Archives for October 2017

Trick or Treat tips to keep kids safe

Haloween should be fun and police say with thses tips it can be safe too. State Police urge parents to make sure your kids costumes are visible, never cut across yards or use alleys, trick-or-treat in groups, make sure they have a cell phone, and remember to inspect all candy before eating.

It didn’t take Helena police very long to track down a hit and run suspect

It didn’t take Helena police very long to track down a hit and run suspect who officers found about a block away from the crash scene. Helena Police say the run away driver was at the wheel of a vehicle that skidded through the intersection of Lawrence and Madison, crashing into a parked vehicle early Monday morning. He was arrested and is facing several charges, including felony aggravated DUI, according to court documents, which show he already has a half dozen DUI convictions.

Trick-or-treaters will need to grab their umbrella

Trick-or-treaters will need to grab their umbrella as they head out this evening. Rain and snow could dampen your Halloween plans, forecasters say, with evening showers expected to begin popping up across north-central Montana. And you could wake up to slippery conditions on area roads by Wednesday morning, as a cold front is expected to arrive overnight, resulting in a rain-to-snow changeover, meteorologists warn.

21-year-old man killed in freak accident

A 21-year-old man was killed in a freak accident Monday night on Highway 200 just west of Potomac. The Montana Highway Patrol says the crash happened when a 21-year-old Great Falls woman struck an elk that ran out in front of her vehicle, sending the animal flying into the victims pickup truck, causing it to veer off the road and hit several embankments. The driver, who was from Idaho, died at the scene. The woman who hit the elk sending it airborne was not injured.

Child In Stolen Car Found Safe

A one year old child was asleep in his car seat when his mom’s car was stolen in downtown Great Falls on Monday, but was found safe shortly after police issued an alert. Police say the mother had left the car running with her child inside. The one year old was apparently left at the Best Western Heritage Inn by the car thief. A housekeeper spotted the child sitting in a chair and took him to the front desk, where police were called. The car has still not been found.

Great Falls man facing charges in accidental shooting that injured his neighbor

A Great Falls man is facing charges after an accidental shooting injured his neighbor, Saturday night. Police say Gavin Key has been charged with criminal endangerment after his shotgun discharged and went through the wall of a nearby apartment, hitting the occupant at the residence in the area of 14th Avenue South and 7th Street South. The victim was treated for non life threatening injuries.

Helena City Commission will oppose proposed bathroom ballot

While the Helena City Commission will oppose a proposed ballot initiative that would require people to use the bathroom designated for their sex at birth, Missoula and Bozeman have both joined a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Montana Locker Room Initiative. The ACLU said the ballot initiative targets people who are transgender and would not allow people to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity. The lawsuit asks the court to rule the initiative unconstitutional and prevent it from being on the 2018 ballot.

Puerto Rico Governor Wants Whitefish Contract Canceled

The controversy continues to grow over the fact that Puerto Rico gave a 300 million dollar deal to restore electricity to a tiny company in Whitefish, the home of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Zinke says he had nothing to do with it. The White House says there was no federal interference. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossell√≥ said questions raised around the contract are “interfering with everything” and the distractions are not helping Puerto Rico rebuild. He wants the contract canceled.

Teen Accused Of Threatening Other Students

A 14 year old arrested after threats were made to students at East Valley Middle School. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says the case involves an inappropriate Snapchat conversation. Dutton says the school was not threatened, but that deputies followed up on a tip from a concerned parent, and found evidence to support a charge of assault with a weapon against the teen.

Airport Expansion Planned

Airport officials in Helena shared details Thursday about plans for upgrading the terminal at Helena Regional Airport. They said the number of travelers using the airport is up 22 percent since 2005. That’s when the airport was last remodeled. Now, officials are planning a major expansion to the terminal and construction could start as soon as June of 2018.