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Sands holds on to win Missoula recount

(MISSOULA)- Diane Sands of Missoula will be heading to the State Senate after holding on to win a hand recount in Missoula County.

Sands had the edge after the results of the November General election. But challenger Dick Haines thought there might have been a problem with a few of the ballots and petitioned the Montana Secretary of State's Office for a hand recount.

Missoula County elections staff started the recount Thursday afternoon, continuing into Friday. Finally on Monday, it was was announced the outcome hadn't changed. Sands wins 3,932 to 3,897. 

The recount didn't reflect any animosity between the two candidates, who were seen hugging and joking with one another after the first tally of the ballots last month. 

Haines paid for the hand recount. 


Report: Missoula housing market strong, sales off slightly

(MISSOULA)- The latest report on the Missoula housing market shows home sales remain strong in 2014, although deals are running behind the pace we saw last year. 

The Missoula Organization of Realtors say the changes are actually driven by a combination of factors, including fewer homes on the market, higher interest rates and last year's harsh winter. 

During the first three quarters of 2014, 836 homes sold at the median sold price of $227,000 compared to 947 homes sold at the median sold price of $215,000 during the same time period in 2013. Although sales numbers in 2014 are lower compared to last year, they are higher compared to the first nine months of 2012 and 2011, revealing slow and steady growth in Missoula’s real estate market. 

“Comparing 2014 to 2013 in Missoula is somewhat unfair,” says Brint Wahlberg, President of the Missoula Organization of REALTORS®. “Interest rates are nearly 1 percent higher, supply of active listings is even tighter than last year, and we had a very cold and snowy winter that delayed buyer and seller activity.”


"Disco BloodBath" called off in Missoula

BFK Productions logo(MISSOULA)- It looks like organizers of the "Disco Bloodbath" are canceling plans for the annual Halloween party, citing a lack of city support. 

Now in its' 5th year, the "Bloodbath" has both its fans, and its detractors, who have been critical of the event being the scene of drug use and other illegal activity in past years. Thousands of people have shown up at the past parties, and while the vast majority haven't caused problems, law enforcement has made arrests of people coming and going in the past. 

Tuesday afternoon, the promoters, BFK productions of Missoula posted on their Facebook page that this year's event was being canceled because the City of Missoula had withdrawn its support for the party. The statement implied city officials had wanted some changes in the event that the promoters couldn't agree to without "fundamentally altering the Disco Bloodbath experience."

BFK had changed its plans to use a 30,000 square foot warehouse close to downtown Missoula in hopes of allowing party goers to use shuttles, ride bikes or walk to the event, thereby alleviating some of the concerns about impaired driving. 


Missoula PD nabs thief who stole thousands in gear

(MISSOULA)- Missoula Police say they've finally been able to nab a thief they believe was responsible for stealing thousands of dollars worth of goods since last spring. 

MPD announced this morning they had arrested 35-year old Jonathan Staggs, who they had been tracking since last April. 

Detectives say the break in the case came when a witness reported seeing a man wheeling some construction grade concrete away from a local job site. That information helped them look at thefts with other similar characteristics, and the eventual recovery of hundreds of items including, bikes, tools, construction equipment and camping gear. 

Now, work is starting to connect all the stolen merchandise with its owners. Police say if you previously reported a theft, and think your equipment might be included in the recovery, you can contact Detective Brad Waln at; or by leaving a voice mail at (406) 552- 6318. You should include your MPD report number with the call or email. 



Missoula Police investigating fatal fall

(MISSOULA)- Missoula Police believe a man who fell five stories to his death from a downtown building Thursday evening was alone at the time. But they are checking to make sure. 

Missoula Police officers and emergency crews were called to the intersection of Ryman and Broadway just before 6:00 p.m. when someone saw a man fall from the top of the apartment building. Witnesses say the man falling, but didn't see what happened right before the fatal plunge. 

MPD detectives believe the 35-year old victim was alone on the roof. But they are hoping to hear from additional witnesses that might help their investigation. If anyone was witness to this incident, please contact Det. Mark Blood at (406) 552-6281, or Det. Jamie Merifield at (406) 552-6291.

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