Archives for January 2019

Helena teen facing century of prison time for alleged 2018 child sexual assault

HELENA – An 18 year-old Helena man is facing a century of prison time for an alleged 2018 sexual assault on a child. Tazen Thomas Evans is accused of raping an underage girl last February when he was 17. Court documents say police were called to the hospital on February 11th of 2018 to investigate a reported sexual assault of a girl under the age of 16. Evans is being held on a $25,000 bond. If convicted, he could be sentenceted to a maximum of up to 100 years.
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Montana breweries could be open later

A Whitefish representative has introduced a bill that would extend brewery hours across Montana. Bill 185 would revise brewery operation hours from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The brewers would still be unable to sell more than 48 ounces of malt beverage to a customer, however. The bill will have its first hearing in the House on February 5.
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Still no decision in case of forcibly medicating Broadwater Coutny murder suspect

A judge still has not ruled on whether a murder suspect should be forcibly medicated to make him competent to stand trial. After a five-day long hearing there was still no decision in the case Tuesday for Lloyd Barrus, who prosectutors want medicated against his will. Barrus and his son were part of a May 16, 2017, high-speed chase, which ended with the death of Broadwater County deputy Mason Moore near Three Forks, south of Helena. If Barrus is found competent to go to trial and is convicted, he would face multiple life sentences.
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Helena City Commission selects next municipal judge

The Helena City Commission has selected the next municipal court judge. On Wednesday morning, Anne Peterson, who is a prosecutor for the Lewis and Clark County Attorney’s office, was nominated to fill the seat. The city commission plans to vote on Peterson’s nomination at its next public meeting Feb. 11. If she is confirmed, she will serve from March 1 to Dec. 31.
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Some Helena homeowners found themselves underwater Wednesday

Some Helena homeowners found themselves underwater Wednesday. Two water main breaks damaged multiple houses in Helena, according to city manager Ana Cortez, who said via e-mail that the two breaks happened on Graham Street at the intersection at Glendale and Choteau. Cortez wrote the Graham Street break was caused by pipe corrosion and three homes were affected, but no information was known about the cause or extent of the break on Glendale and Choteau. Homeowners can file claims with the city’s Finance Department.
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No mail today because of winter weather

No mail today because of winter weather. The U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday deliveries will be suspended in eastern Montana Wednesday and no collection will be made from businesses, boxes, residential or commercial areas, blaming near 35 degree below zero temperatures for the mail blackout. Retail operations will be available, but limited, according to a press release.
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Former Roberts high school coach accused of romantic relationship with student changes plea

BILLINGS – The former Roberts high school head basketball coach, who initially pleaded not guilty to inappropriate contact with a student, has changed his plea. John Wayne Payovich accepted a plea deal last Thursday on a misdemeanor endangerment charge for kissing a 15-year-old girl in December 2017 and January 2018. A judge ordered him to attend counseling focused on age-appropriate boundaries for the rest of his 12-month sentencing, according to court documents.
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Helena police administration first to move into new home

HELENA – Helena police administration are the first to move into their new home in the former Blue Cross-Blue Shield building on Fuller Avenue in downtown Helena. The department moved in to the new location last week and this week, the investigations division and records department will join them. Next week, patrol and evidence will make the move. Assistant Chief Hagen says anyone needing to come to the police station can still come to the Breckenridge location until late next week when the move is complete.
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Victim of fatal fire near Winston identified

The 21-year-old man who died in a house fire Monday near Winston has been identified. Broadwater County Sheriff’s officials said Tyler Wensel was trapped inside when his garage apartment on Weasel Creek Road caught fire, and he likely became disoriented due to smoke inhalation rendering him unable to escape. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
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Bitterroot Winter Special Olympics kicks off

The Bitterroot Winter Special Olympics kicked off Tuesday. Special Olympics from all over west-central Montana will participate in the two day event at the Lost Trail Powder Mountain resort to compete in everything from downhill skiing to the amazing snowshoe races. Activities start at 9 a.m, each day. This year marks the first time athletes have the chance to qualify for national competition, because there are no state games scheduled.
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