Archive for July 20th, 2009

by jhwygirl

I got slammed by some a while back for calling a woman who could have looked the other way a hero – a woman who could have looked the other way as is the tendency these days – a woman who essentially handed police a murder suspect.

Well, looks like there are two more everyday heroes around town – or at least visiting. A kidnapping attempt of 3 children at the Crossroads store near the Wye was thwarted when two men came to the assistance of two women who were attempting to stop the man from taking the car the children were sitting in.

Again – these two men could have continued on whatever it was they were doing, but instead, they stopped the man, wrestled him to the ground and held him there until police arrived. Turned out he had a gun. Concealed.

Don’t worry, Gary Marbut – I won’t go further…

…and he was drunk.

Ooops, sorry Mr. Marbut…

The two men go unnamed…but to whomever they are, they deserve a community THANK YOU.

I’m starting here at 4&20’s community: Thanks guys, whoever you are.

UPDATE: The Missoulians superlawandjusticereporter Tristan Scott reports that David Larson, the would-be kidnapper, had a permit to carry the handgun.

by jhwygirl

Yesterdays very good Missoulian story from reporter Keila Spzaller contained lots of interesting quotes from political observers and lawyers and stuff like that. Good read, if you haven’t hit it already.

What I found funny was this quote from one of Ward 5’s Lawsuiters, Dick Haines (Ward 5’s other Lawsuiter is Renee Mitchell). Haines is, apparently, already feeling a need to reply to challenger Mike O’Herron:

I don’t want people to think that we take this lightly. I don’t want people to think that we’re suing our employer.

Why would he say that? Because at last weeks candidate forum, Mike O’Herron was asked, specifically, what he thought about about the current lawsuit filed by council members – two of ’em being from Ward 5. O’Herron first pledged not to sue the city for his first term (which drew laughter) and then went on to say that he couldn’t understand why someone would want to sue their employer.

So Haines has, obviously, gotten some feedback on that – and clearly, it’s on his mind.

Mike O’Herron is an Independent – something he reiterated a couple of times during Tuesday’s forum. He said that he’d be glad to get the endorsement of the County Dems – and noted that he’d be equally pleased to get the endorsement of the local Republicans, too.

Red Tape notes that O’Herron did get the endorsement.

Several organizations give out endorsements in the cities non-partisan races. Next up will be the Missoula Building Industry Association’s forum, Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel.

Schedule is as follows (from their website):
3:30 – 4:00 Meet and greet
4:00 – 4:10 Overview of the importance of Business Development in Missoula and introduction of candidates with Dr. Patrick Barkey with the Bureau of Business and Economic Development – UM
4:10 – 5:00 Q&A to Present Their Goals for Business Development in Missoula
5:00 – 5:30 Networking with Candidates

Beer, Wine and Snacks provided
Cash Bar

There is no charge to attend!

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