Archives for June 2016

Man Arrested After High Speed Chase

A Helena man was arrested early Monday after leading police on a high speed chase at speeds of up to 100 miles an hour. Brandon Donaghy is facing four felony charges in connection with the incident. Donaghy was being pursued for allegedly trying to sell a man meth near David Gulch.

Girl Assaulted In Health Club Restroom

A girl was sexually assaulted in the restroom of a Helena health club on Tuesday afternoon. Police were called to the Capital City Health Club just past 4 pm and learned that the suspect had left the facility after being confronted by one of the victim’s family members. The suspect was identified with the help of health club customers and staff members, and police went to his home where he was arrested. More details are expected today.

Woman Arrested After Alleged Assault

A Helena woman was arrested for allegedly threatening her companion with a wine bottle and a cell phone. Police say 25 year old Cassandra Ruth Loomis is charged with one felony count of assault with a weapon. Court records say Loomis admitted threatening the victim, and the injuries were caused by the victim trying to get back his cell phone. Loomis allegedly bit the victim on the left forearm, not in self-defense but rather as an attempt to get his cell phone in order to delete the video that he had taken of the incident. Loomis’ arraignment has been scheduled for July 13. Her bond was set at $15,000.

Mobile Home Destroyed By Fire

Firefighters battled a blaze in Helena on Monday afternoon. It broke out about a quarter to one in a mobile home park near the intersection of Highway 12 and Williams Street. Firefighters evacuated all the residents of that mobile home park while they worked to douse the flames. While one mobile home was destroyed, there were no reports of serious injuries.

Berger Is Interim Chief Of VA Health System

Dr. Kathy Berger has been named the Interim Director of the VA Montana Health Care System. She steps into the position left empty by the resignation of John Ginnity two weeks ago. Berger is essentially on loan from her job as the Director of the Sheridan VA Health Care System in Wyoming. She’s expected to return to there the end of this temporary assignment.

Columbia Falls Company Closing Lumber and Plywood Mill

About a hundred jobs being lost in Columbia Falls, as Weyerhaeuser announces plans to permanently close its lumber and plywood mill late this summer. The company blames a chronic lack of logs. Weyerhaeuser will continue to operate three mills in the state.

Investigators Await Autopsy Results On Kaitlyn Griver

Investigators are awaiting autopsy results on the death of 20 year old Kaitlyn Grover, whose remains were discovered on Sunday between Anaconda and I-90 near Moose Creek Road. The woman had been reported as an escapee from the Butte Transition Center in April. She was there on drug charges.

Men Charged With Shooting Jeep

Three men are facing several felony charges after they allegedly fired 23 bullets into a Jeep in Great Falls.John Charles McKinnis, Jordan Thompson, and Tyler Christianson have been charged in the incident, that happened June 11th in the middle of the night. No one was in the Jeep when the bullets were fired, but there were eight people inside the four-plex apartment where the Jeep was parked. Police say those people were placed at “risk of death or serious bodily injury” as a result of the bullets fired into the Jeep.

Report On Kids Well Being Calls Montana Most Improved

A new report released today highlights Montana as the state showing the most improvement in child well-being since last year. According to the Kids Count report, Montana moved up to 24th in child well-being. Last year we were ranked 30th. The report says Montana children improved academically and in health, despite economic challenges at home.

Dogs Killed By Deer

Dogs killed by deer. It’s happening in Helena, according to local officials who say deer become aggressive while protecting their fawns. Helena’s mule deer give birth to a crop of fawns in the month of June. Officials advise local residents to never touch a fawn. The two dogs that were killed were smaller breeds who apparently were attacked while barking.