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  • Montana woman gets 13 years in prison for child's death

    Published On: Aug 21 2014 04:08:50 PM MDT
    Updated On: Aug 21 2014 06:07:10 PM MDT
    Kaidynce Small

    Kaidynce Small

    HAVRE, Mont. -

    A Box Elder woman has been sentenced to just over 13 years in prison for her role in the death of her boyfriend's 11-month-old son.
        
    U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Great Falls sentenced Cecilia Rose Gardipee on Thursday for the Oct. 21 death of Kaidynce Small.
        
    The boy's father, Garrett "Kirby" Lafromboise, received the same sentence in April.
        
    The Havre Daily News reports Jasmine Small asked Morris to impose a life sentence in her son's death.
        
    Gardipee and Lafromboise both pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury and second-degree murder charges were dismissed.
        
    Lafromboise admitted sticking his finger down his son's throat and hitting him in the stomach. Gardipee said she shook the toddler for 90 seconds after covering his mouth and nose to try to get him to stop crying.

  • Woman killed in Flathead car accident

    By KCFW Staff
    Published On: Aug 20 2014 02:28:51 PM MDT
    Updated On: Aug 20 2014 06:30:35 PM MDT
    Fatal Crash
    KALISPELL, Mont. -

    A two-car accident left one woman dead and two people injured in the Flathead.

    It happened around noon on Highway 93, west of Whitefish near mile marker 138.

    A black Mazda with Alberta plates was headed south when it hit a Honda with Montana plates head-on.

    The Honda flipped over and came to a rest in a ditch. The driver of that car, a woman, was trapped inside and pronounced dead on scene.

    Two people were in the other car. One person was transported to the hospital by ambulance, another by alert helicopter.

    The extent of their injuries is not known at this time.

  • Bomb suspect served prison time for arson

    By Will Wadley, KECI Weekend Anchor, wwadley@keci.com
    Published On: Aug 20 2014 05:09:59 PM MDT
    Updated On: Aug 20 2014 11:40:42 PM MDT
    MISSOULA, Mont. -

    A Missoula man in custody for allegedly making a pipe bomb has served prison time for setting fire to a police car in 2007, according to court documents.

    We're digging deeper into the past of Andrew Ibey, arrested on Tuesday for robbery and possession of an explosive device.

    Police got a call around 3 p.m. on Tuesday reporting what appeared to be a bomb inside the garage of a house, located on the 900-block of Spartan Drive in Missoula, near Splash Montana.

    When officers arrived, they shut down the neighborhood, evacuated the surrounding houses, brought in the bomb squad, and used a robot to pull the object from the garage.

    We were there as officers then determined it was a pipe bomb and deactivated it.

    After a sweep of the area turned up no more bombs, officers allowed neighbors to return home. According to the Missoula County jail roster, later that day, officers arrested a 27-year-old suspect named Andrew Ibey.

    According to court documents from Clark County Superior Court in Washington, Ibey has already served prison time for setting fire to a Washington police officer's patrol car, and Ibey has a lengthy criminal history in the Clark County court system.

    His trouble starts in March of 2007 with an arrest for possession of methamphetamine, reckless driving and for possessing a dangerous weapon -- brass knuckles.

    According to court documents, Ibey was again booked that November for arson and malicious mischief.

    Narrative in the booking document shows that Ibey reportedly got upset with the officer for the way the officer talked to Ibey's mom.

    Ibey told police he went to the officer's home, high on meth, and set fire to the officer’s patrol car.

    That document says neighbors had to use garden hoses to keep the fire from spreading to the man's home.

    After that, Ibey reportedly fled to Missoula. Missoula County court documents show he was picked up for assault, before being extradited back to Washington.

    The document says witnesses told police Ibey laughed and bragged to his friends about setting fire to the police car. Ibey told investigators a different story, saying that he was sorry for what he'd done, that he actually knew and liked the officer he targeted.

    Ibey blamed his actions on the meth.

    He’s currently being held in the Missoula County Detention Center.

  • Woman killed, 2 injured in crash near Whitefish

    By Associated Press and KECI Staff
    Published On: Aug 21 2014 08:08:08 AM MDT
    Updated On: Aug 21 2014 05:53:52 PM MDT
    fatal crash whitefish
    WHITEFISH, Mont. -

    Officials have identified the 23-year-old woman killed in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 93 north of Whitefish. Casey Faye Wood of Eureka died and two Canadian residents were injured in the crash.

    The Montana Highway Patrol says the car with Canadian license plates was southbound at about noon Wednesday when it drove off the highway. The driver swerved back onto the road and the car crossed into the northbound lane, colliding with the Wood's car.

    Wood's car rolled and landed upside-down in the ditch. She died at the scene.

    The man and woman in the other car were taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center. They are from Calgary, Alberta.

  • Wild horse injures young girl at state park

    By Chris Ferreira, KCFW Reporter, cferreira@kcfw.com
    Published On: Aug 19 2014 05:16:16 PM MDT
    Updated On: Aug 20 2014 11:19:23 AM MDT
    KALISPELL, Mont. -

    A 7-year-old girl was injured on Sunday by a wild horse at Wild Horse Island State Park. The island is on Flathead Lake, east of Big Arm State Park.

    According Dave Landstrom from the Montana State Parks he said the girl was hand feeding fruit to at least 1 horse and was kicked in her back and knocked to the ground.

    Injuries were not severe, bruising and some cuts and scrapes. She was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson. Lake County officials tell us that they transported her by boat to Big Arm State Park, where an ambulance took her to the hospital.

    The island is home to six wild horses.

    "These are wild animals and they have free range of the island and so there are no enclosures, no pens, we don't handle these animals. They're wild," said Region One State Parks Manager Dave Landstrom.

    Officials advise visitors to stay at least 100 feet away from the animals and to view them from a safe distance. But we found videos online of people who have been face to face with the horses there.

    "That's absolutely too close, having contact with any animal on the island, be it a horse or anything else is ill-advised; it can be dangerous," said Landstrom.

    We also reached out to Ashley Bangeman who has been training horses for 18 years. She says horses are just like any other animal -- unpredictable and they can be dangerous.

    "I think a wild horse is just like any other wild animal, you need to be respectful," said Bangeman.

    Park officials want to stress that visitors need to be aware of these dangers. They say there are signs on the island telling people to stand back.

    "The horses become accustomed to seeing people at a distance and that's a good way to view them, at a distance," said Landstrom.

    Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are investigating the incident to find out exactly what happened.

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