For the Record

March - April

[Independent Record – Helena PD incident report]

  • At 2:22 a.m., an officer responded to the 300 block of Euclid for a report of a theft/shoplift.  At the conclusion of the investigation, a 20-year-old man was cited and released for theft and underage possession of alcohol.

March 5, 2017

  • At 12:15 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Hialeah County for a welfare check on a female.  Officers located the female.  Investigation into the incident led to a 17 year old female being issued a citation for underage possession of alcohol.  The juvenile female was referred to Helena Municipal Court.

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The Reality I See as a Pediatrician in the Emergency Room

[By Kathleen Berchelmann, MD, FAAP – pediatrician @ Mercy Children’s Hospital.  8/31/2015]

A 15 year-old stumbled into my ER at 2 am, barely conscious, supported by his terrified mother. He was out with friends, dropped off at home, seemed tired, and went to bed. The mom of one of his friends just called, and her son is in another ER unconscious, poisoned by something someone allegedly slipped into his drink. "They must have done the same thing to him," my patient's mother tells me. 

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Judge denies bail reduction in Yellowowl meth case

[Great Falls Tribune – March 3, 2017 – Montana (pg M2)]

Judge denies bail reduction in Yellowowl meth case 


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A district judge on Thursday denied a request to reduce bail for a man charged with giving a 12-year-old girl methamphetamine.

Bengamin Ray Yellowowl, 25, requested his bail be reduced to $50,000 with a condition of GPS monitoring if he were to bail out. District Judge Thomas McKittrick denied the motion, citing the seriousness of the offense, prior felony convictions and adding his belief that Yellowowl is a flight risk.

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Parents warn about alcohol at other homes

[Great Falls Tribune – March 2, 2017 – Dear Abby (pg M5)]

Parents warn about alcohol at other homes 

Dear Abby: I have seen letters in your column from parents who want to ensure their children’s and teenagers’ safety when visiting their friends’ homes. A question parents need to ask the hosting parents is what their drug and alcohol policy is.

We wrongly assumed (and trusted) that our daughter’s friends’ parents did not facilitate access to alcohol or drugs to minors. We realized — too late — that from the time she was 15, our daughter had access to unmonitored alcohol and was sometimes encouraged to consume it in these homes.

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