Archives for October 2016

Former Helena police officer cleared in shooting breathes sigh of relief

HELENA – A former Helena police officer and the city have been cleared in a federal lawsuit regarding a 2011 officer involved shooting. A Federal Judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Brian John Temple, who accused Peter Callahan, a 13 year police vetearn, and the city of Helena of violating his civil rights in a 2011 incident, in which Temple, a suspect in a burglary, allegedly tried to run over Callahan, who then shot Temple in the chest.

Helena’s homeless veterans are getting some help

HELENA, Mont. — Helena’s homeless veterans are getting some help. A planned housing complex at Fort Harrison would include new and repurposed buildings on land owned by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, aimed at providing permanent housing for veterans and their families. Plans for the complex include units with between one and four bedrooms. The complex could open by summer 2018.

The city of Helena is putting safety first as they light up for the holiday season

The city of Helena is putting safety first as they light up for the holiday season. The Helena Business Improvement District is planning to use floodlights to illuminate the historic fire tower downtown during the holidays, after engineers recently said it’s not safe for crews to climb the tower due to damaged beams. The beams were damged during a suspicious fire that happened back in August. The city has filed an insurance claim in hopes of getting some money to fix the damage to the tower. Officials said The annual Parade of Lights will remain unchanged.

Police involved shooting ends in fatality

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A police officer shot and killed a 32-year-old Wyoming man at a Billings hotel early Thursday. Police Chief Rich St. John said, the man was in the hotel clerk’s office with a handgun, refused orders to drop the weapon and was turning to face officers when a deputy fired three shots, hitting the man in the chest. No one else was injured. The officer who shot the suspect was placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated.

Elk left for dead being investigated

Montana game wardens are seeking information about an elk carcass discovered in the Elkhorn Mountains. The bull elk was found headless by hunters on horseback Tuesday in the Poe Park area of Elkhorn just outside of Radersburg. FWP asks anyone with information about this wildlife poaching case to call 1-800-TIP-MONT.

Another police shooting

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Another police shooting happened Thursday. According to reports, police opened fire when a suspect turned toward officers with a handgun following a 25-minute standoff. Seven people have been shot and killed by law enforcement in Billings, Montana since May, 2012, police statistics indicate.

Creepy Clown sighting sparks concern at Hawthorne Elementary

Helena police are warning residents about a report of a clown with a bat lurking around Hawthorne Elementary School, Wednesday (Oct. 26). Three children told school authorities they saw the clown hiding behind a van on Madison Avenue during a school function. School officials sent out an email Thursday alerting parents to the incident. Helena police did not find the clown when they searched the campus, and determined there was no threat.

Police Kill Armed Man At Billings Hotel

An armed man was shot to death by a Billings Police officer at a hotel on Thursday. It happened at the Days Inn Hotel on Parkway Lane. The gunman was a guest there and the receptionist called 911 after the man came in at 4 in the morning with a magazine for a semi-automatic handgun. She said he was acting strange. Then she called again to day the man threatened her and then got behind the counter and pointed a gun at his own head. After police arrived, the man turned to face officers with the weapon and was shot to death.

Helena Man Is Missing,Endangered

A missing-endangered person advisory has been issued for a Helena man. Niko Pillow was reported missing on October 25th. He made a social media post a few days before that indicating that he may be suicidal. Pillow is a 21-year old man, 5’10”, 170 pounds, blue eyes, brown hair, with a pierced left ear. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call the Helena Police Department.

Overcrowding at the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center in downtown Helena is getting worse

HELENA – Overcrowding at the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center in downtown Helena is getting worse. The jail facility was designed to hold fewer than 60 inmates. As of Wednesday afternoon, it held 76. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says overcrowding has been a problem for more than a decade, and it’s prompting more catch and release arrests on some misdemeanor crimes. County leaders are asking voters to approve a proposal on this year’s ballot to help fund expanding jail space, which they say could help address the overcrowding issue.