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Special for the Missoulian Saturday, May 20, 2000

Fugitive picked up in Washington state

A 46-year-old Colorado fugitive also wanted in Missoula County has been arrested in Arlington, Wash.

Authorities believed William George Strohm was camping in his truck near Lolo Creek but he apparently left the area after publicity about his fugitive status surfaced, said Detective Dave Fowlkes of the Missoula County Sheriff's Department.

Strohm, who was arrested in Arlington and is being held in the Snohomish County jail in Everett, Wash., is wanted on a $15,000 warrant in Missoula for possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell, a felony, and failure to appear.

He also is wanted on a $25,000 fugitive warrant in Colorado for failure to appear on a theft charge.

There was no word Friday whether he will waive extradition, which would allow him to be returned to Montana to face the charges.

Mick Holien, Missoulian

Mother gets probation for role in kidnapping

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A woman who fed her 21-month-old son only fruits and nuts and fled to the Montana wilderness when relatives intervened to help the starving boy was sentenced Thursday to three years' probation.

In also suspending sentences for child abuse and assault, the judge conceded Kendra Lynn Lee was emotionally immature and influenced by her ex-husband, Christopher Fink, who imposed the diet because he believed it would keep their son David pure.

After concerned relatives took David to the hospital in September 1998, the couple abducted him and fled to Montana, sparking a 16-day nationwide manhunt.

While hiding in the Beartooth Mountains, she gave birth to the couple's second son.

Both children are in state custody and "are doing great," according to prosecutor Cy Castle.

Lee pleaded guilty to second-degree felony child abuse and misdemeanor assault, which stemmed from injuries a hospital nurse suffered while trying to stop the Finks.

Last month, Fink was sentenced to 18 months in jail for child abuse and attempted aggravated assault. He was also sentenced to three years' probation.

Former Blackfeet judge dies at 69

BROWNING (AP) - Funeral services for former Blackfeet Tribal Judge John "Buster" Yellow Kidney will be Saturday at the family cemetery in Browning.

Yellow Kidney, 69, known for tireless efforts to preserve and pass on Blackfeet culture and traditions, died of cancer Monday at his home in Browning.

A former vice chairman of the Blackfeet tribe, Yellow Kidney spent most of his life working to protect the Blackfeet way of life and its people. He helped secure the Badger-Two Medicine sacred area, for which he was featured in National Geographic, and initiated, developed and saw the passage and implementation of the Native American Graves Repatriation Act for the Blackfeet nation.

He received an honorary associate of arts degree from Blackfeet Community College.

In addition to ranching, he was later chief of police, served as a city and tribal special investigator, and was a Glacier County deputy sheriff. He also was a prosecutor and defender, associate judge and chief judge of the tribal appellate court.

Yellow Kidney was vice chairman of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council.

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