Archives for February 2018

California teen linked to threat at Darby Schools

A California teen has been linked to a threat at Darby Schools last week. Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton said in a statement released Tuesday that the 14-year-old suspect has connections to 18-year-old Maclean William Kayser, a Darby High School senior who was arrested and charged with two felonies last week for making both verbal and social media threats toward students and Darby schools. The Sheriff’s Office is working with the FBI to determine if they will bring charges against the out of state teen.

The Diocese of Helena will have to find a new bishop

The Diocese of Helena will have to find a new bishop. Helena’s Most Rev. George Leo Thomas was named the Bishop of Las Vegas, Nevada today (Feb. 28) by Pope Francis. He will be installed on May 15 succeeding Bishop Joseph A. Pepe, who is retiring.
Thomas has served the Diocese of Helena for the past 14 years. The Vatican will now be responsible for selecting a replacement in Helena.

Montana regulators reach settlement over alleged illegal activities

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An Atlanta-based financial advisory firm has reached a settlement with Montana regulators over the alleged illegal activities of a former employee in Missoula. The settlement with FSC Securities Corp. includes paying $1.1 million to clients of Barry Hartman, who put investors’ money into his now-bankrupt software firm. FSC is paying another $150,000 in fines and costs.

Man accused of jealous rage assault formally charged in Helena

A 26 year old man accused of assault during a jealous rage, police say, has been formally charged in Helena. Santi-chai Khi-ang-klang was arrested by Helena Police on Sunday night, for allegedly threatening a man with a gun at a business on Last Chance Gulch during a dispute involving a woman, court documents state. Helena police say, Khi-ang-klang’s blood alcohol was twice the legal limit when he was arrested. Bond in the case has been set at $25,000.

Ski race teams from across the state converged on Great Divide

The competition at Great Divide concluded on Sunday. Ski race teams from across the state converged on Great Divide for a chance to qualify for the Tri-Divisional Championships or the Western Region Championships. The race is scheduled in conjunction with the Winter Olympics, which organizers said brought more excitement for the competitors.

Blizzard conditions caused snow drifts as high as some Montanan’s roofs

Many roads still remain closed from this past weekend’s blizzard conditions, which caused snow drifts as high as some Montanan’s roofs. It was a much better start to the work week on Monday, which was relatively calm compared to last week’s below-zero frigid temperatures and high winds. However, look for winds to ramp up once again tonight, which forecasters warn will mean more blowing and drifting snow will cause hazardous travel.


A Winter Storm Watch will remain in effect for the Northern and Southern Rocky Mountain Front as well as Eastern Glacier County until Wednesday, with a chance of widespread snow Friday, according to local forecasters.

Helena Regional Airport growing

A major expansion at Helena Regional Airport will also include a new option for Helena air travelers flying to Denver. Helena Regional Airport leaders announced Friday that United Airlines will start operating a second daily flight to Denver on June 7. The prospect of new service comes as airport leaders prepare for a major expansion to the terminal. That project could begin construction in June.

Officer involved in shooting near East Helena cleared of wrongdoing

The officer who fatally shot a man during a welfare check near East Helena earlier this month has been cleared of any wrongdoing. A shooting review board has ruled that Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Blythe did not violate any administrative rules when he fatally shot a man on February 1. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said the 29 year old deputy was also evaluated by a mental health professional and was determined fit for duty. Blythe returned to duty on Tuesday, February 20.

Helena teacher, accused of inappropriate contact with a student pleaded not guilty

A former Helena teacher, accused of inappropriate contact with a student pleaded not guilty during her arraignment in District Court on Wednesday. Rene Elena Carter is charged with having sex with an underage student between February and June of 2015, according to court documents. The school district said Carter resigned from her job in July of 2015. A trial has been scheduled for June 4.


Capital High School student’s snapchat causes concern

A Capital High School student was removed from class on Tuesday after posting a Snapchat video with a pistol. Helena Public Schools Superintendent Jack Copps said the district received a report from a student who saw the video and said it does not threaten anyone, but instead asks questions about the merits of gun ownership. The district will determine whether the student will be disciplined. The Helena Police Department is investigatgating and have referred the incident to the county attorney’s office to consider any possible charges.