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NW Today: Montana couple accused of letting 2-year-old smoke pot

BOZEMAN, Mont. — A Montana couple faces charges for allegedly letting a 2-year-old boy smoke marijuana.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Lucas Keith Wilson and Camilla Rose Samuels were charged on Feb. 27 with felony and misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. A $50,000 arrest warrant was issued for Wilson. No warrant was issued for Samuels.

Court records say the investigation began in August when Samuels’ mother told investigators she found a video on her daughter’s phone showing Wilson’s son putting a pipe in his mouth.

Prosecutors say both Wilson and Samuels told investigators they let the boy smoke marijuana five times since August. Wilson said it would make the boy mellow.

Charging documents say the couple recently had a baby that tested positive for marijuana and meth when he was born.

S. Idaho man convicted of shooting at crop duster

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — A south-central Idaho man has been convicted of shooting at a crop duster.

The Times-News reports that a jury on Thursday found 42-year-old Christopher V. Lewis of Filer guilty of felony discharging a firearm at an aircraft.

Prosecutors say the pilot told police he saw someone wielding a shotgun below him at about 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 24.

Authorities say that at about the same time, someone called the spraying company saying the pilot was flying too low over home and threatened to “dust the pilot with his 10-gauge shotgun.”

Several witnesses say they saw Lewis standing outside his house with a shotgun. Another neighbor testified she heard four shots, walked outside and saw Lewis fire twice at the crop duster.

Sentencing is set for May 5.

Dufur rooster can stay for now in Oregon town

DUFUR, Ore. — The Dufur rooster has won a reprieve.

The mayor, who also is the complaint compliance officer in the Columbia River Gorge farming town, told the family of 5-year-old Ayla Macnab this week she can keep her pet rooster, named Dallas.

The Oregonian reports the bird does not run afoul of the law, for now. Mayor Arthur Smith says the city council will hold a public hearing on the noise abatement issue. Ayla started raising Dallas as a 4-H project. But a neighbor complained, and the mayor said the bird had to go.

The Macnab family organized a campaign to save Dallas that has won thousands of online supporters around the world.

Oregon-backed solar power company owes state

PORTLAND, Ore. — A solar power company that won Oregon government incentives to manufacture solar panels in Portland has missed its second payment in as many months on a $10 million loan.

The Oregonian reports state officials are drafting a notice of default to SoloPower Systems Inc. But its president, Robert Campbell, said in an email to the paper Thursday that fundraising is progressing and it expects to comply with loan terms shortly.

The Oregon Energy Department asked state attorneys to write the letter of default so the state could foreclosure on the factory. It shut down in June, less than a year after a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

SoloPower got the $10 million loan and $20 million in tax credits from state and local agencies to move from San Jose, Calif.

Columbia Falls man charged in clinic vandalism

KALISPELL, Mont. — Flathead County prosecutors have charged a 24-year-old Columbia Falls man with vandalizing a clinic that provides abortions and trying to break into a bail bonds office.

Zachary Klundt made an initial appearance in Justice Court Thursday on charges of felony burglary, criminal mischief, theft and attempted burglary. His bail was set at $100,000 and he is scheduled to enter a plea on March 27.

Prosecutors say Klundt broke into All Families Healthcare late Monday or early Tuesday, causing significant damage and stealing money, medical supplies and medical records. Police arrested Klundt on Tuesday evening after the owner of Bob’s Bail Bonds reported someone was trying to break in.

Charging documents say Klundt was carrying a loaded weapon and $915 in cash. A search of his house turned up medical supplies and documents from the clinic.

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