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Published December 08, 2012, 01:37 PM

North Dakota, Mont. counties settle on inmate bill

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A yearlong dispute between two counties in neighboring states has come to an end, with officials in North Dakota agreeing to pay part of the hospital bill of a fugitive who was arrested in Montana.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A yearlong dispute between two counties in neighboring states has come to an end, with officials in North Dakota agreeing to pay part of the hospital bill of a fugitive who was arrested in Montana.

The Great Falls Tribune reports that commissioners in Montana's Cascade County approved the settlement with Burleigh County in North Dakota on Friday.

The dispute began in 2011, when Thomas William Meloy walked into a Great Falls jail and said he was wanted in North Dakota for charges including passing bad checks.

Shortly after he was taken into custody, he began to complain of serious medical issues and was hospitalized, with a bill of about $25,000.

Under the settlement, Burleigh County will pay about $9,000 of the bill.

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