Stolen Memorial Sword Turned in by Former Hellgate Student - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Stolen Memorial Sword Turned in by Former Hellgate Student

Posted: Updated:
MISSOULA -

Missoula Police found a stolen sword from a memorial at Hellgate High School in a former student's home.

Fire crews spent an hour searching for the stolen sword, which they initially thought was in the Clark Fork River.

Later, police said the student turned the sword in, saying he found it some bushes near the river.

Todd Geery said the sword was meant to represent strength, and carry on his son Chance's legacy, who died after being struck by a car back in April.

"At first, you know, I thought it was someone being vindictive, but then I thought, why would they do that," Geery said.

He said he bought the sword, and presented it to the school last fall.

"They wanted to give him a plaque for being the toughest guy they ever coached, and he was killed, and I just thought well can we do something better," he explained.

Geery said it was originally attached to a trophy inside Hellgate High School and was later bolted down to a wall.

"And the way it was displayed and the way it was just set there by the school, it could have been anyone," he said.

Police said the sword had been missing since December.

On Friday, fire crews dragged the Clark Fork River searching for it, after receiving a tip students had dropped it off the Higgins Street bridge.

"I've got some names, but I don't have anything concrete, most of it's hearsay," said Hellgate High School Police Resource Officer, Jim Johnson.

Johnson said this afternoon, a former Hellgate student turned the sword in, saying he found it near the bridge.

Johnson said he's still unsure if the student stole it, and knows others were involved.

"But, I'm going to keep investigating this until I can hold somebody accountable for it," he said.

For now, the sword is back with Geery, who said he plans to give it back to Hellgate officials, but only after securing it in a display case.

Geery said, "It's supposed to be at Hellgate until I'm gone, and that's what I hope happens to it."

Police said the high school students involved in the incident will face charges, once they're taken into custody.

We'll keep you updated on this story as we learn more.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Deadly fungus spreads in Everglades, killing trees

    Deadly fungus spreads in Everglades, killing trees

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:52 AM EDT2014-07-25 08:52:02 GMT
    A fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is felling trees across the Everglades, and experts have not found a way to stop a way to stop the blight from spreading.
    A fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is felling trees across the Everglades, and experts have not found a way to stop a way to stop the blight from spreading.
  • Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution

    Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:23 AM EDT2014-07-25 08:23:11 GMT
    U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent - and unusual - request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn't...
    U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent - and unusual - request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn't seem to...
  • APNewsBreak: Gun law based on flawed estimate

    APNewsBreak: Gun law based on flawed estimate

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:25 AM EDT2014-07-25 07:25:11 GMT
    A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was...
    A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly...
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 44 Riverside homes destroyed or damaged in storm

    44 Riverside homes destroyed or damaged in storm

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:46:53 GMT
    RIVERSIDE, Wash. - Many families were still at the Red Cross Shelter set up at Riverside High School in Riverside this morning.An afternoon storm destroyed or damaged 44 of their homes and knocked down close to 100 trees in Riverside Village Mobile Home Park.Many residents said the storm looked like a tornado as it swept through their neighborhood.
    RIVERSIDE, Wash. - Many families were still at the Red Cross Shelter set up at Riverside High School in Riverside this morning.An afternoon storm destroyed or damaged 44 of their homes and knocked down close to 100 trees in Riverside Village Mobile Home Park.Many residents said the storm looked like a tornado as it swept through their neighborhood.
  • Carlton Complex Fire now 52% contained

    Carlton Complex Fire now 52% contained

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:45:02 GMT
    UPDATE: Officials say the massive wildfire that has destroyed about 150 homes in north-central Washington is now more than half contained.The rain and hail that fell on Wednesday, wasn't enough to extinguish the nearly 400-square-mile Carlton Complex of fires, but it gave crews a chance to dig lines along the south and east parts. The fire is 52% contained.
    UPDATE: Officials say the massive wildfire that has destroyed about 150 homes in north-central Washington is now more than half contained.The rain and hail that fell on Wednesday, wasn't enough to extinguish the nearly 400-square-mile Carlton Complex of fires, but it gave crews a chance to dig lines along the south and east parts. The fire is 52% contained.
  • Body Pulled From The Clark Fork River

    Body Pulled From The Clark Fork River

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:26:29 GMT
    The Missoula County Sheriff’s Department and Missoula City Police confirmed a body was pulled out of the Clark Fork river around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.
    The Missoula County Sheriff’s Department and Missoula City Police confirmed a body was pulled out of the Clark Fork river around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.
  • PHOTOS: Severe storm causes power outages, damage to homes

    PHOTOS: Severe storm causes power outages, damage to homes

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:19 AM EDT2014-07-25 04:19:06 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A storm seemed to leave just as fast as it arrived Wednesday in Spokane. High winds blew over trees and utility lines, causing widespread power outages and some severe property damage. INSIDE>>>| Power Outages | PHOTOS |
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A storm seemed to leave just as fast as it arrived Wednesday in Spokane. High winds blew over trees and utility lines, causing widespread power outages and some severe property damage. INSIDE>>>| Power Outages | PHOTOS |
  • Helicopter Crash in Wenatchee

    Helicopter Crash in Wenatchee

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:16:03 GMT
    CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. - A helicopter crashed in Wenatchee on Wednesday.Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration in Renton says the crash occurred on Wednesday in Wenatchee for unknown reasons.
    CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. - A helicopter crashed in Wenatchee on Wednesday.Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration in Renton says the crash occurred on Wednesday in Wenatchee for unknown reasons. He says the helicopter was a Bell 206A Jet Ranger.

  • UPDATE: Search and Rescue Efforts Continue for Flathead Kayaker

    UPDATE: Search and Rescue Efforts Continue for Flathead Kayaker

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:04:28 GMT
    The search for a missing kayaker will continue Monday on Flathead Lake, it's surrounding shores and the Flathead River, after he's been missing for more than 24 hours.
    The search for a missing kayaker will continue Monday on Flathead Lake, it's surrounding shores and the Flathead River, after he's been missing for more than 24 hours.
  • Stevensville Man Denies Sex Crimes

    Stevensville Man Denies Sex Crimes

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:23:48 GMT
    A Stevensville man denies claims he sexually abused and impregnated a pre-teen girl.
    A Stevensville man denies claims he sexually abused and impregnated a pre-teen girl.
  • INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:51 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:51:52 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.