VERIZON STORE CRASH
Utah man suspected of crashing pickup into store
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Police have arrested a Utah man suspected of crashing his pickup truck into a Verizon Wireless store in Great Falls, apparently after an argument with his estranged wife who works at the store.
Officers responded to several alarms at 4:22 a.m. Sunday. The Great Falls Tribune reports surveillance footage shows a Dodge Ram pickup driving through one front window, turning around in the store and driving out a second window, causing more than $50,000 in damage.
Officers said the vehicle's license plate fell of the truck. It was registered to 51-year-old Rory Lee Anderson of West Jordan, Utah. Police had received an earlier report of an argument between Anderson and his estranged wife.
Sgt. Bryan Slavik says Anderson was arrested in Great Falls on Monday morning. He had been sought on suspicion of felony criminal mischief.
CATTLE TRUCK CRASH
Cattle truck crashes near Butte, 6 cows killed
(Information in the following story is from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com)
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A semi-truck hauling 86 head of cattle crashed on Interstate 15-90 between Butte and Rocker, scattering cattle and killing six cows.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Cody Ruane said the driver was eastbound at about 4 p.m. Saturday and thought the City Center exit was the interstate. The driver jerked the rig back onto the interstate, causing the load of cattle to shift. The semi and trailer tipped onto their sides.
Ruane tells The Montana Standard that people on horseback rounded up the loose cattle while traffic was re-routed for about four hours. One wandering cow was struck by a pickup truck, damaging the vehicle but not injuring the driver.
The truck driver was cited for reckless driving.
Missoula County deputy crashes pickup on icy roads
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Missoula County sheriff's deputy was uninjured after crashing a department pickup truck on icy U.S. Highway 93 South during rush hour Monday morning.
The pickup ended up on its side in a ditch and the crash caused delays between Lolo and Missoula.
The sheriff's office reminded travelers to drive with caution and wear their seat belts.
The deputy's name was not released.
MDU to buy southwestern North Dakota wind farm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. is buying a 43-turbine wind farm in southwestern North Dakota.
Allete Clean Energy will develop the project near Hettinger. The $200 million wind farm is expected to be done in December 2015.
MDU, a division of MDU Resources Group Inc., about a year ago signed an agreement to buy the wind farm's power from Thunder Spirit Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Wind Works Power Corp.
MDU officials say they have now determined that owning and operating the wind farm is preferable for the company. The deal calls for Allete to acquire the Thunder Spirit Wind project, complete the development and sell the completed project to MDU. The sale is subject to regulatory approval.
MDU provides electricity to parts of the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming.
MONTANA PLAYOFF FOOTBALL
Bobcats, Grizzlies, Saints host playoff games
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The football season continues with post-Thanksgiving Day games for three Montana college teams.
Montana and Montana State earned spots in the FCS playoffs, with Montana hosting San Diego and Montana State hosting South Dakota State on Saturday. Both games kick off at noon.
The winner of the San Diego-Montana game plays at No. 4 seed Eastern Washington next weekend while the winner of the SDSU-Montana State games plays at No 2 seed North Dakota State on Dec. 6.
In the NAIA, top-ranked Carroll College advanced to the quarterfinals with a dominating 49-0 win over Valley City State of North Dakota. The Saints held the Vikings to 87 total yards and just four first downs and forced three turnovers while Dustin Rinker rushed for 153 yards and three scores. Carroll hosts Frontier Conference runner-up and No. 8 Southern Oregon on Saturday. The teams split this season, with each winning at home.
Montana volleyball coach resigns after 9 seasons
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana volleyball coach Jerry Wagner has resigned after nine seasons after the Grizzlies posted 6-23 records in two of the last three seasons.
University officials say a national search for Wagner's replacement will begin next month.
Wagner thanked the administration for giving him the opportunity to coach at Montana and supporting the program. His teams posted a 102-147 record.
Wagner says he's proud to have helped the team get back to the conference tournament on a regular basis.
The program announced the signing of two middle blockers on Monday — Hailey Jackson Apple Valley, California and Blayke Hranicka of Denver.
Wagner is the third Big Sky Conference volleyball coach who will not return next fall along with Montana State coach Kyle Weindel and Weber State's Tom Peterson.