Archives for May 2016

Car Plunges Into Lake

Two people were rushed to St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena after their car plunged into Holter Lake on Sunday. According to the West Valley Fire Chief, the driver simply lost control of the car. Both people in the vehicle were able to escape without serious injury. The accident happened about a quarter to nine on Sunday night. One of the people in the vehicle was reportedly arrested by Montana Highway Patrol.

Reduced Charge For Woman Accused of Beating Child

A Helena woman accused of assaulting a three year old child entered a guilty plea to a reduced charge on Thursday. Roxanne Nevermissesashot was accused of beating the child in January, leaving injuries on the child’s face, back , buttocks and legs. The judge deferred sentencing in the case for two years.

Copps Selected As Interim Helena School Superintendent

Jack Copps and his wife are house hunting in Helena today, after Copps was selected last night as the interim Superintendent of Helena Public Schools. Copps was hired by the school board on a 7-1 vote. He was superintendent of Helena Public Schools from 1987 to 1989 and the assistant superintendent for seven years before that. He most recently worked as the superintendent of public schools in Billings. Copps said he realizes this is an interim position, but that he and his wife Penny plan to permanently relocate to Helena. They plan to start looking for a house today.

Trump In Billings Today

The Donald Trump campaign trail winds through Billings today. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee will be speaking at the Rimrock Auto Arena at 4 pm. Protesters are expected to gather in the Metrapark motorcycle parking area. Law enforcement is hoping to avoid the violent protests that have marred recent Trump rallies in other cities.

Batteries in Waer Bottles Spark Bomb Threat Response

Sheriff Leo Dutton says a reported bomb threat at the First Student bus depot turned out to be nothing dangerous. He says it involved students trying unsuccessfully to explode batteries that were submerged in water bottles. This was happening on a moving school bus. A deputy says it would have been better in this situation if the driver had pulled over. There’s no word on whether the students involved will be disciplined.

Transgender Bathroom Policy Okayed on Reservation

The issue of where transgender individuals can go to the restroom has found its way to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation near Billings. Tribal leaders have adopted a bathroom policy that mirrors the controversial bill in North Carolina. The policy was approved by nine council members and denied by one. Two members of the council were not present for the vote. ACLU leaders say they meet with tribal leaders and attempt to persuade them to reconsider the policy.

Police Seek Hit and Run Driver

Helena Police are looking for the person responsible for a hit and run crash that happened late Monday . It happened at Elk Mountain Motors on Highway 12. Owner Bob McWilliams says it looks like the driver may have run the nearby stop sign before crashing into the first car, and that resulted in a chain reaction. The driver also ran over a flagpole, and knocked down a big parking lot pole. All that crashes resulted in pieces of the offending vehicle being left behind. McWilliams is hoping they can use those pieces to find the culprit. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers.

School Evacuated After Bomb Threat

North Middle School in Great Falls was evacuated Monday afternoon after the school received a telephoned bomb threat. Law enforcement says it was a robo-call, which made threats at dozens of other schools across the country. No explosives were found at any of the schools that received threats. North Middle School was evacuated just before 12:30 p.m. Students were then loaded onto school buses and taken to nearby Sacajawea Elementary School. Officers spent hours searching the school with the help of bomb-sniffing dogs before issuing the all-clear at 3 pm.

Crash Sends One to Hospital

One person was rushed to the hospital after a two vehicle crash in Helena on Monday afternoon. According to police, an SUV traveling northbound on North Montana Avenue failed to yield to a southbound vehicle that was turning left into the parking lot at O’Reily’s Auto Parts. The SUV driver was taken to St. Peter’s Hospital. The driver’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Officers Arrest Robbery Suspect

In Helena, crooks can run but they can’t hide. Last Wednesday a man robbed Village Inn Pizza and Montana Lil’s Casino in East Helena. On Saturday, Helena police and Lewis and Clark County deputies arrested a suspect in those armed robberies. 27 year old Kolby Schmidt was booked into the Lewis & Clark County jail and is charged with two counts of robbery.