Archives for February 2020

Adult film star sentenced in murder for hire

An adult film actress from Idaho who pleaded guilty to hiring a Montana hitman to kill the father of one of her children, has been sentenced. Katrina L. Danforth, 32, who appeared in adult films under the name Lynn Pleasant, is accused of meeting with an undercover agent in Montana that she believed was an assasin, and agreeing to pay him $5,000 for the murder, prosecutors said. She was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in federal prison.
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Missoula parents warned about “stranger danger” incidents

The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office is warning parents about two “stranger danger” incidents. According to a press release, police recieved reports that a man in a white van offered a young girl a ride home after school, and at a Lolo gas station a man driving a box truck approached a 19-year-old on her way to class. The alert said it was unclear whether the incidents were related.
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Heart attack caused crash that claimed life of Helena man, coroner says

An autopsy determined the 61-year-old Helena man involved in a single-vehicle crash east of Butte Monday morning died from a cardiac event. Jefferson County Sheriff and Coroner Craig Doolittle said Bryon Wieder’s death caused the accident. Wieder’s semi stalled on Interstate 90 at Homestake Pass, began rolling backwards and jackknifed, according to the Montana Highway Patrol. The crash occurred in Jefferson County about 7 miles west of Whitehall and is the 15th fatality on Montana roadways this year.
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Helena High School boys basketball players making a difference

Helena High School boys basketball players are making a difference. For the past two seasons about 16 players from the varsity and junior varsity basketball team have spent their Monday afternoons teaching reading, math and physical education to students at Bryant Elementary School. Coach Day says the goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for his players to give back to the community and be positive role models for Bryant kids, according to a news release.
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The race is on for western Montana’s utility regulatory commission seat

The three Democratic candidates vying for western Montana’s utility regulatory commission seat met for a forum Wednesday night ahead of the June primary. The seat is currently held by Bob Lake, a Republican from Hamilton, who is termed out and cannot run for re-election. In recent years, the commission has been embroiled in infighting and accused of not being transparent.Two Republicans have also filed to run for the seat.
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Jimmy John’s is being investigated for possible food contamination

Jimmy John’s is being investigated for possible food contamination. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to the national sandwich chain, saying certain vegetables it served were implicated in five outbreaks of E. coli or salmonella in the past seven years, specifically clover sprouts and cucumbers. Jimmy John’s has more than 2,800 locations, including in Helena.
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Helena man convicted in 2019 home invasion sentenced Tuesday

A Helena man convicted of a 2019 home invasion has learned his fate. Gerald Allen Hiler, also known as Teg, pleaded guilty in October for his role in the armed robbery, in which police say he and three others were involved in a drug deal gone bad with the victims. Hiler was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years and seven months in prison, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office. The other three suspects are awaiting sentencing.
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Few details released about Saturday stabbing

Few details are being released about a stabbing early Saturday morning. Missoula Police told MTN News that three people were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries following the incident near the Council Grove Apartments on South Third Street West shortly after midnight. Police are still investigating the incident, but said the suspect is believed to be one of the three individuals injured.
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Specialty plates deadline extended

HELENA – Montana non-profits in danger of having their specialty plates revoked, now have until the summer to comply with a new state Law. The 85 currently affected nonprofits received a letter from the Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) outlining the new grace period, which has been extended until July 1. MVD officials told MTN starting in March, a monthly plate snapshot will be available on MVD’s website to help nonprofits track their progress.
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Helena could have “100% clean, renewable electricity” by 2030

HELENA – Helena could have “100% clean, renewable electricity” by 2030. The Helena City Commission unanimously backed a resolution Monday night, they said will help address impacts from climate change, and set a clean energy goal. The proposed clean energy resolution would include installing renewable energy resources at city-owned properties, and expanding a loan program to encourage homeowners to make energy improvements.
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