Archives for January 2018

Twenty Have Died From Flu In State

Twenty people have died of the flu in Montana so far this flu season. The Centers for Disease Control have been monitoring the flu for 13 years. This is the first time they have declared widespread flu activity in the entire continental United States. More than 25 hundred flu cases have been diagnosed in Montana.

Teacher Resigns Over Sexual Relationship With Student

Great Falls school officials say a high school teacher has resigned due to credible evidence of a sexual relationship with a student. The teacher is Levi Johnson. The student involved is 17 years old. No criminal charges have been filed.

Two Walk Away From Pre-Release Center

Two prisoners walked away from the Helena Pre-release Center on Monday. Police are looking for Emery Castro and Clayton Wellknown. Castro is serving a three year sentence for partner or family member assault. Wellknown is serving three years for criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

Stranger Chases Child Outside Elementary School

A child was approached by a stranger last Thursday evening outside Jim Darcy Elementary School. As a result of the incident, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s deputies are conducting extra patrols in the area of the school. After an evening meeting at the school, a little girl told her parents that a man chased her in the parking lot before leaving in a car that was parked with its flashers on. The parents called 911.

70 Years In Prison For Pushing Man Off Bridge

A man who pushed another man off a bridge to his death in the Flathead River has been sentenced to 70 years in prison. According to testimony, Cecil Rice pushed 34-year-old Anthony Walthers off the Old Steel Bridge on Holt Road in Evergreen because the man made a remark about his girlfriend.

Man Killed In Pickup Rollover

A Circle man was ejected from his pickup and killed in a Sunday morning crash. The Highway Patrol says the 22 year old driver was southbound on Weldon Road when he failed to negotiate a curve. His pickup overturned in a ditch and he was ejected. It’s the ninth death on Montana roads in 2018.

Vandals Smash Car Windows

Vandals were busy all across Great Falls over the weekend. Police say they got ten reports of car vandalism. Many of the cars had smashed windows. One victim says his windows were shot out with a BB gun. Police say the incidents seem to be connected, but they have no suspects.

Battle Of The Badge Helps Big Brothers and Bis Sisters

Area first responders raised money for kids over the weekend at the Battle of the Badge fundraiser for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. They raised about 35-hundred dollars at the 2018 Bowl For Kids Sake event on Saturday. The FBI raised a total of $1,498 to win the Battle of the Badge. The Sheriff’s Office was a close second followed by the Montana Highway Patrol and the Helena Police Department

Proposal Would Legalize Open Alcohol Containers Downtown.

An effort is underway to make it legal to carry open alcohol containers in downtown Helena. A proposal has been sent to the City Commission, suggesting the boundaries of an open container zone. The driving force behind the effort is Kevin Hamm of Studio 19 Productions. He says people would not be anchored in a bar or brewery after being a drink, and having them walk around downtown would be good for business.

More snow

Snow is expected to continue falling West of the Continental Divide Friday. Forecasters say while this storm will not result in much accumulation, more snow is expected to blanket most of the state on Saturday, including in central and eastern Montana. Still, it won’t be a severe winter weather event, but it will be enough snow to make roads slushy and slippery.
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