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In brief: Religious group sued over bear attack

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LIVINGSTON, Mont. – A California man who lost his left eye in a 2007 grizzly mauling has sued a Montana new age religious group and an outfitter, saying they’re responsible for his injuries.

Virgil Massey, of Barstow, Calif., sued the Church Universal and Triumphant and Montana Guide Service in 6th District Court.

In October 2007, Massey was hunting on the religious group’s land. A guide had left him on a ridge to watch for elk. The guide accompanied a second hunter who killed a deer about 400 yards away. When the guide returned, Massey told him he’d been “slapped by a bear.”

Massey alleges the outfitter did not give him training on how to deal with bears or provide him with pepper spray or a handgun for protection.

Massey is suing for past and future medical expenses as well as other damages, according to court documents.

TACOMA – A contractor whose tools were stolen from his trailer got a little justice after leading police to the suspected thieves by answering an ad on Craigslist.

Nine of the man’s tools were taken earlier this week. His mother then noticed similar-looking tools were being sold on Craigslist, the Tacoma News Tribune reported.

The man notified police and set up a meeting with the person selling the tools at the Tacoma Mall. On Thursday, he bought a nail gun for $120, which he recognized as his own.

Scott Hunt, 39, and Amie Williams, 34, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

BOZEMAN – A Bozeman businessman has announced he’ll run as a Republican in 2012 for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Jon Tester.

About 400 people gathered for Steve Daines’ announcement Saturday in Bozeman, KTVM reported.

Daines, 48, is a vice president of RightNow Technologies, a software company.

Prior to Saturday’s announcement, Democrats had accused Daines of campaigning illegally for Tester’s seat.

In a complaint filed with the Federal Elections Commission earlier this month, Democrats said Daines ran an illegal shadow campaign using soft money from a Colorado political action committee.

Daines maintains he wasn’t officially a candidate.

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