Archives for December 2019

Target teams up with Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office for holiday shopping spree

Target partnered with the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office to host a holiday shopping spree Saturday to help 120 children purchase Christmas gifts for their families. The event was part of Target’s nationwide Heroes and Helpers program to help families in need have a special holiday season. During the in-store shopping event, children were paired with deputies from the sheriff’s office and other emergency personnel who helped them pick out holiday gifts.
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Race is on for Lewis and Clark County’s second justice of the peace

HELENA – The race is on for candidates vying to become Lewis and Clark County’s second justice of the peace. Starting next month, candidates will begin filing for the seat, which is the result of a second justice court commissioners agreed to create starting in 2021 to help meet demands of a growing caseload. Applications for the new justice of the peace position will be accepted beginning Jan. 9. The new judge will be elected in November 2020.
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Episcopal Diocese of Montana welcomed its first female bishop to Helena

The Episcopal Diocese of Montana welcomed its first female bishop to Helena. A former veterinarian and priest from North Carolina, the Reverend Martha Stebbins, soon to be “the Right Reverend,” was introduced as the first woman to head the state-wide Episcopal Church in its 152-year history during a press conference held Friday at St. Peter’s Cathedral, as reported at the Independent Record. A formal “Seating of the Bishop” was held Sunday.
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My Helena app helps residents report non emergency issues

The city of Helena officially launched its newly redesigned website last week. City spokeswoman Rebecca Connors said the website, which took months of work, offers a third-party app called My Helena that allows users to easily report a variety of issues, such as potholes, downed trees or graffiti, without clogging emergency dispatch telephone lines, according to a news release. A desktop version of the app is available through the city’s website. A mobile version of the app is in the works.
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Day four of the deliberate homicide trial for Joseph Paul DeWise continued Thursday

Day four of the deliberate homicide trial for Joseph Paul DeWise continued Thursday. Trial opened with a doctor from the University of Colorado, and ended with testimony from DeWise’s 17 year old son, Joseph DeWise, Jr. who told the jury of the abuse between Paul and Lauren DeWise, Lauren being his stepmother, leading up to her Jan. 6, 2017 shooting death. DeWise’s trial will continue for a fifth day on Friday.
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Deer rams Montana elementary school student

A student at a Montana elementary school was injured after being “knocked down forcefully” by a deer that had jumped the school’s fence. In a statement from Missoula County Public School’s officials said the student was getting off the bus at Rattlesnake Elementary School Tuesday morning and was on the playground when the deer rammed the student. The child was taken to the hospital to be checked out, but appeared to have non life threatening injuries, the Missoulian reported. The deer ran off.
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Resident of Montana’s Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation sentenced for 2018 murder

A resident of Montana’s Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in federal prison in connection to a fatal 2018 domestic violence incident. Randy Lee Littlebird, 36, pleaded guilty in July to second-degree murder, in the strangulation death of Toni Fisher, 36, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Littlebird told investigators that Fisher hanged herself before confessing that he strangled her with a rope after an argument, court records said.
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Civic Center in downtown Helena

HELENA – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Civic Center in downtown Helena. The 32nd Annual Intermountain Festival of Trees kicked off Wednesday, with this year theme for the annual iconic event being “Hope and Healing.” Every dollar raised goes towards helping kids in need, according to a press release.
Festival events will run through Sunday.
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It was the dark that brought Broadwater Elementary students’ idea to light for a new lunchroom vibe

HELENA – It was the dark that brought Broadwater Elementary School students’ idea to light for a new lunchroom experience. A power outage on October 24 affected most of Helena around lunchtime, prompting Broadwater staff to use flashlights in the cafeteria during the blackout, making for a much quieter lunch hour which studetns said they liked so much they wanted to create that environment permanently. And thanks to a $250 One Class at a Time grant the lunchroom was able to purchase LED lanterns for that same calming effect in the cafeteria, which students have named “Cool Cubs Cafe.”
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Helena dispathers credited with saving lives recieve praise

Interim Helena Police Chief Steve Hagen honored two dispatchers for going above and beyond the call of duty. Chanel Waples and Zach Slattery, whose quick actions in October helped save two lives, received distinguished service “lifesaving” awards for their efforts at a ceremony Wednesday.
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