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Friday
Feb162018

Granite County commissioner pleads innocence to theft charges 

(PHILIPSBURG)- Granite County Commissioner Scott Adler is pleading innocent to theft charges, with accusations he used county equipment on a paving project at his own property last year.

Adler is facing two misdemeanor charges for "testing" the equipment on his own land. He claims he had the endorsement of the other two commissioners, but they have said they didn't know it was going on. Adler said the test was to see if a certain milling process was feasible to use on county roads. 

The formal charges came after a investigation into the complaint by the Montana Attorney General's Office. Adler had re-imbursed the county $1400, but the A.G. questioned whether that was full cost of the work for the county.

Adler made a brief appearance in a Philipsburg courtroom yesterday. He'll be back for a pre-trial hearing in March. No formal trial date has been scheduled on the misdemeanor charges. 

Tuesday
Mar112014

Lodge operators "saddened" over fatal avalanche

(PHILIPSBURG)- Operators of a backcountry lodge in Granite County say they are "extremely saddened" by the avalanche that took the life of one of their guests.

The Granite County Sheriff's office says the victim was backcountry skiing with a group when the slide hit around 3 p.m. Authorities were alerted when the man's emergency beacon went off. But it took hours for rescuers to reach the remote location and by that time the man had died. (Read more about the accident from KPAX.com). 

In a post on the Altoona Ridge Lodge's Facebook page, the lodge operators expressed regret over the accident. 

"We are extremely saddened to learn an avalanche near Altoona Lakes took the life of a skier this afternoon," the operators write, noting the victim was part of a group staying at the backcountry lodge. "We are thankful the rest of the group is safe. We are greatly appreciative of the Granite County Search and Rescue and Sheriff's Department for their dedication and hard work. Thank you for all your caring words. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim and those that are close to them. Hug those you love extra tight."

The lodge operates year round but is only accessible by skis or snowmobile in the winter months, located at more than 7600' in the Flint Range northeast of Philipsburg. 

Authorities haven't released the name of the victim. The man was the third person killed in an avalanche in Western Montana in the past month. 

 

Monday
Aug052013

Charges filed in I-90 shooting

(PHILIPSBURG)- Granite County authorities are charging a Washington man with attempted homicide for firing a high powered revolver at a couple's pickup truck on I-90 last week.

Matthew Edward Colbert was arrested following the early morning shooting a few miles west of Drummond. 

As we reported Friday, Montana Highway Patrol troopers and Granite County Sheriff's deputies received an emergency call from a man and woman saying a driver in a white pickup had fired at them, shattering their car's window. The couple told officers they'd seen Colbert use the emergency turnaround to come around behind them, pulling up alongside their car and firing the shot that shattered both windows. 

Danny Muir told deputies he pulled out his own 22-caliber revolver and tried unsuccessfully to shoot the pickup's tires out as it pulled past them. 

Trooper Tom Gill spotted Colbert's truck and pulled him over, seeing a pistol in Colbert's shoulder holster as he ordered him to the ground at the point of a shotgun. Prosecutors say Colbert was armed with a Smith and Wesson 500 magnum, which is considered to be the most powerful handgun made, as well as a smaller pistol hidden in his clothing. But he was taken into custody without further incident. Neither Muir nor his wife were seriously injured, although one of them had cuts from flying glass.

When Sheriff Scott Dunkerson attempted to question Colbert, he made claims he was carrying papers from "President Obama and the Joint Chiefs of Staff" making him immune from arrest. 

Colbert made his first appearance on the two counts of attempted deliberate homicide in Philipsburg Thursday. 

Thursday
Aug012013

Charges filed against man in Drummond freeway shooting

(PHILIPSBURG)- Granite County authorities are charging a Washington man with attempted homicide for firing a high powered revolver at a couple's pickup truck on I-90 last week.

Matthew Edward Colbert was arrested following the early morning shooting a few miles west of Drummond. 

As we reported Friday, Montana Highway Patrol troopers and Granite County Sheriff's deputies received an emergency call from a man and woman saying a driver in a white pickup had fired at them, shattering their car's window. The couple told officers they'd seen Colbert use the emergency turnaround to come around behind them, pulling up alongside their car and firing the shot that shattered both windows. 

Danny Muir told deputies he pulled out his own 22-caliber revolver and tried unsuccessfully to shoot the pickup's tires out as it pulled past them. 

Trooper Tom Gill spotted Colbert's truck and pulled him over, seeing a pistol in Colbert's shoulder holster as he ordered him to the ground at the point of a shotgun. Prosecutors say Colbert was armed with a Smith and Wesson 500 magnum, which is considered to be the most powerful handgun made, as well as a smaller pistol hidden in his clothing. But he was taken into custody without further incident. Neither Muir nor his wife were seriously injured, although one of them had cuts from flying glass.

When Sheriff Scott Dunkerson attempted to question Colbert, he made claims he was carrying papers from "President Obama and the Joint Chiefs of Staff" making him immune from arrest. 

Colbert made his first appearance on the two counts of attempted deliberate homicide in Philipsburg today.