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McCulloch on Great Seal in campaign flyer


A mailer to voters from a college research project has attracted the attention of Secretary of State Linda McCulloch, for an unauthorized use of the "Great Seal of the State of Montana."

 Researchers at Stanford University and Dartmouth College sent out the flyer, which compared Supreme Court candidates Jim Rice, W. David Herbert, Mike Wheat, and Lawence Van Dyke, to President Obama, and his Republican opponent in the last election, Governor Mitt Romney. The flyer does not mention party affiliation, and was funded by researchers at Dartmouth College and Stanford University who say they wanted to study "information about candidate positioning where voters are unable to distinguish between candidates on the basis of partisan affiliation. " The flyer uses the "Great Seal of the State of Montana," and McCulloch says that its use in campaign material is a violation of state law

McCulloch and Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathon Motl are conducting seperate investigations.

2nd complaint filed against Dooling

One day after a complaint  aginst Senate District 42 Republican candidate Joe Dooling was dismissed by the Commissioner of Political Practices, Democratic candidate Jill Cohenour has filed another complaint, this time with the Lewis and Clark County Attorney, saying Dooling violated a state law against using automated telephone calls in a political campaign.
According to the complaint, the call contained an automated message saying that the listener was being connected to a tele-town hall meeting with Dooling. Cohenour calls that a  "robo" call.
Dooling countered that a tele-town hall does not violate the law, and is a common method of communicating with voters. Dooling he said the meetings have been used in the past by former Rep. Dennis Rehberg, Sen. Jon Tester and Rep. Steve Daines. Dooling called them " a big conference call."
Lewis and Clark County Attorney Leo Gallagher says has received the complaint, but had not investigated it as of yet.
We will have a live debate between the two candidates tomorrow morning, beginning at 8 AM here on 1240 and 1340, your news and information station


Charges reduced in Helena robbery, shooting

Lewis and Clark County prosecutors have filed reduced charges against two men who they say attacked a store employee who accused them of shoplifting and fired shots at a vehicle that followed them as they drove away.
Prosecutors say 38-year-old Shadric Macho Chippewa and 30-year-old Gary William KnowsHisGun shoplifted at the Hasings store on North Mont...ana, attacked a store employee in the parking lot and drove off, with Chippewa firing shots at a vehicle that followed them. The witness' truck was struck by a bullet and disabled.
Chippewa was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted deliberate homicide for the shooting, but was charged Wednesday with assault with a weapon and criminal endangerment.
Chippewa and KnowsHisGun are both charged with robbery and tampering with evidence.

Jury flinds Segura guiltly

After three days of deliberations, a Lewis and Clark County District Court jury has found a Helena man guilty of burglary, robbery, and criminal possession of dangerous drugs in a crime that cooured  in June of 2012.

Court documents state Andrew Segura placed tape around the victims head to cover her mouth while threatening to kill her if she didn't show him where her prescription drugs were located. The State Crime Lab found Segura's DNA on the tape that was used on the victim.

Segura faces a maximum of 65 years in prison and a $150,000 fine.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on December fourth.

Complaint against Dooling dismissed

A campaign complaint against Joe Dooling, the Republican candidate for Senate District 42, has been dismissed by Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl on Tuesday.
The complaint was filed by Dooling's opponent, Democrat Jill Cohenour, and said Dooling failed to identify his political party in a radio ad earlier this month.
When he became aware of the mistake, Dooling made changes to the ad, according to the decision.
Motl called the issue "de minimus," a Latin phrase that means "the law does not care for, or take notice of, very small and trifling matters. "


Jail site list created

The consultant looking at the possibility of building a new jail, has begun assembling a list of possible sites, and one of them is the site of the current Capital Hill Mall.

Slate Architecture of Helena is looking at between 10 and 15 sites for a new detention center, but the list is not complete, and the sites have yet to be ranked or evaluated.
Some of the other site...s on the list are the city's wastewater treatment plant,
Helena Regional Airport land near the Custer Avenue and Interstate 15 and Forest Service property located just south of the Helena Regional Airport.

Officials hope to complete the final list by mid-November so that two finalists can be selected by mid-December. A final site is anticipated to be selected by early to mid-January. County officials want to have a ballot issue for November 2015 to determine if the public will support increasing taxes to pay for a new detention center.

Helena boy struck by car, injured

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Police in Helena say an 8-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle in a crosswalk and the driver was cited for failure to yield.

Lt. Torey Keltner says the boy was upset and crying when emergency responders arrived and he was taken to the hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

The boy, his mother and sister were crossing the street on a green light Tuesday afternoon when a car turned and struck the boy.

Police say the driver of the vehicle initially intended to go straight through the intersection, but decided to turn right due to the high volume of traffic. The driver was cited for failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Hearing set on gay marriage ban

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has set a Nov. 20 hearing in Great Falls for arguments in a lawsuit challenging Montana's ban on gay marriage.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris scheduled the hearing Monday after four gay couples filed a motion for summary judgment that asks the judge to decide the case without a trial.

The couples are backed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana. ACLU officials have said that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to strike down similar gay-marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada should mean a favorable ruling for the Montana couples.

Montana Department of Justice spokesman John Barnes has said the U.S. Supreme Court could still take up the issue in the future, so state attorneys plan to continue to defend the state's constitutional ban.

Investigation continues into Hastings incident

Here is the latest from Helena Police Captain Curt Stinson on the incident at Hastings yesterday:

The Helena Police Department responded to a call from Hastings at 3215 North Montana at about 12:57 pm concerning a possible theft from the store. Initial calls to the police department indicated a person had possibly been stabbed in the theft attempt. A citizen followed a vehicle that fled from the theft, during which time he reported being shot at by occupants of the vehicle as it fled northbo...und on North Montana Avenue. The vehicle was last seen on Beaverhead Drive off of North Montana Avenue. At this time, however, it is believed no one was injured in the incident

The department is searching for a 1998 black Dodge pickup, Montana license AZT418 with a topper shell. Please do not attempt to stop or detain anyone associated with the vehicle. If the vehicle is spotted please call 911 immediately. If anyone has any further information as to the vehicle or those involved in the incident, or if you witnessed the incident and have not been contacted by law enforcement, please contact the police department at 406-442-3233.

The police department arrested and charged two males this evening in connection with the incident at Hastings this afternoon. Arrested were: Shadric Macho Chippewa, 38yrs of age, transient. He was charged with Attempted Deliberate Homicide, Robbery, Tampering with Evidence and two counts of Burglary and Greg William Knows His Gun, 30yrs of age, transient. He was charged with Robbery, Tampering with Evidence and three counts of Burglary. Both were booked at the detention center.

The case remains under investigation. We are continuing to look for information on the female and black Dodge pickup from earlier releases. We are not releasing the name of the owner of the pickup truck yet and the truck has not been reported stolen

Helath officials talk about Ebola

County health officials, and officials at St. Peter's Hospital all assure citizens of Helena and Montana that Ebola is not a threat anywhere near here.  As a briefing this (yesterday) morning, Mike Henderson of the Lewis and Clark County Health Department emphasised that ebola is does not spread except in very specific circumstances: personal contact with a patient who has the disease.

Again, the virus does not spread through the air, water, or food.  St. Peter's Hospital  will be holding an informal, educational presentation for the public regarding Ebola symptoms, precautions, treatment, and how the hospital is preparing, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from  5:30 - 6:30 p.m., in the Education Center. Dr. Don Skillman will be the presenter and representatives from the L&C Health Dept. will also be on hand.  


Walsh says he has no regrets in Senate run

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Walsh says he does not regret an election campaign that ended abruptly following a report that he plagiarized a paper while at the U.S. Army War College.

The Helena Democrat tells Lee Newspapers of Montana it has been an honor to serve and he still has work to do before his term ends in January.

The former lieutenant governor announced his Senate campaign last year after Max Baucus said he would not run for a sixth term. Gov. Steve Bullock appointed Walsh to the post when Baucus resigned early to become ambassador to China.

Walsh dropped his campaign to keep the seat for the next six years after The New York Times published a story showing he plagiarized parts of a paper required for his master's degree.

Poll says Daines, Zinke ahead 

A new poll conducted by Montana State University-Billings shows Republicans Steve Daines and Ryan Zinke leading their Democratic opponents . The MSU Billlings poll shows Daines leading Amanda Curtis with a margin of 47 percent to 31 percent, with 20 percent undecided.

The poll also puts Republican Ryan Zinke ahead of Democrat John Lewis with a margin of 40 percent to 33 percent, with 25 percent undecided.

The survey results have a 5 percentage point margin of error.

Correa pleads not guilty in relation to violent robbery

An inmate at the Montana State Prison pleaded not guilty to eight felony charges Thursday stemming from a violent confrontation in June.

Jopnah Correa was arraigned via video from the Montana State Prison.

He is accused of breaking into a Rodney Street home with another man  on June 17, beating and robbing four people.

Correa faces one count of robbery, one count of aggravated burglary, and six counts of assault, including assault with a weapon.

His trial has been set for January 13.

New charged for convicted muderer

A man convited of murdering his three-year-old daughter in Helena 17 years ago, was back in court yesterday on new charges.

Curtis hristianson pleaded guilty to mitigated deliberate homicide in 1997 for the death of his three-year-old daughter Taylor Salley. Court documents say Christianson punched the child in the stomach after she spilled Christianson's beer and unplugged a video game he was using.

She died of a severed bowel.

In 1997, District Judge Jeffery Sherlock gave Christianson a 40-year prison sentence with ten years suspended.

Christianson spent 1998 to 2011 in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

In 2012, he was discharged from the Billings Pre-release Center.

Christianson faces ten years in prison after a recent arrest for felony DUI and careless driving.

Guilty plea  to drug charges

A Helena woman has  pleaded guilty  to criminal possession of dangerous drugs in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

21 year old Nicki Marie Borgioliwas arrested following a medical call to a Shannon Court residence. Law enforcement officers found THC candies in her bedroom along with pipes used for smoking drugs.

Borgioli was given a two-year deferred sentence.

At the time of her arrest, Borgioli told investigators that the materials, including a 44-caliber pistol, did not belong to her.



Montana News and Sports



Woman guilty of pushing husband off cliff appeals

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman is appealing her conviction for killing her husband of eight days by pushing him off a cliff in Glacier National Park last year.

Jordan Graham's attorneys argue in an appeal filed with 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that prosecutors distorted and withheld evidence to convince jurors that Graham planned to kill Cody Lee Johnson on July 7, 2013.

Graham pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, which doesn't involve premeditation, just before closing arguments in her December 2013 trial. A judge rejected her motion to withdraw her guilty plea after she argued the government's request for a life sentence was an attempt to punish her for first-degree murder.

Graham was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The appeal, filed Oct. 17, requests the conviction be reversed and Graham be tried for manslaughter.


Woman poses as nurse to get painkillers

(Information in the following story is from: The Billings Gazette,

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings woman who was given a suspended sentence each of the four times she was convicted of fraudulently obtaining prescription painkillers has now pleaded guilty to a federal alleging she committed the same crime in February.

The Billings Gazette reports 54-year-old Laurie G. Dukart told U.S. District Judge Susan Watters on Thursday that she posed as a nurse in a doctor's office, called in three prescriptions for hydrocodone using the names of other people and picked up the medication at Wal-Mart. She pleaded guilty to acquiring a controlled substance by fraud or deception.

Watters was a state judge when she heard three of the previous cases against Dukart and gave her a suspended sentence each time. District Judge Russell Fagg heard the fourth case.

Sentencing was set for Feb. 11. Dukart remains in custody.


Hardin man beaten, left for dead; suspect sought

(Information in the following story is from: The Billings Gazette,

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Big Horn County sheriff's office is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for beating an elderly Hardin man and leaving him for dead.

Undersheriff Mike Fuss tells The Billings Gazette that 85-year-old Curtis Wilson was attacked in his home on Oct. 17, suffered fractured bones in his face and is still hospitalized in Billings

Wilson told investigators a man who appeared to be in his 20s or 30s knocked on his door at about 10:30 p.m. and asked for a bottle of water then struck him in the head. Wilson fell backward down the stairs into the basement, where one or more attackers beat him with a 2-by-4 until he lost consciousness.

Wilson called for help when he awakened the next morning. A flat-screen TV was taken.






Jay Scott wins two state awards

WHITEFISH (Montana Broadcasters Association) -- For the ninth year in a row, KBLL Radio's Jay Scott has won several awards from the Montana Broadcasters Association.
Jay finished second for three of the "EB's," the E.B Craney awards: one as Sportscaster of the Year, one for Sports Enterprise of the Year, and one for Newscast of the Year . 
The Enterprise award recognizes contributions both in radio play-by-play and other areas.
Jay has been either first or second for the Newscaster of the Year award for the past 8 years as well, but could not enter this year's contest because of a schedule conflict.
The “EB Awards” are named in memory of Montana broadcast pioneer Ed Craney. The “EB's” recognize excellence in local news, production, promotion and public service. The awards will be presented during the Montana Broadcasters Association convention on Saturday, June 21st in Whitefish.