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Former Ennis doctor arrested in Idaho bank robbery

Former Ennis doctor arrested in Idaho bank robbery

Associated Press

REXBURG, Idaho — A former Ennis, Mont., physician who faces a murder charge and numerous drug charges was arrested Thursday on suspicion of robbing a bank at gunpoint.

Authorities in Rexburg said two pieces of luggage found underneath a tree near US Bank led them to James Bischoff, 46, in Ennis. Officers "recovered two carrying cases in Montana with a large amount of cash," Capt. Randy Lewis of the Rexburg Police Office told the Idaho Falls Post Register.

The name and address of Bischoff's late wife were written on the luggage tags. Melissa Bischoff died in a car crash near Ennis on Feb. 19. The couple was going through a divorce.

Witnesses reported seeing a man loitering under a tree near the bank before the robbery, Lewis said. The bank was robbed at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday by a man wearing ski goggles and described as "very desperate" and "very apologetic," Police Chief Lynn Archibald said.

The robber carried a semiautomatic pistol and had another gun holstered. No one was hurt. Investigators would not release the amount of cash stolen in the city's first bank robbery in more than 30 years.

Rexburg authorities returned Bischoff to Idaho after his arrest. He has not been charged with the bank robbery.

Bischoff was charged in August 2004 with murder in the death of 85-year-old Kathryn Dvarishkis while she was being treated for an apparent heart attack at the Madison Valley Hospital in Ennis in 2000. Authorities accuse Bischoff of giving her a combination of drugs that ended her life. He has pleaded not guilty.

Bischoff also faces multiple felony counts of illegally obtaining, possessing and distributing dangerous drugs. Prosecutors contend Bischoff obtained tens of thousands of doses of drugs by writing prescriptions, sometimes without the knowledge of patients.

He had been free on $150,000 bond.

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