Hail caught some Townsend residents off guard Saturday afternoon

Hail caught some Townsend residents off guard Saturday afternoon. A strong storm brought large, damaging hail through the area, which one homeowner captured on video, showing many of the hailstones were around two inches in diameter. Longtime residents say they’ve never seen hail like that in Montana. The hail cracked windshields and put dents in vehicles around town. There were also some reports of crop damage from the storm.
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Body of missing rancher found on private property northeast of Miles City

The body of a missing rancher was found on private property northeast of Miles City over the weekend.
The Custer County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that family and friends began looking for the man Friday evening and his body was found Saturday morning. The sheriff said the man was alone in a ranch truck when he apparently went over a bank while backing up. The truck overturned and the man died at the scene. Police are continuing to investigate, according to the news release.
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70 year old Mann Gulch markers getting attenion from local 11 year old

After nearly 70 years the markers that line Mann Gulch are getting some attenion from a local 11 year old. It all started as a 4-H project for Colt Barnard when he and his mother went to Mann Gulch to place flowers on the 13 markers dotting the hillside and Colt noticed how destroyed the crosses are, which prompted the family to form One Foot in the Black as a way to raise money for new crosses in Mann Gulch by the 75th anniversary, honoring the loss of wildland firefighters.
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Owner of Red Roof Cafe in Helena accused of having business torched to collect insurance

The owner of Red Roof Cafe in Helena is being accused of having her business torched to collect the insurance money. Maureen Therese Doubek, 58, has been charged with conspiring with the man suspected of setting fire to her restaurant last year, according to a complaint recently filed in Lewis and Clark County Justice Court. The Red Roof Cafe on Helena’s Westside burned down Oct. 20, 2018. It was ruled arson.
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Helena federal judge denies request request for jury trial in 10-year-old civil rights lawsuit against FBI

HELENA – A Helena federal judge denied a request Thursday for a jury trial in a 10-year-old civil rights lawsuit filed against the FBI. The suit, filed originally in 2009 by a Billings Native American family following the shooting death of their son, claims law enforcement routinely fails to adequately investigate crimes on Indian reservations. The suit argues detectives ignored evidence in the fatal 2005 shooting on the reservation, which resulted in the killer, a white man, going free, according to a news release Thursday.
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Investigation continuing into discovery of human bones been found west of Helena

An investigation is continuing into the discovery of human bones been found near the Continental Divide west of Helena. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton tells the Independent Record that a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer found a skull Wednesday morning in Minnehaha Gulch near Rimini. Dutton says a search of the area turned up more remains that are being analyzed at the state crime lab in Missoula.
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Donations are being accepted for the 13th annual “Stuff the Bus”

HELENA – Donations are being accepted for the 13th annual “Stuff the Bus.” The “Stuff the Bus” vehicle is currently parked at Power Townsend, off Custer Ave and is a community-wide school supply drive for students in Helena, East Helena, Townsend, Lincoln and Boulder. It gives businesses the chance to donate supplies to students in need. If you would like to donate to “Stuff the Bus” visit: angelfundhelena.org/StuffTheBus
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New playground equipment will greet students returnung to Townsend

HELENA – New playground equipment will greet students returnung to Townsend
Elementary School when classes resume for the fall session. Volunteers spent Wednesday setting up the brand-new $300,000 worth of play equipment, planned after children were losing play days due to flooding. The equipment will be all set up by this Satuday, (August 10), Stacey Sommer, Helena’s Playable Playground Manager, told MTN. Organizers are looking for volunteers to help with finishing touches to the project, Sommers said.
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New playground equipment will greet students returnung to Townsend

HELENA – New playground equipment will greet students returnung to Townsend
Elementary School when classes resume for the fall session. Volunteers spent Wednesday setting up the brand-new $300,000 worth of play equipment, planned after children were losing play days due to flooding. The equipment will be all set up by this Satuday, (August 10), Stacey Sommer, Helena’s Playable Playground Manager, told MTN. Organizers are looking for volunteers to help with finishing touches to the project, Sommers said.
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Helena Police warning residents about Social Security scam

The Helena Police Department is warning residents about a Social Security scam. Multiple Helena residents have reported getting a phone call saying their Social Security number has been suspended “due to suspicious activity.” The person is then prompted to push “1” to find out more information and is asked to give their S.S. number. Police said this is not an actual call from the Social Security Administration and urges anyone who recieves a call like this to hang up.
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