AMBER Alert for Malachai Talley has been canceled

(UPDATE) The AMBER Alert for Malachai Talley has been canceled. The Montana Department of Justice said in an email Tuesday that the abducted one-year old was forcefully taken from his home in Poplar by 22 year Dejarreh Talley. The Montana Department of Justice says that Malachai has been located and is safe.
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Helena Valley’s $2.4 million flood mitigation project completed

HELENA – Helena Valley officials say they are prepared should any major flooding occur in 2020. So far the county has escaped significant flooding this year, but the County says a $2.4 million Helena Valley Flood Mitigation Project on North Montana Avenue and Sierra was completed this April. The infrastructure is designed to handle approximately 400 cubic feet of water per second. In 2018 the area saw flooding with 80 cubic feet of water per second overflowing ditches and culverts, and forcing Rossiter Elementary to hold class at Carroll College for the remainder of their year.
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Helena Public Schools preparing for classes to resume in August

HELENA – Helena Public Schools leaders are preparing for classes to resume in August. Today (July 1) marks the first official day of the next school year, and during their weekly online meeting Tuesday officials discussed the steps they need to take to support students and families as they return to school, including addressing the social and emotional needs, following social isolation and months of COVID-19 restrictions. The first meeting with a feedback group is set for next Tuesday.
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Alleged car theif shot by Montana sheriff’s deputy

An alleged car theif was shot by a Montana sheriff’s deputy after he allegedly tried to run down the officer in a stolen vehicle, authorities said Tuesday. The unidentified suspect was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries. Deputy Brandon Smart did not suffer any apparent injuries in the Monday afternoon altercation that ended with the stolen vehicle in a ditch, according to a press release from the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office.
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Yellowstone reminding park patrons not to get too close to wild animals

Yellowstone officials are reminding park patrons to keep their distance from wild animals, after two people were injured in separate incidents recently. An elderly California woman was gored several times by a bison June 25 near Bridge Bay Campground when she got too close, according to a park news release. And a Missouri hiker was knocked to the ground by a female grizzly protecting its cub near Old Faithful the same week.
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Montana added the most cases of COVID-19 in a single day

The state of Montana set a grim record Monday, adding the most cases of COVID-19 in a single day. Gov. Steve Bullock’s office said Monday that investigations are still ongoing into the new cases, but some are tied to large gatherings such as weddings, workplaces, and households. Also Monday, Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls reported its first confirmed case. A release from the base said the person will isolate on the base.
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Overcrowding at Lewis and Clark County Detention Center once again a concern

Overcrowding at Lewis and Clark County Detention Center has once again become a concern. In mid-March, the county took steps to limit who was arrested to help prevent the spread of the virus, with only violent suspects who posed a risk to the community to be jailed under state and county guidelines. Despite measures in place to reduce the number of inmates, officials said the population has climbed back to pre-COVID numbers in recent weeks.
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Montana added 56 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours

HELENA – Montana added 56 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, setting a new single day record for infections. According to the Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map, that raises the total number of active cases in the treasure state to more than 280, with an overall total of over 900. One-hundred people are currently hospitalized by the virus. Thirteen counties reported new cases. Both Gallatin County and Yellowstone County saw double digit increases, as reported at ktvh.com
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Helena students treated to ‘at home camping’ summer fun

HELENA – Helena Parks & Rec along and the Lewis & Clark Library are offering students at home summer fun. Summer kits filled with activities will be handed out to students as a replacement for summer camp. The ‘take home’ camp and arts and crafts kits will be distrubuted at Bryant Elementary every Friday. Call the Helena Parks & Rec. for details.
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Man charged in fatal 2019 road rage shooting in Missoula pleaded guilty

A western Montana man charged in a fatal 2019 road rage shooting in Missoula pleaded guilty Friday. Johnathan Albert Bertsch, 28, of Arlee is facing four felony charges in the March 14, 2019 incident, in which he shot three people, one of whom died, and opened fire on a state trooper, who suffered gunshot wounds to the head, face and neck. A sentencing date will be set during a hearing Aug. 31. Bertsch has been jailed since his arrest.
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