Helena Police Department News

May 9, 2016


5/7/16 @ 11:54am An off-duty MHP officer reported seeing a male drinking alcohol while driving. Officers located and stopped the vehicle near Ewing and Lyndale Avenue. Daniel Michael Laughlin (35 yrs of age, Helena) was cited for Open Container in a Motor Vehicle and released.

5/6/16 @ 11:35am An officer responded to the area of Carter Drive and Prospect Avenue concerning two small children appearing to be trying to cross the street. The officer located the two near the highway and found they lived nearby. The officer returned the two to their home and arrested 24 yr old Cierra Rae Winkler and 28 yr old Cody Allen Rogstad, both of Helena, for Endangering the Welfare of Children. Both were cited and released.

5/7/16 @ 4:53 pm An officer investigated a shoplifting from a business in the 1400 blk of Cedar Street. Two people concealed and stole several items of clothing from the store. The suspects have been identified and the officer will be applying for warrants for their arrest.

5/6/16 @ 2:50pm An officer investigated a shoplifting from a business in the 3100 blk of North Montana Avenue. The officer arrested a 14 year old female for concealing merchandise and leaving the store without paying. The juvenile was cited and released to a parent.

5/8/16 @ 8:36am An officer received a report from Bill Roberts Golf Course of 2 hole flags and several tee markers being stolen from the course overnight.

5/5/16 @ 12:44pm An officer investigated a reported fraud from a business in the 1300 blk of East Custer Avenue. The business reported several checks that had been written on closed accounts, including checks reported as stolen in another Montana city. Suspects have been identified and the investigation is continuing.

5/6/16 @ 3:18pm Officers were called to the area of Pine and Davis Street concerning a disturbance. Officers located a male and female along side the street. While investigating the disturbance, officers determined the male - Jacob George Freiburg (34 yrs of age, Helena) was obviously intoxicated and was currently under probation/parole supervision. Freiburg was arrested for violating the terms of his probation, in addition to two District Court warrants for his arrest. He was booked at the detention center. The female - Misty Lasonia Helm (40 yrs of age, Helena) was initially discovered to be possession of drug paraphernalia (a smoking pipe). During the course of the investigation, Helm also kicked two officers and grabbed/scratched at another. Helm was eventually arrested and booked at the detention center for 3 counts of misdemeanor Assault, Resisting Arrest and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. No one was injured in the incident.

5/6/16 @ 6:55pm An officer investigated a possible Craigslist scam. A Helena resident responded to an on-line ad to rent a property, later to discover the property was not for rent and the poster was not the property owner.

5/7/16 @ 9:22am An officer is investigating a theft from a business in the 1400 blk of Euclid Avenue. A suspect has been identified; the investigation is continuing.

5/8/16 @ 7:59am Officers were called to a disturbance in the 100 blk of North Beattie Street. After investigation officers arrested Timothy Robert Dratz (51 yrs of age, Helena) for Aggravated Assault and Unlawful Restraint. It is alleged Dratz choked the victim and did not allow her to leave the residence during the disturbance. Dratz was booked at the detention center.

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