Sep 19, 2012 7:49 PM by KXLH
Top stories on KXLH for the evening of Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
- Police Pursuit: Lewis & Clark County Undersheriff Dave Rau has confirmed that a third person has been taken into custody following an hours-long search by law enforcement officials. Officials spent much of Wednesday afternoon pursuing the suspect who was involved in the reported theft of a vehicle. Two people were apprehended sometime after 3 p.m., but the third person continued to elude authorities until finally being taken into custody in Lincoln. Authorities have not yet released the names of any of three people, nor given out any further information at this point.
- Charges Filed: Two men are charged with multiple counts of deceptive practices after allegedly stealing credit card numbers from patrons of a Helena restaurant. Liang Wang, 29, and Ke Xu, 25, appeared in Helena Justice Court on Wednesday on six felony counts each. They are accused of stealing credit card information from at least six customers at the L& D Chinese restaurant in Helena and then going on a spending spree on July 29th. They were later arrested in Butte trying to use the alleged stolen card numbers again.
- Stebbins Charged: William S. Stebbins of Helena has been charged with breaking into a women's apartment, and then stealing and forging a check. The alleged incident occurred in 2011 when the woman reported her check missing, which was later found to be written out to Stebbins and cashed at the Gold Bar. Stebbins, who was the former manager of a local TV station and former manager of the Capitol Hill Mall, is being held on a $50,000 bond. If convicted on the burglary charge he could face up to 20 years in prison.
- Fortune Update: Keith James Fortune III is currently being held in the Cascade County Juvenile Detention Center in Great Falls, but will be remanded to Juvenile Court soon. Fortune agreed to a plea bargain in order to have his case heard in youth court. If Fortune will admit to all charges in Youth Court he faces time in Pine Hills until age 18. He may then be placed on probation under supervision until age 25. He would have to pay restitution as well. He is accused of accosting and robbing a person and then trying to sell the stolen drugs at the Last Chance Stampede and Fair several weeks ago.
- Mother Charged: Jasmine Nicole Eskew made her initial appearance in a Great Falls courtroom. charged with with felony aggravated assault and felony criminal endangerment after reportedly admitting that she shook her 6-month old daughter. The baby was airlifted to a hospital in Spokane late Tuesday night. During the court appearance, officials in Spokane contacted the Cascade County Attorney's office to inform them that the infant is brain dead. County Attorney John Parker then filed an amened bond request, and bond for Eskew was subsequently raised from $50,000 to $100,000.