Archives for May 2017

No Changes In Snow Removal Ordinance

Helena officials won’t be making any changes, yet, to the city’s sidewalk snow removal ordinance. George McCauley, the chairman of the city’s American’s With Disabilities Act committee, wanted to see changes that would result in more people clearing their sidewalks within 24 hours. He urged hiring part-timers to help the city’s only enforcement official. However, the committee opted to allow more time for enforcement of the ordinance to develop.

Fire Kills Montana Western Football Player

A deadly house fire claimed the life of a 22 year old University of Montana Western football player early Tuesday morning. The victim was Mark Simkins, Jr. Dillon firefighters responded to his home around 12:30. Two roommates had arrived home to find that part of the house was in flames. The roommates dragged Simkins from the house and police performed CPR. However, Simkins was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Holiday Travelers Hit The Road

You could see a lot of traffic on the highways this weekend. Triple-A says more than 39 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more over the Memorial Day holiday. That’s a million more travelers than last year. It’s the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005. 88 percent of the travelers are expected to drive to their destination. Drivers will pay the highest Memorial Day gas prices since 2015.

Gianforte Accused Of Attacking Reporter

A last minute curveball has been tossed in today’s special election pitting GOP candidate Greg Gianforte against Democrat Rob Quiste for Montana’s seat in the House of Representatives. Gianforte was cited last night for misdemeanor assault . He allegedly body-slammed a reporter who asked him about his stance on proposed health care legislation. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement about 10:30 last night. Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the British newspaper “The Guardian” called Bozeman police and reported that GIanforte assaulted him and broke his glasses during an interview at a barbeque for campaign volunteers. A Fox News reporter wrote that Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground.

Woman Busted For Driving While High On Opioids

A Helena woman was arrested after she arrived to pick her daughter up from daycare while she was allegedly high on opioids. Shalimar Genovese had already left the day care with her daughter when police caught up with her.

Police Investigate Death Of Woman Struck By Train

The death of a Butte woman who was struck and killed by a train early Sunday is something of a mystery. Alex Thatcher was 23 years old. When she was run over by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train in Miles City, she was not in a vehicle, and not at a crosswalk. The crew saw her on the tracks and tried to stop, but couldn’t do it in time. Thatcher was a Montana Tech graduate with a degree in petroleum engineering. Law enforcement is investigating how she ended up on the tracks, in the middle of the night.

Flags At Half Staff For Fallen DFeputyh

You’ll notice the flags flying at half staff today. That’s in honor of Broadwater County Sheriff’s Deputy Mason Moore. The deputy was shot and killed on duty near Three Forks and his memorial service is today. Hundreds of people were expected to line that road in Townsend for his funeral procession this morning. Nearly 500 law enforcement officers and first responders are taking part in the service. Due to space limitations, the service at the Bridge Church is for immediate family and law enforcement officers.

Construction Workers Fall 15 Feet

A work accident on Monday at the Boulder Interchange. Two of the construction workers fell about 15 feet. The Helena Fire Department responded to extricate the men from a concrete form. One of the workers was taken to St. Peter’s Hospital.

Road rage shooting ends with suspect in custody

Officers found nine expended shells, and bullet holes in a vehicle door and a tree at the scene of a road rage incident. A 42-year-old Helena man was arrested after witnesses told police he threatened a woman with a gun, opening fire into the air in her direction after the two got in an argument regarding damage to her vehicle, police documents note. The witnesses reported having to take cover to avoid being struck by the stray bullets, according to the arrest affadavit. The incident happened near a residential neighborhood and a bar on Cedar Street last week (Wednesday).

Alcohol, drugs and speed suspected in fatal ATV crash

MISSOULA — Alcohol, drugs and speed are all suspected as possible factors in a fatal ATV crash about two miles west of Trout Creek. A 47-year-old Trout Creek man died after crashing his ATV into a tree, according to Montana Highway Patrol who responded to the crash Saturday evening in the area of Marten Creek Road and Beecher Lane. The hospital confirmed on Sunday morning that the victim died overnight, according to reports.