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Wednesday
Oct012014

Missoula PD nabs thief who stole thousands in gear

(MISSOULA)- Missoula Police say they've finally been able to nab a thief they believe was responsible for stealing thousands of dollars worth of goods since last spring. 

MPD announced this morning they had arrested 35-year old Jonathan Staggs, who they had been tracking since last April. 

Detectives say the break in the case came when a witness reported seeing a man wheeling some construction grade concrete away from a local job site. That information helped them look at thefts with other similar characteristics, and the eventual recovery of hundreds of items including, bikes, tools, construction equipment and camping gear. 

Now, work is starting to connect all the stolen merchandise with its owners. Police say if you previously reported a theft, and think your equipment might be included in the recovery, you can contact Detective Brad Waln at bwaln@ci.missoula.mt.us; or by leaving a voice mail at (406) 552- 6318. You should include your MPD report number with the call or email. 

 

Thursday
Sep252014

Missoula Police investigating fatal fall

(MISSOULA)- Missoula Police believe a man who fell five stories to his death from a downtown building Thursday evening was alone at the time. But they are checking to make sure. 

Missoula Police officers and emergency crews were called to the intersection of Ryman and Broadway just before 6:00 p.m. when someone saw a man fall from the top of the apartment building. Witnesses say the man falling, but didn't see what happened right before the fatal plunge. 

MPD detectives believe the 35-year old victim was alone on the roof. But they are hoping to hear from additional witnesses that might help their investigation. If anyone was witness to this incident, please contact Det. Mark Blood at (406) 552-6281, or Det. Jamie Merifield at (406) 552-6291.

Tuesday
Sep232014

Former principal accepts contract buyout

(MISSOULA)- Weeks after stepping down for an undisclosed incident involving his Vice Principal, former Sentinel High School Principal Tom Blakely will go one leave for the rest of the year, with Missoula County Public Schools buying out his remaining contract.

Blakely was forced to step down earlier this month following an incident at the high school involving Vice Principal Libby Oliver. Although school administrators never elaborated on the details of what they called a "personnel matter", but both were forced to step down from their positions at Sentinel. 

Now, MCPS is announcing Blakely is resigning, effective June 15th, 2015. He'll remain on leave for the remainder of the year. As part of the structured settlement, Blakely has agreed to retire, with the district buying out the remaining $90,000 on his contract. 

In a statement, MCPS officials said they appreciated "the public's patience during this difficult time."

Blakely's position is being filled on an interim basis by Ted Fuller, with Margo Duneman filling in as interim assistant principal. 

Oliver was re-assigned to Hellgate High School as an interim assistant principal. 

Tuesday
Sep092014

Bring your nose, city wants help solving smell

(MISSOULA)- Missoula officials are hoping residents' sense of smell will help them in tracking down a smell that's raising a stink on the city's north side. 

Last month the Missoula City County Health Department decided to form a special task force to explore the problems with what appears to be a natural gas or oil smell that's been strong enough to make some people sick in Northside and Westside neighborhoods. Dozens of complaints have been received since the problem was first noticed last spring. 

Neighbors are worried the smell may be toxic. But pinning down the source has been difficult. 

Now, the task force is holding a special meeting to collect more information from residents to help with its investigation. The panel is hoping to hear from people who've experienced the odors, and especially to hear specific dates, times and weather conditions. 

That meeting starts at 7 tonight at the Health Department at 301 West Alder. 

Monday
Sep082014

Authorities looking for another missing UM student 

(MISSOULA)- Missoula County Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help to locate a missing University of Montana student who is overdue from a weekend fishing trip.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office says 21-year old August Kramer hasn't been seen since he told his roommate he was going fishing on Sunday. His last debit card transaction was in Lolo. 

Kramer is described as tall and lean, 6'2" tall, and was driving a dark Toyota Landcruiser.

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