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Bail Set at $500K in Interstate Shooting
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Washington state man is charged with shooting another man in a dispute over stolen drugs and leaving him for dead on a back road east of Missoula.

On Monday, 30-year-old Troy Anthony Miller appeared via video in Justice Court in Missoula on charges of attempted deliberate homicide and robbery. His bail was set at $500,000.

Court records say the victim told investigators that he, Miller and Katherine Evans had been staying at a Missoula motel when he asked them to give him a ride downtown on July 16. They drove east on Interstate 90 and exited near Turah.

The victim said the two accused him of stealing money and drugs. Charging documents say Miller forced the man to empty his pockets, kicked him repeatedly and shot him twice before the two drove off.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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Billings Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Billings man who said he was behind on his car payments has pleaded guilty to robbing an American Federal Savings Bank branch in March.

The Billings Gazette reports 43-year-old Robert Bruce Scollard entered his plea Tuesday during a hearing before District Judge Russell C. Fagg.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 15 years in prison with five suspended. Scollard's attorney will be able to argue for less time when Scollard is sentenced on Sept. 30.

Police stopped Scollard near the bank. Charging documents say he acknowledged robbing the bank because he was behind on his car payments.

Prosecutors say Scollard's criminal record includes convictions for arson, forgery, theft in 2001 and the attempted robbery of a Billings casino in 2012.

Scollard remains jailed with his bail set at $50,000.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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CT man forms 'Draft Brian Schweitzer' group
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Connecticut man who says he was impressed with former Gov. Brian Schweitzer's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission for a group called "Draft Brian Schweitzer PAC."

Andrew Fredericksen of Wolcott, Connecticut, tells Lee Newspapers of Montana that he hasn't met or spoken with Schweitzer but said he and a friend thought he would make a great president.

Fredericksen, a 24-year-old special education tutor, lists himself as the treasurer of the group that seeks to raise and make independent expenditures on behalf of Schweitzer.

Schweitzer has hinted at making a presidential run but recently apologized for comments made to a National Journal reporter.

Schweitzer did not return phone calls or an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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Lodge Grass Man Dies in Weekend Rollover
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 27-year-old Lodge Grass man died of injuries suffered in a weekend crash after apparently falling asleep while driving home from work.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Winburn tells The Billings Gazette that Thomas Plentyhawk was southbound on Secondary Highway 451 between Hardin and Lodge Grass when he drifted off the road just after 3 a.m. Sunday. The car rolled.

Plentyhawk was taken by helicopter to a Billings hospital, where he died. His brother was taken to Indian Health Service in Crow Agency and then transferred to a Billings hospital. He has since been released.

Winburn says Plentyhawk had just finished a shift at a fast-food restaurant in Hardin and had been prescribed some medication that may have played a role in the crash. It remains under investigation.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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Man's Body Found North of Hardin
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A man's remains were found on a river rock bed about 17 miles north of Hardin over the weekend. Big Horn County officials are trying to identify him and determine how his body got there.

Undersheriff Michael Fuss tells The Billings Gazette the man's body was found on Sunday afternoon. He says no foul play is expected.

Fuss says the man is older than 60, Caucasian, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall with dark gray hair. He was wearing jeans and a 2012 Relay for Life survivor T-shirt.

Fuss says the man's body was likely in the area for more than a week. He says it's possible the man was in the river until the water level dropped, but his body was found quite a distance from any fishing access sites.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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Missing Firefighter Recovering at Hospital
HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - A Bitterroot National Forest firefighter who was missing for about 24 hours is recovering at a Hamilton hospital while forest officials try to determine how he went missing.

Forest spokesman Tod McKay says 30-year-old Justin Wall was found walking along a remote Forest Service road on Monday afternoon, a day after he failed to keep up with seven other members of a crew hiking in to mop up one-acre, lightning-caused fire. He had helped fight the fire on Saturday.

Wall was found on Monday several miles from the site of the fire in very rugged, steep terrain.

McKay says Wall told searchers that he was really hungry.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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Officials ID Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Officials in Lewis and Clark County have identified the Great Falls man who died in a weekend motorcycle crash near Wolf Creek.

Coroner Mickey Nelson tells the Great Falls Tribune that 52-year-old Jeffery Brown died at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Montana Highway Patrol says Brown failed to negotiate a sharp turn on Interstate 15, went into the ditch and struck a tree. He was not wearing a helmet and died at the scene.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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UPDATE: Ohio Man Dies in Montana Bicycle Crash
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 69-year-old Whitefish man died after he was thrown from his bicycle on Big Mountain Road, north of Whitefish.

The Montana Highway Patrol says the man was southbound on Big Mountain Road just before 1 p.m. Sunday when a northbound car made a left-hand turn in front of the bike.

The bicyclist applied his brakes, went over the handlebars and landed on his head. He died at the hospital in Whitefish.

Officials are withholding the man's name until family members can be notified.

UPDATE: Victim Identified

The Flathead County coroner's office says the victim of Sunday's accident was 69-year-old Daniel Schoedinger of Columbus, Ohio. He was a part-time resident of Whitefish.

Witnesses have said Schoedinger was riding down the Big Mountain Road when he had to brake unexpectedly because a vehicle turned into a driveway in front of him. He was thrown from the bike, struck his head on the pavement and died of a skull fracture.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Schoedinger was a 40-year corporate attorney who served two terms on the Columbus City Council in the 1970s.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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