Man pleads not guilty to Kalispell abortion clinic vandalism

2014-03-28T06:00:00Z 2014-06-27T20:31:41Z Man pleads not guilty to Kalispell abortion clinic vandalismBy VINCE DEVLIN of the Missoulian missoulian.com

KALISPELL – A Columbia Falls man accused of ransacking a medical clinic here earlier this month pleaded not guilty Thursday to multiple felonies.

Zachary Jordan Klundt, 24, is charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief in connection with the March 3 or 4 break-in at All Families Healthcare, a family medical clinic which provides the only abortion services in the Flathead Valley.

He was also charged with attempted burglary after police arrested him on March 4. They say Klundt was allegedly trying to break into a nearby bail bondsman’s office.

Klundt is the son of Twyla Klundt of Columbia Falls, a former board member at Hope Pregnancy Ministries. It operates Clear Choice Clinic, an anti-abortion pregnancy clinic in Kalispell.

Twyla Klundt resigned her board position after her son’s arrest.

The damage to All Families Healthcare was extensive. Court documents filed by Deputy Flathead County Attorney Stacy Boman said the damage included “art and furniture, medical instruments and supplies, and file cabinets. Additionally, a yellow powder covered almost everything. … In the basement, officers discovered damage to the main sewer line, furnace and water heater.”

County Attorney Ed Corrigan said everything in the main portion of the clinic had been doused with iodine and then sprayed with a fire extinguisher.

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An omnibus hearing for Zachary Klundt was scheduled for July 16, a pre-trial hearing for July 30 and a jury trial for the term beginning Sept. 8.

The clinic break-in occurred either on the night of Monday, March 3, or early in the morning of Tuesday, March 4.

It’s the second time physician assistant Susan Cahill has had offices damaged in Kalispell. Her offices were firebombed in 1994 and closed for five months.

Cahill had just moved into a new-for-her space on First Street East three weeks earlier.

Approximately six blocks away on South Main Street, Bob Smith called 9-1-1 at about 6 p.m. on March 4 to report someone was trying to break into his bail bondsman’s office.

Responding officers found Klundt, who matched the description given by Smith, in the area. Police say Klundt was armed with a handgun loaded with a full magazine, and had a spare full magazine on him as well.

Prosecutors say Klundt’s shoe tread pattern matched those found at All Families Healthcare. They also say a search of Klundt’s residence turned up several boxes of medical supplies and documents that Cahill identified as coming from her offices.

The suspect is being held on $100,000 bail.

Reporter Vince Devlin can be reached at 1-800-366-7186 or by email at vdevlin@missoulian.com.

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    palewizard - March 28, 2014 9:19 am
    I hope they throw the book at him. He has prevented women in the Flathead Valley access to a valid medical procedure performed safely by a medical doctor. Who is he to think his beliefs trump their access
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