Archives for August 2016

Great Falls drug dealer convicted in 1988 will soon be a free man

(MTN News-GREAT FALLS) A Great Falls man who was convicted for selling pot and is serving a 40 year sentence will soon be a free man. A press release from the White House says that the term of incarceration of Craig William Frazier of Great Falls has been commuted to expire on December 28, 2016. In 1988, Frazier was convicted in Cascade County of possession of marijuana with intent to sale, and again in 1995 in Butte-Silver Bow County.

A routine traffic stop turned into a double drug bust

A routine traffic stop turned into a double drug bust. Officers responding to a report of a reckless driver pulled over an East Helena man on Highway 12 East, and discovered the 19 year old allegedly found drugs on the floor of his car. And a 27 year old passenger, who’s car was parked nearby, was also found to be in possession of meth, according to court documents. Both men, who were out on probation for previous drug charges, were taken into custody and now face several new charges.

Car crash victim clinging to life, has died

A Helena man has died from injuries he suffered last week in a car crash near York. Tye Wharton was the driver of a car that flipped over on a rough section of Nelson Road, and then crashed into a tree as it overturned. The 27 year-old victim was flown to Benefis Health Systems in Great Falls, where he died yesterday.

Baby Injured At Billings Hotel

A baby who was injured at the Vegas Hotel in downtown Billings over the weekend is being treated at the Denver Children’s Hospital. The nine week old boy suffered a fractured skull and ribs and a brain hemorrhage. The mother’s boyfriend has been charged with assaulting the infant. The mother says she left Jeffry Merritt alone with the baby for ten minutes while she went to a vending machine. Merritt allegedly told police he had attempted to toss the infant onto the bed but missed .

Tractor, Field Burn in Northeast Helena

East Vally firefigthers battled a blaze on Tuesday afternoon in northeast Helena. When they arrived in the 41-hundred block of Helberg, theyfound a tractor and several hay bales burning. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but fire officials say under current drought conditions, one little spark can cause a lot of trouble. There no injuries caused by the fire, which scorched the field and tractor.

Protecting water quailty is why Craig officials say a new wastewater system is mandatory

CRAIG – Protecting water quailty is why Craig officials say a new wastewater system is mandatory. Business owner, and president of the Craig Water/Sewer District board, Chris Goodman, says the thousands of anglers who come to Craig every summer are jeopardizing the infrastructure, and the sewer would make it easier for people to use the area. Voters in the community of Craig will decide whether to approve a $1.09 million bond for the proposed wastewater system, to include a treatment plant just west of I-15. Goodman says about 60 households would benefit.

Canal breach impacts sugar beets

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The breach in the wall of an irrigation canal south of Sidney has left some sugar beet acreage high and dry. The Aug. 21 breach blew out the main canal bank of the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project, flooding a nearby sheep farm, along with 13,000 acres of beets, the Billings Gazette reported.

Helena Public Schools students may qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Helena Public Schools students may qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Meals. Households who receive governmental assistance are eligible for free meals and no application is required. Children who meet the definition of homeless, migrant, runaway, and foster are also eligible for free meals. Those eligible for unemployment compensation may also be eligible for free or reduced price school meals for their children. The school district will send a notice to households about free meal benefits.

A Glacier National Park employee was injured after startling a bear

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — A Glacier National Park employee was injured after apparently startling a bear while picking huckleberries. Park officials said Monday that the off-duty employee was in the Swiftcurrent valley on Saturday evening when she surprised the bear. She suffered injuries to her leg and hands from what is believed to be a grizzly bear. The park employee was taken to the hospital in Browning for treatment of her injuries, which were reportedly non-life threatening.

Realtor Finds Naked People In Vacant House

In Great Falls, a woman has been charged after a realtor discovered her naked in a vacant house with a 17 year old boy. The realtor’s children were with her;he describes the children as very disturbed by what they saw. The woman and the teen ran away, but police arrested them a few blocks away. 22 year old Briana Moore has been charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor criminal mischief.