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  • Bail set at $100K for suspect in child's death

    By Andrea Olson, KECI Reporter, aolson@keci.com
    Published On: Oct 24 2014 10:57:07 AM MDT
    Updated On: Oct 24 2014 07:02:31 PM MDT
    POLSON, Mont. -

    Bail is set at $100,000 for a Lake County man accused of shooting and killing a 3-year-old boy.

    Galen Hawk, 26, appeared in a Polson courtroom Friday afternoon on a negligent homicide charge.

    Court documents say Hawk shot and killed 3-year-old Lonato Moran-Allen in a Ninepipes-area home Wednesday night.

    Investigators say Hawk and two others took the boy to a Ronan hospital, where he died.

    Court documents say Hawk and Moran-Allen were playing "gun tag." Moran-Allen had a toy gun and Hawk had a real one.

    Prosecutors say Hawk told detectives he'd been drinking whiskey and alcoholic lemonade the night of the shooting.

    Lake County officials say the incident happened at a home off Eagle Trail Pass, right before 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. It's northeast of Ninepipes, off Highway 93, north of Missoula.

    Investigators say several people, including Hawk and Lonato, were inside the Ninepipes home.

    Karen Sargeant with the Lake County Sheriff's Office says investigators don't know much about Hawk.

    "We don't know anything about Galen, except we believe he is not a relative of the victim," said Sargeant.

    Court documents say Hawk claims he didn't know his handgun, a 380, was loaded. He claimed he and Moran-Allen were just playing.

    Prosecutors brought in a gun to court they say is similar to the one Hawk fired.

    Investigators report a single round hit the little boy in the back.

    "He chose to take a handgun, similar to this one. A 380 handgun, loaded, while he was intoxicated, and pointed it at a child," said Lake County Deputy Attorney James Lapotka.

    Court documents say Hawk tried to perform CPR on the boy. He died later at St. Luke's Hospital in Ronan.

    For now, deputies say no other suspects are involved.

    "At this point in time, in this investigation, has not led us to believe there was anybody else involved," said Sergeant.

    Hawk is still in custody in the Lake County Detention Center. If Hawk is released from jail he can't have alcohol in his possession and cannot go to bars.

    Hawk's defense attorney told the court Hawk would like to attend the little boy's funeral, but the judge did not weigh in on whether that would be a possibility.

    Hawk faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine if convicted on the negligent homicide charge.

    Click here to read the press release.

  • Suspect arrested in connection with Heritage Christian School fire

    By Shellye Leggett, Reporter, sleggett@ktvm.com
    Published On: Oct 24 2014 11:00:11 AM MDT
    Updated On: Oct 24 2014 06:51:16 PM MDT
    BOZEMAN, Mont. -

    The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office announced Friday evening that they arrested Zachary James Silflow, 25, in connection with an early morning fire at Heritage Christian School.

    He is charged with two counts of arson and burglary for Friday morning's fire, and another that took place in 2012.

    Silflow has been booked into the detention center and is expected to appear in Justice Court next week.

    Fire crews rushed to the blaze early Friday morning and now investigators are trying to figure out how it started.

    The fire broke out just after 5 a.m. in the school's gym. No one was injured.

    Surveillance video shows a suspect holding a large container.

    Throughout the day Friday, investigators worked behind yellow caution tape to find out how the fire started. They are considering the possibility that it's connected to an arson at the school two years ago, which was also set in the gym.

    In August 2012, the gym was gutted by another suspicious fire. It caused millions of dollars in damage, but in the remodel, the school added a sprinkler system. It stopped this fire before it did more damage.

    "It's heat-related, so once the heat gets high enough it realizes there's a fire and then water turns on for that area, and that's what put out the fire this morning," said administrator Jerry Goede.

    He said that the fire was contained to the gym, but wasn't sure how much was lost.

    "Most of it's on the gym floor right now, but we can't see it because it's covered with foam and water," said Goede.

    School officials said students were not in school Friday because of a statewide volleyball tournament for all Christian schools. Goede hopes they can return to school early next week.

    "However it started, however this happened, we just pray for that person or for the situation, that God will get the honor and glory from everything that happens here," said Goede.

    School was set to be closed at Heritage Christian Friday because of a statewide Montana Christian Athletic Association volleyball tournament,
    but after the fire, organizers scrambled to move the daytime games from Heritage Christian to Petra Academy and the evening games from Chief Joseph Middle School.

    The 5 p.m. volleyball game is now scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and the 7 p.m. game will immediately follow at CJMS.

    All Saturday games will be at Petra Academy and will begin at 9 a.m. instead of 10 a.m.

    At the time of the 2012 fire at the school, officers were investigating another suspicious blaze set at a business two miles away, and set within a half hour of the Heritage Christian fire.

    A few weeks later, police investigated several other suspicious fires set around town, though they never said whether they thought the fires were linked.

    If you have any information related to the fire, call the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office immediately. The number is (406) 582-2121.

  • Homecoming prince opens fire at school

    By By Chelsea J. Carter CNN
    Published On: Oct 24 2014 12:14:03 PM MDT
    Updated On: Oct 24 2014 11:03:20 PM MDT

    Two people are dead in a shooting at a high school outside of Seattle, including the alleged shooter.

    (CNN) -

    Jordan Luton was finishing his lunch in the cafeteria at Washington state's Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Friday when he heard it -- a loud bang.

    Then there was another. And another. And another. And another.

    What he saw was freshman Jaylen Fryberg go up to a table with students, "came up from behind ... and fired about six bullets into the backs of them," Luton told CNN. "They were his friends, so it wasn't just random."

    Some of the students began to run. Luton and others hit the ground, some hiding under tables.

    By the time it was over, two people -- the gunman and a female student -- were dead and four were wounded, according to authorities. Those wounded were all under the age of 18, they said.

    The shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Marysville police spokesman Robb Lamoureux told reporters.

    Two girls are in the intensive care unit at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, and two boys are in ICU at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Providence spokeswoman Erin Al-Wazan said.

    Three are "very critically ill" with "very serious" injuries, she said. One is in serious condition. One of the boys, age 14, suffered a jaw injury. The other, age 15, was critically injured in the head.

    Source: Gun traced to shooter's father

    The gun used in the shooting has been traced to Fryberg's father, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN. It is a "high capacity" weapon but did not have an extended magazine, the source said on condition of anonymity.

    The source said investigators are searching the family home.

    A Beretta .40-caliber handgun is believed to have been used, a federal law enforcement source told CNN.

    Why did this happen? That's the question being asked as investigators combed the school late Friday for clues and interviewed students who witnessed the shooting.

    Investigators were expected to work through the night at the school, which has been closed through next week.

    While authorities have not detailed what occurred inside or identified the shooter, students offered up accounts that painted a terrifying, chaotic picture.

    The shooting began during an early lunch break at the school of about 2,500 students that sits in the heart of Marysville, a small city bisected by the major thoroughfare connecting the region with Vancouver, British Columbia.

    Authorities got a 911 phone call at 10:39 a.m. (1:39 p.m. ET) from someone inside the school, which is north of Seattle and Everett, Lamoureux said.

    'People started screaming'

    Luton was sitting two tables away when the shooting began.

    Fryberg appeared to target one table, where there were about 10 students sitting. "I'm pretty sure he shot at specific people because they were pretty good friends with him," Luton said.

    "He put some bullets in the back of the students," he said. "He turned and looked at me and my girlfriend ... and kind of gave us a smirk."

    The shooter continued firing as he left the cafeteria, Luton said.

    "I have no idea what his motive was because yesterday at football practice, he was all fine, talking .... having a good time," he said. "And then today, just horrible. I don't know what went through his head or what caused him to do it."

    By all accounts, Fryberg was a popular student. Just a week ago, he had been named as the high school's freshman homecoming prince, according to a YouTube video of the ceremony and accounts provided by students to CNN.

    Fryberg's multiple social media accounts depict him frequently hunting and using rifles. Those accounts say he was a Native American and a member of the Tulalip tribe.

    Luton could not confirm reports that Fryberg had been bullied. But two weeks ago, according to Luton, Fryberg got into a fight after somebody said "something racist" to him.

    'Run, get out of here'

    Freshman Rachel Heichel was sitting at a table about 60 feet away from Fryberg.

    When the shots started, she turned around and saw the shooter standing there.

    "When I saw him, I was like 'Oh my God, that's Jaylen.' I would have never expected it would have been him, out of all people," she said.

    "It was really heartbreaking for me to see that. I saw him with the a gun in his hand, shooting."

    She never heard Fryberg say anything.

    "All I heard was people screaming, 'Run, get out of here. Let's go,'" Heichel said.

    At first, they thought it was a fire drill

    A student locked down inside a classroom told CNN by phone that students initially thought it was a fire drill until teachers told everyone to run into classrooms because there was a shooting.

    A student who says he was in the cafeteria when the shooting began told CNN he called the police, and then gave his phone to a teacher.

    The student described a chaotic and bloody scene, saying blood was "everywhere."

    Another student, identified as Austin Taylor, told CNN Seattle affiliate KING that he had just finished eating when he saw the shooter.

    "He was just sitting there. Everyone was talking. All of the sudden, I see him stand up, pull something out of his pocket," he said.

    "At first, I thought it was just someone making a really loud noise ...like a big loud pop ... until I heard four more after that. And I saw three kids just fall from the table."

    Austin said he ducked under a table. When the shooting stopped, he said he looked out and saw the shooter was trying to reload.

    "When that happened, I just ran in the opposite direction, and I was out of there as fast as I could," he said.

  • Trixi's Antler Saloon in Ovando for sale

    By Will Wadley, KECI Weekend Anchor, wwadley@keci.com
    Published On: Oct 24 2014 06:06:07 PM MDT
    Updated On: Oct 24 2014 07:00:09 PM MDT
    MISSOULA, Mont. -

    A western Montana institution, Trixi's Antler Saloon, has been put up for sale. If you haven't been there, Trixi's is located on Highway 200, about 55 miles northeast of Missoula in Ovando.

    Owners Ray and Cindy Francis say business isn't bad, they're just ready to move on.

    It won't be easy saying goodbye to the regulars and the visitors from all over the world who stop by.

    Since 1963, when local cowgirl Trixi McCormick moved Trixi's to its post on a hill above Ovando, it's been a frequented stop for travelers, truck drivers and regulars looking to take a step back in time.

    But after two decades at the helm, the Francises say it's time to move on.

    "When we first took over for my dad, we said, 'OK, we'll give it 20 years,'" said Cindy. "Ray's going to be 65 in May. It's about that time to retire."

    It's been a good run. The Francises say they've made lifelong friends, many who've been coming to Trixi's their whole lives.

    For dozens of summers, they've provided a rest stop for weary -- and interesting -- travelers.

    "We meet the coolest people from all over," says Cindy.

    "We just had a guy here a couple weeks ago," adds Ray. "He was doing a record unicycle ride. We've got pictures we put up on Facebook."

    The Francises say when you do something long enough, especially something you and everyone else enjoy, it becomes a part of you.

    "There's a certain routine," says Ray. "You know, I come over every day, and get things ready, so there will be things that we miss about it."

    "We're so tied into it, our whole identity is wrapped into Trixi's," says Cindy. "But life just goes on and changes."

    The Francises say they'll stay open through hunting season, and up until they sell Trixi's, when the new owner takes over.

  • Heritage Christian School reacts to arsonist arrest

    By Jennifer Ready, Reporter, jready@ktvm.com
    Published On: Oct 24 2014 10:35:32 PM MDT
    Updated On: Oct 24 2014 10:55:35 PM MDT
    Volleyball tournament about more than game after Heritage Christian School fire
    BOZEMAN, Mont. -

    Friday night, members of the Heritage Christian School community gathered at Chief Joseph Middle School for the statewide Montana Christian Athletic Association volleyball tournament.

    The tournament was supposed to be at Heritage on Friday, but after the fire, Petra volunteered to host the daytime games and Chief Joseph Middle School offered their space for the evening events.

    Friday night was about much more than just supporting the team -- it was also about coming together as a school in worship, faith and thankfulness.

    As the news of Zachary James Silfow's arrest in connection with the fire came in Friday, parents and school administrators said they're relieved that, two years after the first fire gutted the school's gymnasium, police finally think they know who's behind the crimes and grateful to see such community support.

    "Actually for us, it is a wonderful relief. We've been praying for the last two years that God would reveal the person who did it and to have the person say that they did both is actually a relief to all of us, knowing the person is in custody," said administrator Gerry Goede.

    "It doesn't defeat us, and that our children have the strength of, not only the community and their family, their parents, but God to get through this," said Rebecca Smith.

    Silflow is currently in the Gallatin County Detention Center. He will be there until at least Monday, when he's expected to appear in Justice Court.

    School will be closed on Monday, but officials at Heritage Christian said they hope to be back in session by the beginning or middle of next week.

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