5 Things to Know in Montana for June 24
June 23, 2014
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
CHARGES IN FATAL AUGUSTA SHOOTING:
An Augusta man has been charged with deliberate homicide in the shooting death of a neighbor. Joseph Campbell was charged Monday in the Oct. 18 slaying of Timothy Newman following years of legal disputes between Newman, Campbell and other neighbors over access to public land. Campbell has said he shot Newman in self-defense.
CRASH VICTIMS IDENTIFIED:
Authorities say a 4-year-old boy and 3-year-old twins were among the six people killed when their truck collided with a fire engine last week outside of Helena. Jefferson County Undersheriff Mike Johnson says 29-year-old Matthew Boegli, 30-year-old Crystal Ross died along with the three children. Three Forks Fire Chief Todd Rummel also died in the crash.
JUDGE STRIKES DOWN IMMIGRANT LAW:
A Montana judge has struck down most of a voter-approved law requiring government officials to conduct immigration checks on anybody seeking services from unemployment benefits to crime-victim assistance. District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock says the law makes up its own definition of "illegal alien" and conflicts with federal immigration laws.
MSU-NORTHERN HARASSMENT HEARING UNDERWAY:
An administrator at Montana State University-Northern testified that the school's former provost touched him inappropriately over a three-year period and that the university retaliated against him after he filed a discrimination complaint. MSU-Northern Dean Randy Bachmeier filed a complaint against former Provost Rosalyn Templeton. She is scheduled to testify next month.
LEGISLATOR WANTS DARK-MONEY COMPLAINT DISMISSED:
An attorney for the Montana Senate majority leader Art Wittich is asking a state judge to dismiss allegations that he failed to report illegal campaign contributions and coordinated his campaign with a conservative group. Attorney Carrie Wassenburger says Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl did not follow proper procedure in his complaint.