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Saturday, May 10, 2003

Mobile home statements delayed Tax statements for owners of mobile homes won't be mailed until late June or early July because of a statewide reappraisal and tax changes made by the 2003 Legislature.

Assessment notices and tax bills in recent years have been mailed to the county's 6,500 mobile-home owners in April or May. For more information, contact the office of Yellowstone County Treasurer Max Lenington at 256-2802.

Man charged in meth conspiracy Daniel R. Sowa, 21, address unknown, pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to two drug charges.

Sowa is charged in an indictment with conspiracy to possess more than 50 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and with possession with intent to distribute. The activity is alleged to have occurred from June through December of 2001 in Billings and Glendive.

If convicted, the penalty for each count is a minimum of five years to 40 years in prison and a maximum $2 million fine.

U.S. Magistrate Richard Anderson released Sowa without bond pending trial. The case will be heard by U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull.

Robber hits Heights casino A Billings Heights casino was robbed late Thursday night.

Billings police said a man entered the Casino Mardi Gras, 1327 Main St., at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday and at gunpoint ordered the clerk to give him money from the cash box and safe. No one was injured in the incident.

The man was wearing a mask, blue jeans and a leather coat. Police believe he left in a small black car.

The robbery was the second in as many days in the Heights. On Wednesday evening, a man wearing a jester's hat and a nylon stocking over his face entered the Blue Basket convenience store, 2347 Main, with a gun and took money from both cash registers. That robber left in a white car, possibly a Chevy Malibu, police said.

Both robbers got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with information about the robberies is encouraged to call Billings Crime Stoppers at 245-6660 or Billings detectives at 657-8473.

Moss family subject of talk The Yellowstone Corral of the Westerners on Wednesday will hear Ruth Towe tell some new stories about the legendary Moss family. Towe has been involved with the Moss Mansion and Billings Preservation Society since its inception and has been working on plans for its 100th birthday celebration.

A social hour begins at 6 p.m. at Hilands Golf Club. Dinner is at 6:45 p.m., followed by the program at 7:45 p.m. Dinner is $16 per person. For a dinner reservation, call Maggie Mackay at 252-4583 before 8 p.m. Monday.

Symposium addresses seniors' issues The Montana Affiliates of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, along with AARP and Adult Protection Services, will hold an action agenda symposium May 22 in the Adult Protective Services Conference Room C26/28 at 2121 Rosebud Drive.

The community meeting will be held to address issues facing seniors in Montana. The symposium is one of 17 that will be held throughout Montana in May as part of Older American's Month.

A brief power-point presentation explaining the National Center on Elder Abuse's national action agenda will be shown at the start of the symposium, followed by a discussion of issues facing seniors in the community. The issues will be recorded during the discussion and prioritized during the last five minutes of the symposium.

Issues that are developed at each symposium will be compiled into a top-10 list based on the most recurring issues facing seniors in Montana.

The Montana action agenda symposiums are modeled after the NCEA's national action agenda that was developed in 2001.

The symposium is open to the public at no cost. Coffee and muffins will be provided. RSVP by calling (406) 329-1307.