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Morrison family dealing with aftermath of April '14 fatal shooting

Morrison family dealing with aftermath of April '14 fatal shooting

Fidgeting on a couch in the living room of his house, while at the same time trying to corral his rambunctious 4-year-old son, Billings police officer Grant Morrison is clear about how 30 seconds of one night 10 months ago have turned upside-down both his life and that of his family in the d…

January 18, 2015 6:10 am Video Photos

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Highway Patrol says Facebook Amber Alerts could help save lives

Highway Patrol says Facebook Amber Alerts could help save lives

BISMARCK, N.D. — The use of Facebook to spread Amber Alerts could help save lives, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.

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Questions of lethal force emerge amid recent officer-involved shootings

Questions of lethal force emerge amid recent officer-involved shootings

As Montana law enforcement agencies investigate the fourth officer-involved shooting – and third fatality – in less than a month, the state joins a national debate over the use of lethal force.

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Police provide support to officers involved in deadly shootings

Police provide support to officers involved in deadly shootings

BUTTE — George Skuletich remembers his first day as sergeant vividly. Not for the promotion, but because on that day in 1992, he shot and killed a man.

December 28, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Deputies in Wyoming county already use body cameras

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Sheriff's deputies in Campbell County began wearing small cameras to record their interactions with the public months before the use of body cameras became part of the nationwide debate over deaths by police officers.

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Crime uptick siphons space at North Dakota jails

WILLISTON, N.D. — Sitting in his office at the Williams County Law Enforcement Center where he scanned the jail inmate roster one recent afternoon, Williams County Sheriff Scott Bushing struggled to find the solution to an overcrowded system.

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More Wyoming convicts being released unsupervised

GILLETTE, Wyo. — They call it killing their number.

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Governor endorses action to remove sheriff

Governor endorses action to remove sheriff

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead is directing the Wyoming Attorney General's Office to take legal action to remove Campbell County Sheriff Bill Pownall from office following a state investigation into an allegation that he tried to suppress his son's arrest on a drunken driving charge.

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2 arrested, 3rd person sought after high-speed chase

RAWLINS, Wyo. — A two-county auto chase ended near Rawlins on Wednesday.

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Laramie police foil murder-for-hire plot

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Police in Laramie say they foiled a plot by a 39-year-old Laramie man to kill a Cheyenne man that he believed was having an affair with his wife.

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Mead directs Attorney General to begin removal of Campbell County Sheriff

Mead directs Attorney General to begin removal of Campbell County Sheriff

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead has directed the Wyoming Attorney General to begin proceedings to remove a county sheriff from office for allegedly interfering with his son’s drunken driving investigation.

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Dealing with jail crowding to be costly for North Dakota county

MINOT, N.D. — Meeting a state directive to reduce the inmate population at the crowded Ward County jail will be costly, Sheriff Steve Kukowski says.

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300-bed jail planned for Lewis and Clark County

300-bed jail planned for Lewis and Clark County

HELENA — A two-day session to consider what a new detention center for Lewis and Clark County should look like produced a preliminary plan to accommodate 300 inmates and address the current overcrowded conditions.

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Longtime Park County sheriff Brewer dies

Longtime Park County sheriff Brewer dies

CODY, Wyo. — Bill Brewer, 76, one of the youngest men to serve as a sheriff in Wyoming state history, died Friday after a battle with heart disease.

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Father of Riverside student who killed herself questions whether bullying played a role

Father of Riverside student who killed herself questions whether bullying played a role

HARDIN — The father of an 11-year-old sixth-grader who hanged herself after allegedly being bullied at Riverside Middle School wants a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death.

October 17, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: What Billings voters can do to fight meth

Gazette opinion: What Billings voters can do to fight meth

Man admits threatening wife with AR-15, exposing children to meth

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North Dakota man sues Cody police official for excessive force

CASPER, Wyo. — A North Dakota man arrested four years ago in Cody claims the city’s current assistant police chief used a stun gun on him while he was handcuffed, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit.

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MSUB students help with law enforcement crisis training

MSUB students help with law enforcement crisis training

Every year since 2007, students from Montana State University Billings’ theater program have helped hundreds of law enforcement officials from across Montana put newly learned skills in dealing with people with mental health or substance abuse crisis events to the test.

September 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Committee moves bill to restrict police drone use

Committee moves bill to restrict police drone use

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Police in Wyoming would have to get warrants to use drones to gather evidence in criminal cases under a bill that a legislative committee endorsed Thursday.

September 11, 2014 6:14 pmLoading…

Wyoming considers restricting police use of drones

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming lawmakers are considering a bill to ban law enforcement use of drones without a warrant.

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