BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man pleaded guilty to one count of theft by embezzlement for stealing as much as $210,000 from a local car dealership. The Montana Standard reports Ronald Johnson made the plea to the felony Thursday in Butte district court. Court documents show Johnson was working in payroll at Leskovar Motors when checks for unexplained sums were found in his name. During an investigation, police determined as much as $210,000 may have been embezzled from the dealership's accounts.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Two men from Phoenix who were aboard a single-engine airplane say they had to make an emergency landing in a Montana field when their engine died on the approach to an airport. Neither man was injured and the plane suffered only a few dents.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's $60 million wildfire reserve fund could be halved by budget cuts during what state officials say is emerging to be a very active and expensive summer for fighting fires. Conditional budget cuts passed by state lawmakers earlier this year call for removing $30 million from the fire fund if state revenue drops far enough below expectations. Republican Sen. Pat Connell of Hamilton tells Lee Newspapers of Montana that he is concerned the state could come up short of money to fight fires.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent in June. The state Department of Labor and Industry reports that 6,700 jobs were added to the state's economy over the past year, with 220 of those jobs posted in June.
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