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  • Bozeman charity urges double-checking donations after news of national scam

    Published On: May 20 2015 06:36:25 PM MDT   Updated On: May 20 2015 07:01:19 PM MDT
    BOZEMAN, Mont. -

    A lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission and all 50 states said four different cancer organizations raised nearly $190 million, but that money didn't go to charity.

    Becky Franks, with Cancer Support Community Montana, says people can trust their organization.

    "We provide the services that they trust us to do," she said.

    Cancer Support Community Montana is part of a statewide network that raises $40 million annually to provide dozens of programs for cancer patients, caregivers and anyone affected by cancer.

    Federal investigators accused a Tennessee man and his family of using donated money they raised to buy cars, cruises, pay college tuition and fund six-figure salaries.

    Franks said a scam like this is not hard to come by, but there are ways to avoid it happening to you.

    Step one -- look up the organization asking for donations on a site like GuideStar or Charity Navigator. Next, follow the money trail. Nonprofits should always have financial reports posted on their website. Get face-to-face interaction with the staff or executive director of the organization.

    Franks said it's important to know who you are donating to before writing a check.

    Cancer Support Community Montana is a statewide network. The Bozeman branch serves about 700 people every year.

  • Big Sky student's family tragedy prompts unused prescription drop-off

    Published On: May 21 2015 06:25:58 PM MDT   Updated On: May 21 2015 11:16:00 PM MDT
    MISSOULA, Mont. -

    Don't know what to do with those old, unused prescription drugs? There's a drop-off at Southgate Mall in Missoula this Saturday.

    It is spearheaded by a Big Sky High School student. It's an effort by Mary Donoghue to prevent drug abuse in the community.

    It's a personal mission, prompted by the most painful experience a child can imagine. Donoghue's mother died of a drug overdose more than two years ago.

    "She was so sweet," said Donoghue, "and loved us more than anything. She was having a hard time with addiction, and it ruined her life."

    Her mom, Marie, died when Mary was a sophomore. Now, as her senior project, the Big Sky student will staff the community drop-off.

    "Fifty-four percent of people that have a drug addiction get it from the medicine cabinets of families or friends," said Donoghue.

    The student said it's one small step to getting rid of unused prescription drugs. Flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away is bad for the environment.

    Donoghue's best friend and supporter is her dad, David. The Missoula welder got full custody of his daughters because his deceased ex-wife was addicted to drugs.

    "I'm really proud that Mary was able to find some good out of it, and to make an attempt to help other people," said David Donoghue, "to prevent other people from going through this."

    He said when he sees his daughters, he sees what his late ex-wife missed.

    Donoghue's prescription drop-off is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    The project is overseen by Missoula police.

    The drop-off cannot accept syringes, pressurized containers, like inhalers, illicit drugs or cancer drugs.

  • N. Idaho man pleads guilty to killing bald and golden eagles

    Published On: May 21 2015 08:55:40 AM MDT
    Eagle near Bird Island
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

    A 23-year-old northern Idaho man has pleaded guilty in federal court to killing bald and golden eagles.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office in Idaho says Adrian Q. Brown-Sonder of Plummer pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

    Authorities say a search of Brown-Sonder's residence found two bald eagles, two golden eagles, two rough-legged hawks, two red-tailed hawks and a large number of eagle and hawk feathers.

    The town of Plummer is within the Coeur d'Alene Reservation.

    The chairman of the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Council in a letter to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service condemned the killing of the birds and supported protective federal laws.

    Brown-Sonder is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 18. He faces a year in jail and a $100,000 fine.

  • Trial for man accused of shooting neighbor pushed back

    Published On: May 21 2015 03:59:16 AM MDT
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    BILLINGS, Mont. -

    The trial for a man accused of shooting his neighbor to death in 2013 has been pushed back and his attorneys are asking a District Court judge to suppress much of the evidence in the case.
    Patrick O. Neiss' trial for the shooting of 47-year-old Frank Green III will be Sept. 14. Neiss has denied the charges and originally was set to go to trial May 18.
    His lawyers filed documents in District Court moving to suppress a large portion of the evidence in the case and dismiss a charge of tampering with evidence.
    The motion says Neiss was detained illegally during the early stages of the investigation and that authorities did not have a proper warrant when they arrested him in August 2014.

  • Missing Helena teens found in Missoula

    Published On: May 20 2015 11:32:19 AM MDT   Updated On: May 20 2015 02:58:40 PM MDT
    HELENA, Mont. -

    UPDATE: The missing/endangered advisory requested by Helena Police Department for Bailey Parker and Rachel Parmer is canceled.  The teens were found safe in Missoula.


    Helena Police Department has requested a Missing Endangered Person Advisory for Bailey M Parker, a 14-year-old white male reported missing from Helena on May 20. 

    He is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 145 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.  He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, jeans, white tennis shoes and carrying an orange backpack. 

    Parker may be in the company of another runaway Rachel Parmer, 14-year-old white female.  Parmer is 5 feet 2 inches, 120 pounds, who was last seen wearing a Hollister blue hooded sweatshirt, black flat shoes and a white polka dot patterned pack. 

    Parker and Parmer are possibly headed to Butte.

    If you have any information please call the Helena Police Department at 406-442-3233 or your local law enforcement office.

    This information was sent out by Criminal Justice Information Network.

  • Brooke's First Alert Video Forecast

    Published On: May 21 2015 05:50:37 PM MDT

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms will impact areas along and south of I-90 through the early evening hours. Any storm that develops will be capable of producing brief heavy rain, occasional lightning, and gusty winds. A similar pattern is expected for Friday. Outside of the thunder threat, look for partly cloudy skies with highs in the 60s and low 70s for the back end of the week.