BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Federal officials say a United Airlines flight from Denver to Billings likely encountered severe clear-air turbulence over Wyoming, causing a sudden loss of altitude that injured 11 people. The report from the NTSB said the Boeing 737-700 sustained minor damage in the Feb. 17 incident but continued for an uneventful landing. Two people were seriously injured, including a flight attendant.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Lake County jailer has been suspended with pay after officers broke up an underage drinking party at his home. Sheriff Jay Doyle suspended the officer yesterday, hours after police responded to a noise complaint at the jailer's house and found "a number of underage, intoxicated drinkers." An internal investigation is ongoing and the officer's name is not being released unless criminal charges are filed.
COOKE CITY, Mont. (AP) - Park County authorities say an 18-year-old Minnesota man has died after he was buried in an avalanche while snowmobiling. The man's name has not been released. Sheriff's deputies say the snowmobiler was buried near Cooke City about 4 p.m. yesterday. KTVM-TV reports the sheriff's office says the victim was with a group of six others and was on his snowmobile halfway up a slope when he was overtaken by the avalanche.
HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - The Ravalli County sheriff's office has seized more than four dozen animals from a resident after an investigation found they were being neglected. The owner, a 74-year-old man in failing health, faces a charge of aggravated animal cruelty. His name was not released. Officers seized 17 head of cattle, 21 sheep, three donkeys, a horse, two yaks, four chickens and three ducks.
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