W 'Htfi 31 Small A convicted sex offender who lives in Gallatin County agreed to be interviewed if his identity was concealed. He was given the pseudonym James. He attends Montana State University and receives weekly counseling because he is a convicted sex offender.
The sheriff and the police know if he lives next door to you. He served five years in prison in another state and underwent six months of sex offender therapy that he says didn't help him at all. Should law officers make sure you know the names and whereabouts of the 1, sex offenders who live outside of prison in Montana? Last month, the department quietly implemented a policy apparently the first of its kind in the state warning the community that convicted sex offender Arthur Miller had been released from prison and moved back to Livingston.
The department took out advertisements in the local newspaper and handed out about pamphlets proclaiming Miller's return and urging parents to educate their children about the dangers of being out alone. He was born and raised in Livingston and is the father of two. All but four states in the country require sexual offenders to register with local law enforcement when they move into a community.
Montana, which passed the registration law in , and 16 other states make some of that information available to the public. AP Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole reignited his presidential campaign Saturday with an overwhelming victory in the South Carolina Republican primary the springboard to a critical series of contests over the next 10 days.
He said he now considers Political trail6A himself the front-runner, a mantle he lost two weeks ''' ' ': That's why he took out newspaper ads when an offender returned. Maxwell says public needs protection registration and notification laws in Montana and across the country.
The next day, his body was found in a cemetery. The boy had been choked, beaten in the head and molested by Robert Hornback, who had been out of prison three months for sexually assaulting a year-old Libby boy. Ryan Van Luchene's family had no idea they lived yards away from where Hornback molested his first victim. Van Luchene's mother, Jane Christman, has fought since Ryan's death for registration and notification laws in Montana. She said she was "tickled" about Livingston's new policy.
In the summer of , national attention focused on the issue when 7-year-old Megan Kanka of New Jersey was lured into the house across the street from her home where a convicted pedophile named Jesse Timmendequas lived with two other convicted child abusers. Kanka was sexually assaulted and strangled with a belt. Kanka's killing set people all over the country to wondering about who their neighbors are. Eager to bring peace to the chase, Gingrich advised several lagging candidates to face reality and quit.
With 96 percent of the South Carolina precincts counted, Dole had 45 percent to 30 percent for Pat Buchanan and 13 percent for publisher Steve Forbes. Lamar Alexander was at 11 percent, a weak showing in his home region. Dole won all 37 of South Carolina's delegates and moved to the top of the AP delegate count with Forbes was next at 60 with Buchanan at The big states were just ahead, with delegates needed to clinch the nomination.
Dole defeated Buchanan by siphoning support among the voter blocs that had been more loyal to the fiery commentator in earlier states, including Ross Perot backers and religious conservatives.
The county sheriff knows where these men live of them as of last October. He thinks you should, too. I think it's time for a change. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state have access to that information and routinely use it.
For example, if a child reports that she is being watched by a strange man in Billings Heights, city police check their records for convicted pedophiles living in the area. If a Highway Patrol officer pulls over a car driven by a registered sex offender, he'll probably verify the safety of the other people in the car. The state statutes, though, say that only the offender's name is part of the public record. Further information such as the convict's crime, his address, where he works or what he looks like can only be released by an order of a District Court judge.
That system doesn't necessary insure the protection of the community, said Maxwell, whose office keeps track of the registered sexual offenders for Billings and Yellowstone County. Everybody gets to enjoy it," he said, and it just might entice tourists to tarry longer. Because of the prohibitive cost of liability insurance, the group plans to donate the finished product to the city as a park, something that would get it under the city's umbrella insurance coverage.
But how did a town with no falls get named Columbia Falls? There are competing anecdotes, some colorful.. Chamber president Stahlberg is partial to the one that blames or credits the post office.
The town started out with the name Columbia, suggested by the wife of an early postmaster because it stood at the head of the Columbia River Basin. But as Stahlberg heard it, Columbia kept getting mail that was supposed to go to Columbus, and vice versa. Also, Columbia got mail addressed to Columbia, Missouri, since some postal patrons used "Mo" as an abbreviation for both states.
So Columbia was' arbitrarily dubbed Columbia Falls to end the mix-ups. Yup, there's no falls in Columbia Falls, as most savorers of Montana trivia already realize. But many of the 2 million tourists who motor through nearby Glacier National Park each year don't know that, and they often wander through town wondering how to find the falls. So civic leaders plan to build one on a vacant hillside right along Nucleus Avenue near the intersection of Highway 2.
The falls will be about 25 feet wide and will tumble down a foot stair-stepping cascade through large native river rocks, dropping about 15 vertical feet. At the base will be a small plaza paved with bricks, and park benches where downtown shoppers, employees and visitors can relax or enjoy lunch in summer. The five-man teams ski through a slalom course with a foot section of hose. The Cody team won the trophy for the third straight year.
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