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  • Kalispell women accused of locking kids in basement

    Published On: May 26 2016 01:45:29 AM MDT   Updated On: May 26 2016 05:35:15 PM MDT
    KALISPELL, Mont. -

    According to court documents the Department of Family Services removed four children from a home near Fifth Avenue West in Kalispell on March 21.

    Officials allege Crystal Mears and Amy Newman locked up three of the four children, ages 9, 11 and 12, in the basement for extended periods of time without lights and food, and just a bucket for a toilet.

    Detective Karen Webster, of the Kalispell Police Department, investigated and found locks on the doors to the basement, including padlocks and zip-ties.

    According to an affidavit, the door leading out of the basement was locked. The basement windows were boarded up and not egressed.  There was no furniture except for one small mattress for each child. There was no light except through a crack in a window. No smoke alarms were present.

    Mears and Newman were interviewed, and each reportedly admitted to locking the children in the basement every night.  Court documents state Newman said she and Mears kept keys to the locks.

    Mears and Newman face three felony charges of criminal endangerment, which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $50,000 for each charge.

  • A dreaded superbug found for the first time in a U.S. woman

    Published On: May 26 2016 02:25:43 PM MDT   Updated On: May 26 2016 07:02:47 PM MDT
    Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae

    Melissa Brower/CDC

    (CNN) -

    The United States' first known case of a superbug that cannot be killed by a last resort-style kind of antibiotic was detailed in a report by the U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden announced the case at the National Press Club in Washington.

    A 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman showed the presence of a rare kind of E. coli infection that is resistant to antibiotics, even Colistin, which doctors sometimes use as a last resort when other antibiotics fail.

    The woman went to a clinic in Pennsylvania, and a sample was forwarded to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Walter Reed found the bacteria in her urine. No other details were available, including how the woman became infected. She has not traveled outside the United States within the past five months.

    The CDC and the Pennsylvania State Health Department mobilized immediately to investigate the case and to trace the contacts the patient may have had to see if the bacteria had spread.

    The CDC also said it is looking for other potential cases in the health care facility the patient visited.

    The bacteria have been identified in other infections outside the United States. Doctors saw cases in Europe, Canada and China.

    One report suggests that this kind of infection can result in the deaths of half the patients who become infected.

    Antibiotic resistance has become a growing problem in this country. The World Health Organization has warned that it is one of the biggest threats to global health today.

    Frieden warned that although this is the first case in the United States, we should expect to see more such superbugs in the near future. Frieden, who often warns doctors against overuse of antibiotics, urged scientists to develop new drugs quickly.

    Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with other kinds of bacteria that can't be beaten with most antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die each year as a result of those infections, according to the CDC.

    "The medicine cabinet is empty for some patients," Frieden said. "It is the end of the road unless we act urgently."

  • Daines to make announcement about Trump

    Published On: May 26 2016 04:31:50 AM MDT   Updated On: May 26 2016 01:15:59 PM MDT
    Official Steve Daines photo
    BILLINGS, Mont. -

    Donald Trump plans a Thursday rally in Montana's largest city as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee seeks support from Treasure State voters.
    The event at MetraPark Arena in Billings comes as the state's Republican leadership starts to coalesce around the New York businessman's campaign.
    A spokeswoman for Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines says an announcement is planned at the rally, but she did not elaborate. The Montana lawmaker said previously Trump was not his first or second choice for president.
    Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke formally endorsed Trump on Wednesday.
    Montana's primary is June 7, with Trump the only major Republican candidate still in the race.
    Thursday's rally follows recent appearances in Montana by Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders and former President Bill Clinton campaigning for his wife, Hillary.

  • Man dies when pickup collides with loaded semi

    Published On: May 26 2016 08:23:06 AM MDT   Updated On: May 26 2016 02:20:37 PM MDT
    SOMERS, Mont. -

    SOMERS, Mont. (AP) - A 42-year-old Woods Bay man died when his pickup truck collided with a semi hauling wood chips in a tandem trailer just north of Flathead Lake.
    The Montana Highway Patrol says the crash happened shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday at the Intersection of U.S. Highway 93 and School Addition Road in Somers.
    Trooper David Mills says the southbound pickup failed to negotiate a turn and crossed into the path of the northbound semi
    The driver of the pickup died at the scene. His name has not been released.
    The driver of the wood chip truck was uninjured. Traffic was detoured around the crash site for nearly five hours.

  • Billings prepares for arrival of Donald Trump

    Published On: May 25 2016 07:18:42 PM MDT   Updated On: May 25 2016 11:03:17 PM MDT
    BILLINGS, Mont. -

    The Secret Service in Billings says they are concerned about recent turmoil at Donald Trump rallies. The thousands of Trump supporters and possible protesters set to make their way to the Magic City on Thursday could change Wednesday's calm atmosphere at MetraPark.

    "They are expecting a full house," said Bill Dutcher, general manager for MetraPark.

    With at least 10,000 people, the arena could be filled to capacity for the event. Unruly crowds like those at Trump's most recent rallies in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Anaheim, California, worry some people. Residents who spoke with NBC Montana said they don't expect out-of-control crowds.

    "I think as far as Billings residents are concerned, as a whole they tend to try to stay away from causing trouble, so I don't anticipate any trouble," said resident Dave Kovolt.

    Another resident, Virginia Bryan, said, "There may be some traffic congestion when he comes, but that's all I expect."

    Local law enforcement is not talking about security measures, but Greg Ligouri with Billings' Secret Service told NBC Montana over the phone that they don't foresee any issues.

    "We've had plenty of visits already from Billings city police, our county sheriff, highway patrol and the Secret Service," explained Dutcher.

    He couldn't go into detail but said the arena will have a strong security presence. He said security will set up similar to the Transportation Security Administration going through bags and using metal detectors. If someone brings something that couldn't take on an airplane, it won't be going through their doors either.

    Although they do expect some protesting, no formal group has filed notice of one. Ligouri doesn't expect any opposition in attendance to escalate to the level of the New Mexico or California protestors. If a similar situation does arise, Ligouri has confidence they'll be ready.

    MetraPark is asking anyone who plans to attend the rally to arrive early for security checks.

    The rally will end around rush hour, so anyone not attending is advised to take an alternate route. 

  • Video Forecast: Unsettled weather through the weekend

    Published On: May 26 2016 07:27:13 AM MDT

    Partly to mostly cloudy skies with isolated showers and thunderstorms. High temperatures will be in the 60s.

    A more organized system will bring a better chance of widespread rain to southwest Montana Friday.  Elsewhere, a few showers are possible.  Highs in the upper 50s and 60s.

  • Trump full speech from Billings rally

    Published On: May 26 2016 05:49:01 PM MDT
  • Video Forecast: A few more showers

    Published On: May 25 2016 04:29:36 PM MDT

    The unsettled weather pattern will continue across western Montana through the holiday weekend.  The best chance of rain will be Friday and Monday.