Local/Regional briefs
Local/Regional briefs

Suspect in shooting released from jail

KALISPELL - Matthew Montgomery, the man who apparently shot and killed 23-year-old Daniel Mitchell Nygren on Saturday during a confrontation inside Montgomery's home, was released from jail Monday pending further investigation.

Flathead County Attorney Tom Esch said no charges have been filed against Montgomery, 30, of Kalispell.

Nygren was shot in the stomach with a 12-gauge shotgun just before 3:15 a.m. Saturday, and he died at Kalispell Regional Medical Center shortly afterward. His body is at the State Crime Lab in Missoula where an autopsy will be performed.

Police were called to the Montgomery home after a woman called 9-1-1 saying her husband shot a man who had come into their house. Montgomery was taken into custody at the scene pending investigation.

John Stromnes, Missoulian

Blackfoot River bridge to be closed for repairs

Whitaker Bridge - six miles from Johnsrud Park on the Blackfoot River - will be closed for 30 days of maintenance work, possibly beginning next Tuesday, May 29.

Delon Potter, assistant field manager in the Bureau of Land Management's Missoula office, said the bridge will get a new deck on its top, and also guard rails and a bridge rail.

The boat launch at the east end of the bridge may not be available for use during repairs. The bridge is located off McNamara Road, six miles from the turnoff of Highway 200.

Signs will be posted at both ends of McNamara Road. Updates and additional information also will be available from the BLM's Missoula field office at 329-3914.

Sherry Devlin, Missoulian

Assault charge filed after beating at bar

A 21-year-old man was charged with aggravated assault Monday for allegedly administering a severe beating to another man Saturday night outside an East Missoula bar.

Antonio Davis appeared in Justice Court before Justice of the Peace John Odlin, charged with the felony for allegedly causing serious bodily injury to Scott Frazier. Odlin set bail for Davis at $20,000.

Court documents state that Davis, Frazier and three other people went to the Reno Inn in East Missoula on Saturday evening to play pool. Sometime before 11 p.m., Frazier and another man became involved in a dispute outside the bar. After a short altercation, Frazier and the other man, whom Davis reportedly works for, parted and went their separate ways.

When Frazier went back into the bar, Davis allegedly got mad at Frazier, and struck him in the face. After Frazier left the bar, witnesses told investigating officers that Davis "blindsided" Frazier from behind and knocked him to the ground. Davis then allegedly stomped Frazier's face twice into the pavement. Frazier's girlfriend broke up the fight, then drove him to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

Frazier was treated at the hospital for multiple fractures to the jaw, several facial lacerations, two missing teeth and two shattered teeth.

After investigating the incident over the weekend, Davis was arrested Monday morning by Missoula County Sheriff's deputies.

Gary Jahrig, Missoulian

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