St. Peter’s Health says fired oncologist incorrectly treated patients

According to court documents filed by St. Peter’s Health, a fired oncologist incorrectly treated a patient for lung cancer for 11 years before it was determined at the time of death they did not have the disease. The hospital’s legal counsel also said that it learned of “alarming narcotic prescribing practices” by Dr. Thomas Weiner, who is contesting his dismissal in court. Weiner’s attorney has refuted the hospital’s claims. Weiner had been with St. Peter’s since 1996.
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Dillon man facing federal charges for violent pro-Trump insurrection

A Dillon man is facing federal charges for his role in the violent Jan. 6 pro-Trump insurrection at the capitol that left five people dead, including a capitol police officer. According to the Dillon Tribune, Henry Phillip Muntzer, 52, was on a federal hold at the Missoula County Detention Facility Wednesday. Muntzer was known for a QAnon mural on the walls of his business, Dillon Appliances on S Atlantic St., with the message, “Panic in DC.”
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Lewis and Clark County COVID vax clincs set up next week for seniors over 70

COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held next week for Lewis and Clark County residents who are 70 or older, as well as medical workers. The clinics for those 70 or older in Phase 1B, Tier 1 are scheduled for Jan. 26 and Jan. 27 at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds, county health officials said Tuesday. For medical workers needing a second dose, clinics will be held at the fairgrounds Jan. 28 and Jan. 29. Phase 1C, which is expected to begin in March, includes an estimated 36,000 county residents.
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Child sexual abuse suspect pleaded not guilty in Yellowstone County Court

A 39-year-old man pleaded not guilty in Yellowstone County District Court Friday to child pornography charges. Prosecutors allege Clayvin Bryant Herrera had hundreds of images of child pornography on his cell phone that were located during a drug investigation. Herrera was also arraigned Friday on drug possession charges, strangulation of a partner or family member, and theft. He’s being held on $70,000 bail.
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Security ramping up in the state ahead of Biden inauguration

The U.S. Postal Service said Friday it will move two blue collection boxes in the vicinity of the state Capitol as a security measure to protect against possible upcoming “civil unrest” and to protect employees, the public and postal property. The collection boxes to be temporarily removed are on 11th Ave. and N. Sanders St.

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Security was increased recently at the Montana State Capitol following the pro-Trump insurrection Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C., in which five people were killed. An FBI bulletin warned of armed protests at all 50 state Capitols ahead of Biden’s Inauguration Day. Gianforte is sending the National Guard to help provide security.
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The search continues for a new Helena Public Schools superintendent

Helena Public Schools is working to have a new superintendent in place over the next few months. A hiring firm will recommend several semi-finalists to the board this month, according to a press release. Current Superintendent Tyler Ream announced in September that he would be stepping down this year.
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Helena considers e-bikes on the city’s network of trails

The city of Helena’s Open Lands Management Committee discussed allowing e-bikes on the city’s network of trails, during Wednesday’s meeting. Officials said work has begun to gather more information, discuss and formulate e-bike policies for city commission consideration. The use of e-bikes, or electric bicycles, is prohibited on most trails in the Helena area and all of the city-owned trails.
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Lewis and Clark County senior citizens will be next in line to recieve COVID-19 vaccinations

Lewis and Clark County senior citizens will be next in line to recieve COVID-19 vaccinations. According to a press release from Lewis and Clark Public Health, residents 70 and older and all eligible health-care workers will begin getting vaccinated next week at two drive-thru clinics scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19 and Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds in Helena. Pre-registration will be required. For details call the health dept.
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Idaho man killed in fiery I-15 crash near Helena identified

An Idaho man killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 15 between Helena and Butte Tuesday has been identified.
Authorities said, 34-year-old Spencer William Roddick died after he apparently lost control on the wet roads south of Helena in Jefferson County near Basin, causing the tanker to overturn and explode, according to a Montana Highway Patrol incident report. Authorities do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved, but said it appears the vehicle was speeding.
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High winds battered Helena Wednesday

High winds battered Helena Wednesday, as gusts of more than 70 mph knocked down fences, ripped up roofing and toppled trees throughout the area. NorthWestern Energy reported over a dozen power outages in the Helena Valley, affecting hundreds of customers. According to the National Weather Service, Helena, Great Falls and Havre set new January wind speed records.

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The city’s urban forestry staff has begun assisting with the cleanup. Residents can report damage to boulevard trees using the MyHelena app, according to a news release Wednesday.
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