Archives for January 2017

Tis the season to get the flu

Tis the season to get the flu. The number of influenza cases is on the rise in the state, with local flu cases significantly up since the end of 2016, according to Lewis and Clark Public Health officials. In the first three weeks of January, influenza cases numbered 56 then jumped to 63 before skyrocketing to 132, and health officials say since the influenza season started, there have been 376 cases and 24 people were hospitalized. Everyone is being urged to get vaccinations against influenza.
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Man Accused Of Raping Developmentally Disabled Woman’

A Helena man has been arrested for allegedly raping a developmentally disabled woman who has the mental capacity of a 7 year old. 29 year old Christopher Candy Casiano is behind bars. Police began investigating after the victim was taken to the hospital to be examined. The victim told investigators that she made it clear to Casiano she did not want to have sex with him. She says he told her not to tell anyone what happened.

The suspect, in what police described as a drug and alcohol fueled fatal shooting recently appeared in a Helena court

HELENA – The suspect, in what police described as a drug and alcohol fueled fatal shooting recently appeared in a Helena court. A judge set bail at $250,000 for Brandon LeClair, who is accused of killing Kenneth Purcell during a fight between the two which started in a room at the motel, where ivestigators say they found a “large amount ” of meth, and a witness told police Purcell broke a whiskey bottle over LeClair’s head before the shooting death in the parking lot. If convicted LeClair could face life in prison.
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The new year ushered in a new flu season

The new year ushered in a new flu season and Lewis and Clark County is one of the hardest hit in the state, and the worst is yet to come. Health officials say there have been more than 16-hundred confirmed flu cases so far in Montana, and that’s before the peak season which generally begins in February.
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Helena committee agrees to tentative boudary to help prevent flooding

A committee of Helena Valley residents agreed Thursday night on a tentative boundary to help prevent flooding. The boundary includes
areas that are at risk for highwaters, including Ten Mile and Silver Creek, and could become a district that helps fund improvements. The Helena Valley Flood Mitigation Master Plan was created in 2012 to improve a federal water management feature that funnels water from the creeks into Lake Helena. Proposed revisions to the boundary will be considered by the committee when it meets in February.
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You may soon be able to do more hunting and fishing on land south of the Grant Marsh

BILLINGS, Mont. – You may soon be able to do more hunting and fishing on land south of the Grant Marsh Wildlife Management Area.
Montana wildlife officials are looking to acquire 425 acres of land along the Bighorn River, adjacent to a 50-acre area being developed by the state as a wetland, which could create the largest section of land along the waterway and expand recreational opportunities, including hunting and fishing.
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Peak of Flu Season Coming In February

Lewis and Clark County is one of the hardest hit this flu season in Montana. Health officials say the entire nation has been hard hit, and the Centers for Disease Control says 37 states now report flu activity with the peak of the season yet to come. In Montana, there have been more than 16-hundred confirmed flu cases so far and more than 200 flu victims have been hospitalized. So far, there have been no flu related deaths. The number of flu cases generally peaks in February.

Residents plagued with frozen pipes this winter

HELENA – Helena’s utility maintenance supervisor says there have been more than a dozen frozen service lines since the start of the winter. Kevin Hart says most of the issues come from lines that are buried less than six feet underground.
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You will still be able to use a Montana ID to enter federal courthouses

You will still be able to use a Montana ID to enter federal courthouses in the state. The United States District Court for the District of Montana is granting an exception after parts of the REAL ID Act of 2005 take effect Monday, which will prevent people from using a Montana driver’s license to enter most federal facilities, military bases and nuclear power plants beginning Jan. 30. The federal courts are located in Helena, Billings, Butte, Great Falls and Missoula. Montana is one of several states refusing to comply with the act, designed to improve national security and prevent identity theft.
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Helena man accused in a drug fueled fight that turned fatal has learned his fate

HELENA – A Helena man accused in a drug fueled fight that turned fatal has learned his fate. 41 year old Brandon LeClair, appeared before Justice of the Peace Michael Swingley, Thursday (Jan. 26) where bail was set at $250,000 in connection to the shooting death of Kenneth Purcell in the parking lot of a Helena Motel, according to court records, which stated the two men were arguing in one of the rooms in which, investigators say, they found a “large amount ” of meth. If convicted LeClair could face life in prison.
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