Archives for March 2019

Convicted pedophile and former Blackfeet pediatrician recieves full pension

A convicted pedophile and former Indian Health Service pediatrician on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation is still eligible to receive millions in retirement benefits, and that has some Montana lawmakers appaled. Stanley Patrick Weber, accused of sexually abusing two Blackfeet Indian boys in the 1990’s, retired with honors from IHS and remains eligible for a full pension, the Journal reported Thursday. The report prompted Sen. Steve Daines, of Montana to ask the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to deny Weber benefits.

Four candidates vying for three East Helena school board seats

Four candidates will be vying for the three available seats on East Helena’s school board in the May 7 election. Incumbents Marcia Ellermeyer, board chair Scott Walter, and newcomer Wesley J. Feist all filed for the two three-year terms up for election. People can still file as write-in candidates until 5 p.m. April 4, according to Lewis and Clark County election officials.

Billings police officer cleared of any wrongdoing in fatal 2018 shooting

BILLINGS, Mont. – A Billings police officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a fatal 2018 shooting. The Billings Gazette reports the jury took only five minutes Wednesday to rule the officer’s conduct was justified in the April 2018 shooting death of 29-year-old Zachary Glen Hoven, who police say charged at the officer in a threatening manner and did not respond to a stun gun that was fired at him minutes before the fatal confrontation.

Suspect in back to back Missoula shootings pleads not guilty

MISSOULA, Mont. – The man charged in two separate shootings in Missoula pleaded not guilty Thursday. 28-year-old Johnathan Bertsch is facing one count of deliberate homicide and three counts of attempted deliberate homicide in the shootings that occurred two weeks ago, in which one person died and three others were injured, including a Montana Highway Patrol trooper. Bertsch remains in the Missoula County Detention Center on a $2 million bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for the end of May.

Spring stomr adding to already overflowing rivers and stereams in Montana

HELENA, Mont. – Meteorologists say a spring storm may lead to additional flooding in Montana. After the latest storm dumped heavy, wet snow on western and central Montana causing runoff to fill already overflowing rivers and stereams, officials say flooding is possible where the heavier precipitation occurs. Snowmelt and river ice jams have already caused some flooding on roads, fields and in small communities, particularly in northeastern Montana along the Milk and Yellowstone rivers, and in southeastern Montana along the Little Bighorn River.

York Fire expansion just makes sense Lewis and Clark County officials say

HELENA – An annexation of York Fire just makes sense Lewis and Clark County officials have determined. Commissioners voted Thursday to move forward with plans to expand the York Fire Services to include areas currently served by the Lewis and Clark County Volunteer Fire Department that are actually closer to York Fire, meaning their response times are quicker than Lewis and Clark. Residents will vote on the annexation in the coming weeks. If passed, the fire service area will be expanded within 60 days of voters approval.

Flooding follows snowiest February on record in Valley County

With the snowiest February on record, Valley County officials say they’re not surprised flooding would follow as the weather warms up. Valley County currently has seven roads that are closed and at least 24 roads with damage due to the flooding, according to a Valley County press release Wednesday. And about a dozen residents are having to use boats or canoes to get around, officials said. An ice jam that caused the Milk River to flood in Valley County finally broke Tuesday night, but officials warned waters have not quite receded yet.

Police working to identify suspect in Uptown stabbing

BUTTE – Butte police are continuing to investigate a stabbing at an Uptown convenience store late Tuesday evening. Police say three men got into an argument in the parking lot of a convenience store on Montana Street and one of the men pulled out a knife and cut the other two, as well as a store employee who came outside to break up the altercation, according to police reports. All victims were treated at St. James HealthCare for injuries. Police are working to identify the suspect, who they say fled the scene after the assault.

Four Georgians monument will soon have a new home

HELENA – The monument honoring the Four Georgians will soon have a new home. The decades-old sign at the intersection of Neill Avenue and Fuller Street was pulled up this week (March 25), because the city is looking to redevelop the area, according to Four Georgians Outpost leaders, who said the sign will be installed at the corner of Last Chance Gulch and Cruse Avenue in April.

Kalispell man will spend more than a decade behind bars on child exploitation charges

KALISPELL – A Kalispell man will spend more than a decade behind bars for a sexually explicit video of a minor he admitted to filming. A judge sentenced Allen Duane Turman, 44, to the mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison. He also recieved 10 years of probation and was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution.
Turman pleaded guilty in November and said he did not specifically recall making the video but did not dispute that he created it, citing drug use and poor memory.