However, Dayna Ann Edwards, 37, of 202 8th St. N., also known as Dayna Berkner or Dayna Fletcher, has disappeared since being released from jail. Officers with a search warrant found jewelry, drugs and drug paraphernalia in the woman's home March 10, and she was arrested on felony drug possession charges with a $50,000 bail. She allegedly used a ring to back up her bond which was linked to a Feb. 18 burglary at the Ivory Cat Antiques store in Great Falls.
Kevin Schreier, an unsuccessful candidate for the commission in 2002, was terminated when his office failed to reach an expected level of self-funding.
Also in the Republic, reporter Timothy Mitchell writes that Kenneth Charles Aiello, 54, received three life sentences without parole for incest, sexual intercourse without consent and sexual assault. Aiello was convicted of sexual misconduct with a relative. According to the felony complaint, Aiello's victim was just 7 when the sexual abuse started in 1997.
Bozeman residents are holding their noses as the city's wastewater treatment plant cleans out thousands of gallons of poop, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Workers are draining the sludge from a digester tank as part of a 2.2 million renovation project. Work, and smell, is expected to last six more weeks.
Also in the Daily Chronicle, Belgrade police identified the suspect in a Monday shooting incident. Joseph Dickey, 17, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon for shooting 23-year-old Christopher Langer through the hand with a .32-caliber pistol. The two men's accounts of the shooting are seriously different, with Langer claiming Dickey pulled the gun and shot him in an argument over property. Dickey claims that Langer produced the pistol and got shot as the two men fought for control of it.
Helena emergency responders are boning up on how to deal with hantavirus cases in the wake of a double-death incident last week, according to the Helena Independent Record. One Lewis and Clark County man died of the virus last week, and his wife died of self-inflicted injuries several days later. However, emergency responders were wary of entering her home before the cause of death was known, out of concern it could have been another disease case.
The recent jump in tobacco taxes may have tempted a pair of thieves to swipe $1,000 worth of cigarettes from a Kalispell convenience store, the Kalispell Daily Interlake reports. Police reports say a woman entered the Kalispell Town Pump store Wednesday and complained to the clerk about the price of bread while her male partner picked up a delivery box of cigarette cartons and walked out. Store surveillance cameras got images of both suspects.
Butte-Silver Bow commissioners got into a prayer debate Wednesday after one member tried to change the wording of standard introductory blessing, Roberta Forsell Stauffer of the Montana Standard writes. Commissioner Ristene Hall had proposed removing some of the thee's to make it read smoother. But other members wanted to keep the original prayer, while others still objected to the idea of praying at a government meeting.
The commissioners voted 8-3 to make the changes. The revised prayer now reads: "Almighty God, we implore you look upon us and guide us this night, as we make decisions which so greatly affect our community of Butte Silver Bow. Direct our thoughts, words, and deeds so that we please you, and best serve our fellow citizens. Amen"
Commissioner Laura Lee Dunlap argued for a firm separation of church and state in her case to drop the prayer. Adding an aside about Butte's persistent economic difficulties, she joked, "The way things have been going around here, maybe we've been praying to the wrong God."