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Russians inspect demolished missile facilities

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Air Force officials say Russian inspectors visited Montana this month to verify that 18 nuclear missile launch facilities have been demolished as part of a 2011 arms-control treaty.

Malmstrom Air Force Base officials said Monday the inspectors spent 12 hours on April 9 viewing the facilities in central Montana to see the doors had been removed and the launcher tubes filled with earth and gravel.

Treaty compliance chief Richard Bialczak of the 341st Missile Wing says the inspection was the first of its kind at Malmstrom.

The demolished facilities were operated by the 564th Missile Squadron, which was deactivated in 2008. Three other missile squadrons are responsible for the 150 intercontinental ballistic missiles at Malmstrom.

Air Force officials say all 50 of the 546th squadron's launch facilities will be demolished.


Police ID Ontario bank robbery suspect

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) - Oregon authorities say they have a name and sketchy background information about a man who fatally shot himself after a bank robbery, and they're appealing for help to find his relatives.

Oregon State Police said Monday the man was 71-year-old as Joseph Thomas Johnston, reported living most recently in a Mohave Valley, Ariz., mobile home park.

The police said he drove to the Pacific Northwest in March to see a friend named "Paul" who was reported ill.

Police said Johnston shot himself after he was pulled over by an officer investigating a robbery April 10 at Bank of the West in Ontario, Ore.

Johnston is described as diabetic and having unspecified ties in several states: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Ohio, Maryland, and Florida.


Deputy loses job after DUI charge

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Cascade County sheriff's deputy who has been honored for his work in preventing drunk driving has lost his job after being charged with driving under the influence.

Human Resources Director Dewey Goering tells the Great Falls Tribune ( ) that as of April 10, Matt Darlington was no longer employed by the county. He was initially placed on paid administrative leave.

Court records say Darlington was pulled over by a Great Falls police officer shortly before midnight on March 28. He was off duty at the time. He pleaded not guilty to during a March 31 Municipal Court hearing.

No phone listing could be found for Darlington, who was honored for his work by the Cascade County DUI Task Force in 2009 and 2010.


First round of absentee ballots in the mail

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The first group of absentee ballots for Montana's 2014 primary election are in the mail.

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch said Monday that county election offices have mailed ballots to the state's absent military and overseas citizens who have requested absentee ballots.

Ballots for others who want to vote absentee in the primary will be mailed on May 5, the last day for regular voter registration.

Late registration for the primary runs from May 6 through 8 p.m. on June 3, the day of the primary election

McCulloch says 61 percent of the ballots cast in the 2012 primary were absentee ballots.

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