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Montana health providers warn cuts would be disastrous

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Health providers say proposed Montana Medicaid cuts would force nursing homes to turn away patients, lead to jail time for more people with mental illnesses and force workers who care for the disabled out of their jobs.

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Trump honors 1st responders of congressional baseball attack

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has presented the Medal of Valor to five of the first responders injured in a shooting on a congressional baseball practice last month.   

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Supreme Court Justice Wheat to retire at year's end

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Wheat plans to retire on Dec. 31. The 70-year-old justice tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2vNamIy ) that it's time for him to start a new chapter in his life.

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Local stunt performer plans to cheat death this weekend at Evel Days

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Tomorrow kicks off the 16th year of Evel Knievel Days and for Levi Renz that’s just one day closer to cheating death. Renz, an extreme sports performer, will be attempting his first backflip with a RZR. Over the years Levi has done many stunts at Evel Knievel Days, but as a professional even he has some concerns. Renz said. “The ramp could malfunction at any time and anytime that happens the utv won't complete the full backflip and that's when you come smashing down on th...

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Defendant in kidnap, rape of Montana 4-year-old will appeal

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An attorney for a Montana man convicted and sentenced to prison for the kidnap and rape of a 4-year-old girl on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation says he plans to appeal.

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Nelcon withdraws application for Frenchtown gravel pit

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Nelcon has withdrawn its application to construct a gravel pit near Frenchtown High School. 

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Sunrise Fire grows 1,000 acres overnight

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The Sunrise Fire continues to hold the number one priority spot on the national fire list. That ranking is due to resources needed, structures threatened and the attention it's getting.  On Wednesday, the fire saw rapid growth, up 1,000 acres from the previous day. The fire crossed some fires lines on the northside that had been holding, which is what led to evacuations. According to fire officials, some of that growth was caused by fire jumping 1/4 - 1/2 a mile. In some of thos...

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Distracted driving, how dangerous is eating and drinking while driving?

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Recently the new DUI-E law passed in Washington and people are voicing their opinion. 

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Putting someone under Citizen's Arrest, is it the right thing to do?

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This video went viral just a couple of days ago.  It’s a video of a man yelling at someone saying he is placing them under a citizen’s arrest. What is a citizen’s arrest and is this the proper way to do it? 

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A proposed mine outside of Yellowstone National Park is one step closer to becoming a reality

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The Department of Environmental Quality today approved Lucky Minerals application to drill exploration holes 12 miles southeast of Emigrant. 

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Fire Crews deal with thick smoke from Sunrise Fire

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Sunrise Fire continues to grow; it's now at 2,730 acres and with thick wildlife smoke around the Tarkio area.

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Father-Son duos leading Bitterroot Red Sox to state

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Baseball has been a life long passion for Jason Goligoski. “You know, this is a way for me to get back to the game. It was good to me.” 

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Sunrise Fire evacuee 'anxious' about leaving home

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It's the No. One firefighting priority in the country, the Sunrise Fire. On Wednesday night, it was forcing mandatory evacuations. One evacuee says he's "anxious" to be leaving his home.

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Evacuations ordered for people living near Superior's Sunrise Fire

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The Mineral County Sheriff on Wednesday evening ordered evacuations for people living near the Sunrise Fire, burning southeast of Superior. Stage 3 Evacuations are ordered for the Sunrise and Quartz Flats areas. That affects about 30 homes. Sheriff Tom Bauer says that this is the time for them to leave the area immediately and in an orderly fashion. 

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Great balls of fire: new technology helps fight fire with fire

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A device that looks like ping pong balls used to fight forest fires. 

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Montana woman gets 20 years prison in 13-month-old's death

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A Montana woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for the death of a 13-month-old girl whose body was found in a trash can on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Janelle Red Dog was sentenced Wednesday in the killing of Kenzley Olson.

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PSC proposes to cap inmate calling rates

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The Montana Public Service Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to initiate a rulemaking to limit charges for phone calls between inmates and their families. 

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AA Legion Tournament Results

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The AA Legion baseball tournament kicked off Wednesday in Bozeman and here are your up to date results from day one.  #3 Missoula Mavs-6, #6 Great Falls Chargers-2 #4 Helena Senators-7, #5 Kalispell Lakers-3 #2 Billings Royals-9, #7 Lethbridge Elks-10 #1 Bozeman Bucks vs #8 Billings Scarlets- 7:30 PM More>>

Vandalism streak leaves Livingston cars damaged

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A string of vandalism in Livingston has residents on edge and police looking for suspects. 

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Tribes fight trade groups' intervention in pipeline dispute

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - American Indian tribes fighting in court to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline are objecting to the possible intervention of national energy and manufacturing trade groups in the dispute.

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Lawyers: Woman accused of killing her sons has brain damage

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BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - Attorneys for an Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three sons out of jealousy over the attention her husband gave them say her videotaped confession should be tossed out after experts concluded she has brain damage and a low IQ.

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34 percent containment reached on east Montana fires

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Firefighters in eastern Montana are increasing containment of wildfires that have destroyed 16 homes and scorched about 421 square miles (1,090 kilometers) of farmland and public land.

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Sponsors can gather signatures for anti-transgender measure

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A proposed Montana ballot initiative that would allow people to sue for emotional or mental distress if they spot a transgender person in a public bathroom has passed a legal review.

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Daines backs Yellowstone protections, not Tester's bill

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Republican Sen. Steve Daines says he opposes mining in some areas outside Yellowstone National Park but stopped short of endorsing proposed legislation on the matter from a fellow Montana lawmaker.

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Health law uncertainty balloons Montana insurance rates

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's largest insurer says not knowing what Congress and President Donald Trump will do with health care has led the company to propose a rate hike 10 times higher than it would have otherwise.

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Cars are a leading cause of wildfires

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Columbia Falls Fire Chief Rick Hagen tells us that a common cause of wildfires are cars. 

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Preparations for Evel Knievel Days are underway

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Butte's Evel Knievel Days kicks off this Thursday and preparations are already underway. 

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Car chase ends with vehicle and suspect in the Clark Fork

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A car chase ended with a vehicle in the Clark Fork River after police attempted to stop a suspect Wednesday morning. Missoula Police Sgt. Travis Welsh said that an officer spotted a car that was reportedly stolen, but lost sight of it. 

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Murder suspect dies during police stakeout Video included

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The Ravalli County Sheriff's office is investigating a death that occurred on Rattlesnake Drive late Tuesday. 

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Sunrise Fire moves into #1 priority on national list

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The Sunrise Fire burning 11 miles east of Superior has moved into the number 1 priority spot for the nation. Priority rankings are taken into account on resources required and structures threatened.  On Tuesday and through the night, Sunrise saw slowed fire growth due to inversion. The fire grew around 400 acres to 2,700 acres. Prior days had seen 1,000 acres growth periods. 

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Preparing for college, a breakdown and guide to your first year

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As summer is winding down, school shopping is about to begin. 

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Budget cuts will be affecting Montana's special education programs

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Montana revenues have fallen far enough below projections to trigger a worst-case scenario $97 million in spending cuts across state government starting as soon as next month.

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Jailed UM Student Gives First TV Interview to ABC FOX Montana

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In an exclusive interview, the UM student jailed in China speaks to us in his first television interview-- just days after his release. Guthrie McLean was told he would spend three years behind bars. Luckily the Chinese authorities released him over the weekend. Still in China, he told me tonight, about his terrifying ordeal via video chat. 

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Sunrise Fire continues to grow and residents prepare to evacuate Video included

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The Sunrise Fire is about 11 miles south and east of Superior and covers 2,350 acres.

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Zootown All Stars win fourth straight softball regional title

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For the fourth consecutive year, the Missoula Zootown All Stars are the champions of the Western Regional Senior Softball Tournament.  The team beat Southern California 13-3 in five innings in an impressive display of offensive power.

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Mandatory evacuations lifted for some residents living near Sapphire Complex

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The Sapphire Complex of fires near Rock Creek continues to grow at a steady pace. Previously known as Goat Creek, Slide Rock and Little Hogback, these three fires have now spread to almost 5,500 acres. The Granite County Sheriff on Tuesday night lifted mandatory evacuation orders for people living along Brewster Creek Road.

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'The Dude' joins 'A Bear Doesn't Care' campaign

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Yellowstone National Park is trying to increase the number of people carrying bear spray and Actor Jeff Bridges wants to help. 

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U.S. government rejects aid for Montana firefighting costs

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U.S. government officials have rejected Montana's request for aid in battling a group of wildfires that have been classified as the nation's top firefighting priority.

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UPDATE: Garfield County residents battle fire and frustration Video included

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Some residents voiced their frustrations on social media over what they say is the lack of assistance from government agencies. Garfield County DES clarifies the mission as to why crews operate the way they do.

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Garfield County Fire Foundation aims to raise $500,000 Video included

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The Garfield County Fire Foundation established a Fundly account to raise $500,000 for farmers, ranchers, and homeowners impacted by the Lodgepole Complex Fire. 

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Judge lowers bar to qualify for Montana special elections

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A judge has limited the number of voter signatures that Montana officials can require for independent and third-party candidates to qualify as candidates in special elections.

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18-year-old mountain biker dies despite life-saving efforts

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An 18-year-old man is dead after mountain biking at Big Sky Resort.  On July 24, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a call about Tanner Noble. (His condition and cause of death haven't been released at this time.) 

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Applications pile up for University of Montana's top job

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A recruiting company official says 98 people have applied to be the next president of the University of Montana.

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Montana revenue shortfall triggers worst-case budget cuts

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana revenues have fallen far enough below projections to trigger a worst-case scenario $97 million in spending cuts across state government starting as soon as next month.

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Progress made on fighting Montana wildfires

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - More favorable weather conditions have allowed firefighters to make some progress on trying to contain wildfires that have destroyed 16 homes in eastern Montana.

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Montana man pleads guilty to sex abuse, giving meth to minor

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man reversed his plea to guilty in a case that began after police pulled over his vehicle, which was driven by a 12-year-old girl who was high on methamphetamine.    

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Rock Creek fires grows over night; now being called Sapphire Complex

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Despite Monday having a red flag warning, the three fires burning near Rock Creek saw about the same amount of growth as previous days. Previously known as Goat Creek, Sliprock and Little Hogback, those three fires are now being referred to as the Sapphire Complex. Combined, the fires total 5,464 acres. Little Hogback grew over 2,700 acres. Goat Creek grew just over 500 more acres to around 2,300 acres and the smallest of the fires, Sliprock, saw little growth an... More>>

Woman sees land destroyed by Lodgepole Complex Fire for first time Video included

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We were with Elisa Rogge Murnion as she visited her family ranch near Sand Springs, for the first time since it was lost to fire last Friday. 

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Family preps for evacuation and Goat Creek Fire grows Video included

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Homeowners in the Rock Creek area near the Goat Creek Fire are preparing as this fire gets closer to their homes.  

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Lack of sleep could lead to serious health issues like dementia

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Sleep apnea affects more than 20 million people, yet more than half of the people affected don’t use their CPAP mask. 

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Health risks involved with wildfire season, is breathing the smoke dangerous?

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Wildfire season is in full swing, but other than the damage wildfires cause to the earth, what does it do to your health? 

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Residents had their questions answered Monday night at fire information meeting in Lolo

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Important to have a "go kit" and to sign up for Smart911 to get instant updates and evacuation orders. 

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Two-time Grizzly attack survivor "nervous" after another recent run-in with a bear

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It's a story ABC FOX Montana has been bringing you since Day One: a Bozeman man attacked by a sow grizzly bear and his tale of survival posted on Facebook Live. New, another grizzly bear encounter for Todd Orr.

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  • U.S. Forest Service warns of aggressive bear on Canfield Mountain

    U.S. Forest Service warns of aggressive bear on Canfield Mountain

    Friday, July 21 2017 8:41 PM EDT2017-07-22 00:41:48 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - If you're planning on doing some outdoor activities on Canfield Mountain this weekend, listen up! The U.S. Forest Service wants the public to avoid the upper parking area and trail system on the mountain for the time being. An aggressive sow bear with a cub (possibly more than one cub) has been reported on the Cave Trail.

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - If you're planning on doing some outdoor activities on Canfield Mountain this weekend, listen up! The U.S. Forest Service wants the public to avoid the upper parking area and trail system on the mountain for the time being. An aggressive sow bear with a cub (possibly more than one cub) has been reported on the Cave Trail.

  • UPDATE: 19-year-old firefighter killed by falling tree in Montana

    UPDATE: 19-year-old firefighter killed by falling tree in Montana

    Thursday, July 20 2017 4:27 PM EDT2017-07-20 20:27:38 GMT
    Trenton JohnsonTrenton Johnson

    MISSOULA, Mont. - Authorities say a 19-year-old firefighter has died after being struck by a falling tree while responding to a small blaze in western Montana. Missoula County sheriff's officials say Trenton Johnson of Missoula died from his injuries Wednesday afternoon in a hospital. Johnson worked for a Merlin, Oregon-based private firefighting contractor called Grayback Forestry Inc. 

    MISSOULA, Mont. - Authorities say a 19-year-old firefighter has died after being struck by a falling tree while responding to a small blaze in western Montana. Missoula County sheriff's officials say Trenton Johnson of Missoula died from his injuries Wednesday afternoon in a hospital. Johnson worked for a Merlin, Oregon-based private firefighting contractor called Grayback Forestry Inc. 

  • Man with previous ties to Coeur d'Alene and Spokane wanted by the FBI on meth trafficking charges

    Man with previous ties to Coeur d'Alene and Spokane wanted by the FBI on meth trafficking charges

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 5:57 PM EDT2017-07-19 21:57:16 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The FBI is looking for a convicted felon they believe is involved in trafficking methamphetamine in Montana.  33-year-old Chase Storlie initially had a federal arrest warrant issued for him in Montana on June 9 for failure to appear at his arraignment in Helena. Storlie was previously charged on April 26, 2017, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute meth.

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The FBI is looking for a convicted felon they believe is involved in trafficking methamphetamine in Montana.  33-year-old Chase Storlie initially had a federal arrest warrant issued for him in Montana on June 9 for failure to appear at his arraignment in Helena. Storlie was previously charged on April 26, 2017, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute meth.

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