Nov. 21 Regional News Briefs

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Plane lands on highway from fuel loss emergency

HELENA (AP) — Montana authorities have confirmed a small airplane made an emergency landing on Highway 12 after it began losing fuel. Helena Independent Record reported Tuesday that Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says there were no structural or personal damages. Authorities say they were responding to a report of a highway plane landing near East Helena Tuesday. Dutton says the plane departed from Helena Regional Airport and was on its return flight when the aircraft began indicting fuel loss about 21 miles (34 kilometers) from the airport. Pilot Max Dorsi told authorities that he had fuel when he left, but the drain valves were stuck causing fuel to drain. Authorities say the plane was refueled and flown back to Helena that same day. Dorsi declined to comment.

Woman raped by on-duty Montana BIA officer seeks damages

BILLINGS (AP) — A Montana woman impregnated by a former Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer who was convicted of coercing her into sex is seeking between $7 million and $15 million in damages from him. The Billings Gazette reports that former BIA Officer Dana Bullcoming is serving a three-year prison term for showing up at a woman’s home in 2015 and threatening her with arrest if she did not have sex with him. The incident resulted in a pregnancy, and the woman is raising the child, now 3. The attorney for the woman acknowledged during the hearing Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Timothy Cavan that any award granted in her lawsuit against Bullcoming would be largely symbolic, noting that Bullcoming hasn’t paid child support. Bullcoming had no attorney representing him at the hearing.

NDakota oil production down slightly from August record

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say oil production in September was down slightly from the record set a month earlier. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.44 million barrels of oil daily in September. That’s down from the record of 1.48 million barrels a day in set in August. North Dakota also produced a 2.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in September, down from a record 3 billion cubic feet in August. Statewide, companies flared 18 percent of all gas produced in September, above the 12 percent target. A record 16,099 wells were producing in September, up from 15,964 in August. The September tallies are the latest figures available.