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  • Neighborhood reacts to dog's death leading to DUI, assult charges

    By Jacqueline Gedeon, KTVM Butte Reporter, jgedeon@ktvm.com
    Published On: Sep 17 2014 05:31:17 PM MDT
    Updated On: Sep 17 2014 11:18:02 PM MDT
    BUTTE, Mont. -

    The death of a dog ended with an assault charge for the dog's owner and a DUI charge for the man who reportedly ran over the pet.

    People in the neighborhood said they were surprised to hear about the incident.

    It happened in the 1200 block of E Third Street in Anaconda, a quiet family neighborhood near a park.

    Jasmine Allison loves pets and her neighborhood. She'll tell you typically there's not much crime that happens around here.

    "Everybody knows everybody, and so its generally a quite and nice neighborhood," she said.

    But then the worst happened, her neighbor's son was walking his family's dog and she'll never forget what she heard.

    "His family was out front and they were all sort of collected out there and all of a sudden some drunk guy flew through in his vehicle and and just, right over the dog and kept going over to the park," Allison said.

    Reports said when the driver, Anaconda resident Tony Marry, came back around the block, the dog's owner, Jeff Carney, allegedly jumped on the side of the driver's vehicle and punched Marry several times in the face through the open window.

    We found out that's Marry's fifth DUI arrest and some in this neighborhood wonder why the prosecutor would even charge Carney.

    "It could have been his son, it could have been his daughter. When you put somebody's family in jeopardy that tends to happen, people get upset," said Allison.

    And other residents agree with Allison, like Perry David who comes to the park across the street from this neighborhood every day to play with his dogs.

    "It could have been a little kid, hit by a drunk driver," said David. "Going to fast or whatever his problem was being drunk. It could have, it could have been a kid."

    David said if something like this happened to his dogs, he may have acted the same way.

    "I can feel his pain at that time," he said. "And if there was ever a traumatic experience that would generate something like that there it is."

    "If they have a disagreement they need to use the police," said neighbor Ossie T. Watkins III.

    But for those who think both suspects deserve to be charged, but even they agree this could have been easily avoided and a life could have been saved.

    Jeff Carney faces a misdemeanor charge of assault. Tony Marry was charged with a felony DUI.

  • An act of kindness keeps many from being homeless

    By Paige Sedgewick, Reporter, psedgewick@kcfw.com
    Published On: Sep 17 2014 08:36:55 PM MDT
    MISSOULA, Mont. -

    The kindness of a stranger helped save 30 to 40 homes in Missoula.

    Missoula County planned to auction them off today because of delinquent taxes.

    More than 60 mobile homes were on that list to be sold.

    But yesterday on the last day to pay up before the auction, an anonymous donor saved the occupied homes by paying $9,600 in taxes, interest and fees.

    Meet Sharon Pendleton, she paid her taxes but some of her neighbors didn't.

    "I don't think something should be taken away from somebody because I can say that if they'd had the money, they probably would have paid them," said neighbor Sharon Pendleton.  

    But they would have been, along with people who live in another 30 to 40 trailers, except for the kindness of a stranger.

    "Just was upset that people were going to lose their homes for such a small amount of money," explained Delinquent Tax Clerk Annie Cathey.

    Cathey had the list ready of mobile homes to be auctioned off, all because the owners didn't pay their personal property taxes. The cut off was 5pm Tuesday. It was pay up or move out, until a good Samaritan showed up.

    "I get maybe one, maybe two people that want to do an anonymous payment for somebody, but usually it's just one family taken care of, so it's never been where they really just wanted to take care of the list and most of the people on the list," said Cathey.

    This time the donor was a company and paid with a cashier's check. Keeping the company's name secret was part of the deal.

    Sharon is just glad her neighbors can stay.

    "I think it's wonderful. These people would have paid those taxes had they had the money, so some nice person helped them out," expressed Sharon.  

    County officials say they don't keep personal records of the mobile home owners; instead they just go by tax records. So late Tuesday night Delinquent Tax Clerk Annie Cathey started getting calls from people wondering why their mobile home had been taken off the auction list and once she told them, the people were so surprised and grateful for this generous donation.

  • Miller Creek wildfire burns more than 30 acres

    By Will Wadley, KECI Weekend Anchor, wwadley@keci.com
    Published On: Sep 21 2014 03:40:03 PM MDT
    Updated On: Sep 21 2014 11:12:09 PM MDT
    MISSOULA, Mont. -

    A new size-up the wildfire burning south of Missoula puts the blaze at 30 to 40 acres.

    According to the Missoula Rural Fire Department, the fire was started at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Miller Creek Road, south of Missoula.

    Witnesses reported smoke visible from Missoula and Lolo.

    Fire officials say the fire initially threatened high voltage power lines, but crews were able to protect the lines before flames reached the area.

    The following is a Sunday evening press release from the Missoula Rural Fire Department with the latest information:

    Crews working on the Miller Creek fire have been very busy over the course of this afternoon. The fire has been very active. Air operations have knocked down the flames while ground support works hard to contain the fire, trying to knock down many of the hotspots.

    Resources on Fire: Today there are fire engines and equipment from the DNRC, Missoula County, and Federal resources. 2 type two teams, two heavy air tankers, three helicopters, and two S.E.A.T Planes were also working on this plane. Air attack was also involved.

    Special Concerns: SAFETY of firefighters and the public is the number one priority. We urge the public to stay out of the area.

    Cause: unknown/under investigation

    Prevention Message: It’s HOT and DRY! Don't let fall catch you off guard. 80 degree weather dries and cures vegetation rapidly! Missoula County is at Very High fire danger. The public is reminded to be extremely cautious with all sources of ignition.

  • Decision on bison quarantine expected mid-2015

    By The Associated Press
    Published On: Sep 21 2014 08:39:46 AM MDT
    BILLINGS, Mont. -

    Yellowstone National Park's chief scientist says a decision is expected in mid-2015 on a proposal to capture and quarantine wild bison so disease-free park animals can be relocated to form new herds.
    Yellowstone Center for Resources Chief Dave Hallac says almost 23,000 public comments were received during a recent six-week public comment period on the proposal.
    The comments would be used to refine the proposal as park administrators select potential quarantine sites over the winter, before next year's final decision on whether to move forward.
    Federal officials in June identified 20 parcels of public lands in 10 states that could be suitable for relocated bison.
    Yellowstone's 4,860 bison are prized for their pure genetics. But many carry the disease brucellosis, which can cause pregnant livestock to prematurely abort their young.

  • Glacier's Hill sets meet record at Mountain West

    By Vince Bagby, Sports Director, vbagby@keci.com
    Published On: Sep 20 2014 09:51:42 PM MDT
    Updated On: Sep 20 2014 10:44:42 PM MDT
    MISSOULA, Mont. -

    For the first time in four years someone not named Makena Morley is your Mountain West Classic cross country champion.

    Kalispell Glacier freshman Annie Hill not only edged out Morley for first place in the girls varsity race on Saturday at the University of Montana golf course in Missoula, but Hill's time of 16:39.64 set a brand new meet record, breaking the previous record of 16:43.42 set last fall by Morley.

    After winning the Mountain West title the past three years in a row, Bigfork senior Makena Morley had company at the head of the pack on Saturday, something the three-time state champion has rarely seen during her high school career.  Running stride for stride with Makena most of the race was not only the Wolfpack freshman Annie Hill, but also Makena's sister and Bigfork teammate Bryn Morley (also a freshman).

    "It was really nice, it was fun to be able to race with two girls and have a little group up there," said the senior Morley.

    It was during the final mile of the race that Hill was able to surge ahead of the Morley sisters and coast to a winning time of 16:39.64.  Hill says that time is almost a minute faster than her previous personal record.

    "I didn't really know what to expect but Makena and Bryn definitely made me go faster," said Hill.  "I've never been that close to Makena before so I was about three quarters of a mile I guess before the finish and I just decided that I wanted to win. I'm really surprised, I couldn't ask for anything else."

    "When Annie went, she went," said Makena Morley who lost the first ever race of her high school career within the state of Montana on Saturday.  "So I'm really proud of her, she's a stud. 

    Girls Varsity Race

    Individual Results
    1.Annie HillGlacier    16:39.64
    2.Makena Morley  Bigfork16:48.84
    3.Bryn MorleyBigfork17:04.61
    1.Coeur d'Alene110 points
    2.Bozeman121 points
    3.Missoula Hellgate  154 points

    In the boys race it was Brody Smith of Cody, Wyoming who controlled the entire race and took the top spot with a first place time of 15:07.33. Defending champion Aidan Reed of Helena finished second with a time of 15:11.11, just edging out Belgrade's Jonathan Eastwood.

    Boys Varsity Race

    Individual Results
    1.Brody Smith  Cody, WY    15:07.33
    2.Aidan ReedHelena High   15:11.11
    3.Jonathan Eastwood   Belgrade15:11.80
    1.Kalispell Glacier124 points
    2.University (Spokane)135 points
    3.Helena High160 points

    For complete results from the Mountain West Classic click here.

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