Archives for September 2019

Trial has begun for suspect in 2017 Helena Valley homicide

A trial has begun for a murder suspect accuised of killing two people in the Helena Valley last year. Kyle Hamm is the second of three people arrested in the deaths of David and Charla Taylor, whose bodies were found inside a home on Cayuse Road in March of last year. Authorities believe the couple’s son, Kaleb Taylor, burglarized his parents Lincoln Road RV Park business, along with Hamm and another person. Police say the men killed the couple when they confronted their son about the crime.

Three men sentenced in connection to 2017 drug overdoses in Bozeman

Three men have been sentenced in connection to drug overdoses in Bozeman. The U.S. Attorney’s office says federal drug charges were filed against the trio accused of conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs after a string of overdoses in September 2017. The victims allegedly used drugs sold by the men, including cocaine, methamphetamine, oxycodone and a synthetic opioid that officials say is 100 times more potent than fentanyl, according to court documents.

Old Helena landmark given new life

An old Helena landmark has been given new life. An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday afternoon at the historic “Oddfellow Inn and Farm,” and the new owners say they plan to transform the 1920’s building into a new cultural hub for Helena, hosting special events such as birthday parties and weddings. The building sits on 41 acres just outside of the Queen City

Nobody registered for the Ward 1 seat on the East Helena City Commission

Voters can cast their ballots for any qualifying candidate vying for the Ward 1 seat on the East Helena City Commission. Nobody registered to run for the position and commissioners decided that anyone can write themselves in or be written in to fill the Ward 1 Commissioner position. Kit Johnson who currently represents Ward 1, said he would not be running for re-election. Ballots will be mailed on Oct. 16 and must be returned no later than day of the Nov. 5 election.

The storm was expected to wind down Monday

Gov. Steve Bullock on Sunday issued an emergency order due to a winter storm that left several feet of snow in some parts of northwest Montana. As of Sunday, the National Weather Service reported total snowfall of 4 feet in Browning and accumulations of 22 inches west of Choteau and 14 inches in Great Falls.

Bullock’s emergency order allows the state to mobilize all services, equipment and suppliers necessary to help local governments protect Montanans. The Blackfeet Nation and Glacier and Pondera counties also issued emergency declarations.

The storm is not expected to break any records in Helena, where around 3 inches of snow had accumulated by Sunday evening. The city of Helena announced on Facebook Sunday morning that transportation crews were working 12-hour shifts to clear city streets.

The storm was expected to wind down late Sunday and early Monday.

North Hills Recreation Area remains closed for fire suppression repairs

HELENA – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) North Hills Recreation Area remains closed to the public for fire suppression repairs. Crews are cleaning up the damage caused by fighting the North Hills Fire outside Helena that burned more than 5,000 acres this summer and caused the evacuation of surrounding homes. DNRC officials warn, the area is dangerous and it will take many years for the North Hills to fully recover from the fire.

Anti-Semitic flyers posted around Helena have residents on edge

HELENA – Montana human rights advocates are condemning what appear to be anti-Semitic flyers posted around Helena earlier this week. Leaders with the Montana Human Rights Network said they received more than a dozen complaints about the flyers, left on car windshields and homes late Saturday night or early Sunday morning around the State Capitol. MHRN reported the flyers appeared to be similar to anti-Semitic flyers found in Missoula over the last two years.

Fall winter storm watch issued for Helena

Fall has barely made it’s debut and a WINTER STORM WATCH is already in effect. An advisory has been expanded for more of central and northern Montana, including Helena and Great Falls for Friday through Sunday. A HIGH WIND WARNING has been issued for much of central Montana for Thursday. This snowstorm will break records for snowfall and cold temperatures, forecasters say. Drivers are being warned a slushy accumulation on the road, and difficult visibility because of heavy snow and wind could make travels difficult. Some roads may become impassable.

Helena woman suspected in death of Shane White appeared in Lewis and Clark County Justice Court Monday

A 32-year-old Helena woman suspected in the death of Shane White appeared in Lewis and Clark County Justice Court Monday. Serena Lee Kilseimer was arrested Friday on a charge of deliberate homicide. Dewayne William Johnson, 41, of Helena, is also identified as her co-defendant in the case. White, of Helena, was reported missing Sept. 16. His body was discovered last week near Canyon Ferry Reservoir, according to court documents. Kilseimer is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Oct. 18.

Case of 52 year old Helena man on trial for 2018 rape dismissed

The case of a 52 year old Helena man on trial for a 2018 rape has been dismissed. A Lewis & Clark judge declared a mistrial Tuesday, deeming Joel Cruz Padilla a free man after a jury remained deadlocked following nearly five hours of deliberations. Padilla, who lived near the alleged victim, was quickly identified and arrested at his home without incident the same night of the alleged rape. The Lewis and Clark County Attorney in the case was granted a new trial date scheduled for April 2020.