Billings Municipal Court
Last Monday, the first time the council took a look at a draft nondiscrimination ordinance, all sorts of delay tactics were dragged out: Have voters decide, have the attorney general decide, refer it to a committee.
Billings mayoral candidate John McFadden said he is considering taking legal action against the wife of Mayor Tom Hanel, saying she slandered him at a public forum.
More than a month after filing opened for city elections, Billings and Laurel are still in need of good candidates to give voters choices.
The Yellowstone County jail was built to hold a maximum of 297 inmates. Last week, it held 438.
The city of Billings spends $10,000 per vehicle to put state-of-the-art mobile data terminals and software in each Police Department patrol car. With 75 patrol vehicles in the fleet, citizens have a substantial investment in technology.
Billings Police Officer Matthew Edwards had a confession to make Monday morning, shortly after he spent part of the morning standing in front of friends, family and new coworkers.
A Billings attorney has been charged with professional misconduct for making threatening remarks to another attorney.
Since January, 32 of the most dangerous DUI offenders in Yellowstone County have been held to a higher level of accountability for their crimes.
Billings Municipal Court Judge Sheila Kolar needed only a few hours to secure an OK from the state Supreme Court that allowed her to take the bench Tuesday.
Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Sheila Kolar was chosen on Monday night as the city's new Municipal Court judge.
The City Council will try again Monday night to pick a new Municipal Court judge to fill a one-year appointment.
Four people have applied to replace Billings Municipal Court Judge Mary Jane Knisely, who was elected in November to fill a new District Court judge position.
More than 52,000 Yellowstone County residents voted in Tuesday's election, choosing a new sheriff, county attorney and district judge and retaining all other incumbent county officials. On statewide races and issues, Yellowstone County majorities voted the same as majorities of all Montanans.
An independent study of Montana District Court caseloads determined that Yellowstone County needs two additional judges to handle the work of the state’s busiest District Court. If two new judges were being chosen on Nov. 2, we would recommend Damon Gannett and Mary Jane McCalla Knisely.
A 39-year-old woman was given a deferred sentence Tuesday for causing a two-vehicle crash while driving drunk. She told the judge she would never drink alcohol again.
On just one day, Sept. 15, The Gazette printed stories of three separate felony cases of drunken driving.
When Jeff Eccles took the stand in a Billings municipal court recently, he was greeted with more than a perfunctory announcement of his name and case number.
On days that Billings Municipal Court is in session, there's not nearly enough room for everyone to sit down. The crowd of defendants, companions and attorneys fills the cramped hallway outside the second-floor courtroom, which doubles as the City Council chambers. The court's customers ofte…