Bowling alleys, concert halls and public playgrounds reopened Monday

Bowling alleys, concert halls and public playgrounds reopened Monday with additional guidelines and restrictions as Montana entered the second phase of Gov. Steve Bullock’s staggered approach to lifting COVID-19 restrictions. A mandatory 14-day quarantine for out of towners was also cancelled under the second phase. Visitation at nursing homes and assisted living facilities remains suspended.
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Yellowstone County jail now site of COVID-19 outbreak

The most populated jail in Yellowstone County is now the site of a COVID-19 outbreak. Yellowstone County jail officials confirmed its first positive case among inmates May 26. Since then seven more female inmates tested positive for the disease, and one staff member. The women’s unit where the case originated has been locked down, Sheriff Mike Linder said during a Monday press conference, adding they are working with medical professionals to, “stay on top of it.” Officials said they will address concerns about the jai’s medically vulnerable inmates.
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Clancy man killed in single vehicle crash in Broadwater County identified

The name of a 59-year-old Clancy man killed in a single vehicle crash in Broadwater County over the weekend has been released. David Scott Weston died of injuries sustained when he lost control of his vehicle on a windy section of road in Magpie Gulch north of Townsend, skidded off the edge, and rolled once, Sheriff Wynn Meehan said Monday. Police are investigating what caused the crash.
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UPDATE-Murder-Suicide suspected in deaths of two people found dead at West End home

UPDATE- The deaths of two people found in their West End home Sunday night is believed to have been a murder-suicide. The Billings Police Department issued a press release Monday saying the 35-year-old man appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 34-year-old woman was also fatally shot at the residence on Canyon Drive, according to the press release. BPD Lt. Brandon Wooley said, even though they believe the main perpetrator is deceased, this is still an ongoing investigation.
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Helena man has been charged in a 2019 rape-hostage case

A 68-year-old Helena man has been charged in a 2019 rape-hostage case. Daniel George Richards allegedly held a woman he met online against her will in her house and raped her multiple times over the course of a few days in October 2019. The victim told deputies she managed to sneak away at 4 a.m. Oct. 30 and the landlord alerted the police.
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One car crash in central Montana claimed life of two Great Falls women

A one car crash in central Montana claimed the life of two Great Falls women. A 26 and 25 year old woman were killed after the driver apparently lost control of the SUV on U.S. Highway 87 near Stanford Saturday, and overturned into a ditch as it was traveling downhill, according to a MHP statement Sunday, which noted two men injured in the crash remained hospitalized in Great Falls. All four occupants were ejected from the vehicle, according to the statement.
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Lewis and Clark County Commission plans to resume in-person meetings

The Lewis and Clark County Commission plans to resume in-person meetings beginning Tuesday (June 2). The announcement, made via news release, follows two months of conducting meetings online in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus and coincides with the second phase of Gov. Steve Bullock’s plan to reopen the state. Special precautions will be implemented, including social distancing, and face masks to the meetings, according to a news release.
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You’ll have to feed the meter if you’re parking downtown this week

You’ll have to feed the meter if you’re parking downtown this week. The Helena City Commission voted to resume downtown street parking enforcement beginning Monday (June 1). Enforcement of metered parking in the city’s downtown area was suspended March 19, as a way of supporting downtown businesses struggling to keep their doors open amid COVID-19 closures. The city’s fixed-route bus lines are also scheduled to resume June 1, with restrictions to help prevent the spread of the virus.
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Helena teen pictured on Lucky Charms Cereal boxes

A Helena teen is pictured on boxes of Lucky Charms. Bella Nyman was chosen to advocate for children’s mental health care as a national champion for the Children’s Miracle Network. She is the first from Montana and the first from Shodair Children’s Hospital to be featured on the cereal boxes available in Costco stores throughout Montana, though it appears they are already sold out in Helena.
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Artwork by Kessler Elementary School student featured on Helena billboard

Artwork by a Kessler Elementary School student will be featured on a Helena billboard for the next several weeks. In honor of Celebrating Wildflowers Week, local fourth-grade students submitted their artwork electronically, and Matt Gilbert won the contest illustrating stories about native plants. Over 80 students participated in this year’s contest by remote judging. The billboard featuring Gilberts artwork is located on Euclid Avenue next to B & C Cabinets.
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