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Former Missoula attorney pleads no contest to threatening judge on Facebook

A former Missoula attorney pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge in Justice Court on Wednesday for threatening a Missoula district judge on Facebook last year.

December 19, 2013 8:39 amLoading…

Missoula County district judges: No conspiracy to punish defendants

MISSOULA — Missoula district judges have responded to a petition filed with the Montana Supreme Court by three public defenders alleging that the judges are “vindictively” punishing indigent defendants by transferring their cases to out-of-county jurisdictions.

November 14, 2013 3:30 pmLoading…

Lookout avoids prison sentence in beating

MISSOULA - A 21-year-old man who acted as a lookout while three others beat a convenience store clerk with baseball bats and took the cash register has avoided prison time.

August 28, 2013 2:18 pmLoading…
Man gets prison time for Missoula convenience store bat attack

Man gets prison time for Missoula convenience store bat attack

MISSOULA — A young man beaten so severely with a baseball bat that he still walks with a cane pleaded Monday for mercy for Ture-Adon Thibodeaux, who attacked him 4 1/2 months ago during a convenience store robbery.

May 20, 2013 8:02 pm Related Loading…
Missoula man sentenced for church, car break-ins

Missoula man sentenced for church, car break-ins

MISSOULA — A 19-year-old Missoula man received a handful of suspended sentences Tuesday in connection with several Christmastime church burglaries, but will serve time in the Department of Corrections in another case.

April 23, 2013 1:25 pm Related Loading…
Former Montana QB's rape trial begins with jury selection

Former Montana QB's rape trial begins with jury selection

MISSOULA — Several had heard entirely too much about the case in bars. One said she was a die-hard University of Montana Grizzlies fan, probably unable to be impartial. And another felt deeply uncomfortable with what he saw as the “he said-she said” nature of some date rape cases.

February 08, 2013 5:22 pm Related Loading…

Jury selection for ex-Griz QB's rape trial outgrows courtrooms

MISSOULA — Jury selection in next month’s rape trial of former University of Montana Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson will be held at the Holiday Inn because no courtroom in Missoula is large enough to handle it, a judge said Tuesday.

January 15, 2013 11:40 am Related Loading…
Judge suspends five years of Missoula transient's sentence

Judge suspends five years of Missoula transient's sentence

MISSOULA — An aging transient who stabbed a Poverello Center worker in 2010 saw five years of his sentence suspended last week in Missoula County District Court.

January 13, 2013 2:51 pmLoading…
Ex-UM football player Donaldson sentenced to prison for rape

Ex-UM football player Donaldson sentenced to prison for rape

MISSOULA — Saying that “people in Missoula need to know that if you rape an acquaintance, it is a serious crime,” Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg sought – and got – a 30-year-prison sentence, with 20 suspended, for Beau Donaldson on Friday.

January 12, 2013 6:30 amLoading…
Idaho man denies stabbing estranged wife in Montana

Idaho man denies stabbing estranged wife in Montana

MISSOULA — A 45-year-old Idaho man charged with stabbing his estranged wife after she rejected his interest in repairing the marriage has pleaded not guilty to attempted deliberate homicide.

December 05, 2012 10:49 am Related Loading…
Judge won't give former UM QB all of accuser's texts

Judge won't give former UM QB all of accuser's texts

MISSOULA — A Missoula County District Court judge has denied a request by former University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson for the text messages of a woman who’s accused him of rape.

November 27, 2012 2:51 pm Related Loading…
Five prosecutors on UM ex-quarterback's case

Five prosecutors on UM ex-quarterback's case

MISSOULA — Five prosecutors, including an assistant attorney general and an attorney in private practice, are pursuing the rape case against former University of Montana Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson.

October 01, 2012 10:30 pmLoading…
Prosecutor asks judge to reject ex-UM QB's claims

Prosecutor asks judge to reject ex-UM QB's claims

MISSOULA — The Missoula County attorney says an attempt to throw out the rape case against former Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson is premature and that his office has provided all the information needed to proceed.

August 22, 2012 4:58 pm Related Loading…

Rehberg attacks poor women's health aid

Denny Rehberg loves his mother, that I know, for his TV ad tells me so.

August 05, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Prosecutor: Only way Donaldson will avoid rape trial is by pleading guilty

Prosecutor: Only way Donaldson will avoid rape trial is by pleading guilty

If University of Montana Grizzlies football player Beau Donaldson wants to avoid a rape trial, he’ll have to plead guilty, Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg said Wednesday.

April 25, 2012 5:00 pmLoading…

Missoula man sentenced for investment fraud

MISSOULA - A Missoula man was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $55,000 in restitution for illegally selling investments.

February 27, 2012 8:13 amLoading…

Missoula woman guilty of stealing $120K from elderly mother with dementia

Prosecutors say they won't seek prison time for a Missoula woman convicted Friday afternoon of bilking her elderly and dementia-laden mother out of more than $120,000.

January 13, 2012 10:15 pmLoading…

Report details former Frenchtown fire chief's alleged threats, sexual harassment

MISSOULA  -- Some employees and volunteers from the Frenchtown Rural Fire District painted former Frenchtown Rural Fire District chief John Bibler as a man who commonly referred to his time in Vietnam and "made it sound like killing people was just like breathing."

November 03, 2011 10:55 amLoading…

Judge: Medical marijuana advocate's trial, court records will remain open

MISSOULA -- Jason Christ's appeal to bar the public and seal records in two court proceedings with which he's involved went nowhere fast with a Missoula County District Court judge on Thursday morning.

October 27, 2011 1:03 pmLoading…

Montana Supreme Court steps in to allow appeal in hysterectomy ruling

MISSOULA — One day after a Missoula County District Court judge ordered a hysterectomy for a woman with cancer, the Montana Supreme Court stepped in and halted the surgery to allow an appeal.

March 05, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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