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. () () Wed, 3 Sep 2014 02:09:03 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRTV.com http://www.krtv.com/ 144 25 Great Falls chiropractor's license revoked for "sexual" touching of employees http://www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-chiropractor-s-license-revoked-for-sexual-touching-of-employees/ http://www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-chiropractor-s-license-revoked-for-sexual-touching-of-employees/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 7:05:08 PM David Sherman (david@krtv.com) Great Falls chiropractor's license revoked for

GREAT FALLS -- Reese Riggin, a chiropractor in Great Falls, has had his professional license revoked by the Board of Chiropractors of the Montana Department of Labor & Industry.

Documents filed in the case state that Riggin required employees to undergo chiropractic treatment periodically in order to understand the principles and benefits of chiropractic. Two of the female employees alleged that during their treatments, Riggin touched them inappropriately and sexually.

There are no reports that Riggin engaged in any unprofessional behavior with patients.

The revocation order states:

Engaged in unprofessional conduct by making comments of a sexual nature and touching buttocks, breasts and vagina under the guise of providing chiropractic care. Also, engaged in unprofessional conduct by failing to keep adequate patient records that are legible and meet the minimum requirements.

We do not yet know if criminal charges have been filed; we have contacted the Montana Department of Justice to find out, and will provide an update when we get more information.

This is not the first time that Riggin has had his license revoked. In 1997, the Idaho State Board of Chiropractic Physicians revoked his license to practice chiropractic medicine in the state of Idaho. Four years later, Riggin was denied for initial licensure in the State of Washington.

On October 12, 2001, the Montana Board of Chiropractors denied Riggin's initial application to sit for the Chiropractic Examination.

A judgment of conviction and order of probation in April 1999 in the District Court of the Seventh Judicial District of the State Of Idaho states that Riggin pleaded guilty to an amended charge of Sexual Exploitation by a Medica] Care Provider, and the District Judge Brent J. Moss ordered that Riggin was guilty of the crime as charged in the amended infonuation and ordered that Riggin be placed on probation to the court for a period of two years, with 90 days in jail with 80 days suspended, pay a $750 fine, and write a letter of apology to all victims.

Riggin completed the terms of his probation in 2001 and the criminal charges were dismissed on August 7, 2006.

On September 27, 2006, the Idaho State Board of Chiropractic Physicians denied Riggin's application to reinstate his chiropractor license based upon insufficient evidence to establish rehabilitation.

In 2007, the Montana Board of Chiropractic granted a license to practice to Riggin with the following conditions:

A. Mr. Riggin must submit proof of successful completion of the NBCE Ethics & boundaries exam to be taken at his own expense; and
B. Mr. Riggin must submit a letter detailing Mr. Riggin's practice situation, the 1] name of his peer supervisor, and the work schedule for Mr. Riggin and his peer supervisor, and such conditions must be approved by the Board.

Documents filed in 2008 show that the Montana Board of Chiropractors, in reviewing Riggin's Application for Licensure, referred Riggin for psychological and psychosexual evaluation.

The evaluator recommended the following: Riggin should complete a medical ethics or sexual boundaries course; Riggin should have peer supervision for at least a year; and Riggin should only see female patients in the presence of an assistant or aide.

Here are some excerpts from the documents:

Great Falls chiropractor has license revoked for sexual assault of employees

Great Falls chiropractor has license revoked for sexual assault of employees

Great Falls chiropractor has license revoked for sexual assault of employees


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Drowning victim identified as MSU student from Helena http://www.krtv.com/news/drowning-victim-identified-as-msu-student-from-helena/ http://www.krtv.com/news/drowning-victim-identified-as-msu-student-from-helena/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 6:32:30 PM Brooke Boone Drowning victim identified as MSU student from Helena

ENNIS LAKE -- Search and recovery efforts ended at Ennis Lake on Tuesday after the body of Trevor Ball of Helena, 19 years old, was located.

Ball was swimming with friends on Monday when he went under the water and never came back up.

Scent dogs made a hit on a specific area - the same area where the young man was last seen. That's where divers focused most of their efforts.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m. they found Ball's body.

"This was our divers' first successful recovery," said Brent Taylor, vice president of the Gallatin County Tactical Dive Team. "He knew instantly."

Taylor explained the difficulties the team were up against in this recovery effort: "We had entanglement issues, where divers get caught in their lines. It was a little dangerous. There was zero visibility."

The recovery started as a rescue effort on Monday. Madison County Sheriff David Schenk says there were a lot of people swimming in the area and they are relying on witness testimony to determine what happened.

"He got at least half-way across before they noticed he went down," said Schenk. "He wasn't calling for help."

Divers say the young man was not caught up on any debris under the water when they found him.

"He was laying on the surface of the ground," said Taylor.

Schenk, along with rescue members, say this is a stark reminder for even the best swimmers.

"This water is for people who wish to enjoy it," Schenk said. "I just have to say you can be the best swimmer in the world, but a life jacket is the safest way. It's a lifesaver."

"Even if you are a good swimmer," Taylor added.

Ball's parents came from Helena and were at the site of the recovery.

Officials are calling it an accidental drowning but they do plan to perform a toxicology test.

 


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KRTV Evening Top News - Tue Sep 2 http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-evening-top-news-tue-sep-2/ http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-evening-top-news-tue-sep-2/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 6:19:57 PM KRTV Evening Top News - Tue Sep 2

GREAT FALLS -- Top news on KRTV for the evening of Tuesday, September 2, 2014:

- One person is dead and three others were injured after a small plane went down near Kings Hill Pass in Cascade County on Tuesday. Click here to read more.

- Toney Couch of Cut Bank died when his motorcycle went off the road in Havre. Click here for more information.

- Reese Riggin, a chiropractor in Great Falls, had his professional license revoked by the Montana Department of Labor & Industry after two female employees alleged that Riggin touched them inappropriately and sexually. Click here for details.

- David Thomas Weisbarth II of Great Falls has been sentenced for the sexual abuse of a minor. Click here to read more.

- - Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman says crews have suspended the search George Baumann of Stevensville, who has been missing since last week. Dog teams, volunteers from Ravalli County Search and Rescue and Ravalli County Sheriff's Office deputies searched all day on Saturday and Sunday, but Hoffman says they found no signs of Baumann. Hoffman says they've searched almost 90 miles inside a more than ¾-mile circle centering on Ambrose Saddle. He says the investigation into Baumann's disappearance will continue until he is located.

- - Montana's appellate public defenders have had a massive increase in their duties over the last few years - and that has "serious consequences" for the rest of Montana's court system, according to Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath. Click here for details.

 


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Lone Peak high school basketball coach accused of having sex with two players http://www.krtv.com/news/lone-peak-high-school-basketball-coach-accused-of-having-sex-with-two-players/ http://www.krtv.com/news/lone-peak-high-school-basketball-coach-accused-of-having-sex-with-two-players/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 6:15:28 PM Beth Saboe - Bozeman Lone Peak high school basketball coach accused of having sex with two players

BOZEMAN -- Cyle Keith Kokot, the girl's basketball coach for Lone Peak High School in Big Sky, is behind bars in Gallatin County, accused of having a sexual relationship with two of his teenage players.

Kokot, 22, is charged with two felony counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

Kokot made his initial appearance in Gallatin County Justice Court on Tuesday morning, where his bond was set at $250,000.

Officers arrested the Lone Peak middle and high school girls basketball coach on Friday, August 29.

According to court documents, a teenage girl who played for Kokot told her parents that she had been engaged in an intimate relationship with her coach that started in January of 2014. She also said she was compelled to have sex with him despite telling him she didn't want to. The girl then gave officers the name of a teammate who she said also had a relationship with Kokat.

When authorities interviewed the second teenager, she told them that she started a sexual relationship with the coach in the summer of 2013. She also said Kokat knew her age.

During Tuesday's court hearing, Gallatin County attorney Marty Lambert asked Justice of the Peace Bryan Adams to set Kokot's bail at $500,000. He told the judge that the 22-year-old "abused his supervisory authority as a coach."

Bail was set at half that amount, but Justice Adams told Kokot that he was concerned that the crimes alleged were predatory in nature. He also gave him a list of restrictions that he must follow if bail is posted, including staying at least 1,000 away feet from any school.

"I don't want him anywhere near where minors might be," said Justice Adams.

Kokot's defense attorney said his client admits to having a sexual relationship with both of the teenage girls, but said the relationship was consensual.

Big Sky Schools superintendent Jerry House issued a statement Monday saying the school district is working with the Gallatin County Sheriff's office in their investigation.

"It is incomprehensible to us as a school and community that this alleged behavior could occur", said Superintendent Jerry House. "Please be assured that our staff and teachers are preparing for school opening as scheduled."

Kokot's next court appearance is scheduled for September 19.

 


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Blog: Mountain snow, plains rain for Wednesday http://www.krtv.com/news/blog-mountain-snow-plains-rain-for-wednesday/ http://www.krtv.com/news/blog-mountain-snow-plains-rain-for-wednesday/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 5:57:58 PM Meteorologist Mike Rawlins Blog: Mountain snow, plains rain for Wednesday

Thanks for stopping by the STORMTracker Weather Blog.

It was difficult to head back to work on Tuesday with the sunshine and comfortable temperatures outside, but Mother Nature will have many running indoors on Wednesday. A cold front will sweep through the Treasure State overnight and much cooler air will arrive from Canada.

I'll be watching snow levels closely overnight, because rain will be falling in Glacier National Park. As that cooler air moves in, snow levels should drop to near 6000 feet by early Wednesday. 1-3" of snow is expected in the park's mountains, which may slow down travelers in the area.

Click here to read more about the Winter Weather Advisory in effect.

While GNP deals with snow, it's going to be all rain for the plains of north central Montana. I'm expecting scattered showers to move out into the plains by late Wednesday morning and continue into the evening hours. Fortunately, we're not looking at excessive rain amounts, which means we shouldn't have to worry about flooding. Most locations will receive less than .10" of rain through Wednesday evening.

Mike


Here's a look at the timing of the rain from our Tru Vu Forecast model:

Tru Vu Forecast


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Montana's Chief Justice says increased caseload of public defenders has serious consequences http://www.krtv.com/news/montana-s-chief-justice-says-increased-caseload-of-public-defenders-has-serious-consequences/ http://www.krtv.com/news/montana-s-chief-justice-says-increased-caseload-of-public-defenders-has-serious-consequences/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 5:43:10 PM Sanjay Talwani (sanjay@kxlh.com) Montana's Chief Justice says increased caseload of public defenders has serious consequences

HELENA -- Montana's appellate public defenders have had a massive increase in their duties over the last few years - and that has "serious consequences" for the rest of Montana's court system, according to Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath.

In a letter last month to Governor Steve Bullock's budget director, McGrath notes that the caseload of the Office of the Appellate Defender - which is responsible for appeals from District Court for criminal defendants who cannot afford an attorney - rose to 265 criminal appeals in 2013 after staying around 200 in previous years.

Put another way, the office reported August 1st that it had experienced a 42% increase in its caseload over the previous three years.

While in the past the defenders would often ask the high court for two or three extensions before filing their opening briefs, "it now is not unusual for them to make a sixth or seventh request for an extension of time to file the opening brief on appeal," McGrath wrote in the letter to Office of Budget and Program Planning Director Dan Villa.

That's not because the lawyers want to file more appeals; McGrath says the increase in appeals is tied to an increase in the number of cases filed in District Court.

Fewer than 1% of all District Court cases involving public defenders are appealed to the Montana Supreme Court.

Wade Zolynski, the chief appellate public defender, said many of the defendants seeking appeals are sitting in prison, and victims seeking closure have to await the conclusions of the cases.

But also caught up in the delay are foster children seeking permanent homes and whose parents are appealing the termination of their parental rights.

Appeals on the termination of parental rights jumped from 38 in 2011 to 61 in 2013, according to McGrath's letter, with 51 already filed this year as of August 5.

"Those children cannot be adopted out to permanent homes until the appellate process is over," Zolynski said.

The defenders are required by law to file appeals when clients insist. Zolynski, in his August 1st update to the Montana Public Defender Commission, says his office is doing what it can to reduce caseload - by carefully screening clients for indigence and advising some clients to voluntarily withdraw appeals, for example.

The office also suffers high turnover - 36% annually among its attorneys, and 61% among support staff. McGrath notes in his letter that lawyers typically leave for other state jobs with salaries about $20,000 higher.

"The staff is overworked and underpaid," McGrath wrote.

The office has 10 attorneys including Zolynski.

In his letter, McGrath asks Villa to consider increasing the budget of the Office of Public Defender in the governor's budget proposal to the 2015 Legislature.

A spokesman for Bullock said the governor allocated $625,000 in discretionary funds to the office in the current biennium. He also said Villa is working with the defenders to cone up with a proposal for the Legislature.

The Legislative Law and Justice Interim Committee meets Wednesday to discuss some issues, including possible legislation, related to the Office of the Public Defender and Office of the Appellate Defender.

 


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Weisbarth sentenced for sexual abuse of a minor http://www.krtv.com/news/weisbarth-sentenced-for-sexual-abuse-of-a-minor/ http://www.krtv.com/news/weisbarth-sentenced-for-sexual-abuse-of-a-minor/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 5:41:38 PM Joe Huisinga (joe@krtv.com) Weisbarth sentenced for sexual abuse of a minor

GREAT FALLS -- David Thomas Weisbarth II of Great Falls has been sentenced for the sexual abuse of a minor.

Weisbarth, 33 years old, was sentenced to 100 years in the Montana State Prison, with 50 of the years suspended.

Charges were first filed against Weisbarth in February of 2013, and he was later found guilty of sexually molesting a young girl.

Court documents indicate that Weisbarth admitted to having sexual fantasies about children but denied molesting the victim.

Judge Kenneth Neill addressed the court before handing down the sentence, saying that to betray the trust of a child was one of the most reprehensible crimes to commit.

Weisbarth was designated as a Tier 2 sex offender and will not be eligible for parole for 25 years.


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1 person dead, 3 injured in plane crash SE of Great Falls http://www.krtv.com/news/1-person-dead-3-injured-in-plane-crash-se-of-great-falls/ http://www.krtv.com/news/1-person-dead-3-injured-in-plane-crash-se-of-great-falls/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 3:47:54 PM KRTV 1 person dead, 3 injured in plane crash SE of Great Falls

GREAT FALLS -- One person is dead and three others were injured after a small plane went down near Kings Hill Pass in Cascade County on Tuesday afternoon.

Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards confirms that one person was killed in the crash; the victim's identity has not yet been released.

The plane took off from the Great Falls International Airport at around 1 p.m. on Tuesday and crashed near the parking lot of the Silver Crest Ski Area minutes later.

According to our reporter at the scene, debris from the plane is scattered over an area roughly 100 yards long.

We're told survivors of the crash flagged down someone driving down Highway 89 and directed them to call 911 for help.

Belt Ambulance was dispatched to take some of the victims to Benefis hospital in Great Falls and a Mercy Flight helicopter was called in for additional support. The nature and extent of their injuries has not been disclosed at this point.

The National Transportation Safety Board is handling the crash investigation and an agent is on the way to the crash scene.

Great Falls International Airport director John Faulkner says the plane was a single-engine Cardinal Cessna.

We are working to determine where the plane was headed.

According to STORMTracker meteorologist Mike Rawlins, adverse weather conditions were not present at the time of the crash.

Rawlins says the plane was flying with unlimited visibility and no ceiling, meaning a layer of clouds was not present.

At the time of the crash, wind speeds near Kings Hill Pass at and near ground level were around 10-15 mph, with gusts near 30 mph.

Rawlins says wind speeds weren't unusually strong in the area at the time, even at 10,000 feet above the surface. He says top wind speeds at that altitude were near 30-40 mph.

Stay with KRTV for continuous coverage of this breaking news.


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Community mourns death of Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Deputy http://www.krtv.com/news/community-mourns-death-of-lewis-and-clark-county-sheriff-s-deputy/ http://www.krtv.com/news/community-mourns-death-of-lewis-and-clark-county-sheriff-s-deputy/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 2:25:18 PM Dennis Carlson - Helena Community mourns death of Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Deputy

HELENA -- Law enforcement officers in and around Helena are mourning the loss of one of their own today, as Tim Zarske, a Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Deputy, died following a cardiac event at his home, according to County Coroner Mickey Nelson.

Zarske joined the Sheriff's Department as a dispatcher when he was a teenager, and became a deputy in 1993.

Following a stint as a resident deputy in Lincoln for a number of years, Zarske was promoted to sergeant where he was in charge of the office vehicle maintenance program.

Sheriff Leo Dutton said, "It is very devastating because Tim had his 20 years in and could retire, but stayed because he enjoyed his job. Really, really enjoyed time with his family, I'm 99-percent sure his best friend was his wife. The citizens of Lewis and Clark County were served very well by Tim's years of service. I want to thank them for their patience...their understanding."

Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton issued the following statement:

It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow that I announce the passing of 48 year old Sergeant Tim Zarske. Tim passed away early this morning at St. Peters' hospital. Our condolences to his wife Tammy and their family. Sergeant Zarske served with the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office for over 20 years, beginning his career as a dispatcher. The funeral services are pending and we will announce further details as they become available.

Services for Zarske are pending at Anderson, Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home.

A benefit fund has been established for the Zarske family at Valley Bank of Helena.

 


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Cascade County Sheriff swears in three new deputies http://www.krtv.com/news/cascade-county-sheriff-swears-in-three-new-deputies/ http://www.krtv.com/news/cascade-county-sheriff-swears-in-three-new-deputies/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 1:40:17 PM KRTV Cascade County Sheriff swears in three new deputies

GREAT FALLS -- Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards administered the oath of office to three new deputies on Tuesday.

Christopher Arauja, Joseph Culver, and Joseph Payne will soon attend the 12-week Basic Law Enforcement Academy and after graduation they will begin a 14-week Field Training program.

The Sheriff's Office shared this photo on its Facebook page.


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Small-plane crash reported SE of Great Falls http://www.krtv.com/news/small-plane-crash-reported-se-of-great-falls/ http://www.krtv.com/news/small-plane-crash-reported-se-of-great-falls/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 1:30:02 PM KRTV Small-plane crash reported SE of Great Falls

GREAT FALLS -- Emergency crews have been dispatched after receiving reports that several people may have been injured in the crash of a small plane southeast of Great Falls.

The incident was reported at about 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday.

Initial reports indicate that the plane went down near mile marker 30 of US Highway 89.

We have a reporter on the way to the scene and will keep you updated.


(UPDATE, 2:35 pm) An aviation official has confirmed that a small plane crashed under unknown circumstances approximately 30 miles southeast of Great Falls in the vicinity of mile marker 30 on US Highway 89.

We have received word that there were four people on board the plane. There is no word yet on whether any of them sustained serious injuries.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

We have a reporter at the scene and will update you as we get more information.


(UPDATE, 3:20 pm) We have learned that the single-engine Cessna left Great Falls International Airport at about 1 p.m.

The plane reportedly crashed near Kings Hill southeast of Great Falls; someone nearby spotted it and called 911.

A Mercy Flight helicopter from Benefis hospital was dispatched to the scene.

There is no word yet on whether any of the people on the plane were seriously injured.


(UPDATE, 3:50 pm) One person has died and three others were injured; click here for the latest information.

 


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Winter Weather Advisory issued for the Rocky Mountain Front http://www.krtv.com/news/winter-weather-advisory-issued-for-the-rocky-mountain-front-65548/ http://www.krtv.com/news/winter-weather-advisory-issued-for-the-rocky-mountain-front-65548/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 1:14:59 PM Meteorologist Mike Rawlins Winter Weather Advisory issued for the Rocky Mountain Front

GREAT FALLS -- Wintry weather is expected impact the higher elevations of Glacier National Park on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Northern Rocky Mountain Front above 6000 feet.

This advisory goes into effect at 3 a.m. Wednesday and expires at 9 p.m.

Remember, the advisory means snow is expected, which may cause travel problems.

Rain is expected to fall in this area this evening and should change over to snow after midnight.

1-3" of accumulation is expected above 7000 feet, including Logan Pass.

Stay with STORMTracker Weather for continuous coverage of this wintry weather.


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Obituary: Jacqui Lynn Harmala-Arndt http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-jacqui-lynn-harmala-arndt/ http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-jacqui-lynn-harmala-arndt/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 1:08:27 PM Obituary: Jacqui Lynn Harmala-Arndt

Jacqui Lynn Harmala-Arndt was born in Billings, MT on May 28, 1983 to proud parents Mark and Becky Harmala. As a child, Jacqui was daring and fearless, quickly making her a leader. Her favorite childhood memories always included family and friends. This love for others was never lost on anyone. She thrived on making people happy.

Jacqui also excelled in athletics. Being active was a very important part of her life. Growing up she developed a passion for Softball. She was competitive and always pushed herself to be the best she could possibly be.

Jacqui graduated High School from Billings West in 2001. Energetic and free spirited, she dove into her adult life with full force. She began a career as a CNA. In time, her career would transition into being a small business owner.

During the winter of 2003, while visiting her favorite small town, Jacqui met the love of her life, Jeffrey Arndt. As their relationship blossomed, she chose to make Belt, MT her home. After several wonderful years together, they welcomed their first child into the world. Karson James was born June 1, 2006. Being a mother was Jacqui's proudest achievement. Not long after they were blessed with two more beautiful babies. Markki Grace was born December 2, 2010 and Parker Rae on March 18, 2013. Jacqui loved her children more than words can say. She was always coming up with fun things that her and the kids could do. Her amazing artistic abilities were put to use daily. She had no lack of imagination and shared all of her family adventures with others.

Being around people was a necessity of life for Jacqui. Her strong personality drew people in and they quickly became friends for life. There was never a dull moment spent with this special person, her infectious laugh and snappy wit brightened everyone's day.

She had a unique and deep connection with her Father, we find peace in the fact that she is reunited with him and they will spend an eternity playing music together. She was preceded in death by her Grandparents, Elmer & Grace Jarvi; Father, Mark Ernest Harmala; Father in Law, Dennis Arndt; and Bob Schreiner. She is survived by her Husband, Jeffrey Dennis Arndt; Children, Karson James Arndt, Markki Grace Arndt, and Parker Rae Arndt; Grandparents, Jim & Billie Spitzer; Mother, Becky Ann Harmala; Siblings, Jason Emil Harmala (Kayla) & Jennifer Marie Harmala (Matt); Niece, Marissa Elizabeth Hall; Mother in Law, Trudy Whitmore (Steve); Sisters in Law, Jessica Arndt (Bob) & Katie Whitmore (Pat); Brother in Law, Michael Whitmore (Michaela); along with several other family and friends that meant the world to her.

We lost Jacqui on August 30, 2014 in a motor vehicle accident. Celebration of her life will be held at Belt Valley High School Gymnasium on Saturday September 6th at 1pm and continued at Belt Pavilion.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you please send donations to help support Jacqui's Husband and Children during this tragic time by clicking here.


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Obituary: Clara Pearl (Metvedt) Wacker http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-clara-pearl-metvedt-wacker/ http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-clara-pearl-metvedt-wacker/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:49:40 PM O'Connor Funeral Home Obituary: Clara Pearl (Metvedt) Wacker

Clara Pearl (Metvedt) Wacker, 88, of Great Falls and a longtime resident of Cut Bank, passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Peace Hospice.

Memorial services for Clara will be held Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Great Falls.

A graveside service will be held Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10:30 am at Crown Hill Cemetery in Cut Bank.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of O'Connor Funeral Home.

Clara was born January 19, 1926 in Westby, MT to Ole and Ida (Nelson) Medvedt.

Click here to read the complete obituary and share condolences.


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Missoula strip-club shooting victim identified as investigation continues http://www.krtv.com/news/missoula-strip-club-shooting-victim-identified-as-investigation-continues/ http://www.krtv.com/news/missoula-strip-club-shooting-victim-identified-as-investigation-continues/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:40:13 PM MTN News - Missoula Missoula strip-club shooting victim identified as investigation continues

MISSOULA -- Authorities have identified Christopher Michael Hymel of Louisiana, 23 years old, as the man who was shot to death early Monday morning in front of the Fox Club.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office says Hymel died after being shot once in the chest "by manner of homicide."

The incident happened at around 1:15 a.m., with a witness telling MTN News that the incident began Hymel throwing punches at another man who was inside a pickup truck in the parking lot.

Hymel then stepped back from the pickup truck and took off his shirt. That's when the witness says the man inside the pickup truck got out of the vehicle, pulled a gun and fired a single shot.

The witness says there were several people in the area at the time of the shooting, with some calling 911 and others rushing to aid Hymel.

A witness said that after firing the shot, the shooter placed the gun in the back of the pickup truck.

Missoula police arrived and performed CPR on Hymel. Police spokesman Sgt. Travis Welsh says Hymel was taken to the hospital by ambulance where he later died.

The shooter stayed on the scene at the strip club, and Welsh says a 27-year-old man identified himself as the shooter, and immediately surrendered himself and his weapon to officers.

Welsh says the 27-year-old is cooperating with authorities and has been interviewed by detectives. No arrests have been made in the case at this point, and the investigation is continuing.


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Great Falls chiropractor has license revoked for "sexual" touching of employees http://www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-chiropractor-has-license-revoked-for-sexual-touching-of-employees/ http://www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-chiropractor-has-license-revoked-for-sexual-touching-of-employees/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:28:24 AM David Sherman (david@krtv.com) Great Falls chiropractor has license revoked for

GREAT FALLS -- Reese Riggin, a chiropractor in Great Falls, has had his professional license revoked by the Board of Chiropractors of the Montana Department of Labor & Industry.

Documents filed in the case state that Riggin required employees to undergo chiropractic treatment periodically in order to understand the principles and benefits of chiropractic. Two of the female employees alleged that during their treatments, Riggin touched them inappropriately and sexually.

The revocation order states:

Engaged in unprofessional conduct by making comments of a sexual nature and touching buttocks, breasts and vagina under the guise of providing chiropractic care. Also, engaged in unprofessional conduct by failing to keep adequate patient records that are legible and meet the minimum requirements.

We do not yet know if criminal charges have been filed; we have contacted the Montana Department of Justice to find out, and will provide an update when we get more information.

There are no reports that Riggin engaged in any unprofessional behavior with patients.

Here are some excerpts from the documents:

Great Falls chiropractor has license revoked for sexual assault of employees

Great Falls chiropractor has license revoked for sexual assault of employees

Great Falls chiropractor has license revoked for sexual assault of employees

This is not the first time that Riggin has had his license revoked. In 1997, the Idaho State Board of Chiropractic Physicians revoked his license to practice chiropractic medicine in the state of Idaho. Four years later, Riggin was denied for initial licensure in the State of Washington.

On October 12, 2001, the Montana Board of Chiropractors denied Riggin's initial application to sit for the Chiropractic Examination.

A judgment of conviction and order of probation in April 1999 in the District Court of the Seventh Judicial District of the State Of Idaho states that Riggin pleaded guilty to an amended charge of Sexual Exploitation by a Medica] Care Provider, and the District Judge Brent J. Moss ordered that Riggin was guilty of the crime as charged in the amended infonuation and ordered that Riggin be placed on probation to the court for a period of two years, with 90 days in jail with 80 days suspended, pay a $750 fine, and write a letter of apology to all victims.

Riggin completed the terms of his probation in 2001 and the criminal charges were dismissed on August 7, 2006.

On September 27, 2006, the Idaho State Board of Chiropractic Physicians denied Riggin's application to reinstate his chiropractor license based upon insufficient evidence to establish rehabilitation.

In 2007, the Montana Board of Chiropractic granted a license to practice to Riggin with the following conditions:

A. Mr. Riggin must submit proof of successful completion of the NBCE Ethics & boundaries exam to be taken at his own expense; and
B. Mr. Riggin must submit a letter detailing Mr. Riggin's practice situation, the 1] name of his peer supervisor, and the work schedule for Mr. Riggin and his peer supervisor, and such conditions must be approved by the Board.

Documents filed in 2008 show that the Montana Board of Chiropractors, in reviewing Riggin's Application for Licensure, referred Riggin for psychological and psychosexual evaluation.

The evaluator recommended the following: Riggin should complete a medical ethics or sexual boundaries course; Riggin should have peer supervision for at least a year; and Riggin should only see female patients in the presence of an assistant or aide.


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Memorial service scheduled for Fort Shaw fire chief Dave Anderson http://www.krtv.com/news/memorial-service-scheduled-for-fort-shaw-fire-chief-dave-anderson/ http://www.krtv.com/news/memorial-service-scheduled-for-fort-shaw-fire-chief-dave-anderson/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:12:11 AM KRTV Memorial service scheduled for Fort Shaw fire chief Dave Anderson

GREAT FALLS -- Services for Chief Dave Anderson of the Fort Shaw Fire Department will be held at the Montana ExpoPark's Central Park on Saturday September 6th, starting at 2 p.m.

Jon Marshall, the assistant chief of Gore Hill Fire Rescue, says that the public is encouraged to attend the services and line the procession route.

The Procession starts at 1pm at the Old Skyline Bar (Exit #277), to left (South) on Old Airport Road; Airport Road, to left on Interstate 15 North I-15 North, to Central Ave Exit 280; Right (East) on Central Ave, to left (North) onto 6th St North West; Right (East) into 6th street entrance into MT ExpoPark.

In honor of Chief Anderson, a memorial fund has been created. Donations may be made at any 1st Liberty Credit Union branch in the name of his wife Barbara Anderson.

Anderson, the chief of the Fort Shaw Fire Department, died last week from injuries he sustained in a crash while responding to a fire near Vaughn in July.


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Victim of motorcycle crash in Havre identified http://www.krtv.com/news/victim-of-motorcycle-crash-in-havre-identified/ http://www.krtv.com/news/victim-of-motorcycle-crash-in-havre-identified/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:58:15 AM DaVonté McKenith Victim of motorcycle crash in Havre identified

GREAT FALLS -- Toney John Couch of Cut Bank has been identified as the man who died who on Saturday night after his motorcycle went off the road in Havre.

The Montana Highway Patrol says the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. on 1st Street North in Havre.

Couch was reportedly heading east when the motorcycle went off the right side of the road.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Speed was not a factor in the crash, but the MHP does not yet know if alcohol played a role.

The MHP is still investigating.

Couch was 39 years old.

 

 


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Benefit in Cascade aims to help 4-year old boy battling leukemia http://www.krtv.com/news/benefit-in-cascade-aims-to-help-4-year-old-boy-battling-leukemia/ http://www.krtv.com/news/benefit-in-cascade-aims-to-help-4-year-old-boy-battling-leukemia/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:27:53 AM DaVonté McKenith Benefit in Cascade aims to help 4-year old boy battling leukemia

GREAT FALLS --  Kyler Streib was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when he was just 18 months old. He is now four, and has since relapsed twice.

He has gone through rigorous treatments, including chemo and radiation, and now needs a bone marrow transplant.

He is the son of Misty and Robert Streib. His family is from Great Falls, but has had to relocate to Seattle, Washington, for treatment and the transplant.

A benefit on Wednesday, Septemeber 3rd, at 3 p.m. will be held to raise money to help the family with living, travel, and medical expenses.

The event will be hosted at the Chestnut Valley Equestrian Center in Cascade. 

For more information, call 868-1677 - or visit the group & event on Facebook.


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KRTV Morning News - Tue Sep 2 http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-morning-news-tue-sep-2/ http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-morning-news-tue-sep-2/ KRTV News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 7:51:44 AM KRTV Morning News - Tue Sep 2

Top news on KRTV for the morning of Tuesday, September 2, 2014:

- Emergency crews will resume the search for a 19-year old Montana State University student who was reported missing at Ennis Lake on Monday. Click here for details.

- Two people were taken to the hospital on Monday afternoon after a rollover crash near Lake Elwell. Click here for details.

- A man was shot and killed early Monday outside a strip club in Missoula on Monday; witnessed said that it began with a man throwing punches at another man inside a pickup truck. Click here for details.

- A woman from Washington is listed in good condition at St. Peter's Hospital in Helena after being found unconscious in a vehicle on Sunday afternoon. Click here for details.

- Great Falls hosted the annual Labor Day picnic, with an estimated 2,000 people turning out for food, fun, and music. The event was hosted by the Central Labor Council and most of the food and refreshments were donated from around the community. Governor Steve Bullock (D) was among the attendees, and says Labor day is more than just a three day weekend, and believes Montana has plenty to celebrate. He said, "We created 12,000 jobs this year alone, if you look at all the markers, I mean our economy's doing a lot better than the national average, far exceeding all the way. But really what it is also, it's celebrating families and celebrating that you know we all work hard, we have the hardest workers in the nation here in Montana and we want to continue to build on the good things happening."


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