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News Minute: Here is the latest Montana news from The Associated Press

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man charged with driving the suspect in an assault and attempted rape to Missoula after he escaped police custody in Bozeman has been arrested. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports 29-year-old William Michael Smith of Bozeman was arrested Tuesday by police in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He remained jailed there today. Smith was one of five people charged Monday with obstruction of justice for aiding Kevin Briggs after his Feb. 1 escape. Briggs was arrested Feb. 21 in Portland, Ore.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Some conservationists are miffed they weren't consulted before Gov. Steve Bullock identified 5.1 million acres of national forest land as top restoration priorities. Bullock announced the nominations this month for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consider increasing the pace and scale of restoration efforts. The Great Falls Tribune reports some groups criticized the governor for a lack of public participation in the process.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 29-year-old Harlem man died and two people were injured in a rollover crash just north of Harlem. The Montana Highway Patrol says the victim was driving a car southbound on Secondary Highway 241 at about 8:35 p.m. yesterday when the car went off the road at a left-hand curve. The car went through the ditch, hit an approach and became airborne. The car landed and rolled onto its roof. None of the occupants were wearing seat belts.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana police chief says an unarmed robbery suspect moved his hands six times in defiance of an officer's orders before the officer fatally shot him during a traffic stop. Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said today the officer's decision to shoot 38-year-old Richard Ramirez three times was justified. St. John says a search of the car in which Ramirez was a passenger found drug paraphernalia but no weapons. Ramirez is the fifth person shot and killed by law enforcement in Billings in two years.

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