Proposed initiative seeks to ban all marijuana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Billings car-dealership owner has proposed a ballot measure that would completely ban the use and possession of marijuana in Montana, even for medical uses.
The proposal by Steve Zabawa would change state law to say any Schedule I drug in the federal Controlled Substances Act is illegal.
Zabawa says the proposal submitted to the Montana Secretary of State's Office on Thursday aims to eliminate the disparity between federal and state law in possessing and using marijuana, which is a Schedule I drug.
Montana and several other states allow the regulated use of marijuana for medical purposes, and about 8,300 medical marijuana users are registered in Montana. Two other states, Washington and Colorado, have approved recreational use of the drug, and federal authorities have not interfered.
HELENA SHOOTING-JAIL LAWSUIT
Woman convicted of murder sues jail
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A woman sentenced to 200 years for killing her husband and his lover in Helena is suing the Gallatin County Detention Center, where she was held for a period prior to her conviction last year.
50-year-old Michelle Coller Gable is seeking $100,000 over claims that she was discriminated against because of disability before her conviction. Her lawsuit, filed Wednesday, says she had difficulty walking and standing, but jailers denied her the use of a wheelchair and forced her to use a walker instead.
According to the lawsuit, Gable says she could not move to the toilet in her cell and was refused medication on numerous occasions because she could not stand at her cell door to take them.
Gable was sentenced to two consecutive 100-year prison sentences for the 2011 shooting deaths of Joseph Gable and Sunday Cooley Bennett just days after Joseph Gable filed for divorce.
Browning, Blackfeet utility dispute goes to court
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Browning officials say Blackfeet tribal leaders are mailing false billing notices to residents in an attempt to take over the towns' water, sewer and garbage services.
The town filed a complaint in U.S. District Court alleging fraud and racketeering by the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council.
The complaint alleges that a tribal attorney stole the town's utility customer lists.
The Great Falls Tribune reports town officials are seeking a court order to stop the tribal council from billing customers and interfering with its operations.
The complaint says the tribal council began sending notices to residents last year telling them to send their sewer and water payments to a tribal-owned utility company.
Sonoma County woman surrenders in baby's death
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - A Sonoma County woman has turned herself in for what she says was her involvement in the 2012 death of her baby daughter in Montana.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that 23-year-old Amanda Gilbert went to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department on Friday and told investigators of her role in the 3-month-old baby's death.
Officials say the Rohnert Park woman was booked into jail on a no-bail warrant. Sonoma County sheriff's officials contacted Montana authorities, who issued a holding order for Gilbert on suspicion of murder.
Police officials in Billings, Mont., say an autopsy of Gilbert's daughter revealed the child had injuries consistent with "foul play," but the cause of death was inconclusive. The mother and father were suspects in the case.
Montana men sign post player from Australia
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Montana men's basketball coach Wayne Tinkle has announced the signing of a 6-foot-8 post player from Australia.
Fabijan Krslovic (FAY'-bee-an KRIZ'-loh-vik) of St. Aloysius College, which is a high school, signed a letter of intent with Montana on Friday.
He is currently playing in the New South Wales State Basketball League, where he is averaging eight points, five rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per game.
Krslovic has been a member of the 2013 U19 World Championship team and played for Australia's Under 17 National Team the year before, which placed second in the World Championships.
Tinkle says Krslovic is a physical post who plays with intensity and can make shots in the paint and away from the basket.
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