BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Weather forecasters warn that rising temperatures later this week in Montana could increase runoff from melting snow. A National Weather Service forecaster said temperatures are forecast to reach the 50s. Warm weather over the past week unleashed large amounts of water from record snowfalls, pushing many streams and rivers over their banks.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The state Department of Justice and the Ravalli County sheriff's office have released the names of a Hamilton man who was shot by a sheriff's deputy, and the deputy who fired the shot. Officials say Deputy Tod Wofford shot 47-year-old Lonnie Roberts on March 6. The DOJ has said Roberts apparently was distraught about problems he was having with his girlfriend and that he picked up a gun and pointed it at Wofford, who had responded to a 911 call from Roberts.
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Fire officials in Butte are investigating a fire that caused extensive fire, smoke and water damage to a house less than two weeks after a man fell on cut glass and bled to death at the residence. Fire Marshal John Lasky tells The Montana Standard the March 7 fire is suspicious. The homeowners escaped the fire through the back door.
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A 27-year-old man has died in an avalanche while he was backcountry skiing in southwestern Montana. The Granite County Sheriff says Peter Maxwell of Missoula died of asphyxia. Dunkerson says Maxwell probably triggered the avalanche. Maxwell was with a group of six other skiers Monday when the slide occurred.
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