WHITEFISH, MT – Gregory Rodriguez, the host of Sports Channel’s “A Rifleman’s Journal”, was shot to death by a woman’s husband, who then turned the gun on himself.
According to police Rodriguez, 43, died Thursday in the town of Whitefish after being shot by 41-year-old Wayne Bengston, who apparently didn’t like the fact that the TV personality was visiting Bengston’s wife.
Rodriguez was in Montana on business and at the home of the woman’s mother when Bengston showed up and placed Rodriguez on the end of a gun he was not accustomed to. After shooting and killing Rodriguez, Bengston beat his wife before taking their 2-year-old son to a relative’s home.
Police would find Bengston’s truck parked in his driveway and would find Bengston inside his home dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police say they do not believe that Rodriguez’s relationship with the woman was a romantic one. She works for a firearms manufacturer and met Rodriguez, a married father of two children, at a trade show and formed a casual relationship.…Continue Reading
KALISPELL, MT — If anyone would have ever old me that one day I would be using an image of Harry from HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS in an article on this site, I would have never believed it. Hoped for? Yes. Believed it? Nope.
But that day has come, thanks to a man in Montana who was killed after being struck by two cars while dressed as a sasquatch.
According to friends, 44-year-old Randy Lee Tenley wanted to start a Bigfoot hoax by dressing in a military-style camouflage ghillie suit, and making appearances along Highway 93. So on Sunday night, Tenley donned his garb and stood in the right-hand lane of the highway, in hopes of scaring passing motorists.
Tenley’s plan may have worked out a lot better had he not decided to stand on the highway at night. In clothing designed to help you blend in with foliage. At the same two teenage girls were driving on it.
Tenley was first struck by a vehicle driven by a 15-year-old girl who says she was unable to avoid hitting him.…Continue Reading
Great Falls, MT – Some former students and employees of Dahl’s College of Beauty have filed a lawsuit claiming they were sexually harassed and forced to wax one instructor’s pubic hair.
Fifteen former students of the school, as well as the school’s former director and former director of financial aid, filed the lawsuit against the school after they say they were unjustly expelled or fired for filing complaints regarding the behavior of some of the school’s instructors.
The students say they paid nearly $10,000 to the school that promised to teach them the basics needed to work on clients and “all the necessary skills you need to pass the Montana State Board Exam.” What they say they got was instructors who did not properly teach the curriculum and instead, according to the lawsuit, routinely slept, surfed the Internet, conducted personal business, made sexual remarks, and delegated their duties to unqualified, unlicensed students.
I know, I know — you don’t care about that, you came for the pubic hair. Well, the lawsuit also alleges that one particular instructor would publicly expose her genitals and require students to wax her pubic hair.…Continue Reading
BILLINGS, Montana – An 8-year-old boy has been accused of shooting his 5-year-old friend and then leaving the boy to die.
The two boys were at a High Sierra dog park with their parents and had been given permission to go to a nearby wooded area to play. A short time later two girls, ages 12 and 13, were riding their bikes in the area and found the 5-year-old lying on a dirt path. He had been shot.
Covered in blood and drifting in and out of consciousness, one of the girls stayed with the boy while the other went to get her dad. Not long after the other girl had gone, John Crawford found the boy and girl while jogging through the area and called 911.
“I just saw a boy who was covered in blood and moaning, and a girl who looked up at me bawling,” Crawford told the Billings Gazette. “I didn’t know what to think. I just tried to keep the boy calm.”
The boy was rushed to the hospital and as of Friday, was listed in stable condition after undergoing surgery.…Continue Reading
Helena, MT - Sherwin Shayegan, 28, admitted in court to jumping on two soccer players at a state high school tournament held in Helena in October and demanding piggyback rides.
“I made a mistake,” Shayegan told Helena Municipal Court Judge Bob Wood. “I was just trying to be funny and get a piggyback ride.”
Innocent fun? You decide…
Deputy Helena City Attorney Luke Berger pointed out at the hearing that Shayegan has already been, in fact, permanently banned from any high school sporting event in the state of Montana by the Montana High School Association. Add to this that Shayegan himself told police at the time of his arrest that he is also banned from school sporting events in the states of Washington and Oregon.
The piggyback attacks are not limited to sporting events, though. In September 2009, Shayegan was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault after reportedly telling a high-school athlete that he wanted to interview him for a term paper. Police said that, after the student noticed that Shayegan was behaving strangely and attempted to leave, Shayegan also jumped on that student’s back and demanded a piggy back ride.…Continue Reading
The owner of the pilfered panties apparently confronted Savinelli as he attempted to open her door with a credit card. In his possession, a bag of her undies. The woman told police Savinelli claimed he had been “masturbating to them.”
Savinelli reportedly told the woman he used to live in the house had broken in several times when she wasn’t there. On the day in question, he was trying to get back into the home to return the frillies he had stolen the day before.
Savinelli returned the woman’s undergarments and pleaded with her not to call the police. He then handed her his voter registration card and fled the scene.
Savinelli has since been charged with burglary and attempted burglary, and is being held in the Gallatin County jail on $10,000 bond.…Continue Reading
BILLINGS, Montana — Investigators say the man who was attacked by a wounded grizzly bear did not die from the mauling, but rather a gunshot from the friend who was trying to save him.
The hunting trip from hell happened on Sept 16 along the Montana-Idaho border where four people had gotten together to hunt some black bear. After splitting into groups of two, 20-year-old Ty Bell shot what he thought was a black bear.
He and his hunting partner, 39-year-old Steve Stevenson, waited around for 15 minutes and began tracking the bear they figured was now dead. They eventually found the bear but unfortunately for the men, the bear was very much alive and wasn’t a black bear at all.
There are only about 45 grizzly bears in the entire 2.4-million acre Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem, and Bell happened to shoot one of them.
The grizzly, being pretty pissed off about getting shot, turned on both men and started for Bell. Stevenson, in a heroic attempt to save his friend, began making noise to distract the bear.…Continue Reading
Kalispell, Mt – Two years after prosecutors say 18-year-old Justine Winter purposely steered her vehicle into the path of another in a botched suicide attempt that killed two people, she has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Winter was convicted of two counts of deliberate homicide back in February after a jury found that after a fight with her boyfriend, she intentionally steered her car into the path of a vehicle driven by 35-year-old Erin Thompson, who was four months pregnant.
The resulting collision claimed the lives of Thompson, her unborn baby and her 13-year-old son, Caden Odell. Winter was left with broken bones, internal injuries and a brain injury. Winter has always maintained she doesn’t remember anything about the crash or the circumstances that led up to it. She just insists she never intended to harm anyone.
But the evidence proved otherwise.
During the trial, text messages Winter sent to her boyfriend after their break-up and moments before the crash were read to the court. Messages that included these gems. ”If I won, I would have you,” one text message read.…Continue Reading
Bozeman, MT- It seems like there has been a lot of stabby, crabby people this month and it makes me glad I choose to hibernate during Winter. Deputies responded to the home of 52-year old Kimberly Parac-Kesler last Wednesday night after receiving a report of an assault. The officers found Kimberly in her home “visibly intoxicated, emotionally charged and alternated between being angry and crying sorrowfully.” Kimberly told the officers that she and her disabled husband, whom she provides care for, had been arguing after returning from a bar. Sometime during the argument, Kimberly picked up a hatchet and whacked her husband in the head with it. The blow left a rather large laceration in the poor guy’s noggin. Court documents state Kimberly’s husband was seated when she struck him and there was no physical contact prior to the assault. Kimberly Parac-Kesler, who is also disabled, was charged with assault with a weapon.… Her bail was set at $10,000.Continue Reading
COOKE CITY, MT - One camper was killed and two others injured after being attacked by a bear while they slept in their tents. Authorities believe only one bear was responsible for the three separate attacks that happened between midnight and 2 a.m. Wednesday. A female suffered severe lacerations from bites on her arms, while another male was bitten on his calf. Their injuries are not life threatening. But another man wasn’t so lucky. He was found dead at the western edge of the Soda Butte Campground after having been dragged from his tent and mauled to death. What a terrifying way to die. While I admit I do not know how I will die, there are a few ways I know I will not. My parachute will never fail to open, I will never have a bungee cord snap, I will never crack my skull cliff-diving and I will never be eaten by a bear – mainly because I never plan to sleep where bears eat. I know, I don’t get to experience the joys of camping, but I also don’t get to experience watching an animal swallow my scalp.…Continue Reading
Billings, MT- During a storm early last Wednesday morning, a resident notified police after she heard a loud crash outside her home and looked out to find that a car had hit a telephone pole. The resident said she witnessed a woman remove two young children from the wrecked vehicle before running down an alley in the heavy downpour. Officers arrived and found the vehicle had sheared the pole in half. Officers also found that both of the vehicle’s front airbags had deployed, the key was still in the ignition and transmission was still in drive. Two children’s car seats were in the back and on the passenger seat was a full syringe filled with methamphetamine. Another officer arrived and said that he had tried to stop the same vehicle for speeding about 30 minutes before the crash was reported, but the female driver had eluded him. One of the officers walked down the alley and found a half open garage door. Inside the garage, the officer found two children, ages 4 and 2, huddled together asleep.…Continue Reading
Oklahoma City, OK This story is reminiscent of the darker writings by William Faulkner. When the news story came across the wire, shades of “As I Lay Dying” played out in my head. (If you haven’t, you must read that story.) It’s a tale of a family with a mother who lays down to die while her oldest son builds her coffin outside the bedroom window so she could approve each board used. And she does die, leaves one wish – to be buried in Missouri. Their journey begins from their home in Mississippi in a ass-drawn carriage…and it’s hot… buzzards following them the entire way because momma is now stinking to high heaven. Which is so very close to what the Wolfs must have smelled before they buried their 11 year-old daughter the first time.…Continue Reading
Great Falls, MT – Being from the Midwest means I’ve had to build a tolerance to the many jokes regarding the stereotypical redneck. Well, not so much a tolerance to the jokes but rather: the stereotypical redneck! Here, the mullet haircut is still the most requested $10 style in the “salons”. Busch and Bud are the beers of choice because, by God, this is Anheuser-Busch country. And what the hell is the favorite past time, you ask? NASCAR. (Nothing goes better with Busch products. Think I’m full of shit? Head to their website. “Site contains fishing, hunting, and NASCAR information”)…Continue Reading
Update: 3/4/09-Jerry Lindau, facing seven felony counts of sexual assault against children, was found dead in his cell on Wednesday. More details at end of article.
…while I’m on the subject of bad babysitters
Billings, MT–Jerry Lindau, 62, and his wife Jacque, ran an unlicensed daycare out of their home and cared for at least 12 pre-school aged children. The Lindau’s claim that all of those children are relatives. You probably know where this one is going, don’t ya?…Continue Reading
Great Falls, MT–What do you do when things are rough and you’re having a tough time? Take a long hot bath? How about a nice long walk? Do you curl up into the fetal position, suck your thumb, and cry for your mommy? Or, do you take a crying baby and bash her tiny head into a crib? Guess which option Alicia Jo Hocter (Myspace) went with. Alicia’s boyfriend walked out the door Wednesday afternoon, leaving his 6-month-old daughter in Alicia’s care. When he returned just a couple of hours later, Alicia was rocking the unresponsive child. He called 911. When paramedics arrived at the apartment, the baby was convulsing with seizures. Medical staff at Benefis Health reported that the baby’s brain was bleeding, her retina was detached and she suffered seizures throughout the night. They indicated that ‘there was quite some force used on the child.’ When questioned, Alicia initially told investigators ‘she was trying to put the baby in a crib and the child slipped out of her hands and struck the edge of the crib.’ Yeah, we already know how slippery little kids can be.…Continue Reading
Great Falls, MT–Jeffrey Bone, 34, is a man with varied interests. I can think of four right off the top of my head; ghosts and the paranormal, photography, ladies underwear, and unconscious women.
Great Falls, MT – It was damned cold in Cascade County this past weekend, and late Friday/early Saturday, the air temperature was well below zero. Such a bitter cold persuades the more prudent among us to leave the car parked in the garage and stay in all night. Maybe root around in the back of the DVD cabinet for a forgotten favorite, or pull the old skin magazines out of the closet for some time with the Ladies of the ’80s. Maybe perform a few double-clicks to hit the Demon for the very latest in asshattery.
But 22-year-old Jeramey Sheeler had someone to see, weather be damned, and off he went in his Jeep. This all would’ve been just fine and dandy, except that sometime around midnight, Sheeler arrived at his destination, parked, turned off the ignition…and left his 4-year-old daughter asleep in the vehicle.…Continue Reading