Resident of Montana’s Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation sentenced for 2018 murder

A resident of Montana’s Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in federal prison in connection to a fatal 2018 domestic violence incident. Randy Lee Littlebird, 36, pleaded guilty in July to second-degree murder, in the strangulation death of Toni Fisher, 36, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Littlebird told investigators that Fisher hanged herself before confessing that he strangled her with a rope after an argument, court records said.
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Civic Center in downtown Helena

HELENA – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Civic Center in downtown Helena. The 32nd Annual Intermountain Festival of Trees kicked off Wednesday, with this year theme for the annual iconic event being “Hope and Healing.” Every dollar raised goes towards helping kids in need, according to a press release.
Festival events will run through Sunday.
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It was the dark that brought Broadwater Elementary students’ idea to light for a new lunchroom vibe

HELENA – It was the dark that brought Broadwater Elementary School students’ idea to light for a new lunchroom experience. A power outage on October 24 affected most of Helena around lunchtime, prompting Broadwater staff to use flashlights in the cafeteria during the blackout, making for a much quieter lunch hour which studetns said they liked so much they wanted to create that environment permanently. And thanks to a $250 One Class at a Time grant the lunchroom was able to purchase LED lanterns for that same calming effect in the cafeteria, which students have named “Cool Cubs Cafe.”
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Helena dispathers credited with saving lives recieve praise

Interim Helena Police Chief Steve Hagen honored two dispatchers for going above and beyond the call of duty. Chanel Waples and Zach Slattery, whose quick actions in October helped save two lives, received distinguished service “lifesaving” awards for their efforts at a ceremony Wednesday.
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Man sentenced to prison in 2018 shooting death of Helena doctor wants new trial

The man sentenced to prison in the 2018 shooting death of a Helena doctor wants a retrial. Gregg Trude, who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of Dr. Eugene “Buzz” Walton who was accidentally shot during a hunting trip, has asked to be released from prison, alleging the judge who presided over his case was biased because of his personal relationship with Walton. A motion filed Friday asks that Trude be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea and calls for his immediate release. Trude was sentenced to 3 1/2-year in the Montana State Prison.
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City leaders say a relatively “small” sidewalk project will have a “big” impact in Helena

HELENA – City leaders say a relatively “small” sidewalk project will have a “big” impact in Helena. The city of Helena held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday to celebrate the completion of the $30,000 project that includes just over 2,200 feet of sidewalk along Fee Street. The city worked with neighboring property owners to install the sidewalks, which Mayor Wilmot Collins boasted will “help make Helena a safer place.”
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Fight between local homeowners and big oil now being heard in Supreme Court

The fight between local homeowners and a big oil company is now being heard by the Supreme Court. On Tuesday justices heard arguments over Atlantic Richfield’s effort to dismiss claims in state court from Montana homeowners who want the company to cleanup left over arsenic at the former 300-square-mile Anaconda site which is owned by BP. The Supreme Court seems poised to rule in favor of the oil company, citing homeowners need EPA permission. The EPA is supporting the oil company, according to online news reports.
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Former Helena elementary school teacher charged Tuesday with felony drug possession

HELENA – A former Helena elementary school teacher was charged Tuesday with felony drug possession. The charges against Eric Lehman, who resigned his teaching post at Hawthorne Elementary School as of Nov. 1, said the drugs were found in a bag in his vehicle after a traffic stop in Helena August 31. An arraignment is scheduled next week in District Court in Helena.
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Lewis and Clark County elected justice of the peace under scrutiny for abuse of power

A Lewis and Clark County elected justice of the peace is under scrutiny for abuse of power. The Montana Judicial Standards Commission has publicly reprimanded Judge Michael Swingley for using his official email account to express his support for the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon. According to the reprimand filed last month (Nov. 12) in the Montana Supreme Court, Swingley admitted that the email was in violation of the Montana Code of Judicial Conduct. Many Q fans believe that all presidents, except Mr. Trump, have been deep state agents.
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Registration for Go CyberStart scholarship program ends next month

HELENA – A program aimed at helping Montana high school girls learn cyber-security while competing for scholarships is now officially in it’s second year. Girls Go CyberStart is a national competition and last year, 70 girls from 11 different schools across Montana participated. Over $2700 in cash prizes and scholarships were awarded to the girls. The team from Capital High School won a $750 scholarship. Registration for the program started Monday and will run until January 31st, 2020.
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