Special for the Missoulian Saturday, April 28, 2000
Jury deliberates fate of man accused in killing
Jurors began deliberating the case of a Las Vegas man accused of crimes related to the 1995 murder of a companion near Trego on Friday but had not reached a verdict by late evening.
Deliberations continued into the night.
John Lynch, 35, is on trial in U.S. District Court in Missoula on felony charges of robbery affecting interstate commerce and use of a firearm during violence which resulted in the death of Brian Carreiro.
Carreiro was shot and his body dismembered and burned south of the Trego area.
Lynch and another man were found guilty of deliberate homicide in the case in 1997 in state court, but their convictions were overturned by the Montana Supreme Court.
Wreck in Flathead kills Bigfork woman
BIGFORK (AP) - A Bigfork woman died in the collision of two vehicles at the intersection of highways 35 and 83.
The Flathead County coroner said Maria Zavala, 33, died at the scene of the wreck Thursday night. She was one of the drivers.
The death pushed Montana's 2000 traffic fatality toll to 64, compared to 59 at the same time last year.
Vietnamese musicians perform in Hamilton
HAMILTON - Hamilton music lovers will have a rare opportunity Saturday to hear a concert of traditional Vietnamese folk music when the Khac Chi Ensemble with their ancient and exotic instruments perform at the River Street Theater, 421 N. Second Street.
The concert begins at 9 p.m. Tickets - available at Chapter One Bookstore - are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors.
Khac Chi and his wife, Ngoc Bich, are graduates and former faculty members of the Vietnam Conservatory of Music in Hanoi and have been residents of Vancouver, B.C., since 1992.
The concert is presented by the Bitterroot Community Arts Project and sponsored by the Farmers State and Ravalli County banks and City Center Motel.
Flathead escapee nabbed in Missoula
A 19-year-old Flathead Valley man who escaped from custody is jailed in Missoula after his capture Thursday morning.
Jarvis Bengson told Missoula authorities he'd violated his probation on a suspended sentence and was headed to jail when he escaped in handcuffs last month.
Missoula County Sheriff's deputies learned a man by the name of Jarvis was a suspect in a recent theft of some $900 worth of items from a vehicle on Starr Drive, according to Mike Dominick.
Bengson was found sleeping in the doorway of a residence he'd been staying at on South Russell Street about 9 a.m.
He appeared in Missoula Justice Court on Friday on a misdemeanor theft charge and will be returned to Flathead County to face a felony escape charge.
Mick Holien, Missoulian
Wal-Mart fund-raiser benefits hospitals
A fund-raiser for Children's Miracle Network will be held Saturday at Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart is CMN's only retail sponsor for the organization that services 170 children's hospitals. In Montana, CMN services the Shodair Hospital in Helena.
CMN produces a national television special to raise money for hospitalized children. One hundred percent of the money raised goes to the hospitals, not to administrative costs.
Wal-Mart will sell hamburgers and hot dogs, raffle a Sunbeam grill and give a seed packet (while they last) to those who buy a $1 CMN balloon.
The event begins in the parking lot at 10 a.m.