June 4 Regional News Briefs

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Trial begins in Kalispell stabbing death

KALISPELL (AP) — A trial is underway in Kalispell for a man charged with fatally stabbing his boyfriend while they were having sex. Attorneys for 34-year-old Ryan Lamb said he was acting in self-defense last August when he stabbed 31-year-old Ryan Nixon with a pair of scissors. The defense argued Nixon had stabbed Lamb 16 times with a fork. Deputy Flathead County Attorney Alison Howard said Monday that Lamb and Nixon had dated for three years, had a troubled relationship and that Lamb had hurt Nixon in the past. Howard said Lamb offered varying explanations for what happened to Nixon before finally confessing. Defense attorney Alisha Backus said the confession was coerced after an 11-hour interrogation. The Flathead Beacon reports the trial is expected to last about two weeks.

Suspect arrested in shooting of man, boy in Shepherd

BILLINGS (AP) — Yellowstone County officials say deputies have arrested a man on suspicion of shooting and injuring another man and a boy at a residence in Shepherd, a community northeast of Billings. Sheriff Mike Linder says the injuries were not believed to be life threatening. The shooting was reported at about 4:50 a.m. Monday. The suspect was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Linder has not identified the suspect or released the names of the injured. He says all three people involved knew each other and the shooting was not a random act.

3 bears captured, killed separately in Idaho, Montana

HELENA (AP) — Wildlife officials in Montana and Idaho say they separately captured and killed three bears over the last five days. Glacier National Park officials say rangers euthanized an approximately 9-year-old, 150-pound black bear on Monday after it broke into a cabin. A similar bear was previously spotted eating feed in a corral and caused property damage. Earlier, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said a 3-year-old, 195-pound male grizzly broke into chicken coops and killed numerous chickens over several days before it was captured and killed Thursday north of Kalispell. And in northern Idaho, officials say they euthanized a 240-pound male grizzly Saturday after it killed seven sheep. Officials say the same bear was captured in 2018 and relocated to the Cabinet Mountains near the Idaho-Montana border after harassing livestock and raiding orchards.

Trump reverses decision to close Anaconda Job Corps

ANACONDA (AP) — President Donald Trump has reversed an administration decision to close the Anaconda Job Corps training center. The Montana Standard reports Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines announced the reversal Monday. Montana’s entire congressional delegation opposed the closure, which the U.S. Department of Labor announced on May 24. Daines’ staff said he spoke with the president on Saturday, touted the successes of the center and said it should remain open. It has 63 staffers and trains about 163 students in manufacturing, mechanics, carpentry, welding and other disciplines. Center CEO Bill Everett says the program keeps many youth out of trouble by providing them with job skills and employment opportunities.

Helena man dies after crashing motor-assisted bicycle

HELENA (AP) — A 49-year-old Helena man died from injuries suffered when he crashed his motor-assisted bicycle. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton tells the Independent Record Jason Dupree struck a curb near a driveway approach at about 6 p.m. Saturday and was thrown from his motorized bicycle. He died of blunt force injuries early Sunday at the hospital in Helena.

Man hurt in Wyoming trench collapse

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A 27-year-old man was injured when a trench that he and a teenager were digging collapsed on them in northeast Wyoming. The Gillette News Record reports that Campbell County Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds says the man and a 13-year-old boy were hand digging a trench in Wright when the collapse occurred about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The two were pinned down by the fallen soil but were able to get out before emergency personnel arrived. The boy was not hurt. However, Reynolds said the older man complained of severe hip pain and had to be air lifted from the scene. Reynolds didn’t have information on the man’s condition or which hospital he was taken to.

University of Wyoming president to take job in South Dakota

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Outgoing University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols will become president of a South Dakota university. The Laramie Boomerang reports Nichols will begin work as president of Black Hills State University on July 1, one day after her contract expires in Wyoming. A statement by Black Hills State Monday says Nichols will serve as president in “a temporary capacity” while a national search is conducted for a permanent president at the school in Spearfish, 12 miles (19 kilometers) from the Wyoming border. Nichols is a native of Colman, South Dakota, and spent two decades as an administrator at South Dakota State University before becoming the University of Wyoming’s first female president in 2016. In a May 24 interview, Nichols did not indicate she intended to immediately take another presidential position.