Police recover rest of stolen Boy Scout camping gear
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Some apparently guilt-ridden thieves made it possible for a Montana Boy Scout troop to recover all of the camping gear that was taken when a cargo trailer was stolen from a church parking lot.
Billings Police Lt. Mark Cady tells KULR-TV that two wall tents, a camp stove and some other small bags were found Friday in a recycling bin outside a grocery store.
On Monday, Scoutmaster Rick Lindholm said the Scouts got back their cargo trailer and most of the gear that was taken on Jan. 12 after someone left a note on a car in the church parking lot saying they felt guilty and giving a location where the trailer and most of the gear could be found.
Police are still investigating the December theft of $3,200 in camping gear from another Scout troop in Billings.
Billings landfill supervisor resigned after $12K missing
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The supervisor of the City of Billings landfill resigned after city officials determined $12,000 in recycling payments were not turned over to city accounts.
The information was contained in personnel records that District Judge Michael Moses ordered released to The Billings Gazette. The Gazette had requested the documents last June and the city asked a judge to determine which documents should be released.
Documents released Tuesday indicated supervisor John Arellano resigned on June 16, a day before a hearing was to be held to determine possible disciplinary action.
A city investigation found Arellano told employees at a recycling business to pay for recyclables in cash, rather than by check. Investigators found Arellano kept some of the money and used some to purchase coffee and other supplies for the Solid Waste Division.
Billings stabbing victim won’t cooperate with police
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Police in Billings say a stabbing victim is refusing to cooperate with the investigation and won’t identify his attacker.
Lt. Kevin Iffland tells The Billings Gazette that detectives went to Billings Clinic on Thursday to interview the man who “would not cooperate and told them to leave.”
Iffland says officers likely won’t investigate the case further unless the victim decides to cooperate.
The stabbing happened at about 6 p.m. Wednesday and the victim, a Native American man in his mid-30s, was initially hospitalized in critical condition.
The suspect fled before officers arrived and has not been identified.
Darby man gets 14 days in jail in bear poaching case
HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — A 26-year-old Darby man has been sentenced to 14 days in jail and ordered to pay $5,100 in restitution and fines for illegally killing a black bear.
Justice of the Peace Jim Bailey also revoked Kyle Whyard’s hunting and trapping privileges for five years.
Whyard is one of three men who were charged last July after wardens investigated reports that black bears were being illegally baited and killed. He pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawful possession of a large game animal, aiding in wasting game meat and providing a false statement to law enforcement.
Co-defendant James Harrison faces five felony charges.
Court records say the investigation began when Harrison called a game warden to report that Whyard and another man had each killed a bear. State officials then received an anonymous call that Harrison had also illegally killed bears.
Man pleads not guilty to exploiting vulnerable uncle
WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — A Montana man accused of kidnapping a mentally impaired 84-year-old uncle from North Dakota has pleaded not guilty.
Thomas Potter faces charges including kidnapping and endangering. His trial is to begin June 8. He could face 31 years in prison if convicted.
Meanwhile, KXMB-TV reports that authorities have dropped charges against Sandra Potter, the niece of 84-year-old Robert Gross. Prosecutors say the investigation is ongoing and she might still face charges in the future.
The Potters were accused last fall of keeping Gross in deplorable living conditions and getting him to sign over oil well rights. Gross’ family members described him as having the mental capacity of a 12-year-old.
Sandra Potter was arrested in her Worden, Montana, home. Thomas Potter was arrested near Yuma, Arizona, and Gross was with him.