable to rescue him.

Officials from Flathead County and the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department had aided in the search, along with divers using sonar and underwater cameras.

Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe tells KECI-TV that deep, murky water and rocky terrain on the bottom of the lake hampered the search.


Hilliard named assistant to Flathead High football

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Six-year NFL veteran Lex Hilliard is still recovering from a shoulder injury that cost him the 2013 season with the New York Jets, but he's not ready to walk away from the game he loves.

Hilliard says he still hopes to play again. In the meantime, he's coaching running backs and special teams at Flathead High School in Kalispell, where he set rushing records from 2000-02.

First-year coach Kyle Samson tells the Daily Inter Lake that Hilliard is a hero around Kalispell and he's happy to have the former University of Montana All-American join him on the sidelines. He says he can also learn a lot from Hilliard and his NFL experience.

Hilliard broke two bones in his shoulder during Jets training camp last year and while his rehabilitation is over, he says he hasn't been medically cleared to play. Hilliard coached his son's third-grade football team last fall.

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