HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A teenager has been sentenced to probation and must pay restitution for a fire that caused $3 million in damage at a Montana high school. The Independent Record reports the boy, who was sentenced Wednesday, was 13 when he and two teen girls started fires in a custodian closet and classroom at Helena High School in November. The fire closed the entire school for two days and the damaged wing of the building for three months. The boy and one of the girls must pay the $250,000 insurance deductible.
ANACONDA, Mont. (AP) - Police have arrested a woman in connection with a house fire in western Montana, and investigators say she also is a "person of interest" in another fire that gutted a historic mansion. The Montana Standard reports 48-year-old Kellie Olson was arrested Sunday on an arson charge stemming from Saturday's fire on East Front Street in Anaconda. Police Chief Tim Barkell says investigators also are trying to determine if she started a fire Friday that burned the 1894 Shields Mansion on Main Street.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Another grizzly bear has shown up in a part of Montana that hasn't seen grizzlies in as long as a century. Montana wildlife officials say that a trail camera captured a picture of a 3 ½ year old grizzly in the Big Belt Mountains west of White Sulphur Springs sometime this summer. There are approximately 1,000 bears in the Northern Continental Divide grizzly population. They are ranging farther east from the Rocky Mountain Front in search of food as their numbers rebound.
BEIJING (AP) - Police in central China have arrested an American college student on charges of intentional injury following an altercation with a taxi driver. A family friend of Guthrie McLean said Thursday that the University of Montana student was formally arrested in the city of Zhengzhou earlier this week.
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