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Authorities identify car crash victim

A Clinton-area man who died early Saturday morning in a single-vehicle accident west of Clinton was identified as Richard Anthony Zinkgraf.

Zinkgraf, 41, was westbound at about 2 a.m. on U.S. Highway 10 two miles west of Clinton when his car apparently took a corner too fast, spun 180 degrees and slammed backward into a telephone pole, according to Montana Highway Patrol reports. He died a short time later at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

Zinkgraf was wearing a seat belt. The Highway Patrol said alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Gary Jahrig, Missoulian

12-year-old hunter suffers handgun wound

KALISPELL - A 12-year-old boy authorities believe accidentally shot himself in the face with a pistol remained hospitalized Monday in critical condition.

Christian Broers of Hungry Horse suffered a single gunshot wound from a .44-caliber Magnum handgun while hunting near the Middle Fork of the Flathead River Sunday.

He is hospitalized in Missoula.

Authorities said the boy was part of a hunting group that included his father. Other members of the group had separated from the boy and had intended to push game in his direction.

Sunday was opening day of the general deer and elk hunting season.

Associated Press

Self-defense changes stabbing charge

A 19-year-old woman accused of stabbing her sister last June has pleaded guilty to a lesser offense after investigators determined she acted in self-defense.

Adrienne N. Upshaw was given a six-month suspended sentence for stabbing her 20-year-old sister, Andrea, during a breakfast time altercation at their mother's residence on Burlington Avenue in Missoula. Adrienne Upshaw also was given credit for the four months she served in the Missoula County Detention Center after her arrest on June 21.

Missoula Deputy County Attorney Andrew Paul said he agreed to have the charge reduced from aggravated assault, a felony, to misdemeanor assault. He said he agreed to the reduction after receiving letters from Upshaw's mother and the sister who was stabbed.

"They both said her sister was beating her up bad and she pulled a knife in self-defense," Paul said. "They also said she didn't stick her and that (Andrea) fell on the knife during the attack."

Paul said Adrienne Upshaw also received a separate six-month suspended sentence for misdemeanor assault for her part in a "jailhouse brawl" when she was being held in the detention center.

Gary Jahrig, Missoulian

Savmor Drug to remain at Third Street site

With last Friday's changes in Missoula's grocery scene, one thing has remained the same: Savmor Drug store in the South Third Street Town and Country Shopping Center has not moved.

"We had people calling us panic-stricken all over the weekend wondering if we closed," store owner Gary Trenary said Monday. The drugstore is located inside the Bi-Lo grocery store which abruptly closed Friday evening. Bi-Lo is consolidating its business at its Southwest Higgins Avenue location after losing its lease in the South Third location, according to owner Jim Edwards.

But Savmor will move just 150 feet sideways to a new storefront next to Champion Auto in the Town and Country complex.

"We've been there seven years," Trenary said. "Our clientele is from that side of town … many elderly people we deliver to. We're not planning to leave."

Rob Chaney, Missoulian

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