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Bonner Man Acquitted in Online Sex Sting
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A 36-year-old Bonner man has been acquitted of a charge alleging he responded to an online ad placed by undercover officers offering sex with a 12-year-old girl.

The Missoulian reports jurors reached the verdict on Sept. 11 in the child sexual abuse case against Chad Lee Briggs.

Briggs said the initial ad didn't explicitly say anything about an underage girl and he contacted the ad's author on Dec. 17 out of concern. He said when they posted the age of the girl he flagged it for removal from Craigslist.

Briggs said he later figured out his girlfriend, Jenna Davis, was communicating with the undercover detective and setting up an encounter. Davis also was charged in the sting.

Briggs says Child Protective Services took his daughter away and he lost his job, house, truck and dog.

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Dog's Death Leads to DUI, Assault Charges
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - The death of a dog on an Anaconda street ended with an assault charge for the dog's owner and a DUI charge for the man who reportedly struck the animal.

Police Chief Tim Barkell tells The Montana Standard the dog's owner reported that 48-year-old Tony Marry had driven by and struck and killed the dog on Saturday. When Marry returned later, the dog's owner jumped on the side of the vehicle and punched Marry several times through the window.

Officers smelled alcohol on Marry and arrested him for DUI. The dog's owner, 43-year-old Jeff Carney, faces a misdemeanor assault charge.

Barkell says no charges were filed related to the dog's death because it's not known of Marry knew he hit the dog or intended to and because the dog was in the street without a leash.

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Former HS Basketball Coach Denies Rape Charges
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The former girls' basketball coach at Lone Peak High School in Big Sky has denied raping two of his players.

Cyle Keith Kokot appeared before District Judge John Brown on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of sexual intercourse without consent. He has been released from jail on bond and is wearing a GPS monitoring device.

Kokot was arrested on Aug. 29 after the parents of one of the girls went to the school superintendent. Charging documents say Kokot has acknowledged having sex with the two girls and knowing they were 14 and 16 at the time.

He says he made the mistake of getting too close to several of the girls.

Prosecutors say two other girls told investigators that Kokot kissed them.

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Montana Poverty Rate and Median Income Up
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - While Montana's median income rose last year, the poverty rate also increased.

That's according to annual poverty figures released Thursday by the Census Bureau.

The report says the poverty rate rose 1 percent statewide, to 16.5 percent. Only New Mexico showed more of an increase with 1.1 percent.

Nationwide, the poverty rate remained steady for the second year running, at 15.8 percent.

Median household income in Montana grew 3 percent in 2013, to about $47,000.


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New MSU Fundraiser Begins Work
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The new president and CEO of the Montana State University Alumni Foundation says he'll be traveling over the next few months to meet MSU alumni as he seeks to build on the momentum of recent record-breaking donations.

Chris Murray came to MSU after eight years at the University of Idaho, where he managed a successful $225 million capital campaign. He tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle he fell in love with Bozeman and was impressed with the leadership of MSU President Waded Cruzado.

The Alumni Foundation received $23.8 million in donations in Fiscal Year 2014 and has $208 million in assets.

MSU's recent alumni donations include $25 million from Jake Jabs for a business building and a $50 million pledge from Norm Asbjornson for an innovation center in the College of Engineering.

Murray promises "tons of spectacular announcements" in the future.

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Polson Man Gets 50 Years for Rape
POLSON, Mont. (AP) - A Polson man who was charged with trying to hire someone to kill his former girlfriend so she couldn't testify against him in a rape trial has been sentenced to 50 years in prison without the possibility of parole for two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

KERR-AM reports District Judge James Manley also sentenced 57-year-old Dennis Hobbs on Wednesday to five years for stalking and 10 years for witness tampering. Under the plea agreement, Lake County prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge of solicitation of deliberate homicide.

Manley said Hobbs' 50-year Montana sentence will begin after he finishes a 15-year sentence in Idaho for a 2005 conviction for false imprisonment and battery. Idaho Pardons and Parole records indicate Hobbs served about five years before being paroled to Montana.

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Slaying Suspect Fighting Extradition to Montana
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A transient accused of torturing and fatally shooting a man in Missoula is fighting extradition to Montana.

The Missoulian reports 27-year-old Kevin Joseph Lino attended a hearing in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, on Tuesday and refused extradition to face charges in the July 30 death of 36-year-old Gilbert Barry. The Missoula County Sheriff's Department mistakenly said Tuesday that Lino had waived extradition and was expected to appear in a Montana courtroom by Friday on charges of deliberate homicide and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Prosecutors say Barry was beaten and gang symbols were cut into his skin. Lino is accused of urinating on the man and shooting him in the head at an encampment under a Missoula bridge.

Barry's body was then dumped into the Clark Fork River.

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VA Psychologist Reprimanded Over Evaluation
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Department of Veterans Affairs psychologist whose evaluation minimized the disabling effects of a veteran's brain injury has been publicly reprimanded by the Montana Board of Psychologists for practicing outside the scope of his expertise.

The board's Sept. 4 ruling, first reported by the Great Falls Tribune, also prohibits Dr. Robert Bateen from performing neuropsychological evaluations without additional training.

Capt. Charles Gatlin suffered a traumatic brain injury in Iraq in September 2006. An August 2009 evaluation by a neuropsychologist indicated Gatlin's cognitive and motor deficits were likely stable and he was retired from the Army with a 70 percent disability rating used to determine benefits.

Two years later, Bateen's less-thorough evaluation in Montana resulted in a 10 percent disability rating.

Gatlin's wife, Ariana Del Negro, says the ruling means others can appeal VA decisions to state medical boards if they don't feel a doctor met the standard of care.

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