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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

December 18, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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CHURCH ABUSE

On the surface, Father James Poole seemed like the cool priest in Nome, Alaska. He founded a Catholic mission radio station that broadcast his Jesuit sermons alongside contemporary pop hits. A 1978 story in People magazine called Poole “Western Alaska’s Hippest DJ . Comin’ at Ya with Rock’n’Roll ‘n’ Religion.” Behind the radio station’s closed doors, Poole was a serial sexual predator. He abused at least 20 women and girls, according to court documents. At least one was 6 years old. One Alaska Native woman says he impregnated her when she was 16, then forced her to get an abortion and blame her father for raping her. Her father went to prison. By Emily Schwing, Aaron Sankin and Michael Corey Of Reveal From The Center For Investigative Reporting. SENT: 3,700 words, photos.

IMMIGRATIONS ARRESTS

SALT LAKE CITY _ Arrests of people suspected of living in the U.S. illegally have increased 24 percent in a four-state region since President Donald Trump entered office, mirroring a national trend. Numbers released last week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement show increasing arrests and deportations by the agency’s Salt Lake City field office, which covers Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ELECTION 2020-MONTANA ATTORNEY GENERAL _ Democratic state Rep. Kimberly Dudik of Missoula has announced her candidacy for attorney general in 2020.

_ MISSING WOMAN-MADISON COUNTY _ A southwestern Montana man whose girlfriend has been missing since late July is charged with evidence tampering for cleaning up blood in his apartment.

_ HELENA-GUNSHOT DEATH _ A firearms safety instructor has pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide in a doctor’s shooting death after a hunting trip.

_ INTERNET TROLLING LAWSUIT _ The publisher of a neo-Nazi website accused by a Jewish woman of orchestrating an anti-Semitic harassment campaign against her is asking a magistrate judge to push back their January trial date.

_ GOVERNMENT BENEFITS FRAUD _ A 46-year-old Columbia Falls man has admitted overstating his disabilities to receive government payments for nine years.

_ MISSOULA PURSUIT-ARREST _ A man suspected of stealing a sport utility vehicle and fleeing from a traffic stop near Missoula was arrested after breaking into a house where the homeowner held him at gunpoint until officers arrived.

SPORTS:

NORTH DAKOTA ST-MONTANA

MISSOULA _ North Dakota State plays Montana in men’s basketball at Dahlberg Arena. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

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