July 24 Montana News Briefs

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Pence heads to Montana to campaign for Senate candidate

BILLINGS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Montana to help Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale raise money for his campaign to oust Democratic incumbent Jon Tester. Pence arrives in Billings Tuesday afternoon for a Rosendale fundraiser at an undisclosed location that is closed to the media and the public. The vice president also is scheduled to speak Wednesday morning at Billings’ MetraPark Montana Pavilion to promote President Donald Trump’s tax cuts. Pence’s visit follows a rally earlier this month in Great Falls by Trump to promote Rosendale’s candidacy. Trump’s eldest child, Donald Trump Jr., also has traveled to Montana to campaign for Rosendale, the state auditor. Tester is one of 10 Senate Democrats running for reelection in states that Trump won in 2016.

Soviet immigrant allowed to withdraw 1995 felony plea

MISSOULA (AP) — A Montana judge is allowing a Soviet immigrant to withdraw his guilty plea to a 1995 felony charge that left him in danger of being deported. The Missoulian reports District Judge Leslie Halligan ruled earlier this month that Vitaliy Kadoshnikov (vih-TAL’-ee kahd-OSH’-nikov), who was then 18, likely didn’t understand the deportation consequences of a felony conviction. He received a suspended sentence in a car theft case. He later moved to Michigan and married a U.S. citizen. The conviction became an issue last summer when a dispute with a neighbor led to the police being called. Kadoshnikov was held in an immigration detention facility and faced mandatory deportation over the 1995 conviction. Halligan denied his initial request to withdraw the plea, but the Montana Supreme Court said she should make her decision based on 1995 law.

2 killed, 4 injured in crash during Montana police chase

GREAT FALLS (AP) — A suspected intoxicated driver and her passenger died in a rollover crash on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation while fleeing Bureau of Indian Affairs officers. The Montana Highway Patrol tells the Great Falls Tribune officers had received a report Monday afternoon that someone was driving under the influence. The 35-year-old woman driving a pickup truck fled from BIA officers before losing control on U.S. Highway 212 near Lame Deer. The pickup went off the road and rolled several times. The driver and a 25-year-old man died at the scene. Their names have not been released. Four other passengers — a 26-year-old woman, two 16-year-old boys and a 6-year-old child — were taken to Billings for treatment. One was taken by Life Flight. The FBI is investigating the crash.