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County costs climb for Montwheeler

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE — Anthony Montwheeler’s cost to Malheur County is more than a quarter of a million dollars and questions remain about who will ultimately be stuck with the Nampa man’s medical and security costs.

Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe said the Oregon Department of Human Services might pay at least a portion of the $264,502 bill.

“I’ve met with the jail commander and she is working with DHS and most likely they will pay part of the bill. But we had no idea what percentage – all or some of it – but it looks like they will pay some,” said Wolfe.

Montwheeler was at the epicenter of a police pursuit and deadly crash Jan. 9. He was subsequently indicted for kidnapping and stabbing to death his ex-wife and killing a Vale man.

Montwheeler has cost taxpayers for years. He was . . .