Archives for August 2016

Man charged with abuse admits to throwing infant

Jeffery Alan Merritt-Angst, the man charged in the serious head trauma to a 9-week old baby, has admitted during police interrogation to throwing the infant four-to-five feet, causing the child’s head to strike the floor.
He said he’d thrown his girlfriend’s 9-week-old infant toward a bed.
The 26-year-old Merritt-Angst appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Tuesday and was charged with assault on a minor. He’s being held in lieu of $85,000 bond.
He was arrested Saturday after his girlfriend brought her 9-week-old baby to Billings Clinic for a head injury. The baby boy was flown to a Colorado Children’s Hospital for treatment, where doctors diagnosed him with a skull fracture, a ruptured blood vessel in his brain and several healing fractured ribs, which might indicate prior abuse.
The unidentified 21-year-old mother and Merritt-Angst were staying at the Vegas Hotel with the baby and the woman’s 2-year-old.

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Aug. 31, 2016 9:33 AM CST
by rhancock

Woman with 3 DUI’s three times the legal limit

A woman with a history of drunk driving was arrested this week for getting behind the wheel with blood alcohol three times the legal limit, and a 7-year-old in the car.
40-year-old Stella Simone Bulltail appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court yesterday with three previous DUI convictions on her record, charged with criminal child endangerment.
Yellowstone County Justice of the Peace David Carter held Bulltail in lieu of $25,000 and ordered her to participate in the 24/7 alcohol monitoring program, should she be released from jail.
Bulltail was arrested at about 8 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of North Broadway. A Billings police officer found her behind the wheel of a running car parked over the edge of a curb.
Bulltail’s blood alcohol content of .285 percent is more than three times the legal limit of .08 percent.
Bulltail has DUI convictions from 1999, 2001 and 2002.

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Aug. 31, 2016 9:16 AM CST
by rhancock

Man charged with abuse admits throwing infant

Jeffery Alan Merritt-Angst, the man charged in the serious head trauma to a 9-week old baby, has admitted during police interrogation to throwing the infant four-to-five feet, causing the child’s head to strike the floor.
He said he’d thrown his girlfriend’s 9-week-old infant toward a bed.
The 26-year-old Merritt-Angst appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Tuesday and was charged with assault on a minor. he’s being held in lieu of $85,000 bond.
He was arrested Saturday after his girlfriend brought her 9-week-old baby to Billings Clinic for a head injury. The baby boy was flown to a Colorado Children’s Hospital for treatment, where doctors diagnosed him with a skull fracture, a ruptured blood vessel in his brain and several healing fractured ribs, which might indicate prior abuse.
The unidentified 21-year-old mother and Merritt-Angst were staying at the Vegas Hotel with the baby and the woman’s 2-year-old.

Woman with 3 DUI’s over three times legal limit

A woman with a history of drunk driving was arrested this week for getting behind the wheel with a 7-year-old in the car with blood alcohol three times the legal limit.
40-year-old Stella Simone Bulltail appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court yesterday with three previous DUI convictions on her record, charged with criminal child endangerment.
Yellowstone County Justice of the Peace David Carter held Bulltail in lieu of $25,000 and ordered her to participate in the 24/7 alcohol monitoring program, should she be released from jail.
Bulltail was arrested at about 8 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of North Broadway. A Billings police officer found her behind the wheel of a running car parked over the edge of a curb.
Bulltail’s blood alcohol content of .285 percent is more than three times the legal limit of .08 percent.
Bulltail has DUI convictions from 1999, 2001 and 2002.

Granite Peak climber dies

The 19-year-old climber who fell from Granite Peak has died.
Thomas Craig Pfeifle of Rapid City, the son of two state judges, died Monday of injuries received in a mountain-climbing accident in Montana earlier this month.
The son of S.D. Seventh Circuit Court judges Craig Pfeifle and Jane Wipf Pfeifle of Rapid City — died at a Seattle hospital on Monday morning.
Pfeifle had been transported to Seattle after the Aug. 8 accident in which he had fallen 20 to 30 feet while climbing Granite Peak, Montana’s highest point.
Pfeifle was rescued by helicopter and flown to the Billings Clinic, then transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where his condition was described as critical.
The Park County Sheriff said Pfeifle was near the summit of the mountain with at least four others.
The King County Medical Examiner said Pfeifle’s official cause of death had not yet been determined.

Man charged in head trauma to 9-week-old baby

A 9-week-old infant was taken to Billings Clinic for a head injury early Saturday,and then rushed to a Denver-area children’s hospital, having been diagnosed as sustaining a serious head trauma.
The man reportedly left responsible for the child’s care, 26-year-old Jeffrey Alan Merritt, is currently being held at the Yellowstone County Detention center, awaiting an initial appearance in Justice Court to answer for his part in the child’s injuries.
Merritt is being held on two felony charges — aggravated assault causing permanent or life-threatening injury and assault on a minor, according to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility website.
Police were called to Billings Clinic at about 2 a.m. on Saturday when it was reported that a 9-week-old infant sustained a serious head injury.
Merritt, who is not the child’s father, was later found at the Vegas Hotel on Belknap Ave., and taken in for questioning before being arrested and jailed.

9-year-old boy on bike struck by SUV

As of our most recent inquiry, the 9-year-old boy who was struck by an SUV while riding his bicycle on Friday evening remains in a Billings hospital today.
The boy was listed in fair condition at St. Vincent Healthcare on Sunday afternoon, according to Sgt. Shane Winden of the Billings Police Department.
According to the BPD news release, at approximately 7 p.m. Friday, the boy was riding his bicycle in the Santa Fe Arms apartments parking lot at 2207 Central Avenue when he was struck and partially pinned beneath the SUV. The vehicle had entered through the lot’s east entrance before the collision.
The release said witnesses reported the boy had ridden out from under a carport and in front of the SUV. Several people were attempting to assist the boy when officers arrived on scene. He was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be serious injuries.

I-90 small plane crash

Two people died Sunday afternoon when a single-engine plane crashed on the edge of Interstate 90 while attempting to land at the Rock Creek Airport south of Clinton.
Witnesses told Missoula County Sheriff’s that something went wrong as the plane was trying to climb and appeared to have stalled.’
They said the pilot flew through a tall stand of aspen trees.
The pilot did not file a flight plan. Authorities believe it was a trip from Missoula to that airstrip for a visit.
The plane was registered to a Ronan resident. The sheriff’s office is still trying to contact family members of the two passengers, who died at the scene. Their identities have not as yet been released
The tail of the Cessna 182-D was intact, laying on the edge of the I-90 shoulder.
The front portion of the plane was destroyed.
Eastbound I-90 was shut down for several hours.

Woman intentionally struck by another’s car

In the early morning hours on Thursday, an unidentified Billings woman told police she was intentionally struck by a car following an altercation.
The 20-year-old woman was taken to a Billings hospital with serious, but not life threatening injuries.
The driver, 20-year-old Cassandra Quintana of Billings, is being held on suspicion of felony criminal endangerment and driving under the influence in connection to the incident.
Billings Police responded to a call regarding the disturbance at approximately 3 a.m. Thursday to 2219 Maple St., where the initial disturbance involving the two women was reported.
Billings Police Lt. Mark Cady said the altercation started in the Maple St. front yard. Quintana is accused of getting into a Dodge Avenger and striking the woman before hitting a cinder block wall attached to a home. She fled the scene but was soon caught by police officers and taken into custody.
The investigation is ongoing.

MSUB daycare helping families, staff find alternatives

The Watertown, Massachusetts-based company that runs the William R. Lowe Child Care and Enrichment Center on the campus of MSU Billings will lay off 13 people when it closes on Friday, Sept. 9.
In a telephone conversation and email exchange with KBUL News on Thursday afternoon, Bright Horizons’ Senior Director of Communications Bridget Perry said (quote)”We have been proud to operate the center, and we tried to work with the University on a way to maintain the center. However, without their financial support, it is not possible.”(unquote)
She said that the company cannot transfer the MBUB employees because it doesn’t operate any other facilities in the “immediate area.” Bright Horizons nearest facility is at MSU Great Falls College, nearly four hours away from Billings.
Perry said they are committed to helping families find alternative care arrangements, and supporting staff with career counseling seminars and job search expertise.