Archives for September 2016

A 42-year-old Helena man is facing a felony charge for domestic abuse

A 42-year-old Helena man is facing a felony charge for domestic abuse. Police responded to a disturbance at a residence where witnesses told officers the man pulled the victim to the ground by her hair and kicked her in the stomach, before dragging her several blocks to thier home. Court documents say the husband was upset his wife was intoxicated and he told police that he, “may have accidentally dropped her.”

Bird watchers abound in Montana’s Big Belt Mountains

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Hundreds of golden eagles, hawks and falcons can be spotted flying through Montana’s Big Belt Mountains during their annual fall migration. The Great Falls Tribune reports that nearly 1,000 birds, including 430 golden eagles, have been seen flying through the area since Sept. 1. Last year, 2,630 golden eagles were counted in the mountain range, marking the highest passage rate for the birds of any of the Rocky Mountain migration sites south of Canada.

FBI Not Calling Maze Death A Homicide

The FBI is still working on the mysterious death of a Great Falls woman found shot to death in the trunk of her car earlier this month. Officials say they’re waiting for lab test results before revealing anything more about the death of Rita Maze. She died of a single gunshot wound. Before she died, Maze allegedly called her family and said she had been struck on the head at a Wolf Creek-area rest stop and stuffed into the trunk of a car. Authorities are not calling the incident a homicide.

Man Arrested After Threat To Shoot Neighbors

Police arrested a Helena man after he allegedly threatened to shoot his neighbors. Gary Gerleman lives in the 1-thousand block of Missoula Avenue. His neighbors called police Wednesday night, saying they were having a barbeque in the backyard when Gerleman started striking their joint fence with a crowbar. The neighbor says Gerleman yelled that the people at the barbeque were not welcome and they should go back where they came from. The neighbor says Gerleman threatened to blast her and her friends with a gun.

An anti-drug group is continuing their fight against expanding medical marijuana in Montana

BILLINGS — An anti-drug group is continuing their fight against expanding medical marijuana in Montana. Safe Montana filed a complaint with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices on Tuesday, acusing Montana Citizens for I-182 of “deceptive dark money funding practices.” The complaint follows Safe Montana’s failure to place its own ballot initiative before voters this year, so they switched their campaign to oppose I-182. . The Commissioner of Political Practices is expected to review the filing.

Crime spree murder suspect facing two life sentences

One of the suspects in a 2015 Missoula crime spree that left two dead and others injured has accepted a plea deal. Scott Austin Price admitted guilt, Monday afternoon, for the stabbing death of his elderly landlord and holding the man’s wife hostage at a fifth-wheel trailer, Dec. 14. He’s also facing charges in a Dec. 21st stabbing attack and murder. A sentencing hearing has been set for Dec. 5 for Price, who remains in Missoula County jail. Prosecutors are recommending a life sentence on each count for the 38-year-old.

Technology winning out over Yellowstone park’s natural wonders

BILLINGS, Mont. — Yellowstone National Park administrators say technology is winning out over the parks natural wonders. Officials say five cellphone towers are making it easy for park patrons to connect, and that’s making it harder for them to meet a 2009 pledge to minimize cell phone access in backcountry areas. Environmentalists have fought against new telecommunications infrastructure in the first national park.

Helena Man Is Teacher Of The Year

A Helena middle school teacher has been named teacher of the year by the Montana Professional Teacher Foundation. Kelly Elder teaches social studies at C.R. Anderson Middle School. He was one of three finalists for 2017 “Teacher of the Year.” The other two were a family and consumer science teacher from Forsyth and an elementary school teacher from Bozeman.

Crumbling infrastructure costing area business’

BUTTE — Crumbling infrastructure has prompted the Montana Department of Transportation to shutdown a stretch of I-15 and I-90 at the East Butte interchange. All truck traffic over 5 tons is being detoured during repairs, and that will impact economic trade, as cargo deliveries and diesel-fuel will be made more difficult, the agency said in a press release Monday night. The work is expected to be completed by spring. While only trucks will be diverted, motorists should expect delays in work zones, MDOT warned.

Hunting buddy recommended to avoid bear attacks

BOZEMAN, Mont. — State wildlife officials are warning hunters, after two men were mauled by bears in separate incidents over the weekend in southwestern Montana in the Tom Miner Basin. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said in a news release that both victims were treated for minor injuries and released. Officials are encouraging hunters to carry bear spray and have a hunting buddy.