Charges filed against 14 inmates involved in riot at Cascade County Detention Center

On Monday, Cascade County Attorney Josh Racki announced that charges are being filed against 14 inmates who allegedly instigated or participated in a riot at the Cascade County Detention Center in July. The riot involved dozens of inmates and caused more than $22,000 in damage to the jail. At the time of the riot there were 43 inmates in a pod that is only supposed to hold 28, and Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards says an early morning assault might have contributed to the rising tensions.
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New Medicare cards expected to combat identity theft

HELENA – Montana residents who qualify for Medicare should expect a new card in the mail by the end of next month (October). Montana Medicare officials announced the mailing of the new cards at the Helena Senior Center on Monday. In order to help prevent fraud, the new cards no longer have Social Security numbers displayed. Once people receive their new card, officials advise destroying the old one to prevent identity theft.
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Truck fire spreads to Gallatin Gateway building

GALLATIN GATEWAY, Mont. – What started as a truck fire spread to a steel commercial building in Gallatin Gateway. It took 61 firefighters to battle the blaze that burned for several hours overnight Sunday, at the approximately 6,200 square foot building, according to the local fire chief, who said this is the second largest structure fire the district has had in the last ten years. Exactly what caused the fire remains under investigation.
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Anaconda High School principal suspended

ANACONDA – The principal at Anaconda High School was placed on paid administrative leave. According to a press release from the Anaconda School District, Shawn Hansen, who is also the principal of the junior high, was suspended after a 19-year-old who was a former student at the school, reported getting what he described as an inappropriate text message from Hansen. According to Anaconda police, an investigation found no illegal activity, and the department will not file any criminal charges. The school district has called for an internal investigation into the matter.
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Helena city commission working to keep tobacco products out of the hands of minors

Helena’s city commission is considering ways to keep tobacco products out of the hands of minors. One of the proposals would ban self-service displays for tobacco products everywhere except businesses where alcohol is sold and consumed, as well as limit the sale of flavored tobacco products to adult-only tobacco retailers. Another proposal would prevent smoking and vaping near indoor public places.
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Hundreds rally in Helena for 15th annual NAMI Walk

(HELENA) Despite some rain, hundreds of people came together in Helena Sunday afternoon to attend the 15th annual NAMIWalk. Leaders say the Montana chapter of the National Alliance’s walk for Mental Illness not only raises awareness of the issue – it also raises revenue to continue the organization’s support services. The organization estimates one in five families in the state have been affected by mental illness.
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Saturday night ATV crash left one man dead and a woman injured near Clyde Park

(BOZEMAN) A Saturday night ATV crash left one man dead and a woman injured near Clyde Park. According to the Montana Highway Patrol, a 20-year-old California woman was driving and lost control of the ATV on Upper Cottonwood Road near Briggs Lane in Park County, ejecting both her and the passenger, a 23-year-old Great Falls man who died at the scene, according to MHP, who says the woman was driving too fast when the vehicle crashed, coming to a rest on its side. She was taken to a hospital for treatment of her injuries.
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Auto thefts in Helena have increased

HELENA – Auto thefts in Helena over the last two weeks have increased. Helena Police Department leaders say vehicles have been stolen from three auto dealerships around the city, as well as several private owners. In one 24-hour period this week, five vehicles and two trailers were stolen in the Helena city limits. Investigators haven’t determined yet whether the thefts are connected, but Zander said the crimes at dealerships may well be linked. HPD has recovered two of the vehicles taken from dealerships so far, and say they are following leads in the other cases.
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Heart Butte woman charged in fatal January car crash

A Heart Butte woman has been charged for the January death of Eljay Young Running Crane. According to court documents, Shayanna Marie England committed the act of reckless driving that caused the death of Eljay. She is also accused of assaulting another person that resulted in serious bodily injury. Eljay’s grandfather Jay says justice has somewhat been served in the case. England is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in Great Falls on Tuesday.
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Helena protestors “reclaim public say over public lands”

“This is your land, this is my land, this is our land.” That was the message from protestors gathered at the base of Mount Helena Thursday afternoon to “reclaim public say over public lands.” The event, which drew more than 50 people, was aimed at U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte, both Republicans, who they say have ignored their constituents comments about legislation that would remove protections from more than 800,000 areas of public land classified as Wilderness Study Areas, according to a press release.
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