Archives for June 2017

Montana sheriff’s deputy injured in traffic stop turned police pursuit

BILLINGS, Mont. – A Montana sheriff’s deputy was injured in a traffic stop turned police pursuit. Police Sgt. Pat Curry says a Yellowstone County sheriff’s officer pulled over a vehicle for suspicion of DUI, but the driver sped off leading police on a chase that took them into a residential neighborhood, where deputies attempted to block the SUV, but the driver went around the squad cars and knocked down an officer who hit his head. The driver and three passengers crashed about six miles (10 kilometers) from where the deputy was hurt.

Body found off rural road identified as missing Butte woman

BUTTE, Mont. – A body found off a rural road in western Montana Tuesday has been identified as that of a missing Butte woman. The Montana Standard reports 21-year-old Kirsten Ryerson, who was last seen in Whitehall on Thursday, was killed when her ATV veered down an embankment about 100 feet from the road south of Whitehall. Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Ken Klapman says the crash remained undiscovered for so long because the vehicle was not visible from the roadway.

Play it safe this 4th of July!

Authorities are reminding revelers of the rules regarding fireworks this Fourth of July. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said fireworks are available for purchase in the county and can be shot off there, but fireworks are prohibited anywhere within Helena city limits. And, Dutton warned, keep in mind that fireworks are explosives and should be used only as directed to prevent serious injury or possibly death, he added.

Deputy Injured In Pursuit

In Yellowstone County, a Sheriff’s deputy was injured when a traffic stop turned into a pursuit with shots fired. The suspect vehicle ended up crashing into a business in Billings. The crash sent four people to the hospital. Prior to the crash, the suspect tried to run down the deputy. The deputy fell, injuring his head.

Missing Woman Found Dead

A woman reported missing last Thursday was found dead yesterday. 21 year old Kirsten Ryerson of Whitehall was apparently killed in the crash of a four-wheeler on a rural road about 3 miles outside of Whitehall. Police think the crash happened on the day she was reported missing, Thursday, but the wreckage was not discovered till yesterday afternoon.

Gianforte Gets Committee Assignments

Montana’s new member of Congress, Representative Greg Gianforte, has been appointed to the House Committee on Natural Resources. He will also serve on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Montana man arrested for shooting at trooper could be “AK-47 Bank Bandit”

HELENA, Mont. – Federal agents now suspect a Montana man who was recently arrested for shooting at a Kansas state trooper on I-70 during a traffic stop last week is the “AK-47 Bandit.” Homemade bombs were found at Richard Gathercole’s , 39, residence in the town of Roundup, north of Billings, on Saturday and police believe he may be linked to a string of bank robberies around the country dating back to 2012, according to court documents filed Monday.

Montana woman mauled by dogs fighting for her life

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) – A Montana woman is on life support after she was mauled by two dogs over the weekend. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said Monday that 65-year-old Melissa Barnes was doing yard work Saturday at a residence west of Bozeman when she was attacked the dogs, which belonged to tenants on Barnes’ property. The dogs were not current on their vaccinations. Their owners voluntarily euthanized them. Officials say the case is still under investigation.

A single-vehicle rollover crash on Country Club Avenue Monday afternoon is still being investigated

A single-vehicle rollover crash on Country Club Avenue Monday afternoon is still being investigated. The driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries, authorities said. Police are working to determine the cause of the wreck, but say speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the accident.

Montana’s Industrial Pot Pilot Program is experiencing some growing pains

Montana’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program is experiencing some growing pains. Hemp farmers across the state are preparing for the first growing season under the pot program, and one Helena Valley hemp farmer was denied access to water because her hemp seedlings are allegedly ineligible for federally controlled water. But according to the state agriculture department she is not in violation of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. An agriculture department spokesman said there were still kinks being worked out with the increasingly popular system.