Charges against a former UM fraternity member accused of raping a former UM sorority member in 2017 were dismissed Nov. 1 by Deputy County Attorney Lacey Lincoln. Patrick Macbean Owen, a former member of Kappa Sigma, was charged with one felony count of sexual intercourse without consent in July, 2018, after a former member of Alpha Phi accused him of sexually assaulting her in December 2017. The sorority member went by the alias “Jane Doe” in court documents. The original charging document stated, “As Doe and the Defendant had mutual friends, the Defendant became aware that Doe told her friends about the assault. Doe later messaged the Defendant, saying that she didn’t understand why he had sexually assaulted her, and the Defendant responded ‘I don’t understand why I did it either. Just made a very bad mistake that I regret.’” Owen was originally scheduled to stand trial on Monday, Nov. 4. However, Lincoln stated in a motion to dismiss that “facts contained in documents obtained on October 31st, 2019” were “insufficient to sustain the charge.” (HELENA DORE)


Missoula’s Pioneer League baseball team announced Monday morning that it will be rebranding and changing its name to the Missoula PaddleHeads. The team has been the Ospreys for the past 21 seasons. It was named for the Ospreys that live and hunt on the Clark Fork behind Ogren Field. The stadium also has a man-made platform with an Osprey nest that is monitored by researchers at the University of Montana. The team was bought in October 2018 by Peter Davis and Susan Crampton Davis. New logos include a moose, an inner tube, fishing lines and an inner tube. The rebranding to the Missoula PaddleHeads reflects “the Missoula lifestyle” according to the team’s press release. (SYDNEY AKRIDGE)


A city bus and a car crashed in front of the University of Montana after a winter storm blanketed Missoula on Monday, Oct. 28. “Everyone is okay,” said the responding officer. The Mountain Line bus and Chevy sedan were part of dozens of wrecks the Missoula Police Department responded to Oct. 28. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning on Oct 28, as well as a wind chill advisory that lasted until the morning of Oct. 29. The University of Montana also issued an alert advising all students to use extreme caution when leaving campus and to call 511 for road conditions. (GRIFFEN SMITH)