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Court rules against release of police files in 2011 killing

Jul. 17, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has denied a woman's request for the police records about her brother's unsolved death, saying the potential that their release could harm the eight-year-old investigation outweighs her right to inspect government documents. The court ruled 5-0 Tuesday that...

Mental health hospital halts admissions after teen's death

Jul. 17, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana mental health hospital has temporarily stopped taking admissions following the death of a teenage patient who ran from the facility. The Independent Record reports a 15-year-old Missoula girl ran onto Interstate 15 and was hit by a pickup after she fled from the Shodair...

Daines raises $1.3M for re-election, Williams collects $430K

Jul. 16, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana says he collected over $1.3 million for his 2020 re-election campaign during the most recent fundraising period. That left the incumbent Republican with $3.5 million in the bank at the beginning of July, according to Federal Election Commission...

Plane that flew Mann Gulch smokejumpers to mark fire tragedy

Jul. 16, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The airplane that flew 12 smokejumpers to a fire in Mann Gulch, where they died along with a fire guard, will take part in the 70th anniversary commemorating the Montana tragedy. The Johnson Flying Service Douglas DC-3 is now called Miss Montana and recently flew to Europe to mark...

Helena group home worker accused of raping elderly resident

Jul. 16, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a 56-year-old man who was working at a Helena group home is accused of raping an elderly resident who is deaf, blind and unable to speak. The Independent Record reports that Zane Richard Frisbie has been charged with sexual intercourse without consent. Helena Police...

Teen running from mental health hospital hit by truck

Jul. 15, 2019 10:12 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A teenage girl running from a mental health hospital near Helena was hit and killed by a pickup on a nearby interstate. Shodair Children's Hospital officials say the 15-year-old Missoula girl tampered with the building's fire alarm Monday afternoon, causing the locks to open, and then...

Parade of Democratic candidates speak at Montana convention

Jul. 13, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A parade of Montana Democratic candidates made their opening arguments Saturday on how they can hold onto the governor's office and win back lost ground in a 2020 election that one party leader described as a fight for the nation's soul. More than 100 Democratic delegates from across...

Montana Democratic delegates meet in Helena for convention

Jul. 12, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Democratic Party delegates are meeting in Helena to examine their party's rules and elect officers. The party's biannual rules and officers' convention is Friday and Saturday, and features keynote speaker Heidi Heitkamp, a former U.S. senator from North Dakota, and Montana Sen....

Montana man dies after accidentally shooting himself

Jul. 8, 2019 11:09 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a man died after accidentally shooting himself at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds in Helena. The Independent Record reports officers were called about an unresponsive man in a vehicle at the fairgrounds Saturday evening and found 20-year-old Hunter Adams, of...

Body found in suspected Helena-area murder case, victim ID'd

Jul. 5, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Lewis and Clark County authorities have found the body of a suspected murder victim east of Canyon Ferry Lake. Thomas Ralph Bristow was charged with deliberate homicide on Tuesday, a day before someone reported finding the body of 31-year-old Cory Leo Housel in a remote location....