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County costs add up in kidnap-crash case

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE – Anthony Montwheeler is costing Malheur County a lot of money.

And he could end up costing taxpayers even more in the future.

Montwheeler, the Nampa man at the center of a deadly crash a month ago, is back in an area hospital for treatment after he was initially released from a Boise-area medical center and then lodged in the Malheur County Jail.

Montwheeler faces charges of aggravated murder, first-degree kidnaping and first degree assault related to a crash on Oregon Highway 201 that killed Vale resident David Bates, 38, and injured his wife, Jessica, 35.

Annita Harmon, 40, Montwheeler’s ex-wife, also died in the incident. Police said she had been kidnapped and stabbed before the crash.

Three weeks ago Montwheeler was transferred to the county jail and then arraigned in Malheur County Circuit Court. After that, however, medical personnel concluded . . .