Archives for August 2019

Missoula man accepts plea deal in fatal 2018 hit and run

MISSOULA — A Missoula man accepted a plea deal Wednesday in connection to a fatal 2018 hit and run. Daniel Grady, 26, is accused in the death of a University of Montana graduate, who police say he hit with his car back on June 17, 2018 and then fled the scene. Grady pleaded guilty to lesser charges in the case and will recieve a reduced sentence. A sentencing hearing for Grady is set for Oct. 8.
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Judge ordered psych evaluation for Superior man charged in anthem assault

A judge has ordered a psych evaluation for the Superior man charged with body slamming a minor for not removing his hat during the national anthem. Curt Brockway, 39, pleaded not guilty in Mineral County District Court this week, in connection to the alleged assault of the 13 year old. The child was hospitalized for a head injury following the incident. Brockway’s attorney told the judge his client suffers from a traumatic brain injury, according to court documents. Brockway’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 23.
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Service members train at Fort Harrison for real life active shooter training

HELENA – More than two dozen Lewistown soldiers traveled to Fort Harrison for active shooter training. About 40 service members converged on Fort Harrison this week to train with military police on how to handle real life dangerous first responder scenarios in preparation for an intruder entering on and off military-secured bases.
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Placer residents say they’re losing sleep because of noise coming from Sapphire Bar

HELENA – Placer residents are still complaining they can’t get a good nights sleep because of noise coming from the Walking Mall near the Sapphire Bar. In February the Helena City Commissioners banned outdoor service at the Sapphire Lodge, after complaints it was too loud, but at a City of Helena community discussion Wednesday night nearby neighbors said noise is still a big issue, as well as trash, and smoking. Helena Police have added increased patrols to the area this year, and the bar’s owner says he will work to improve the situation.
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Helena volunteers stocked school supplies for annual Stuff the Bus campaign

Volunteers in the Helena area stocked school supplies for the Angel Fund’s annual Stuff the Bus campaign. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Angel Fund had collected a bus load of school supplies for the new school year to be distributed to students in need. The supplies from Stuff the Bus will be delivered to area schools starting with C.R. Anderson Middle School this Saturday. To donate to Stuff the Bus, find a preferred location on the list of collection sites at angelfundhelena.org.
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Families are being warned about potential ‘Back to School’ scams

HELENA – Families are being warned about potential ‘Back to School’ scams. The Better Business Bureau’s Montana Marketplace says young people are prime targets for identity thieves looking to establish credit. Authorities say a red flag that your child might have already been a victim of identity theft is having credit card offers in the mail that are in their name. Parents are advised to periodically check their child’s credit score to make sure their identity hasn’t been compromised.
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Gun violence topped talks at Tester town hall in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS – Gun violence topped talks at a town hall in Great Falls. Nearly 100 citizens turned out for the town hall at Great Falls College MSU hosted by Senator Jon Tester Tuesday, incluing advocates for Moms Demand Action, a movement passionate about preventing gun violence. Concerns here at home, including Boeing pulling out from a missile defense project that was expected to bring jobs to the area.
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Closing the gender pay gap will be the focus of womens workshops across Montana

HELENA – Closing the gender pay gap will be the focus of a series of womens workshops across Montana. The American Association of University Women of Montana will recieve $25,000 in grant money to support the workshops aimed at promoting equal pay. Gov. Bullock made the announcement Tuesday at the Great Beginnings, Great Families conference in Helena. The first Work Smart workshop was held at the conference. More than a dozen other workshops will be set up around the state over the next 18 months. Visit the AAUW website to see a schedule of upcoming events.
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United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area has a new leader

HELENA – The United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area has a new leader. UWLCA recently announced Emily McVey as their new executive director. McVey says in her new leadership role she intends to foucus on making sure the goals of the United Way, such as homelessness, education and volunteer work, are best serviced. UWLCA will be holding their Community Giving Campaign Kickoff breakfast next month at the Great Northern Best Western Hotel.
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U of M stepping up efforts to provide affordable graduate school opportunities

The University of Montana is stepping up its efforts to provide affordable graduate school opportunities. The school announced Tuesday that it is partnering with Carroll College for the 3+3 program, which will let students earn graduate degrees in law and public administration in a shorter period of time. It typically takes seven years to complete a Juris Doctorate, and U of M officials estimates that cutting out the seventh year of school will save students around $100,000.
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