Archives for September 2018

Sex Offender Behind Bars, 39 City Positions to Fill

MTN News reports 23-year-old Johndar Raymond Barnes is behind bars, facing multiple felony charges after he moved from Indiana to Montana to have sex with an underage Missoula girl and “inappropriate contact” with her online. Barnes faces one count of sexual intercourse without consent, and two counts of sexual abuse of children. Sexually explicit photos and video of the girl were found on his cell phone. He remains in custody on $60,000 bond.

The Gazette reports on public and community service, noting that 39 positions on 18 different boards or commissions in Billings must be filled during the coming weeks, according to Mayor Bill Cole. Applicants must live within Billings city limits and members are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council. The positions are advisory in nature and have no administrative authority. Read more at; billingsgazette.com.

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Sep. 30, 2018 10:30 PM CST
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Sex Offender Behind Bars, 39 City Positions to Fill

MTN News reports 23-year-old Johndar Raymond Barnes is behind bars, facing multiple felony charges after he moved from Indiana to Montana to have sex with an underage girl and having “inappropriate contact” with her online. Barnes faces one count of sexual intercourse without consent, and two counts of sexual abuse of children. Sexually explicit photos and video of the girl were found on his cell phone. He remains in custody on $60,000 bond.

The Gazette reports on public and community service, noting that 39 positions on 18 different boards or commissions in Billings must be filled during the coming weeks, according to Mayor Bill Cole. Applicants must live within Billings city limits and members are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council. The positions are advisory in nature and have no administrative authority. Read more at; billingsgazette.com.

ZooMontana Damage, Fugitive Captured in Polson

Q2 reports that a popular family recreation destination has been damaged once again. For the second time in a year, ZooMontana’s main entrance was “significantly” damaged by a drunken driver. The zoo posted details about the incident on its Facebook page Sunday morning. According to the posted message on social media, no one was injured, but the crash did occur during business hours. The previous incident occurred when the zoo was closed. ZooMontana officials encouraged their Facebook followers to stay safe and not drink and drive.

A federal fugitive was arrested following a Friday afternoon police standoff. According to Polson Police Sgt. George Simpson, they received an anonymous tip that Eli Stops — also known as “Sleepy Loko” — was seen at a home in the 600 block of 2nd Street West in Polson. Get the whole story at KTVQ.com.

Jehovah’s Witnesses To Pay Up

A Montana jury has ruled that the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization must pay $35 million to a woman who says the church covered up her sexual abuse as a child at the hands of a congregation member. Neil Smith, an attorney representing the 21-year-old woman, says the jury’s verdict Wednesday in a lawsuit sends a message to the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ New York headquarters to stop prioritizing church secrecy over children’s safety.

Tester Says No To Kavanaugh

Montana Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester says he’ll vote against confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. According to the AP, Tester said in a statement Friday that he has deep concerns about the allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh. Tester also says Kavanaugh defended the Patriot Act and supports dark money in politics.

UM Humanities on the Chopping Block

Q2 reports the University of Montana’s Humanities Department may be the next to face budget cuts, with the exception of Computer Science and Native American Studies. What is proposed to be cuts include the entire Global Humanities and Religion curricula. At he same time, Journalism, Media Arts and Pharmacy Practice appear to have escaped the financial chopping block. Budget cuts at UM have been well-publicized, but the strategy for how those cuts will be carried out might be a little different than originally anticipated. A collaborative process with members of the community has left the university with a detailed outline on budget cuts that will need to be fulfilled by 2021. This leaves departments with three years to progressively ease into the cuts instead of executing them all at once, or find additional funding. Get the whole story online at KTVQ.com.

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Sep. 27, 2018 10:01 PM CST
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UM Humanities on the Chopping Block

Q2 reports the University of Montana’s Humanities Department may be the next to face budget cuts, with the exception of Computer Science and Native American Studies. What is proposed to be cuts include the entire Global Humanities and Religion curricula. At he same time, Journalism, Media Arts and Pharmacy Practice appear to have escaped the financial chopping block. Budget cuts at UM have been well-publicized, but the strategy for how those cuts will be carried out might be a little different than originally anticipated. A collaborative process with members of the community has left the university with a detailed outline on budget cuts that will need to be fulfilled by 2021. This leaves departments with three years to progressively ease into the cuts instead of executing them all at once, or find additional funding. Get the whole story at KTVQ.com.

Search for Senior Continues, Tester v. Rosendale on Kavanaugh

Q2 reports Billings Police are asking for the public’s help in searching for a missing 66-year-old Billings man who was last seen Sunday, September 16th near Coulson Park, where Edward Robinson’s vehicle was found. Robinson is reportedly known to wade in the river, looking for drift wood. BPD detectives, along with the Billings Fire Department’s Swift Water Rescue team began searching the area. If you have information on Robinson’s whereabouts, call 911.

Incumbent Montana Democratic U.S. Sen Jon Tester remains undecided on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court following Thursday’s nine hours of testimony into allegations of sexual assault. A spokesman said Tester found Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford’s testimony credible and the accusations against Kavanaugh deeply troubling. Tester’s Republican challenger Matt Rosendale released a statement blasting Senate Democrats during the hearing. Get more online at; KTVQ.com

Delay Counting Mail-In Ballots

Yellowstone County elections officials say they expect a delay in counting mail-in ballots this year because the absentee ballot has two pages. The second page of the ballot includes the two ballot initiatives. Statewide results of the initiatives to increase tobacco taxes to pay for Medicaid expansion and another to set cleanup requirements for proposed hard rock mines may not be available until the day after the election.

Bear and Cub Shot. Both Die.

Wildlife officials say a hunter along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front shot and killed a female grizzly bear and wounded a cub that was later euthanized due to the severity of its injuries. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Greg Lemon said the archery hunter was in thick brush along a creek when he came across the animals at the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area northwest of Choteau. Investigators determined the hunter acted in self-defense, meaning he won’t face charges.