Special for the Missoulian Firday, April 14, 2000

Pablo Cultural Fair features music, stories

Diversity will take center stage Saturday at the ninth annual Cultural Fair in Pablo.

The event starts at 10 a.m. at the Two Eagle River School, with a new entertainment performance every half-hour until 4 p.m., said Cathy Billie, a founder of the Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition, the group sponsoring the event.

Among the performances will be American Indian and African drumming, Celtic music by duo Wilson and McKee, and a special performance by the Old Time Fiddlers.

"The fair is an event to appreciate the diverse wealth of cultures on the reservation and in the area," Billie said. "It is to help community spirit."

Much of the day's activities are geared toward families and children, she said. Storytellers will share African and American Indian tales, cultural games will be played, interactive arts tables will be available to kids of all ages, as well as face painting and balloons.

Tibetan, Cajun, East Indian and Italian food items will help keep fairgoers sustained for the day's activities.

The fair is free and open to the public. A $1 donation is suggested.

For more information, call Hannah Price or Elaine White at 676-8444.

Betsy Cohen, Missoulian

Police on lookout or Colorado fugitive

Law enforcement authorities are looking for a fugitive they suspect is living here and selling drugs.

William George Strohm, 46, is wanted in Colorado for attempted felony theft, according to Detective Ed Jemison of the Missoula County Sheriff's Department.

Strohm is white, 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, with brown eyes. He has brown, thinning hair and was last seen wearing a moustache. He has tattoos of a skull and a snake on his right shoulder.

He is wanted in Missoula for possession and sale of dangerous drugs and failure to appear in court.

Anyone who knows of Strohm's whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at 721-4444.

Mick Holien, Missoulian

Beer theft turns into robbery charge

Mark Robert Altrichter already was facing shoplifting charges when employees at Safeway caught him allegedly trying to leave the store with a 12-pack of beer.

But when he tangled with the employee who was trying to stop him from leaving the West Broadway store, he upped the ante and landed in the Missoula County Detention Facility charged with robbery, a felony, since during the course of the alleged theft, he threatened or caused someone harm.

Altrichter, 38, allegedly punched Bryan Gillespie in the face, knocking off his glasses, according to court documents.

When Gillespie shoved back, Altrichter dropped the beer but got up and threatened the employee, telling him "he owned Safeway," according to court documents.

Altrichter was detained by police a short time later.

He appeared in Missoula Justice Court on Wednesday and was held on $5,000 bail.

Mick Holien, Missoulian

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