Dec. 29 Montana News Briefs


Lawsuit claims school failed to protect student from teacher

MISSOULA (AP) — The parents of a former student have filed a federal lawsuit against a western Montana school district, claiming school officials did not protect their daughter from being sexually harassed and assaulted by a teacher.

The Missoulian reports the lawsuit against the Frenchtown School District also claims officials did not take adequate action to protect students after it received a complaint years earlier against the same teacher.

The teacher Troy Bashor pleaded not guilty in October to a misdemeanor sexual assault charge.

Court records say the girl told investigators that Bashor touched her inappropriately on several occasions in 2016.

District officials told the newspaper on Wednesday that they did not receive a copy of the lawsuit and declined to comment.

District officials say Bashor is still on paid administrative leave.


No injuries after train hits 

semitrailer stuck on tracks

MISSOULA (AP) — The driver of a semitrailer that got stuck in the snow at a western Montana railroad crossing was able to get out of the truck before it was struck by a freight train.

Frenchtown Rural Fire spokesman Mel Holtz says the semi got stuck at a crossing in Frenchtown at about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The semi was pushed about 25 feet (about 8 meters) into a Montana Rail Link maintenance building, which was damaged.

Two crossings were closed for about three hours while crews worked to clear the wreckage.


Montana firefighter injured by exploding ammunition

HELENA (AP) — A Montana firefighter suffered a wrist injury when he was struck by exploding ammunition while battling a mobile home fire near Lincoln, northwest of Helena.

Lincoln Volunteer Fire Chief Zach muse says the nine firefighters battling the chimney fire Tuesday night had to take cover for about 30 minutes when a supply of ammunition in the house began exploding.

The injured firefighter was hiding behind one of the pumper trucks when he was hit. Muse said he didn’t know the extent of the firefighter’s injury. Some of the trucks were damaged, as well.

In addition to the ammunition, the homeowners had firewood stacked by the front door.
The couple that lived in the house escaped safely.