BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A federal judge has indefinitely delayed a competency hearing for the suspect in a Montana triple-killing who has been dealing with mental illness. Sheldon Chase was arrested in October 2011 after his grandmother, cousin and cousin's boyfriend were shot at the family's house on the Crow Indian Reservation near Lodge Grass. The judge gave no reason Tuesday for delaying the Dec. 17 hearing.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Family members say search efforts have mostly ended for a small private airplane that went missing in central Idaho with five people aboard. Alan Dayton of Salt Lake City, the uncle of passenger Jonathon Norton, told The Salt Lake Tribune yesterday that family members feel they've done everything possible. Fifty-one-year-old Dale Smith, a software executive from San Jose, Calif., was flying from eastern Oregon to Butte, Mont., when he reported engine trouble.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 6-year-old horse that was rescued after falling through ice into a spring north of Helena has recovered. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says the horse spent about two hours in the water Tuesday. He says a passer-by and an animal control officer led a rescue effort and the horse was released by the evening.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Missoula woman faces a charge of driving under the influence after police officers suffered minor injuries when her car struck their unmarked vehicle. A police spokesman says 36-year-old Heather Leane Bennett ran a red light and hit the vehicle late Monday. Bennett is also charged with assaulting a Montana Highway Patrol trooper.
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