Archives for April 2016

Cell phones @ Rest: Alive at 25

All cells phones were at rest during the Montana Highway Patrol’s ” Alive at 25 ” defensive driving program. Students took part in four hours of role play, conversation and watching videos about the dangers of distracted driving. The Alive at 25 program showed young adult drivers how to become more aware when on the road in an effort to save lives.

Mother Charged In Connection With Death Of Baby Girl

A Great Falls woman has been charged in connection with the death of her ten month old daughter. Misty Cutburth was charged yesterday with one count of felony criminal endangerment. An autopsy couldn’t pinpoint a cause of death, but did reveal that the baby had been exposed to chronic meth use during the final weeks of her life. A neighbor called 911 after finding the baby in a freezing room with the window open in 32 degree weather.

Wintry Weather Led To Crashes

Last night’s brief bout of snow, sleet and rain caused several crashes. The wintry weather started around 5:30, and before long emergency crews were responding to crashes and slide-offs, including four between Helena and Clancy. One of those crashes sent two people to the hospital.

Helena Woman Violates Terms of Probation

A Helena woman appears to have squandered a second chance. Patricia Pasak was convicted of having sex with a 14 year old boy last August, but was given a three year deferred prison sentence. However, probation officials say the 22 year old woman immediately violated the terms of her parole by having contact with the victim and using marijuana. Yesterday, District Judge DeeAnn Cooney sentenced Pasak to five years of supervision with the Montana Department of Corrections at the Billings Pre-Release Center.

State officials are proposing a floating boat dock be installed at Wild Horse Island

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) – State officials are proposing a floating boat dock be installed at Wild Horse Island in Flathead Lake in order to reduce injuries. The Flathead Beacon reports that Montana State Parks is accepting public comments through May 30 on the proposal to place a 60-foot-long dock in Skeeko Bay. Currently, state officials say visitors often beach their boats and climb over the bow, leaping to shore, which can be hazardous.
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Helena Police Department is asking for help in finding 17-year old

HELENA – The Helena Police Department is asking for help in finding 17-year old Chantel Calder. She has been missing since April 1st, when she left a local residence. Police say she was posting to social media accounts up until about a week ago, and has not been located. Chantel is about 5’4″ tall, 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on Chantel’s whereabouts is asked to call the Helena Police Department, or Crimestoppers.
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A new insurance company will be handling workers comp for Helena School District employees

HELENA – A new insurance company will be handling workers comp for Helena School District employees. The Helena School Board of Trustees approved a workers’ compensation insurance bid from the Montana State Fund during Tuesday’s meeting, ending a 27-year relationship receiving workers’ comp coverage through MSGIA. School officials said the plan proposed by the Montana State Fund will ensure the utmost safety for all school employees at an appropriate cost.
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Overcrowding in East Helena Public Schools is closer to being resolved

EAST HELENA – The issue of overcrowding in East Helena Public Schools is getting closer to being resolved. Community members and staff narrowed down the list of options earlier this week from four to three, including expanding Eastgate and East Valley Middle School, and building a new school for pre-k through second grade. Officials say with the prospect of young families moving to East Helena, it’s a given that current school facilities will need to be more accommodating.
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