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  • Lightning kills 45 head of cattle on ranch near Darby

    By Kevin Maki, KECI Reporter, kmaki@keci.com
    Published On: Jul 22 2014 06:56:16 PM MDT
    Updated On: Jul 22 2014 09:54:02 PM MDT
    DARBY, Mont. -

    The video for this story may not be suitable for all viewers. It contains disturbing pictures.

    It happened on a ranch near Darby in the late evening hours of July 14.

    Forty-five head of cattle were struck and killed by lightning, devastating the majority of a rancher's herd.

    Reached by phone out-of-state, Darby rancher Jean Taylor said, "There was lots of thunder that night, lots of lightning."

    She said she didn't know it struck her cows, calves and a prized bull until the next morning when her rancher found them bunched together under crabapple trees.

    Darby Marshal Larry Rose said, "45 of them were piled up, under short, little trees."

    He said there were "taller trees around there, but the lightning chose to hit the smaller trees."

    Cattle often bunch together under trees in bad weather.

    Jean Taylor told us only 11 of her prized herd survived.

    "It was disgusting," said Rose. "I felt so sorry. It was unbelievable to see that many cows piled up in one bunch. It was a tremendous loss."

    The financial loss of these cattle could be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

    Craig Britton from the Missoula Livestock Exchange said cow-calf pairs are selling from $2,500 to $3,000 per pair."

    That doesn't even count the loss of future offspring when the breeding cows were killed.

    Darby can be a hot spot for lightning.

    Besides the livestock tragedy, a couple years ago, several people were struck by lightning at a rodeo in Darby.

  • Missing teen found after tip from motorist

    By KTVM Staff
    Published On: Jul 23 2014 11:10:20 PM MDT
    Updated On: Jul 24 2014 08:31:33 AM MDT
    Boulder teen missing child endangered runaway brandon matthue sim
    BOZEMAN, Mont. -

    Thanks to a tip, officers located an endangered runaway from Boulder.

    We spoke with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, they told us they located 16 year old Brandon Matthue Sim after receiving a tip from a motorist at about 1 this morning.

    The motorist reported seeing the teen walking along interstate 15.

    The Department of Justice had issued a missing child alert yesterday around 4:30 pm

    He has autism and has poor communication skills, and it was believed he was trying to get to California on foot.

  • Army War College to investigate plagiarism claims against Walsh

    By KTVM Staff
    Published On: Jul 24 2014 04:12:01 PM MDT
    Updated On: Jul 24 2014 06:02:14 PM MDT
    Senator John Walsh meets with Butte seniors to talk healthcare
    BOZEMAN, Mont. -

    In a written statement to NBC Montana Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Army War College said it will convene an Academic Review Board to look into allegations of plagiarism against democratic U.S. Senator John Walsh.

    Walsh is accused plagiarizing portions of his 2007 Master's Thesis.

    According to the statement, if Walsh is found to have intentionally plagiarized another work the college could revoke his graduation status. 

    The following is the full statement from the U.S. Army War College:

    When we were alerted last night to the questions about Sen. Walsh's Army War College research paper, we accomplished  our own analysis to determine whether there was reason to convene an academic review board (ARB), which is the process proscribed by our policy to investigate fully charges of failures of academic integrity, standards or progress;  or misconduct.

    We decided today to convene an ARB, and have communicated that to Sen. Walsh who will have the opportunity to submit material for the board's

    The ARB process is a formal and deliberative process that includes a legal
    review of sufficiency of findings of the board's report. The process then
    includes review by the dean who can recommend a decision to disenroll -- or, in the case of graduates, to revoke the graduation status. The decision is
    made by the deputy commandant.

    We use the USAWC Communicative Arts Directive as our authoritative guide
    given to all students to clarify the academic integrity policy, among
    others, and to give specific guidance with respect to research, writing, and documentation of research for the Strategy Research Paper.  We hold our students responsible for academic integrity. Then and now, we trust them to uphold high standards of academic integrity unless there is reason to believe otherwise.

    Carol Kerr
    US Army War College
     Public Affairs Officer

  • Body recovered from Clark Fork River

    By Heidi Meili, Anchor, hmeili@keci.com
    Published On: Jul 23 2014 07:52:43 PM MDT
    Updated On: Jul 23 2014 08:16:34 PM MDT
    Body recovered in Clark Fork River
    MISSOULA, Mont. -

    Missoula police took a body out of the Clark Fork River Wednesday evening. 

    A call to emergency dispatchers came in at about 6 p.m.  People at the California Street footbridge between Russell and Orange Street spotted a body in the water. 

    A crowd gathered as officers responded. 

    Those at the scene confirmed to NBC Montana that they did recover one body.   Officers will not give any information about the body or the investigation into the nature of how it ended up in the river. 

  • Montana man accused of impregnating 11-year-old

    By Associated Press
    Published On: Jul 24 2014 04:53:22 PM MDT
    HAMILTON, Mont. -

    A 55-year-old man is charged with four felony sex crimes, including an allegation that he raped and 11-year-old girl and got her pregnant.
    The Stevensville resident pleaded not guilty Wednesday to one count of sexual intercourse without consent and three counts of incest. District Judge Jeffrey Langton continued his bail at $1 million.
    The Associated Press is not identifying the man to avoid identifying the victims.
    Prosecutors allege the man sexually abused two girls, one 9 and the other 11. He was arrested in July, shortly after doctors discovered the older girl was eight months pregnant.
    Ravalli County Attorney Bill Fulbright told the judge blood tests confirm the defendant is the baby's father.
    His public defender was not immediately available for comment.

  • Mark Heyka's First Alert Video Forecast

    Diminishing winds and quite chilly Thursday night.  Two nice days ahead and then a warming trend.

  • Brooke's First Alert Video Forecast

    A WIND ADVISORY is posted for northwest Montana, including the Flathead and Mission Valleys and Glacier National Park. Afternoon highs will be in the 60s and 70s.