Archives for November 2017

Bond set at $100,000 for Helena carjacking suspect

(BOZEMAN) Sidney Aimsback made her initial appearance in court after she allegedly stole a car at gunpoint in Helena and led police on a high speed chase. According to reports from the Helena Police Department, officers responded to a carjacking in the area of Alice Street and Runkle Parkway on Tuesday, and a chase ensued through Broadwater County and into Gallatin County that reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. Bond for Aimsback was set at $100,000, court documents show.

Missing Helena teen found safe

A Helena teenager who had been reported missing was found in Missoula on Wednesday morning. The Helena Police Department issued a Missing Endangered Person Advisory for 16-year-old Cody Lane James on Tuesday. Welsh says James and a second boy are being held at the Missoula Police Department. James reportedly had been sending good-bye text messages to friends, and police said they had concerns for his safety.

Missing Teen Found Safe

A missing Helena teenager has been found safe. 16 year old Cody Lane James was the subject of a Missing Endangered Person Advisory that was issued Tuesday by the Montana Department of Justice. The boy sent goodbye texts to his friends, and police were concerned for his safety. He was found in Missoula on Wednesday.

Festival Of Trees Begins

The Festival of Trees gets underway tonight in Helena. It opens at 7 pm down at the Civic Center and runs through the weekend. The theme for the 30th annual Intermountain Festival of Trees is “Christmas In New York.” It’s the largest fundraiser of the year for Intermountain, which helps children and families struggling with mental health issues.

Sheriff Suffers Heart Attack

Our sheriff had a heart attack on Tuesday. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton is recovering from the heart attack after surgery at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital, in which Dutton received a stent. He suffered the heart attack when he was on his way to a meeting in Miles City with two members of his staff.

Woman raped on train passing through northeastern Montana sues Amtrak

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A North Carolina woman is suing Amtrak after an employee raped her in her sleeping car while the train passed through northeastern Montana in April 2015. The lawsuit says Charles Henry Pinner, 59, sexually assaulted the 68-year-old woman as the Empire Builder train passed through Wolf Point. Pinner was convicted in September 2016 and is serving a 60-year prison term. He is appealing his conviction. The case was set for trial in February 2019 in Great Falls.

East Helena voters will be aked to approve a new high school

East Helena voters will be aked to approve a new high school. School District leaders decided, Monday, to hold a bond election for the proposal as early as this spring. If voters approve the bond proposal, it will be at least two more years before the doors are opened.

Carjacker Leads Cops On HIgh Speed Chase

A woman carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint in Helena on Tuesday afternoon, then led police on a high speed chase before being arrested. Police arrested Sidney Aimsback after a pursuit all the way into Gallatin County at speeds of more than 100 hours an hour at times.

School Bus Strikes Teen

A pedestrian was struck by a school bus in Helena on Tuesday afternoon. It happened just before 3 pm near 16th and Rodney Street, near Helena Middle School. Police say a 13 year old boy walked in between a parked car and the bus as the bus was turning. The bus hit him. He was not seriously injured.


It’s the sixth annual #GivingTuesday. The holiday was inspired by Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, but with a twist. Today thousands of charities are asking us to open our wallets and donate on this global day of giving celebrated each year the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to bring awareness to local nonprofits and promote charitable giving.