KRTV.com http://www.krtv.com/ KRTV.com KRTV News KRTV News en-us Copyright 2014, KRTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:04:33 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRTV.com http://www.krtv.com/ 144 25 Volunteer firefighters train in the Flathead http://www.krtv.com/news/volunteer-firefighters-train-in-the-flathead/ http://www.krtv.com/news/volunteer-firefighters-train-in-the-flathead/ KRTV News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:30:22 AM Dax Van Fossen - Kalispell Volunteer firefighters train in the Flathead

KALISPELL -- Volunteer firefighters from all over Flathead County spent Saturday honing their firefighting skills at the 2014 firefighter academy.

Firefighters from Marion, Smith Valley, Somers, South Kalispell and many more departments learned how to use their water to defend themselves while trying to rescue victims from a car crash on Saturday.

The practice fire was big enough to be seen all over the Flathead Valley, and helped to provide real-world experience for the firefighters who spend their spare time trying to save lives.

Marion Fire Chief James Brower tells us that training like this shows just how dedicated these volunteers are: "You know everybody looks at it as 'oh they're volunteer firefighters', but I gotta tell you these guys are giving their weekends...nine weeks in a row - Friday nights and Saturdays - to come out here.

"The instructors included - we're all volunteer, nobody gets paid for this, and giving their lives to learn how to properly and safely fight fire and rescue people," Brower added.

"We're tying in propane fire, vehicle fire and fuel fire all into one, and we're showing them basically the extreme situation of what they might see in a fire, and it's all about building confidence," Brower explained.

The firefighter academy continues for the next several weeks, and all who attend will be Firefighter I and Firefighter II qualified.


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Passenger assaults Amtrak conductor near Whitefish http://www.krtv.com/news/passenger-assaults-amtrak-conductor-near-whitefish/ http://www.krtv.com/news/passenger-assaults-amtrak-conductor-near-whitefish/ KRTV News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:27:36 AM Dax Van Fossen - Kalispell Passenger assaults Amtrak conductor near Whitefish

WHITEFISH -- An Amtrak train was halted unexpectedly near Whitefish after a passenger was forcibly removed for allegedly hitting the train's conductor.

According to Amtrak officials, a male passenger had become unruly and BNSF police requested assistance from the Flathead County Sheriff's office.

The suspect, whose name has not yet been released, was allegedly in a physical confrontation with the train's conductor.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says his officers acted quickly: "Our highest priority is the safety of our passengers and our crew and if there is someone who won't comply with directions from the conductor and if their behavior is disruptive, they will receive warnings but in the end if they still don't comply with those directions, we'll hand them over to the emergency responders whether they need medical treatment or they need to be somehow incarcerated."

According to court documents, the suspect is already registered as a violent offender, and was taken to the Flathead County Detention Center, but was not listed on the jail roster as of Friday afternoon.


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KRTV Top News - Sat Apr 19 http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-top-news-sat-apr-19/ http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-top-news-sat-apr-19/ KRTV News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:21:09 AM KRTV Top News - Sat Apr 19

GREAT FALLS -- Top news on KRTV for Saturday, April 19th, 2014:

- House fire: Emergency crews were called to a house fire in Helena on Saturday. Click here for more details.

- Training: Volunteer firefighters from all over Flathead County spent the day honing their skills at the 2014 Firefighter Academy. Click here for details.

- Train Trouble: An Amtrak train was halted unexpectedly near Whitefish after a passenger was forcibly removed for allegedly hitting the train's conductor. Click here for details.

- Home break-in: Patrick Henderson was arrested after allegedly breaking into a home on the 1700 block of 20th Avenue South. Click here for more details.

- United Way cleanup: The 3rd annual "Take Pride in Our Parks" cleanup program was held in Great Falls. Click here for details.

- Cash mob: Cash mob hits Amazing Toys in downtown Great Falls. Click here for details.

- Other Place car show: Over 60 stock and classic cars were on display in Great Falls. Click here for details.

- Easter Egg hunt: Almost 1,500 kids hopped along and around at the annual City of Great Falls Easter Egg hunt. Click here for details.


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High school student in hot water after asking Miss America to prom http://www.krtv.com/news/high-school-student-in-hot-water-after-asking-miss-america-to-prom/ http://www.krtv.com/news/high-school-student-in-hot-water-after-asking-miss-america-to-prom/ KRTV News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:55:05 PM MARLIE HALL - CBS NEWS High school student in hot water after asking Miss America to prom

When a teenage boy asks a girl to the prom, the thing he usually fears is rejection - not suspension.

Of course most teenage boys are not asking Miss America to the prom when she visits their high school. And they're certainly not doing it when expressly told not to.

But that's exactly what happened with a high school senior in York, Penn.

When 18-year-old Patrick Farves asked the reigning Miss America, Nina Davuluri, to the prom, her rejection was sweet. The school's response, not as kind: Central York High School suspended him for three days.

"It came off as disrespect so that's why I got suspended," Farves said.

The Twitter outrage was immediate. What's wrong with daring to dream big, people asked? Where is the freedom of speech?

It's not as though celebrity prom dates are unprecedented. Another Pennsylvania high school student asked singer Taylor Swift to the prom. She had a scheduling conflict but did go out on a date with him. Justin Timberlake attended a Marine Corps ball after one lucky young lady's YouTube proposal went viral.

But Central York High School administrators say this is a story about rules, not dreams. They had gotten wind of Farves' prom proposal and told him not to do it.

In a statement today, they said:

"As parents, we would be remiss not to give an appropriate consequence to our child for deliberately defying us so that our child understands that our rules should be followed and respected. Schools must operate in the same way."

Despite his suspension, Farves is still allowed to go to the prom but his date probably won't be wearing a crown.

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Death toll from South Korean ferry rises to 50 http://www.krtv.com/news/death-toll-from-south-korean-ferry-rises-to-50/ http://www.krtv.com/news/death-toll-from-south-korean-ferry-rises-to-50/ KRTV News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:47:30 PM Kyung Lah, Judy Kwon and Greg Botelho - CNN Death toll from South Korean ferry rises to 50

JINDO, South Korea (CNN) -- Boat after boat, body after body from a capsized South Korean ferry came ashore Sunday morning, a solemn process interrupted by piercing cries and screams from passengers' kin.

The wrenching scene came after four police boats arrived in rapid succession. The first carried four bodies. The second boat had three more, likewise the third and fourth.

Each body was taken onto a stretcher on the dock in Jindo, draped in cloth. After an inspection, they were carried along a path guarded by police -- who themselves shed tears -- and past even more outwardly emotional family members.

These relatives cried and, in some cases, yelled loudly, clearly overtaken by the moment.

Some of those shouts came from inside the identification tent.

One man yelled out, "Wake up! Wake up, please!"

The arrival of the 13 bodies corresponds with the South Korean coast guard's announcement, a short time earlier, that the death toll had increased by that number, up to 50. But few expect it to stop there.

While 174 were rescued shortly after the vessel sunk Wednesday, there have been none saved since despite extensive, exhaustive searches by air, from ships and by divers plunging into the frigid waters and ideally inside the now completely submerged ship itself.

The number of those unaccounted for stood at 252 early Sunday.

Relatives of some of them gathered in Jindo -- the nearest port to the wreckage some 12 miles (20 kilometers) away -- were asked earlier in the weekend to submit DNA samples.

Ship's captain defends evacuation

As divers and others scrambled to retrieve yet more bodies, details are trickling in about what happened the day the ferry capsized.

Capt. Lee Joon Seok defended his order to delay the evacuation of his sinking ferry, CNN affiliate YTN reported early Saturday.

Lee was charged with abandoning his boat, negligence, causing bodily injury, not seeking rescue from other ships and violating "seamen's law," state media reported.

He appeared before reporters in handcuffs.

"Mr. Lee is charged with causing the Sewol ship to sink by failing to slow down while sailing the narrow route and making (a) turn excessively," prosecutor Lee Bong-chang told the semiofficial Yonhap news agency.

"Lee is also charged with failing to do the right thing to guide the passengers to escape and thereby leading to their death or injury."

If convicted, he faces from five years to life in prison.

Lee wasn't at the helm of the Sewol when it started to sink; a third mate was at the helm, a prosecutor said.

Where was the captain?

The captain was not in the steering room when the accident occurred, according to police and his own account. He was in his cabin.

A crew member, described as the third mate and identified only as Park, appeared in handcuffs with Lee.

Park is facing charges including negligence and causing injuries leading to deaths, said Yang Joong Jin, a maritime police spokesman.

A technician with the surname Cho is also facing the same charges, he said.

Lee answered questions as he left a court hearing Saturday.

"The tidal current was strong and water temperature was cold, and there was no rescue boat," he told reporters, according to CNN affiliate YTN. "So I had everyone stand by and wait for the rescue boat to arrive."

He said he plotted the ship's course, and then went to his cabin briefly "to tend to something." It was then, he said, the accident happened.

The third mate, who was at the helm of the ship when Lee left, said she did not make a sharp turn, but "the steering turned much more than usual."

The captain was one of at least 174 people rescued soon after the Sewol began to sink, violating an "internationally recognized rule that a captain must stay on the vessel," maritime law attorney Jack Hickey said.

"Pretty much every law, rule, regulation and standard throughout the world says that yes, the captain must stay with the ship until all personnel are safely off of the ship, certainly passengers."

More ships, aircraft

Hopes of finding the missing alive dimmed further when the entire boat became submerged Friday. Until then, part of the ship's blue-and-white hull was still poking out of the frigid waters of the Yellow Sea.

The coast guard said workers continued to pump air into the hull of the submerged ship, but could not stop its descent. The ferry boat sank 10 meters (33 feet) farther below the surface of the Yellow Sea overnight, Maritime Police told CNN Saturday.

South Korean officials said Saturday they are sending in 176 ships, 28 aircraft and 652 divers to take part in the search and rescue efforts.

-- CNN's Kyung Lah and Judy Kwon reported from Lindo, and CNN's Greg Botelho reported and wrote from Atlanta. CNN's Chelsea J. Carter, Stella Kim, Jung-eun Kim, Faith Karimi and Pauline Chiou contributed to this report.

-- The-CNN-Wire™ & ©Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.


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Easter eggs snatched up by hundreds of kids in Great Falls http://www.krtv.com/news/easter-eggs-snatched-up-by-hundreds-of-kids-in-great-falls/ http://www.krtv.com/news/easter-eggs-snatched-up-by-hundreds-of-kids-in-great-falls/ KRTV News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 7:17:31 PM Cody Proctor (cody@krtv.com) Easter eggs snatched up by hundreds of kids in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS -- An estimated 1,500 children hopped along and around at the annual City of Great Falls Easter Egg Hunt in Gibson Park on Saturday.

More than 6,000 eggs, filled with candy and prizes, were up for grabs.

Within minutes of the kids being let loose, all the plastic eggs were found.

Some ended up having to share with others, since the limit was set to five eggs per child.

Park & Recreation deputy director Patty Rearden believes this year's attendance was the largest they've ever had.

She noted, "I just think it's a precursor to Easter. I mean, tomorrow people are in church and spending time with families, so this is the perfect day to get out and do a social event that's a lot of fun for the kids."

One change made to this year's event was the lay out of the hunting areas, all in order to give the younger kids a better advantage.

Set Free Ministries is hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday at Gibson Park starting at noon, and will feature more than 35,000 eggs and lots of prizes. For more information, call Set Free at 406-453-4479.


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Volunteers take pride in city park by cleaning it up http://www.krtv.com/news/volunteers-take-pride-in-city-park-by-cleaning-it-up/ http://www.krtv.com/news/volunteers-take-pride-in-city-park-by-cleaning-it-up/ KRTV News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 7:03:54 PM Cody Proctor (cody@krtv.com) Volunteers take pride in city park by cleaning it up

GREAT FALLS -- With the sunny weather on Saturday, many Great Falls residents spent some much needed time out of doors.

But it turns out that some of them used the sunshine to do some volunteering in the third annual Take Pride in Our Parks cleanup.

According to United Way of Cascade County, who organized the event, the cleanup was held to celebrate National Volunteer Month.

Around 100 volunteers, including some from Malmstrom Air Force Base and Target, turned out to clean up ten city parks by picking up trash and performing equipment maintenance. Some of those parks included Valleyview Park, Elks Riverside Park and Lions Park.

Organizers say they aim for parks that are in low-income areas or are near schools so they can provide a clean and safe place for families to enjoy.

United Way marketing director and volunteer coordinator Kim Skornogoski believes many people turn out to help because they feel good about their city.

Skornogoski says there is plenty of room for the event to grow and admits she would like to clean at least 15 parks next year.


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"Cash mob" storms Amazing Toys in downtown Great Falls http://www.krtv.com/news/cash-mob-storms-amazing-toys-in-downtown-great-falls/ http://www.krtv.com/news/cash-mob-storms-amazing-toys-in-downtown-great-falls/ KRTV News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 6:55:35 PM Cody Proctor (cody@krtv.com)

GREAT FALLS -- Downtown Great Falls played host the third annual "Cash Mob" event on Saturday.

A "cash mob" is when a group of people meet in central location and then swarm - "mob" - a local business; which business will be "mobbed" remains a secret until everyone gathers.

The goal is to encourage spending money at local businesses while also creating a sense of community.

Attendees gathered on the steps of the Civic Center at 10 a.m. and the business selected was revealed: Amazing Toys on Central Avenue.

Organizer Joan Redeen says that there are only three rules for the cash mob: each person spends $20, meets three new people, and has fun.

The 2012 cash mob was held at Pizazz; the 2013 event was held at Feather Your Nest.


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Hot rides shine in annual OP Car Show http://www.krtv.com/news/hot-rides-shine-in-annual-op-car-show/ http://www.krtv.com/news/hot-rides-shine-in-annual-op-car-show/ KRTV News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 6:49:21 PM Cody Proctor (cody@krtv.com) Hot rides shine in annual OP Car Show

GREAT FALLS -- Warmer weather coaxed out hot rod enthusiasts to the 12th annual Other Place Car Show in Great Falls.

More than 60 entries turned out to shine under the sun with stock cars, classic cars, and motorcycles.
Attendance has varied over the years due to weather, which has ranged from snow to rain to hail.

OP owner Carla Wood says she loves two things about the event. Number one: grateful for people turning out.

And number two? "Number two, I am always so inspired by the people who spend so much time, energy and money on their hobby and I just think it's fabulous."

The event is held in conjunction with the Electric City Speedway, which begins its summer race season next week.


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Cold front will bring strong winds for Easter Sunday http://www.krtv.com/news/cold-front-will-bring-strong-winds-for-easter-sunday/ http://www.krtv.com/news/cold-front-will-bring-strong-winds-for-easter-sunday/ KRTV News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 6:21:44 PM Meteorologist Matt Jones Cold front will bring strong winds for Easter Sunday

GREAT FALLS -- It was a gorgeous Saturday across much of the region with high pressure in control. Hopefully you were able to get in that round of golf and wash the car today because a cold front will sweep through the state on Easter Sunday. 

Right now, the front is still sitting over the Pacific Northwest but it will be racing east over the next several hours, reaching Montana later tonight. 

As the front sweeps quickly across the state Sunday morning, winds will increase dramatically and could be gusting over 50 mph on the plains. 

Those heading to sunrise services will want to throw on an extra layer with air temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s and the gusty winds making it feel much cooler. 

Here's a look at what one of our forecast models is depicting for wind gusts around 9am tomorrow morning:

Even stronger winds are expected along the Rocky Mountain Front and near the Canadian Border where High Wind Warnings are now in effect. Winds in these regions could gust over 65 mph!

The good news is that we'll see nothing but sunshine through the day and even behind the front, temperatures will stay fairly mild with most places in the upper 50s and lower 60s. 

Have a great evening!

Meteorologist Matt Jones


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KRTV Evening News - Sat Apr 19 http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-evening-news-sat-apr-19/ http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-evening-news-sat-apr-19/ KRTV News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 6:15:16 PM DaVonté McKenith KRTV Evening News - Sat Apr 19

GREAT FALLS -- Top new on KRTV for the evening of Saturday, April 19th, 2014:

- House fire: Emergency crews were called to a house fire at 101 Meadow Drive early Saturday. Click here for more details.

- Home break-in:Great Falls Police say 18-year-old Patrick Henderson was taken into custody after breaking in a home on the 1700 block of 20th Avenue South. Click here for more details.

- Unemployment: Montana's employment picture is holding steady. The state's department of labor and industry says we added about 2,400 new jobs in March.

- United Way cleanup: The 3rd annual "Take Pride in Our Parks" cleanup program was held in Great Falls on Saturday.

- Cash mob: Cash mob hits Amazing Toys in downtown Great Falls.

- Other Place car show: Over 60 entires turned out to shine under the sun with stock and classic cars - motorcycles too!

- Easter Egg hunt: Almost 1,500 kids hopped along and around at the annual City of Great Falls Easter Egg hunt.

- MT Hope project: 368 wishes. That's how many have been granted to Montana Children through the Montana Hope Project. Montana Highway Patrol troopers started the non-profit back in 1984, and in it's 30th year, troopers hope to grant even more wishes with their Spring Hope event.


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Police investigating Friday morning home break-in http://www.krtv.com/news/police-investigating-friday-morning-home-break-in/ http://www.krtv.com/news/police-investigating-friday-morning-home-break-in/ KRTV News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 3:48:21 PM DaVonté McKenith Police investigating Friday morning home break-in

GREAT FALLS - Patrick Dale Henderson has been arrested following a home break-in that happened at around 2 a.m. on Friday.

According to the Great Falls Police Department, Henderson, 18 year old, was taken into custody after complaints of a home intrusion near on 17th Street South and 20th Avenue South.

Authorities say the door was forced open by three males and some items were stolen.

Officials also mention the break-in does not appear to be a random act.

A firearm was involved; however, no one was injured.

Police are still pursuing the two other men involved in this crime.

Henderson is facing four charges, including aggravated burglary and robbery; both felonies.

His bond has been set at $151,370.


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Great Falls Visitor Information Center could lose city funding http://www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-visitor-information-center-could-lose-city-funding/ http://www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-visitor-information-center-could-lose-city-funding/ KRTV News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 1:06:14 PM Joe Huisinga (joe@krtv.com) Great Falls Visitor Information Center could lose city funding

GREAT FALLS -- Funding for the Great Falls Visitor Information Center on Overlook Drive -- also known as Flag Hill -- is on the chopping block.

The City of Great Falls tells us due to a tightening budget, the city manager's office is recommending the city no longer fund it.

The center takes about $60,000 per year to operate.

Deputy city manager Jennifer Reichelt says that may sound like a small number compared to the city's $24 million dollar budget, but the recommendation is part of a wider effort to save money by every city department.

Reichelt says slow growth has been cited as the main contributor to the cut backs, but says the city has hopes that other organizations will take on the task: "We are reaching out to a lot of our tourism entities in our community, really asking them to step up and help continue the operation, because we do believe it is an important function an and important asset in our community.

Reichelt say the city is expecting to receive a proposal from interested groups sometime next week.

The city website has more information about the center, including this overview:

The VIC is open year round, seven days a week. We assist thousands of visitors from all over the world annually with western hospitality.

Resources include maps, brochures, event calendars, coupons, magazines and general information on the wonders of Great Falls area and the State of Montana. Staff and volunteers can also assist with itinerary planning.

Amenities at the VIC include free coffee, computer access, Wi-Fi service and a retail shop offering unique Made in Montana products, books, pottery, t-shirts, hats and souvenir items.

 


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Fire damages house in Helena, no injuries reported http://www.krtv.com/news/fire-damages-house-in-helena-no-injuries-reported/ http://www.krtv.com/news/fire-damages-house-in-helena-no-injuries-reported/ KRTV News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:50:01 PM Alex Clark (alex@kxlh.com) Fire damages house in Helena, no injuries reported

HELENA -- Emergency crews were called to a house fire at 101 Meadow Drive early Saturday.

The fire was reported to the 911 Center at about 4:40 a.m.  

Initial reports indicate that there were no injuries, but there was significant damage to the house.

Authorities do not yet know how the fire started, and are continuing to investigate.

We will update you when we have more information.


UPDATE: Firefighters encountered heavy smoke conditions and extensive fire in the attic/roof area of the home, and were unable to make entry into the home due to the hazards

Occupants were not home at time of fire

The home, valued at about $250,000, has been deemed a total loss.

The Helena Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from Baxendale, East Helena, East Valley, Eastgate, and West Valley

The American Red Cross called to assist family is helping the family with temporary housing and needs.


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Great Falls/Cascade County Crimestoppers "Most Wanted" -- April 2014 http://www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-cascade-county-crimestoppers-most-wanted-april-2014/ http://www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-cascade-county-crimestoppers-most-wanted-april-2014/ KRTV News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:37:56 PM KRTV Great Falls/Cascade County Crimestoppers

GREAT FALLS -- The Great Falls Police Department and Great Falls/Cascade County Crimestoppers have released the April 2014 "Most Wanted" list.

If you have information about the location of any of the people on the list, you're asked to call the GFPD at 406-771-1180, or the 24-hour Crimestoppers Hotline at 727-TIPS (8477).

Click here to visit the GFPD website, or click here for the Crimestoppers page on Facebook.

The GFPD says that although they make every effort to keep the list current, they cannot guarantee the currency of the information; if you have reason to believe that any of the information contained on the list is inaccurate, call Detective Cory Reeves at 406-771-1180 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The GPFD notes that anyone who uses information contained in the list to commit a criminal act against someone else is subject to criminal prosecution.


Brown, Toni Marie: 41 yoa, Native American female, 5'6", 200lbs, brown hair, brown eyes, wanted on: Violation of Terms of Suspended Sentence on Accountability (Theft by Common scheme), felony, total bond $10,000

Baer, Thomas Lee: 47 yoa, white male, 5'11", 195lbs, black hair, brown eyes, wanted on: Nonsupport, felony, total bond $5,000

Barnett, Gary Charles: 60 yoa, white male, 6'4", 220lbs, brown hair, brown eyes, wanted on: Violation of Terms of Suspended Sentence on Theft, felony, total bond $10,000

Monroe, Steven Allen: 40 yoa, white male, 5'8", 175lbs, red hair, blue eyes, wanted on: Violation of Terms of Suspended Sentence on Escape, felony, total bond $40,000

Wilson, James Thomas: 36 yoa, white male, 6'3", 190lbs, brown hair, brown eyes, wanted on: Failure of Violent Offender to Provide Notice of Change of Residence, felony, total bond $10,000

Calftail, Cynthia Faith: 30 yoa, Native American female, 5'9", 140lbs, brown hair, brown eyes, wanted on: Fail to Abide on Escape, felony, total bond $50,000

Williams, Don Edward Jr: 39 yoa, black male, 6', 235lbs, black hair, brown eyes, wanted on: Failure of Violent Offender to Provide Notice of Change of Residence, felony, total bond $10,000

Wolftail, John Pete: 24 yoa, Native American male, 6'2", 238lbs, black hair, brown eyes, wanted on: Failure of Violent Offender to Provide Notice of Change of Residence, felony, total bond $5,000

Wolfblack, Thomas Gabriel: 33 yoa, Native American male, 6'5", 300lbs, brown hair, brown eyes, wanted on: 2 warrants, Violation of Terms of Suspended Sentence on Failure of Sexual/Violent Offender to Provide Notice of Change of Residence, felony and Violation of Terms of Suspended Sentence on Assault with a Weapon, felony, total bond $40,000

Arrowtopknot, Crystal Marie: 33 yoa, Native American female, 5'7", 120lbs, brown hair, brown eyes, wanted on: Fail to Abide on Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs, felony, total bond $10,000

McCann (Smith), Terry Francis: 35 yoa, Native American female, 5'6", 147lbs, black hair, brown eyes, wanted on: Violation of Terms of Suspended Sentence on Forgery (Common Scheme), felony, total bond $5,000

Vaughn, William James: 44 yoa, white male, 5'10", 165lbs, brown hair, brown eyes, wanted on: Violation of Terms of Suspended Sentence on DUI, 4th or subsequent offense, felony, total bond $40,000

Nuno, Michael Daniel: 28 yoa, white male, 5'7", 230lbs, black hair, brown eyes, wanted on: 2 warrants, 2 counts Theft, felony, and Contempt Fail to Pay on DUI,2nd offense, Driving Motor Vehicle while privilege to do so is suspended/revoked, misdemeanor, total bond $6,145

Stiffler, Elliott Wayne: 31 yoa, white male, 5'10", 165lbs, brown hair, blue eyes, wanted on: Violation of Terms of Suspended Sentence on Burglary, felony, Theft, felony, total bond $30,000

White, Randy Lane: 32 yoa, Native American male, 5'10", 230lbs, black hair, brown eyes, wanted on: Fail to Abide on Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs, felony, total bond $10,000

Staudenmayer, Jesse James: 27 yoa, white male, 5'10", 160lbs, brown hair, brown eyes, wanted on: 2 warrants, Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs with Intent to Distribute, felony, and Fail to Abide on Theft, felony, total bond $20,000

Frenier, Alexander Louis: 29 yoa, white male, 6'1", 220lbs, brown hair, green eyes, wanted on: Failure of Sex Offender to Properly Register his Residence, felony, total bond $25,000

Lawrence, Richard Lee: 22 yoa, Native American male, 6'1", 120lbs, brown hair, brown eyes, wanted on: 2 warrants, Fail to Abide on Possession of Dangerous Drugs,felony, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, misdemeanor, Carry Concealed Weapon, misdemeanor, Carry Switchblade Knife, Misdemeanor, Theft, Misdemeanor, Obstructing Peace Officer, misdemeanor and Fail to Abide on Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs, felony, total bond $40,000


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What are the most-photographed places in Great Falls and Montana? http://www.krtv.com/news/what-are-the-most-photographed-places-in-great-falls-and-montana--60826/ http://www.krtv.com/news/what-are-the-most-photographed-places-in-great-falls-and-montana--60826/ KRTV News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:27:00 PM David Sherman What are the most-photographed places in Great Falls and Montana?

GREAT FALLS -- What are the most photographed places in Great Falls? How about in Montana? Or across the U.S or the world?

A website called Sightsmap.com can give you a pretty good idea.

The site uses a Google map to show where people have shared location-based photos based on the number of Panoramio photos at each place in the world.

The darker areas have few photos, the red areas have more, and the yellow areas have a large number of photos geotagged.

The "hottest" places have markers linking photos, streetview, Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, FourSquare and Google Plus articles about the site. The place names are selected by Wikipedia readership numbers and FourSquare check-ins. 

In Great Falls, some of the "hottest" places on the map are Centene Stadium, Giant Springs/Roe River, the Veterans Memorial, the several dams, and the C.M. Russell Museum.

Photos taken in Great Falls Montana

Not surprisingly, the "hottest" area in Montana is Glacier National Park:

Lots of pictures taken at Glacier National Park

 


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13 people dead in Mount Everest avalanche http://www.krtv.com/news/13-people-dead-in-mount-everest-avalanche/ http://www.krtv.com/news/13-people-dead-in-mount-everest-avalanche/ KRTV News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:21 PM Manesh Shrestha - CNN 13 people dead in Mount Everest avalanche

KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNN) -- Another Sherpa guide has died in Friday's Mount Everest avalanche, bringing the death toll to 13, a Nepalese government official said Saturday.

It is the single deadliest accident on Mount Everest, officials said. Three others are missing, said Madhu Sudan Burlakoti of Nepal's Tourism Ministry, and at least half a dozen are injured.

A group of about 50 people, mostly Nepali Sherpas, were hit by the avalanche at more than 20,000 feet, said Tilak Ram Pandey of the ministry's mountaineering department.

The avalanche took place just above base camp in the Khumbu Ice Fall.

Climbers and guides had been setting the ropes for the route, acclimating and preparing the camps along the route when the avalanche hit Friday, said Gordon Janow with Alpine Ascents International in Seattle.

All 50 to 60 climbers were Nepalese locals and Sherpas who were taking food and supplies to the camps, Pandey said.

The climbers are all now accounted for, Pandey said. "Rescue teams have gone ... to look for the missing."

'I did not think I would survive'

One of those who survived is Wangdi Sherpa, 26, who was working with trekking firm Summit Treks to take 13 Britons to climb Everest.

He recounted how he and others were going to set up Camp II, above base camp, when disaster struck -- and it was only by chance that he was not among the victims.

"A big piece of ice suddenly came off the mountain. I did not think I would survive. I am very happy to have survived," said Wangdi, who has reached the mountain's summit three times before.

He and an assistant, who were attached to a safety rope, hid behind a piece of ice as the avalanche came tumbling down, he said.

"We could do that because we were in the front," he said. "Up to 12 of those behind us survived, but the ones after them died. Those who had already crossed ahead when the ice came off also survived.

"We stayed behind the ice for five minutes. By the time we reached base camp it was around 11 a.m. When the ice fell we saw nothing because of the dust," Wangdi said.

'There is always a risk of death'

This latest accident occurred during the spring climbing season, the busiest of the year.

Climbers arrive in April to acclimate to the altitude before heading toward the summit of the world's highest mountain. Ethnic Sherpas act as guides for the mostly foreign clients.

Now the question is whether the planned expedition will go ahead in the wake of Friday's tragedy.

"The Sherpas and the clients are not in a condition to talk to each other at the moment," said Jeewan Ghimire, of Shangri La Treks.

Four of his Sherpas are dead after the avalanche and one is missing.

"It could take a week more before a decision on whether the climb will go ahead will be taken," he said.

According to Ghimire, "A distance is being maintained between the two sides. The clients will have to accept the decision of the Sherpas."

"Our friends and brothers have died. There will be no question of doing anything without a discussion with everyone involved," said Pasang Sherpa, who also has been to Everest before.

"This is our job, so there is always a risk of death. We cannot say that there has been exploitation."

About 334 foreign climbers have been given permission to climb Everest over the next couple of months, with an estimated 400 Sherpas helping them, mountaineering official Dipendra Poudel said Friday.

From May 15 to 30 is usually the best window for reaching the 29,028-foot peak.

Lakpa Sherpa, who has twice reached the summit of Everest, lost his cousin Ang Kaji Sherpa on the mountain on Friday.

Despite that loss, he said safety standards have improved by 80% on what they were 10 years ago, because the Sherpas are better trained. He added, "There is always a risk in this job."

The deadliest year was in 1996

Before Friday, the deadliest single-day toll was from an accident in May 1996, when eight climbers disappeared when a huge storm hit. Their tragic story was chronicled in Jon Krakauer's bestselling book "Into Thin Air."

The deadliest year on Everest was 1996, when 15 people died. Another 12 climbers were killed in 2006.

Until the late 1970s, only a handful of climbers reached the top each year. The number topped 100 for the first time in 1993. By 2004, it was more than 300. In 2012, the number was more than 500.

-- Journalist Manesh Shrestha reported from Kathmandu. CNN's Ed Payne and Tara Kangarlou reported from Atlanta
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Home-school students participating in photography contest http://www.krtv.com/news/home-school-students-participating-in-photography-contest-60821/ http://www.krtv.com/news/home-school-students-participating-in-photography-contest-60821/ KRTV News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:59:48 AM David Sherman Home-school students participating in photography contest

GREAT FALLS - Several home-school students in Cascade County are participating in a photo contest.

The students take photography lessons from home-school mom Cathy Field, who teaches them about the technical aspects of the craft, such as shutters, apertures, and image sensors, along with the artistic angles involved, such as composition and lighting.

Now several of the students, all between 10 and 17 years old, have some of their best photos on display at the U.S. Bank building located at the intersection of 3rd Street NW and NW Bypass.

Throughout the month of April, people are invited to come in and look at the photos and then vote for their favorite.

The manager of the U.S. Bank branch will award a cash prize to the student whose photo garners the most votes, and will hang the winning photo in the bank lobby.

This is the second year for the contest; last year's winner was 14-year old Kira White, who shot this photo:

Winter Arch by Kira White


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Shrine Circus has three shows in Great Falls on Saturday http://www.krtv.com/news/shrine-circus-has-three-shows-in-great-falls-on-saturday/ http://www.krtv.com/news/shrine-circus-has-three-shows-in-great-falls-on-saturday/ KRTV News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:00:51 PM Cody Proctor (cody@krtv.com) Shrine Circus has three shows in Great Falls on Saturday

GREAT FALLS - Direct from Las Vegas, the Shrine Circus is marking its 63rd anniversary, and will have three performances in Great Falls on Saturday, April 19th, at the Four Seasons Arena.

Special animals featured at this years Circus include zebras, camels, tigers, and dogs - and the Jordan world-famous performing elephants.

Other acts will include clowns, jugglers, motorcycles, aerialists, acrobatics, balancing skills, gravity-defying-trapeze artists, wire acts, etc.

The Shrine Circus will also offer a "Commemorative Kids Program," along with two free prizes, to be given away at each performance. These giveaways include five large stuffed animals and five games from Amazing Toys.

Tickets can be bought at Kaufman's, Amazing Toys, or the Four Seasons Arena at Montana ExpoPark.

Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for children ages 2-12 in advancel or $12 for adults, $10 for children ages 2-12 the day of the show. Children younger than 2 are admitted free.

Showtimes on Saturday are 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.


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KRTV 10pm Top Stories - Fri April 18 http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-10pm-top-stories-fri-april-18/ http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-10pm-top-stories-fri-april-18/ KRTV News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:53:22 PM KRTV 10pm Top Stories - Fri April 18

GREAT FALLS -- Top news on KRTV for Friday, April 18, 2014:

Power outages: Friday's strong winds are to blame for power outages that left thousands in the dark in Great Falls. Click here for details.

Wildfire: Gusty winds are suspected of helping a fire burn near Sun Prairie on Friday. Click here for details.

Keystone Pipeline: The Obama Administration announced that the federal review of the Keystone XL pipeline could last until after the November election. Click here for details.

Rocky Acres Horse Rescue update: The Townsend-area couple facing 34 felony charges of cruelty to animals appeared in Broadwater County District Court. The prosecution informed the court that two of the horses in this case are so sick that they need to be humanely euthanized. Click here for details.

Amtrak passenger removed: An Amtrak train was halted unexpectedly near Whitefish after a passenger was forcibly removed for allegedly hitting the trains conductor.

Great Falls Visitor's Center: Due to a tightening budget the Great Falls City Manager's office says it will recommend that the city no longer fund the Great Falls Visitor's Center.


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