FATAL POLICE SHOOTING-ID
FBI IDs Blackfeet Reservation shooting victim
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The FBI has released the name of a 19-year-old man who was shot and killed by a tribal police officer on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation last week.
Special Agent Bill Facer says Clay Spotted Bear died March 3.
The agency says officers responded to a report of a man with a gun that evening. Officers found the man and shots were exchanged.
Spotted Bear was dead upon arrival at the hospital.
Officials have not said if any officers were injured.
Facer said Monday that the shooting is still under investigation.
Montana primary election field takes shape
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The field for Montana's June 3 primary elections is taking shape as candidates file their last-minute paperwork with the Secretary of State's office.
Democratic and Republican primaries will be held to choose party nominees for the state's open U.S. Senate and House seats.
Multiple candidates from both parties filed to run for those two seats before Monday evening's deadline.
Democrats say they have at least one candidate for each of the 125 state House and Senate seats up for election for the first time in recent memory.
Republicans now control both chambers.
There also will be a competitive race for Montana Supreme Court, with Justice Jim Rice defending his seat against challenger W. David Herbert.
Three Republicans are competing to be the nominee for an open Public Service Commission seat.
Montana man pleads guilty to construction fraud
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A 41-year-old Montana man has pleaded guilty to three federal charges for taking millions of dollars in down-payments to build steel buildings and instead using the money for his personal benefit.
The U.S. Attorney's Office alleged that between October 2010 and December 2011, Jonathan Lee Oliver of Missoula received $7.88 million from customers mostly in Montana and North and South Dakota, but only completed one building.
Prosecutors alleged he spent nearly $686,000 on a house, three new vehicles, a 42-foot motorhome and two personal watercraft. He also was charged with making 17 withdrawals from his bank account in amounts just under the $10,000 threshold at which banks are required to file a federal report.
Oliver pleaded guilty on Feb. 25 to wire fraud, money laundering and structuring. Sentencing is set for June 20.
Missoula firefighters finish 1-2 in stairclimb
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - For the sixth straight year, a firefighter from Missoula has won a stair-climbing competition in Seattle.
Missoula city firefighter Andy Drobeck won Sunday's Scott Firefighter Stairclimb for the third straight year, posting a time of 11 minutes, 5 seconds. Co-worker Benjamin Brunsvold was second in 11:34. Brunsvold finished third last year.
The stairclimb, a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, requires firefighters to race up 69 flights of stairs in the Columbia Center in full combat gear. Missoula rural firefighter Kory Burgess won the event from 2009-11.
Miles City firefighter Sarah Young was fourth in the women's division, climbing the 1,311 steps in 16 minutes, 44 seconds. Gary O'Brien of Bozeman was eighth in the master's division for firefighters age 40 and over. He finished the climb in 14:28.
UGF 2nd, Northern 3rd in NAIA wrestling
(AP) -_ Grand View of Iowa dominated in winning its third straight NAIA national wrestling title over the weekend, while Great Falls and Montana State-Northern battled for the runner-up trophy.
Grand View tied an NAIA record with 193 points, finishing with a record 108.5 points more than Great Falls which scored 84.5 points and edged Northern by one point.
Northern got individual second-place finishes from Ethan Hinebauch at 165 pounds and Jared Miller at 174.
Northern's Cameron Neiss beat Kyle Wilson of UGF in the third-place match at 141 pounds.
Ryan Martin of UGF finished fourth at 149 pounds as did teammate Chad Cebulski at 157 pounds.
Great Falls wrestlers Michael Ruiz (133 pounds) and Shawn Lau (165) finished fifth as did Northern's Garrett DeMers at 197 pounds.
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