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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

May 25, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

SOLDIER’S REMAINS IDENTIFIED

BOZEMAN _ A memorial will be held Saturday in Bozeman for a World War II soldier whose remains were identified after being exhumed in the Philippines.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

ELECTION 2020-MONTANA SENATE

HELENA — Helena mayor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Wilmot Collins has been ticketed for leaving the scene of an accident after a driver reported a hit-and-run near downtown Helena earlier this week, police said Friday. Collins acknowledged that he “bumped” another vehicle Monday evening, but he disputes that he left the scene and plans to challenge the charge in court, he said in a statement. By Matt Volz. SENT: 470 words, photo.

POLICE DISCIPLINE-DISPUTE

BILLINGS _ Leaders of some law enforcement agencies in Montana have expressed frustration that the quasi-judicial board that sets officer employment and training standards is undermining the authority of agencies to discipline their own officers. The Montana Public Safety Officer Standards and Training Council, also known as POST, says it is willing to consider disciplinary recommendations from law enforcement agencies, but it won’t be bound by them in determining whether an officer’s certifications should be suspended, revoked or put on probation. SENT: 390 words.

DO NOT RESUSCITATE-LAWSUIT

HELENA — A Montana hospital has been ordered to pay more than $400,000 in damages to the estate of a man after jurors found the hospital, on two consecutive days, violated the man’s wishes not to be resuscitated. A jury on Thursday found St. Peter’s Health in Helena and Dr. Virginia Lee Harrison negligent for violating Rodney Knoepfle’s patient rights. Jurors awarded $209,000 in damages for medical costs and $200,000 for mental and physical pain and suffering, the Independent Record report ed. SENT: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ TROOPER SHOT-BLANCHARD _ A Montana man who was shot eight times during a shooting spree that killed another man and badly injured a highway patrol trooper is expected to return home in early June.

_ OBIT-DEAN NEITZ _ Dean Albert Neitz, a longtime newspaper publisher and printer in southwestern Montana, died at home in Philipsburg on May 17. He was 90.

_ HUNTING GRIZZLIES-THE LATEST _U.S. officials are asking a federal appeals court to overturn part of a judge’s ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades. (With AP Photo)

_ INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER PLEA _ A 20-year-old southern Montana man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury for a drunken crash on the Crow Indian Reservation that killed a passenger and injured two others, including one who is now quadriplegic.

_ MONTANA-HIGHWAY DELAYED _ The opening of the Beartooth Highway up to the Montana-Wyoming state line has been delayed by recent weather.

_ 51ST STATE _ Proponents of creating a 51st state held a bake sale to raise money for their cause.

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