May 20, 2013 9:11 PM
Top stories on KRTV for the evening of Monday, May 20, 2013:
- Peterson In Custody: Jayson Peterson, wanted in connection with a suspected arson fire on March 27th at a U-Haul store, has turned himself in to the Great Falls Police Department. Sgt. Bryan Slavik of the GFPD said that Peterson turned himself in on Monday and is now in the county jail.
- Amber Alert Update: Jamie Finley, arrested on Sunday after assaulting a Polson mother and then kidnapping her child, has been released from custody by a Polson judge. Finley was charged with one count of felony kidnapping after she reportedly assaulted the mother of Lillianah Dawn Marie BigCrane before taking the girl and driving away in an SUV late Saturday. Polson Police Chief Wade Nash told us that Finley is the sister of the woman she assaulted. The child has not been returned to her mother and father and remains in the custody of the Tribal Department of Family Services.
- Flood Outlook: There is increasing concern about the current runoff situation around Montana. The overall flood outlook calls for near-average flooding potential but it wouldn't take much to change things quickly. With rain falling on top of more than 30 inches of snowpack in some higher elevations, it could cause river and stream levels to rise rapidly. Since it had been so dry, most of the rain so far has been absorbed by the soil but once things become saturated, the concern will increase.
- Road Work: Construction crews east of Great Falls had planned to re-open the 7-mile stretch of Highway 87 from Armington Junction to Raynesford on Sunday, but wet weather pushed the opening back. Residential traffic will still be allowed access this week, but other vehicles will continue to be detoured until the anticipated re-opening on Friday. May 24.
- Buckle Up: The Montana Highway Patrol is promiting a "Click It Or Ticket" campaign to encourage more Treasure State residents to wear their seatbelt when traveling by car.
- Schweitzer: Former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer has been elected as the chairman of the Stillwater Mining Company's board of directors.
He says shareholders around the world need to "focus like a laser" on Montana's assets.
- Unemployment: Last week the Montana Department of Labor announced that the state's unemployment rate dropped a tenth of percentage point and now stands at 5.5%. But what does this mean? Are there more people out of work than the numbers might indicate? Reporter Marnee Banks answers these questions in a special report.