Archives for September 2018

Voter registration drive

HELENA – Lewis and Clark County Elections officials are reminding elgible voters to update their information ahead of the Nov. general election. The voter registration deadline for the 2018 general election is Oct. 9. Voter registration forms can be found on the County’s website, obtained in person or mailed out upon request. If a Lewis and Clark County resident misses the deadline they can late register to vote at the City-County Building on through election day.
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Missoula man convicted in assault of Montana Special Olympian accepted a plea deal

MISSOULA – A man convicted of assaulting a well-known Montana Special Olympian with a baseball bat has accepted a plea deal in the case. A Judge sentenced Paul Ekstedt on Friday to 20 years in a Montana State penitentiary with eight suspended, after he pleaded guilty to the June assault of special Olympian Gary Fuller, who was in the hospital with extensive head injuries. Ekstedt will face 12 years behind bars.
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The City of Helena is expanding

HELENA – The City of Helena is expanding. The Helena City Commission voted unanimously Monday to annex about 140 residences to the west side of town. The development on the west side of th?e city of Helena has been an issue for nearly 40 years, Dennis Taylor, Helena’s city manager, said. The area is located east of Granite Street, south of Highway 12 West, and generally west of the existing city limits. The area officially becomes part of Helena on December 1.
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New jail standards help guide facility into the future

HELENA – A new jail standards document will help guide the facility into the future, Lewis and Clark County Commissioners said. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says his office already follows the standards and practices laid out in the 70 page document, which covers everything from solitary confinement and medical care to inmate meals, exercise and how to address inmate grievances. The jail will also be inspected to ensure it is meeting the standards laid out in the document, which Sheriff Dutton says is important with the upcoming jail expansion.
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Charges filed against 14 inmates involved in riot at Cascade County Detention Center

On Monday, Cascade County Attorney Josh Racki announced that charges are being filed against 14 inmates who allegedly instigated or participated in a riot at the Cascade County Detention Center in July. The riot involved dozens of inmates and caused more than $22,000 in damage to the jail. At the time of the riot there were 43 inmates in a pod that is only supposed to hold 28, and Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards says an early morning assault might have contributed to the rising tensions.
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New Medicare cards expected to combat identity theft

HELENA – Montana residents who qualify for Medicare should expect a new card in the mail by the end of next month (October). Montana Medicare officials announced the mailing of the new cards at the Helena Senior Center on Monday. In order to help prevent fraud, the new cards no longer have Social Security numbers displayed. Once people receive their new card, officials advise destroying the old one to prevent identity theft.
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Truck fire spreads to Gallatin Gateway building

GALLATIN GATEWAY, Mont. – What started as a truck fire spread to a steel commercial building in Gallatin Gateway. It took 61 firefighters to battle the blaze that burned for several hours overnight Sunday, at the approximately 6,200 square foot building, according to the local fire chief, who said this is the second largest structure fire the district has had in the last ten years. Exactly what caused the fire remains under investigation.
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Anaconda High School principal suspended

ANACONDA – The principal at Anaconda High School was placed on paid administrative leave. According to a press release from the Anaconda School District, Shawn Hansen, who is also the principal of the junior high, was suspended after a 19-year-old who was a former student at the school, reported getting what he described as an inappropriate text message from Hansen. According to Anaconda police, an investigation found no illegal activity, and the department will not file any criminal charges. The school district has called for an internal investigation into the matter.
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Helena city commission working to keep tobacco products out of the hands of minors

Helena’s city commission is considering ways to keep tobacco products out of the hands of minors. One of the proposals would ban self-service displays for tobacco products everywhere except businesses where alcohol is sold and consumed, as well as limit the sale of flavored tobacco products to adult-only tobacco retailers. Another proposal would prevent smoking and vaping near indoor public places.
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Hundreds rally in Helena for 15th annual NAMI Walk

(HELENA) Despite some rain, hundreds of people came together in Helena Sunday afternoon to attend the 15th annual NAMIWalk. Leaders say the Montana chapter of the National Alliance’s walk for Mental Illness not only raises awareness of the issue – it also raises revenue to continue the organization’s support services. The organization estimates one in five families in the state have been affected by mental illness.
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