Archives for July 2018

Helena woman awakened by alleged rapist

A Helena man has been charged with raping a woman while she slept. Investigators say that 33 years old John Veilleux (vay-you) was seen on security footage entering the sleeping woman’s room and discreetly closing the door at an unnamed business just after 2 a.m. on Monday. Court documents say police were called when staff heard a woman screaming and then found her clothing askew and Veilleux hiding. His bond was set at $40,000.
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Judge ruled couple has right to use road linked to homicide

A Lewis and Clark County judge has ruled that a couple has a right to use a hotly disputed road linked to a murder. John Michael “Mike” Crites dismembered body was found on MacDonald Pass in October 2011, and Marc and Gloria Flora claimed they have a right to use a 60-foot easement along Turk Road northwest of Helena, which crosses property owned by their neighbors who claimed the Floras were illegally using Turk Road to access their property. A Judge released an order in favor of the Floras.
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Officials say a fire at a cabin outside Lincoln burned for hours

Officials say a fire at a cabin outside Lincoln burned for hours early Monday. Lincoln Fire Chief Zach Muse said several small propane tanks exploded in the cabin, but crews were able to stop the fire from getting into the trees or the grass. The cause of the fire is being investigated, but Muse suspects lighting may be to blame. No injuries were reported.
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Man Whose Boat Hit Pillar Faces Criminal Charges

A Helena man is facing a felony charge of criminal endangerment, and a charge of boating under the influence. 48 year old Derek Fox was piloting a boat the slammed into a pillar on York Bridge on Saturday. Everyone on the boat was thrown into the water by the impact. Among the four people injured was an 11 year old boy.

One Dead In Fire

An early morning fire proved fatal for one person on Monday just outside of Great Falls. The fire broke out just past 1:30 am in a home on 19th Street near 30th Avenue. Firefighters found the home fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. When they doused those flames, they found human remains inside the house. The body is being taken to the Montana State Crime Lab for an autopsy and positive identification.

Helena Police Department and Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office will soon be roomates

The Helena Police Department and Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office will soon be roomates. City and county leaders say they hope to have both agencies moved into the 40,000 square foot Fuller Avenue building in downtown Helena, now being called the Law and Justice Center, by the end of the year. Officials hope to have a final floor plan for the Law and Justice Center by next month.
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Former Missoula teacher accused of inappropriate conduct with a student interviewing at Capital High School in Helena

A former Missoula teacher accused of inappropriate conduct with a student is being considered for a teaching job at Capital High School in Helena. Dan Kucera, who pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault of a 17-year-old boy at Sentinel High School in 2005, was approved for a position teaching business at Capital High School starting in fall 2018, the Missoulian reported. However, Kucera still has to complete a background check. If a criminal record comes up, the superintendent makes the final hiring decision, according to board policy.
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Helena Schools Hire Teacher Convicted Of Assaulting Student

A man who is in the final stages of the hiring process for a teaching job at Capital High School in Helena, was accused of assaulting a 17 tear old student at Sentinel High School in Missoula in 2005. Dan Kucera got a six month suspended sentence on the assault charge. More than 20 students saw Kucera put a male student in a headlock and suck on his neck, causing severe bruising. In addition, the Office of Public Instruction says Kucera’s license to teach in Montana expired in 2015, and has not been renewed. Kucera was interviewed and selected for a position teaching business at Capital High School starting in fall 2018. Helena Public Schools Superintendent Tyler Ream says he is personally looking into the matter.

Drivers can expect traffic delays on Custer Avenue, as construction gets underway

HELENA – Drivers can expect traffic delays on Custer Avenue, as construction gets underway. Utility survey crews will be performing utility-location surveys over a two-week period beginning Monday, July 30, to determine utility impacts for the future Custer Avenue road-widening project between Montana Avenue and Henderson Avenue. Motorists traveling along Custer Avenue are being warned to anticipate one-block closures and delays of about 10minutes.
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Russian hackers attempeted to infiltrate the state’s election systems

Montana’s secretary of state has said for the first time that Russian hackers attempeted to infiltrate the state’s election systems in 2016.
The acknowledgement by Secretary Corey Stapleton Friday in his occasional newsletter appears to contradict a previous statement by state elections officials that Montana was not among states targeted. He says no votes were changed, but it was a clear threat to fair elections.
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