Archives for February 2019

12-year-old Billings boy facing felony homicide charges

BILLINGS- A 12-year-old Billings boy appeared in Yellowstone County youth court Thursday to face five felony charges of attempted deliberate homicide. The charges stem from a September fire in Billings at a home on Yellowstone Avenue that caused an estimated $30,000 in damages and sent six people to the hospital. Fire investigators said the fire was started intentionally, according to the Yellowstone County Attorney’s office.
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Kalispell man sentenced in multi-million dollar investment scheme

GREAT FALLS – A judge has sentenced a 62 year old Kalispell man in a multi-million dollar investment scheme. John Kevin Moore was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison Wednesday on all 21 counts in an indictment for fraud charges, in connection to a scam in which Moore bilked investors out of more than $2 million, according to court documents. The scam ran from about April 2013 until September 2016 in Great Falls and Kalispell, investigators said.
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Low-Income Energy Assistance Program in high demand in Lewis and Clark

(HELENA) Programs that help people pay their electric bill are expected to be in higher demand, as bitterly cold temperatures have much of Montana in a deep freeze. Rocky Mountain Development Council’s Low-Income Energy Assistance Program in Lewis and Clark, has already received dozens of calls over the last two weeks, with seven Wednesday alone, from clients in need of emergency heating assistance. You can get more information on applying for energy assistance at energysharemt.com.
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Snow covered roads have made driving conditions hazardous on U.S. Highway 297

Snow covered roads have made driving conditions hazardous on U.S. Highway 297 between East Helena and Townsend. The Montana Department of Transportation has issued an alert designating driving severe from the turnoff onto Spokane Creek Road through Broadwater County to Toston. Driving conditions on U.S. Highway 12 through Deep Creek Canyon are also designated as severe. Several inches of snow Wednesday blanketed the region, and another 1-2 inches of snow is forecast for Thursday, according to the weather service, along with frigid temperatures.
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Financial concerns brings end to free flood sandbags in Lewis and Clark County

Financial concerns prompted Lewis and Clark County officials decision to no longer provide sandbags to private residents during flood season. Last spring floods struck the Helena Valley, Augusta and other areas, and the county handed out 173 tons of sand and thousands of sandbags at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds, the Independent Record reported. But officials say a lack of funding and logistics challenges will bring an end to the freebies.
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Snow-related crashes and slide-offs are keeping Helena MHP busy

BILLINGS – Snow-related crashes and slide-offs are keeping Helena MHP busy. Dispatch reportedly responsded to 159 mostly weather-related crashes, and slide offs in the last 24 hours, in high traffic areas between Helena, Butte, Dillon, and Drummond. Across the state, the MHP reports there have been 314 crashes since this last snow storm. Billings and the Red Lodge, Hardin area had a reported 53 crashes and 20 slide-offs within one day.
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Former Mellencamp band member sentenced on child pornography charges

MISSOULA- The former keyboardist for John Mellencamp was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Friday for viewing child pornography on a bus on the way to Billings in 2017. Eric Franklin Rosser, 67 pleaded guilty to the charges in October, according to a press release. Rosser was the first fugitive on the FBI’s Most Wanted List for child pornography, according to the report.
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Helena man appears before judge on child rape charges

HELENA – A 38 year-old Helena man accused of raping an underage girl, appeared in Lewis and Clark Justice Court on Tuesday. Craig Hotvedt is charged with seven felonies in connection to the case, in which a girl under the age of 16, who appeared to be drugged, had been admitted to the hospital on Feb. 20, and told her mother she had been with Hotvedt, according to charging documents. If convicted, Hotvedt could face more than 300 years in the Montana State Prison.
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Helena bar loses battle to continue using outdoor patio

A Helena bar lost its battle to continue using an outdoor pation. The Helena City Commission voted unanimously Monday to revoke the Sapphire Bar’s right to use a City Parks right-of-way for outdoor seating, which it was granted in 2015. The decision was prompted in part due to concerns from downtown residents, who complained about noise and trash left behind, according to the city attorney.
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County plow drivers cleaning up after severe storm hit Lewis and Clark

HELENA – County plow drivers are working on the busiest county roads after a severe storm hit the Lewis and Clark Co. area Monday. County Communications and Outreach coordinator Jeni Garcin says crews took care of county roads first and and moved to the smaller side streets once they were caught up. Residents are also asked to not shovel snow from driveways into the street. Garcin says it can create hazardous uneven conditions for plows and other vehicles.
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