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Ex-University of Great Falls student sentenced to prison for student aid fraud

A former University of Great Falls student will spend six months in federal prison for his role in a fraud involving his parents to get student aid.

December 17, 2014 3:01 pmLoading…
At least 9 couples will wed at 10:11 a.m. on 12/13/14

At least 9 couples will wed at 10:11 a.m. on 12/13/14

At least nine area couples plan to dress in their finest on Saturday morning for their last chance at celebrating a synchronous wedding.

December 12, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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More plea deals struck in tribal corruption case

More plea deals struck in tribal corruption case

A former Chippewa Cree tribal council member pleaded guilty Monday to embezzlement, tax evasion and other federal charges as part of a wide-ranging investigation into corruption within the northern Montana tribe.

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Some deputy court clerks granted exemption from issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Some deputy court clerks granted exemption from issuing same-sex marriage licenses

As many as four deputies in the Yellowstone County Clerk of District Court’s office have indicated their unwillingness to issue wedding licenses for same-sex couples, and for now they won’t have to.

November 21, 2014 11:08 am Photos

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Two gay couples turned away at the courthouse by balky computers

Two gay couples turned away at the courthouse by balky computers

Two gay couples hoping to be the first in Yellowstone County to tie the knot Wednesday afternoon were done in by the state’s computer system.

November 19, 2014 4:37 pm Photos

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Federal judge overturns Montana’s gay marriage ban

Federal judge overturns Montana’s gay marriage ban

HELENA — A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday overturned the state’s gay marriage ban.

November 19, 2014 2:26 pm Photos

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Judge cancels gay marriage hearing, says he has enough information to rule

Judge cancels gay marriage hearing, says he has enough information to rule

GREAT FALLS — A federal judge has vacated a hearing scheduled for next week in Great Falls to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging Montana's ban on gay marriage.

November 14, 2014 1:21 pmLoading…
Gazette opinion: Montana's unequal protection for same-sex couples

Gazette opinion: Montana's unequal protection for same-sex couples

“Marriage is a personal relationship between a man and a woman arising out of a civil contract to which the consent of the parties is essential.”

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Judge sets November hearing in Montana gay marriage ban lawsuit

Judge sets November hearing in Montana gay marriage ban lawsuit

HELENA — A judge has set a Nov. 20 hearing in Great Falls for arguments in a lawsuit challenging Montana's ban on gay marriage.

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Laurel couple admits charges of multiple fraud, corruption cases

A Laurel couple, along with their son, admitted federal charges in Great Falls this week after facing charges related to a series of crimes stemming from a large corruption probe involving the Chippewa Cree Tribe on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation.

October 01, 2014 5:13 pmLoading…

Ex-BLM officials indicted in elaborate fraud scheme

Two former high-level federal Bureau of Land Management officials who worked in Virginia, including a deputy state director from Montana, have denied criminal charges accusing them of defrauding the government in an employment scheme.

September 11, 2014 5:15 pmLoading…
Man involved in home invasion admits to federal drug, gun charges

Man involved in home invasion admits to federal drug, gun charges

A Great Falls man shot during a Billings home invasion earlier this year admitted federal drug and gun charges on Monday.Christopher James Michelotti, 30, pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine for distribution and to brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime dur…

August 12, 2014 1:43 pmLoading…
Shea sworn in as Supreme Court justice

Shea sworn in as Supreme Court justice

HELENA — Jim Shea was sworn in Monday as a new justice on Montana Supreme Court before a standing-room-only crowd before the court.

June 02, 2014 7:14 pmLoading…
Supreme Court allows couple’s lawsuit against Bank of America to proceed

Supreme Court allows couple’s lawsuit against Bank of America to proceed

HELENA — Reversing a summary judgment, the Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for a Meagher County couple to proceed with its lawsuit in District Court against Bank of America over allegedly fraudulent dealings.

May 07, 2014 5:26 pmLoading…
Governor appoints work comp judge to state Supreme Court

Governor appoints work comp judge to state Supreme Court

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday appointed state Workers’ Compensation Judge Jim Shea to be a justice on the Montana Supreme Court, citing his reputation as “a fair and intelligent judge.”

May 05, 2014 2:37 pmLoading…

4 recommended for Montana Supreme Court justice seat

HELENA — The state Judicial Nomination Commission on Tuesday submitted four names to Gov. Steve Bullock for consideration for appointment to a vacant seat on the Montana Supreme Court.

April 08, 2014 4:16 pmLoading…

Former tribal worker gets probation for theft from health board

HAVRE — A former tribal employee who pleaded guilty to stealing from the Rocky Boy's Health Board has been sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to pay nearly $7,700 in restitution.

March 13, 2014 12:36 pmLoading…

Ellingson seeks Supreme Court opening

HELENA — Jon Ellingson, a Missoula lawyer and former state legislator, applied Thursday for the vacant seat on the Montana Supreme Court.

February 05, 2014 6:39 pmLoading…
Ed Sheehy seeks open Supreme Court justice seat

Ed Sheehy seeks open Supreme Court justice seat

HELENA — Attorney Ed Sheehy Jr., of Missoula, has applied with the Judicial Nomination Commission for the vacant justice seat on the Montana Supreme Court.

January 31, 2014 2:38 pmLoading…

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