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Judge blocks further moves of park bison

BILLINGS | A Montana judge granted a restraining order that blocks further relocations of Yellowstone National Park bison after objections from ranchers and property rights groups.

The order was issued Thursday after Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s administration transferred 62 Yellowstone bison to the Fort Peck Reservation this week.

The ruling presents another stumbling block in efforts by tribes and agencies to reintroduce bison to parts of their former range.

Half of the Fort Peck animals were to be transported from a holding pen in coming months to the Fort Belknap Reservation, and dozens more are being held temporarily on Ted Turner’s ranch near Bozeman.

The judge blocked those transfers, at least for now, but turned down a request to return the animals to the Yellowstone area and set a hearing for April 11.


Cop killer sentenced to life without parole

TOMS RIVER | A 20-year-old New Jersey man convicted of killing a Lakewood police officer has been sentenced to life in prison.

Jahmell Crockam appeared Thursday before a judge in Ocean County.

Because Crockam was convicted of murdering Patrolman Christopher Matlosz, authorities said, the law requires a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

A jury convicted Crockam of walking up to the officer’s police cruiser in January 2011 and shooting him three times at point-blank range.

A witness in his trial testified that Crockam, who had outstanding arrest warrants, vowed that he would kill a police officer before he would allow himself to be arrested.


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