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Great Falls, Montana
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Sunday, October 5, 1997
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2M Sunday. October 5. 1997 ON THE RECORD Great Falls Tribune Officers shoot moose hit by pickup in town By JACQUIE BURCHARD Tribune Staff Writer A moose that walked into Great Falls Saturday morning was dead Saturday night after wandering into traffic and being struck by a pickup. State Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials shot the young moose because he'd been so badly injured. "There's no way he would have gone very far in his shape," said Gary Benson, game warden sergeant for Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Great Falls. A startled Brady woman hit the bull moose with her pickup near Stuckey Road on the Northwest Bypass shortly after 8 p.m. The woman wasn't injured. But the moose, probably a 2-year-old, suffered a severely broken right rear leg and probably broken ribs, Benson said. He apparently fell down, then wandered into the traffic median before limping off to nearby grass and a hillside. The moose was lying down when Benson and game warden Chuck Bartos arrived. When they walked within about 15 yards of the moose, the animal stood up and the wardens could see his broken knee protruding awkwardly. Bartos estimated the moose weighed 800 pounds or more. He's the second moose to wander into Great Falls within the past year. Another, also a bull, was spotted near the Great Falls airport last fall and officers spent several hours chasing him out of town. Benson said Saturday's marked about the fourth moose he's seen in Great Falls in his nine years on the job here. "And we've always been able to get them out of town until now," he said. Montana Highway Patrol officers said they regularly encounter deer, elk, foxes and yes, an occasional moose on the edges of town. Benson said that, despite the moose's death, the story "comes with a happy ending." He and Bartos took the moose to their Giant Springs office, where he was butchered late Saturday night. The meat will be donated to the Great Falls Rescue Mission. Dragged: Police searching for truck FROM 1M that Wellington went to the pickup because he might have been arguing with someone inside. Witnesses told police the pickup was red and white or maroon and white, and possibly a Chevrolet or Dodge. It was last seen heading west on 5th Avenue South and then south on 8th Street. Police are searching for the drivers of both vehicles. "We'd really like to find the driver of the Camaro," Smith said. "He or she probably witnessed the whole thing, but they left." Former public works chief dies at 73 Retired Great Falls Public Works Chief LeRoy V. Lucker, 73, of 1 17 Riverview 5 West, died Saturday in a Great Falls hospital of cancer. Services are 1 1 a.m. Tuesday at O'Connor Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Gift of Life Foundation, Box 1821, Great Falls, MT 59403-1821 or Peace Hospice of Montana, 125 Northwest Bypass, Great Falls, MT 59404. Lucker was born Nov. 9, 1923, in Great Falls and attended local schools. He began college in California and received his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the College of Great Falls. As a youth he worked on area ranches and participated in amateur rodeo. Lucker served with the U.S. Army from 1943 until 1945, in the European Theater with a combat unit of the 3rd Army. He married Patricia Cole on Feb. 5, 1949, in Helena. They lived in Great Falls. Lucker joined the Great Falls Water De- r Lucker partment as a laboratory technician in the treatment plant in 1946. He retired in 1978 as Chief, Utilities Division for the Department of Public Works. He had been a member of the Montana Section American Water Works Association and Montana Water Pollution Control Association. He was appointed to the Montana State Board of Water and Wastewater Operators by Gov. Tom Judge in 1975, serving until 1980. Lucker was state president of the Montana Water Pollution Control Association in 1971 and chairman of Montana State Board of Water and Wastewater in 1977. He received the William D. Hatfield Award from the National Water Pollution Control Federation in 1976 and the George Warren Fuller Award from the American Water Works Association in 1978. He was appointed to the City-County Board of Health by the city commission and served for 3 Vi years. He belonged to VFW Post 1087, AARP and Great Falls Senior Citizens. Surviving are his wife; sons, Michael Lucker of Great Falls and Richard Lucker of Spring, Texas; sisters, Sallie Morris of Butte and Darlene Forsman of Great Falls; and three grandchildren. Hot Springs man, 100, dies RONAN Clarke A. Potter, 100, died Monday in a Ronan care center of natural causes. No services are planned. Arrangements are by Johnson Mortuary of Kalispell. Memorials are suggested to the Senior Citizens Center in Hot Springs. Potter was born Dec. 17, 1896, in Anamosia, Iowa, and grew up in Iowa. He married Ada Potter; they later divorced. Potter married Lillian Simp-kins. He became a teacher and was a truck farmer in Iowa until about 1932 when he moved to White-tail. The family lived there until 1945 when they moved to Poison. He ran Potter's Rest Home in Poison from 1957 until 1963, when he retired. He then moved to Hot Springs. His wife has died. Surviving are two daughters, Florence Brink of Anamosia and Susan Walters of Great Falls; four sons, Edward Potter of Missoula, Charles Potter of Marshal, Texas and Douglas and Stuart Potter of Dallas; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Former labor leader dies at 69 By Tribune Staff Former teacher and labor leader Vincent J. Bosh, of 2026 9th Ave. S, died unexpectedly Saturday in Helena. He was 69. Bosh was the business manager of Operating Engineers Union 400 Local from 1976 to 1981. The union successfully sued him and two other union officials in June 1982 for misuse of union funds. The three appealed the $50,000 judgment, but the state Supreme Court rejected their claim that the state's largest union local had insufficient evidence to justify the judgment and no standing to sue. Bosh also has been a steelworker and construction worker, a project manager for the state and a teacher at Roosevelt and Riverview schools in Great Falls. He and his wife, the Rev. Patricia L. Bosh of Unity Church of Truth, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November 1996. . Retz Funeral Home of Helena will announce funeral arrangements later this week. -1 t v Bosh Local Popovich Ralph James Popovich Ralph James Popovich, 76, of 1701 20th St. S., died Friday in a Great Falls hospital of natural causes. A vigil service is 7 p.m. Monday at O'Connor Memorial Chapel. His funeral is 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Gerard's Catholic Church, with burial of ashes in Mount Olivet Cemetery. O'Connor Funeral Home is han dling arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Popovich was born Nov. 12, 1920, in Great Falls, graduating from Great Falls High School in 1939. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and married Evelyn Luoma in 1948 in Great Falls. He worked for the Paris of Great Falls and Town & Ranch Furniture as a truck driver. Popovich later worked for the State Grain Lab, retiring in 1982 as a state wheat inspector. His wife died in 1978. He later married Lois Loftus. Popovich belonged to the VFW, Eagles, Elks and Moose lodges. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and dancing. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Nickolette Hill; a son, Kenneth L. Popovich; a stepson, Keith Hill, all of Great Falls; and three grandchildren. George John Schwobel Jr. Great Falls native George John Schwobel Jr., 93, of Chehalis, Wash., died Wednesday in a Cen-tralia, Wash., nursing home of cancer. Graveside services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at Highland Cemetery. O'Connor Funeral Home is handling arrange ments. Schwobel was born Dec. 24, 1903, in Great Falls, and attended local schools. He married Donna Clemets Robertson in 1923 in Moore. She died in 1956. In 1957 he married Jeanette Lear in Great Falls. Schwobel worked for the Anaconda Co. for 45 years, retiring from the copper rod rolling mill in 1968. He moved to Chehalis in 1971. His wife died in 1994. Surviving are a daughter, Georgette Wolkiewicz of Pennsylvania; a stepson, Clem Robertson of Arizona; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. David Dunston Former Great Falls resident David Dunston, 47, of Duncanville, Texas, died Friday in a Veteran's hospital in Dallas of kidney and liver failure. Services are Tuesday in Duncanville. Dunston was born Oct. 16, 1949, in Kelso, Wash. He was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base for five years. In 1971 he married Sherryl O'Fal-lon in Great Falls. Dunston was retired from the military. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Shelley; and sons, Adam and Lee, of Duncanville; his parents, LeRoy and Ramona Dunston, and a sister, Kathy Green of Kelso, Wash.; and one grandson. James Patrick Furlong Former Great Falls resident James Patrick Furlong, 58, of Scottsbluff, Neb., died of cancer Monday in a veteran's center in Fort Meade, S.D. His funeral is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hgler-Anderson Funeral Home in Helena, with burial in Fort Harrison Veteran's Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Furlong was born Oct. 23, 1938, in Buffalo, N.Y. and was raised in Great Falls. He attended St. Mary's grade school and Central Catholic High School. As a youth he was active in sports and music and always enjoyed fishing and playing pool. Furlong served in the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, Calif, from 1956 to 1959. Because he was an accomplished musician, especially as a trumpet and piano player, he was assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps Band. Following his military duty he returned to Great Falls and worked as a smelter worker, general laborer and locksmith. He married Patricia Trowbridge in Great Falls in 1957; they divorced in 1975. In 1978 he married Rita Leinweb- ber at Great Falls; they later divorced. Furlong had lived in Scotsbluff the last few years. Surviving are daughters Joyce Bell of El Paso, Texas, Amy of Great Falls and Emma of Gering, Neb.; sons, James of Cascade, Chris of Idaho, Casey of Helena; step-children, Semelee McBride and Russell Leinweber of Scottsbluff, Neb.; a brother, Mike Furlong of Helena; and three grandsons. A son, Craig, has died. State Ian Howard Johnson CONRAD Ian Howard Johnson, newborn son of Ken and Cynthia Johnson, died in a Salt Lake City hospital Thursday of congenital heart problems. His funeral is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Golden West Lutheran Church east of Conrad, with burial in Golden West Cemetery. Pondera Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the church or the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Benefis East in Great Falls. Ian was born Oct. 1 in Great Falls. Surviving are his parents, a sister, Mariah Jovanovich, a brother, Darin Stanley of Conrad; grandparents, Margaret Classen of Townsend and Howard and Bernice Johnson of Conrad. Harold E. Wetherbee BIG SANDY Harold E. Wetherbee, 90, died Monday in a Big Sandy nursing home of natural causes. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Big Sandy Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Big Sandy Medical Center. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Wetherbee was born July 21, 1907, at Hudson, Mass., and attended school there through the ninth grade. He then began a career as a millworker and enlisted in the Massachusetts National Guard, where he was an infantryman for four years, rising to sergeant. In 1942 he entered the U.S. Army, serving as a military policeman in the United States until the end of World War II. On Feb. 13, 1945, he married Helen Blazek in Chicago. They lived in Cicero, 111., where Wetherbee was a factory worker building appliances for General Electric. He retired in 1970 and moved to Big Sandy. They enjoyed traveling, and Wetherbee was a member of the American Legion of Big Sandy. His wife has died. Surviving are cousins, Patricia Vondrak of Largo, Fla, James Von-drak of Clearwater Fla., Vivian Kelly of Yarrow, Wash., Edward Blazek of Tumwater, Wash., William Juren-ka of Big Sandy and Mildred Miller of Del Ray Beach, Fla. Albert D. 'Pete' Warner KALISPELL Albert D. "Pete" Warner, 69, died Monday of a heart attack in a Kalispell hospital. Memorial services are 2:30 p.m. Monday in the Remington Room at the Outlaw Inn in Kalispell. Johnson Mortuary is handling arrangements. Warner was born March 6, 1928, in Compton, Calif., and was raised in Valier. . In 1946, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the U.S.S. Arkansas. He married Rose Warner. She later died. After his discharge he settled in the Flathead Valley and worked as a trucker. In 1964, he started his own business, Al's Garbage & Trash. He later sold the business and worked for Allied Van Lines, Montgomery Ward, Roy Stanley and The Golden Nugget. Warner enjoyed team roping and participated in various rodeos throughout the Northwest. On Sept. 9, 1991, he married Connie Stillman in Las Vegas. Surviving are daughters, AJana "Skeeter" Jackson of Kalispell, Gloria Cowee and Nancy Riggs of Billings and Donna Pedersen of Glendive; a son Allen of Valejo, Calif.; stepchildren, Linda Mains and Danny Robbennolt of Algona, Iowa, Ted Robbennolt of Kalispell, David Robbennolt of Arizona and Tom and Chad Hogan of Kalispell; 17 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. 13 Skull could be key to unsolved mystery MILES CITY (AP) Officials in Miles City are waiting for dental records from Longmont, Colo, in hopes of identifying a human skull found east of Miles City. Custer County Sheriff Tony Harbaugh said the skull may be from a man who has been missing for nine years and whose disappearance was featured on the television show "Unsolved Mysteries." Officials found a white Chevrolet Spectrum 15 miles east of Miles City on Aug. 27, 1988. The car belonged to Daniel Robert Wilson, who had been on his way from Spokane, Wash., to Longmont, where his family lives. Wilson had a history of mental problems. An extensive search found no sign of the man, and an episode on the disappearance aired a few months later on "Unsolved Mysteries." Harbaugh said he requested Wilson's dental records Wednesday, two days after the skull was found. He said if the records are still available, there should be enough teeth left in the skull to make a positive identification. The skull also has a distinguishing mark on the forehead. Harbaugh said the skull was found by a ranch worker about six miles south of where the car was found in 1988. The skull was near a creek, and Harbaugh said it could have been moved by high water or animals. No other remains were found. Schwobel Funeral Services MONDAY Smartt, Marion H., Funeral mass 2:00 p.m. Monday at St. Ann's Cathedral for Marion H. Smartt, 79, Missoula with Rev. David Dwyer officiating. Cremation to follow services. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:30 p.m. Sunday. Memorials to the donor's choice are suggested. O'Connor Funeral Home. APOTHECARY CONVENIENCE PHARMACY Due to staffing changes at Benefis Convenience Care, Apothecary Convenience Pharmacy is changing its hours of operation. NEW HOURS (Effective 10497) Monday Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm Saturday 9:30am 1:30pm Sunday Closed We regret any inconvenience this causes our customers. Please call ahead (454-0678) with your prescription refill information, and we will have it ready for you at our convenient, walk-up window. Saturday lotteries MONTANA CASH HELENA (AP)- The winning Montana Cash numbers are: 8-IS-20-29-34 The jackpot is an estimated $50,000 TRI-WEST LOTTO HELENA (AP) - The winning Tri-West Lotto numbers are: I- 2-9-17-24-31 The estimated jackpot is $150,000. POWERBALL DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The winning Powerball numbers are: II- 24-25-31-43; Powerball 28 The estimated jackpot is $15 million. DAILY MILLIONS DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in "Daily Millions" are: Red: 4-20; White: 6-20; Blue: 13-15 Impounded animals Picked up and taken to the Humane SocietyAnimal Shelter at 1010 25th Ave. N.E. were: German Shepherdhusky mix, young adult male, brownblack, 1000 block of 17th Avenue South. Short-haired cat, adult female, grayorange, 2800 block of 6th Street Northwest. Siamese mix short-haired cat, 6-month old male, graybrownAvhite, 3000 block of 9th Avenue South. Short-haired cat, 2-month old male, blackwhite, Sun Prairie. Shelter hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 454-2276 for more information. Fire calls Thursday, 8:58 p.m. Medical emergency, 1522 3rd Ave. N., Apt. 407. 9:20 p.m. Structure call, 613 Central Ave. 10:01 p.m. Medical emergency. Central Avenue & 7th Street. 10:53 p.m. Medical emergency, 500 13th Ave. S., Apt. 113. 11:21 p.m. Medical emergency, 224 Parkdale. Friday, 12:16 a.m. Public service call, 2012 2nd Ave. N. 2:34 a.m. Medical emergency, 213 3rd Ave. N. 3:33 a.m. Minor emergency, 927 6th St. N.W. 12:00 p.m. Medical emergency, 1501 9th St. S., Apt. 102. 12:41 p.m. Structure call, 1101 26th St. S. 1:02 p.m. Medical emergency, 601 Riverview Dr. 1:38 p.m. Medical emergency, 25th Street & 2nd Avenue South. 2:52 p.m. Structure call, 4214 3rd Ave. N. 5:15 p.m. Medical emergency, 620 Pine Ridge Court. 5:30 p.m. Medical emergency, 801 Smelter Ave. N.E. 8:11 p.m. Fire alarm, 326 3rd Ave. N. Saturday, 12:08 a.m. Injury accident, 9th Street & 5th Avenue South. 6:28 a.m. Medical emergency, 2427 3rd Ave. S. 9:07 a.m. Medical emergency, 626 Central Ave. W., No. 19. 12:19 p.m. Medical emergency, 1521 1st Ave. N.W., No. 6. 2:08 p.m. Public service call, 727 33rd Ave. N.E. 6:52 p.m. Medical emergency, 210 2nd St. No., No. 10. 7:28 p.m. Medical emergency, 1701 20th St. S., No. Al. 9:08 p.m. Medical emergency, 400 3rd St. N.W. Crime BURGLARY 958 8th Ave. S. No. H. CD case and CD's, valued at $1,200, stolen from Jessica Bimler. THEFT 501 5th Ave. S.W. Purse and contents, valued at $160, stolen from Gayle King. 4136 4th Ave. S. Bike, valued at $50, stolen from Cindy Venetz. 2910 5th Ave. N. Bike, valued at $300, stolen from James Talcott. 320 36th St. S. CD case and CD's, val ued at $600, stolen from Charlie Gaarey vehicle. VANDALISM 2314 7th Ave. N. Broken window, valued at $200, on Tracy Mason's vehicle. ' Courts v, CITY COURT Abbott, Jamie Lea, 37, 1005 6th Ave.' S., pleaded guilty to misdemeanor pos-" session of dangerous drugs, was fined $120 and sentenced to 180 days in jail, all days suspended. .' ' Call, Philip Edlef, 64, 3804 Cactus Court, was fined $320 and sentenced to 10 days in jail, all days suspended, for DUI per se. Eagle, Leonard Keith, 19, 3208 17th Ave. S., was found guilty of minor in possession of alcohol. He was fined $220 and sentenced to 180 days in jail, all but 30 days suspended. He is to do 20 hours community service. ' Hodson, John Alvin, 26, 2316 3rd Ave. S., failing to appear for trial, was found guilty of failure to identify himself and his vehicle. He was fined $ 120. i Komeotis, Billy Lee, 20, 313 5th Ave. S., pleaded guilty to two counts of minor in possession of alcohol, fifth and sixth offenses. He was fined $440 plus $200 warrant fees, and is to do 20 hours community service. ! Lawrence, Barbara Ann, 27, 725 2nd Ave. S. No. 13, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft and obstructing the enforcement of the law. She was fined $690 and riven two iail sentences of 180 days. all days suspended. Lynch, Vicky C, 43, Belt, pleaded guilty to giving false reports to law enforcement authorities and was fined $120. Milligan, Robert Ray, 38, Helena, pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed ,. weapon, was fined $110 and sentenced to 180 days in jail, ail days suspended. ') Pedersen, Leslie James, 36, 1615 Central Ave., pleaded guilty to negligent en-dangerment, was fined $1,020, all but $420 suspended, and sentenced to 365. days in jail, all days suspended, . r . IT . , A 1 -T fil . 1 ruiney, ivainryn rt., , ineMei , pieau-. . ed guilty to no seat belts and expired reg-. istration. She was fined $145. Schubarth, Steven Scott, 32, 918 8th. Ave. N., failing to appear for trial, was found guilty of family memberpartner, assault. He was fined $520 and sen- -tenced to 365 days in jail, all but two ( days suspended. Wiley, Keith Eric, 38, 510 'a 6th Ave, , S., pleaded guilty to failure to appear and. failure to pay fines. He was fined $100 , and sentenced to three days in jail. JUSTICE COURT Cleland, Michael Lee, 21, 231 Park- 1 dale, made an initial appearance for con-' tempt, failure to appear. Elkins, Teresa Ann, 35, 821 2nd Ave. S.W. No. 214, made an initial appearance for felony possession of dangeroiis s drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia ' and attempted forgery, both misde- . meanors. ' Y I J i I a, nrt n i i . r i a ... nuusun, Junn rtivin, ixy, ijio ara fwe: , S., forfeited $585 bonds for no seat belt, driving while suspended or revoked;"? reckless driving, and two counts of. speeding. Johnson, Ole Thomas, 1101 9th Ave, , S., made an initial appearance for issu-ing bad check. Komeotis, Billy, 20, 2316 3rd Ave. S.; ,: made an initial appearance for felony , theft and criminal trespass to a vehicle, a misdemeanor. Laboucane, Bobby Joe, 28, 919 10th . Ave. S.W., pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace by disorderly conduct. Sentencing is Oct. 22. Lopez, Jeffrey John, 21, 1714 Park-' dale, made an initial appearance for two counts of contempt of court. Martineau, Jerry, 28, 1008 5th Ave. N.,' ' made an initial appearance for felony burglary, misdemeanor theft and criminal mischief. Purcell, Clele Romans, 42, 710 Park-' dale, made an initial appearance for : felony bad check by common scheme " and misdemeanor attempted theft. Ross, Robert Elee, 20, 1522 1st Ave. S., made an initial appearance for disorderly conduct. Patrol officer hit on interstate SUPERIOR (AP) A Highway Patrol officer was struck by a passing vehicle along Interstate 90 near Superior Saturday night. She reportedly suffered a broken arm, broken leg and head cuts but the injuries were not considered life threatening. The officer was hospitalized in Superior but later taken to Missoula by Life Flight helicopter and reported in fair condition, the patrol said. 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