CROW AGENCY, Mont. (AP) - The Crow Nation Legislative Branch has voted to remove two judges from the tribal court over misconduct allegations. KULR-TV reported Friday that lawmakers removed Chief Judge Leroy Not Afraid over claims that court funds were used for loans to staff members. Tribal officials say Judge Kari Covers Up was removed after pleading guilty to partner or family member assault in Big Horn County District Court. No listed phone number could be found for Not Afraid or Covers Up.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man has been convicted of burglary after he was accused of stealing an ATM from a Helena bar and restaurant, putting it in the back of a pickup and leading deputies on a high-speed chase. The Independent Record reports Cory Robert Franklin of Helena was sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay $11,000 in restitution Thursday after his conviction.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Outdoor clothing giant Patagonia has jumped into two competitive Senate races, endorsing Democrats Jon Tester of Montana and Jacky Rosen of Nevada in what the company calls its first foray into elective politics. The California-based company describes Tester and Rosen as champions of public lands and the outdoor industry. Tester is seeking a third term in the Senate while Rosen is a freshman House member who is challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Dean Heller.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Police in Missoula are searching for a 27-year-old man they consider a 'person of interest' in the shooting deaths of two people at a motel on West Broadway Street. Police responded to a reported disturbance at the Mountain Valley Inn at 1 a.m. Friday and found a man and a woman dead. Officers are searching for Jonathon Whitworth, who was last seen on foot in the Lolo area.
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