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Kalispell Daily Inter Lake (Newspaper) - November 30, 2007, Kalispell, Montana
I i Dun in or i am Montana Bourne to appear before parole Board St. 1&natius Man pleads not guilty in Pond crash fatal the associated press Helena Raymond Paul Bourne Calls his prison sentence a a gift from god that saved him from a life of drugs and alcohol. But after nearly 20 years behind bars he says he is ready to be free. Bourne an inmate at the Montana state prison became eligible for parole three years ago and has a hearing today before the state Board of pardons and parole. A a in a not saying i did no to commit my crimes. My crimes Are mine a Bourne said in a Telephone interview this week. A but after 19 years going on 20, i think its enough How he got to this Point is a complicated Story that involves murder lost evidence and a scandal that led to the resignation of a top official with the state prison system. The details vary depending on who tells the Story but two things Are certain it All started in the late 1980s in Vaughn near great Falls with a woman named Teresa Jean Robbins. And it ended just South of Augusta with a dead body. Robbins was married to a Long haul truck Driver named John Roberts said Lewis and Clark county attorney Leo Gallagher who helped prosecute the Case. She a became Friendly with a Guy named Fred a a Rocky Runstrom a member of the Hells Angels and Bourne convinced him her husband had to go Gallagher said. A she played the Damsel in distress a Gallagher said. Adding the pair cooked up a plot to kill Roberts and enlisted the help of the Bourne Brothers a Raymond and Danny. When Roberts body was found aug. 31, 1988, his wife and the others were suspects a from the get go Quot Gallagher said. Authorities believed Runstrom shot Roberts twice in the Chest after a Guys night at a great Falls strip club. After Runstrom and the Bourne Brothers dumped the body along state Highway 21, Raymond Bourne shot Roberts twice in the face to make sure he was dead according to court records. Danny Bourne soon admitted being involved and agreed to testify against the others. Runstrom was charged with murder and prosecutors thought they had a solid Case. But the state crime lab ended up losing some key evidence a Runstrom a blood soaked jeans. Runstrom denied involvement and a jury found him not guilty. A it was absolutely horrible a Gallagher said. A it still bothers Runstrom was later convicted of two Federal charges a manufacturing illegal firearms and possessing illegal firearms. With credit for time served he spent less than two years in a Federal prison. He was released in september 1991. The missing jeans later turned up in a Freezer at the state crime lab. And the debacle led to an overhaul in the Way the Missoula lab handles evidence Gallagher said. Since being released Runstrom now 63, has lived in Washington state and Idaho. Ray Bourne was convicted of accountability to murder a felony in february 1989, and sentenced to 50 years in prison plus an additional to years for using a dangerous weapon. The judge also designated him a dangerous offender which lengthened the time before he would be eligible for parole. Danny Bourne pleaded guilty to accountability to murder and was sentenced to 40 years. He died in january 2006, not Long after being paroled. Robbins was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and also received 40 years. Now 47, she was granted parole in 1995 and lives in great Falls. While she was incarcerated Robbins played a role in the resignation of Mickey Gamble former administrator of the state prison system. In october 1994, Gamble was spotted out to dinner at a Billings restaurant with Robbins and two other inmates from the Montana women a prison causing a Public relations storm. A legislative audit later revealed no state Money had been misspent. Ray Bourne a Vietnam Veteran became eligible for parole in 2004. Neither Gallagher nor Deputy county attorney Carolyn Clemens who helped him prosecute the Case plan to oppose Bournes release at today shearing. Gallagher said he would leave the decision to the parole Board. Bourne now 58, says that if he is paroled he would like to move to Helena to be near the veterans Hospital where he can get treatment for his bipolar disorder and bad Back. The Way he remembers it the plan to kill Roberts started with Robbins and Danny not Runstrom. A and then they pulled Rocky into it and then they pulled me into Bourne said he did no to even know the victim and Wasny to sure Why the others wanted him dead but he went along with the plan anyway. A Why was it committed i still done to know a Bourne said. A that has haunted me for a Long Bourne said he a done a a whole lot of growing up in prison. A a in be Learned a lot about myself and a lot about people a he said. A i done to try to put my crime off on the rest of them. I had the Choice you know a Helena Deer control plan wins approval Helena a City officials faced with complaints about Deer in Helena reeled two months ago when state wildlife commissioners sidelined a plan to kill up to 350 of the animals. On thursday commissioners authorized killing 50 Deer this Winter. The Montana fish wildlife and Parks commission voted 4-1 for the smaller culling by paid shooters. Dissenter Victor Workman questioned whether Deer pose a health and safety problem in Helena or simply Are perceived As a nuisance by some of the residents. Workman said people in his Community of Whitefish coexist not just with Deer but with Moose Elk and bears. In Helena some residents have complained Deer obstruct traffic and threaten pedestrians including a newspaper Carrier who reported a Deer forced him beneath a car. Fish wildlife and Parks records include this summary of a complaint a Deer killed dog. Deer Are aggressive. Deer done to pay taxes. Deer need to not everyone is bothered however. Some Helen ans say the Deer wandering around town contribute to the Charm of life in a Mountain setting. Helena a Deer population has been estimated at 500 animals. There Are predictions it will triple in three years if left unchecked. How Helena manages Deer will be watched by other Montana cities such As Missoula and great Falls that Are inhabited by Deer. The removal of up to 50 Between dec. 15 and May i will not have a measurable effect on the population in Helena but still makes sense because it allows the City to move Forward a in incremental Steps rather than the giant leap we suggested Back in september a said Chris Smith chief of staff for fish wildlife and Parks. Officials need to a learn As we go and figure out the logistics associated with doing this a said Ken Mcdonald the state wildlife administrator. Commission chairman Steve Doherty suggested trucking some of Helena a Deer to a place away from town. Wildlife officials said that would not be sound wildlife management. Expenses to be covered by Helena a $30,000 budget for Deer reduction include payment for shooters. City manager Tim Burton said thursday that officials still need to determine where to find them and what qualifications to require. A there Isnit an Industry in Montana a said Burton adding there will be no shooting before the new year. Projects to control Urban Deer exist widely in the United states but wildlife officials say Helena a needs Are different because the City has mule Deer not the White tailed Deer found in a number of cities. Mule Deer Are More Likely in inhabit open spaces Mcdonald said but White tailed Deer prefer areas with cover. Workman questioned whether stories of harassment by Deer in Helena stemmed from spontaneous behaviour by the animals. He raised the possibility the wildlife were provoked. Workman also said fish wildlife and Parks has wasted $20,000 to $30,000 in staff time on Helena a Deer concerns. Working to resolve a a social issues in the City is not Wise use of the Agency a resources he said. Deciding whether Helena has a Deer problem is not up to the commission commissioner Shane Colton said. Officials representing Helena say a problem exists and that is reason enough for commissioners to help find a solution Colton said. Another commissioner Willie doll said it is important the removal of Deer not create a Public spectacle. A you done to want your kids watching Bambi get shot a doll said. Billings sends checks to firefighters Billings apr the City of Billings has written checks to 114 firefighters who sued the City Over unpaid wages. Financial services manager Pat Weber sent the checks to the firefighters attorney Gene Jarussi on wednesday. Jarussi said the smallest Check is for a few Hundred dollars while a few checks were for about $25,000. A they worked the hours. They deserved to get paid a Jarussi said. He said firefighters can pick up their checks at his office or hell mail them in a few Days. Firefighter Kris Kuhr who was the Lead plaintiff in the Case said he a glad the Case is finally Over. A it is Worth a deep breath and a sigh i suppose a he said. A a it a seemingly an awful lot of Money but not Only did we have to earn it we had to go fight for it. So at the end of the Day its a Little in 2000, 17 firefighters sued the City claiming that they weren to paid for All the hours that they worked. Over time another too or so firefighters joined the suit and a few dropped out. Daily inter Lake a no it hit get St Vioti Tari a s ii Cost i source Quot _727 e. 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Prosecutors say Antoine Lachance had used alcohol marijuana and methamphetamine before the vehicle he was driving crashed into an icy Pond near Charlo and overturned. Leona Acevedo of St. Ignatius and Michael Marie Cottet of Charlo died in the feb. 24 crash. Lachance and a 14-year-old passenger escaped the upside Down submerged car and sought help at two nearby residences. They along with three others who were rescued from the vehicle were treated for hypothermia. Call for Frei brochure listing All 70 restaurants. 14th year 2008 Flathead Valley diner s club menu Book 1-800-636-8266 . Box 627, Eureka big sky publications Eureka a rat 1&Quot ill web of 4\b pc. 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