Archives for September 2018

Three new elementary schools being built in Helena are starting to take shape

Three new elementary schools being built in Helena are starting to take shape. Voters approved a $63 million bond in 2017 to rebuild Central, Jim Darcy and Bryant schools and add technology and security upgrades to all other Helena elementary schools. By Thursday morning, much of the framing had been completed, revealing the outline of classrooms, hallways, shared learning areas and gymnasiums. All three schools must be ready for students by the beginning of the next school year in fall 2019.
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Man wanted in several criminal incidents in Great Falls now in police custody

GREAT FALLS – A man wanted in several criminal incidents in Great Falls in recent months is now in police custody. James Joseph Sangrey, Jr. was arrested in Great Falls, Wednesday night, The Great Falls Police Department said in a Facebook post Thursday. The U.S. Marshals Service issued an alert on Tuesday to advise people to be on the look-out for Sangrey, who was considered armed and dangerous.
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University of Montana could be facing budget cuts

MISSOULA – The University of Montana could be facing budget cuts. The Humanities department, including the Global and Religion curriculum, has been earmarked for cuts, according to the numbers presented Thursday as school leaders presented an updated plan to get its budget in check and still educate its students.
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Helena house guest accused of raping host

HELENA – A Helena house guest is accused of raping his host. According to court documents, 41 year-old Robert Wayne Watt, of Helena, was sleeping on the couch at the woman’s residence, and she told authorities she had taken her prescribed sleeping medication, and went to bed fully clothed on September 23, but when she woke up, she found her clothes and underwear had been removed. The next night when she woke up, she says she found Watt in her bed naked. She confronted him the next day and contacted police. Watt has been charged with two counts of felony sexual assault.
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One car crash claimed the life of a 68 year old Billings man

A one car crash claimed the life of a 68 year old Billings man. Police say the victim, who was speeding when he crashed his Lamborghini into a parked semi truck and power pole on King Ave., W., near S.18th St. W., Wednesday morning, was taken to a hospital where he later died. The 32-year old driver of the semi was asleep inside the cab of his truck when the car crashed into it. He was not injured. Police are continuing to investigate the crash.
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UPDATE – “Sugarloaf Fire”

UPDATE THURSDAY: HELENA – Crews successfully extinguished the “Sugarloaf Fire” overnight. The wildland fire burned about two acres on Sugarloaf Mountain Lane, about six miles from I-15 near Dearborn. It took nearly a dozen firefighters to battle the blaze, which was sparked Wednesday night, according to Roy Stock with the Dearborn Volunteer Fire Department. An investigation is ongoing into the cause of the fire.
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Vehicle search leads to 21-year-old Helena woman facing felony drug charge

A traffic stop ended with a 21-year-old Helena woman facing a felony drug charge. Montana Highway Patrol searched a vehicle on Sept. 21, which allegedly produced marijuana, used methamphetamine, marijuana pipes and a syringe with methamphetamine residue, court documents state. The arresting trooper alleges the driver tried to hide a meth pipe under the floor mat of a law enforcement vehicle during the investigation.
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Vehicle discovered in Missouri River was not that of missing Great Falls woman

A vehicle discovered in the Missouri River on Wednesday was not that of a missing Great Falls woman Cascade County law enforcement has been looking for over the past week. A press release from the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office said that local law enforcement have assisted in the search for Tammy Goff, since Sept. 20. The Lewis and Clark County Dive team found the vehicle, but do not believe it’s linked to the Goff case, officials confirmed.
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100-year-old Confederate monument removed from a Helena park could soon be replaced

One of four proposed fountain designs are being considered to replace the more than 100-year-old Confederate monument removed from a Helena park last year, in response to a national epidemic of violence sparked by rising racial tensions. The public is invited to help select one of the designs that will be on display from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 27), at the Holter Museum of Art. The community will be able to vote for their favorites at the event. If approved by Helena city officials, the new fountain would be installed in Hill Park next year.
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Firefighters spent the night battling a one-and-a-half acre wildland fire near Dearborn

HELENA – Firefighters spent the night battling a one-and-a-half acre wildland fire near Dearborn. According to Roy Stock with the Dearborn Volunteer Fire Department, crews received reports of smoke around 8 p.m. Wednesday night on Sugarloaf Mountain Lane, about six miles from I-15. The cause of the “Sugarloaf Fire” is unknown at this time.
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