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Woman files lawsuit alleging rape at Jefferson County jail

Woman files lawsuit alleging rape at Jefferson County jail

HELENA — A former inmate at the Jefferson County jail in Boulder alleges the county created circumstances that "allowed its staff to rape the inmates in their custody."

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Blackfeet woman sentenced for child abuse

GREAT FALLS — A Blackfeet Reservation woman who pleaded guilty to assault and child abuse after her 8-month-old foster daughter was beaten so badly that the girl suffered permanent injuries has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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Missoula man sentenced for sexual abuse

KALISPELL — A 24-year-old Missoula man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for trying to solicit nude photographs from teenage girls in 2011 and 2012 by saying he was a female wedding photographer and wanted them to model for him.

September 12, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Brockton man gets 17 years in prison for stabbing

GREAT FALLS — A 51-year-old Brockton man has been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison for stabbing a younger man to death and keeping the victim's body in a room at his house while pretending to help the victim's family and law enforcement search for him.

September 12, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Man accused in Letterman kidnap plot released

Man accused in Letterman kidnap plot released

HELENA — A man who was accused of plotting to kidnap talk show host David Letterman’s young son and nanny nine years ago was released from a Montana prison Thursday, state corrections officials said.

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Groups sue over Bakken crude oil shipments in older rail cars

Groups sue over Bakken crude oil shipments in older rail cars

SEATTLE — Environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars.

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Wyoming high court again overturns Sheridan murder sentence

Wyoming high court again overturns Sheridan murder sentence

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — For the second time, the Wyoming Supreme Court has ordered a Sheridan judge to resentence one of three men convicted of murder in a 2009 home-invasion killing.

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Court blocks pollution rules for Wyoming plants

Court blocks pollution rules for Wyoming plants

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can’t force several Wyoming power plants to install new pollution-control equipment while the state’s legal challenge to federal regulations plays out in court, an appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.

September 09, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
Man gets probation, helped attempted rape suspect

Man gets probation, helped attempted rape suspect

BOZEMAN — A 20-year-old Bozeman man has been given a three-year deferred sentence for his role in aiding a suspect in an attempted rape after he fled from police.

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Tribal members funneled cash from lending company

HELENA — The Chippewa Cree tribe’s former health director and two former leaders of a tribe-owned online payday loan company secretly received more than a third of the revenues of the company that has made $25 million since 2011, new court documents revealed.

September 08, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

Court upholds prison for man who bit officer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A district judge acted properly last year when he sentenced a man to serve three to six years in prison because the judge was concerned the man would continue to drive drunk, the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled Monday.

September 08, 2014 4:15 pmLoading…
GOP committee sues to close Montana primaries

GOP committee sues to close Montana primaries

HELENA — Ravalli County Republicans sued the state Monday in an attempt to require voters to register with the GOP in order to participate in the party’s primary elections.

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Man charged in deputy's death pleads not guilty

Man charged in deputy's death pleads not guilty

HELENA — A 40-year-old Great Falls man has pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide in the death of a Cascade County sheriff's deputy who was struck by a vehicle during a law enforcement pursuit.

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Appeals court affirms Yellowstone Club ruling

Appeals court affirms Yellowstone Club ruling

An appellate court has affirmed a lower court ruling that allowed the bankruptcy reorganization of Montana's ultra-luxury Yellowstone Club, turning back another challenge by club founder Tim Blixseth.

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Pinedale man faces attempted murder charges

PINEDALE — A Pinedale man faces attempted murder charges alleging he attacked three women in their homes over the past four years.

August 29, 2014 12:30 pmLoading…
Judge to consider key part of sex-abuse settlement

Judge to consider key part of sex-abuse settlement

HELENA — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is asking a judge to approve an agreement with its insurers that would provide the bulk of the funding for a proposed settlement with hundreds of people who say they were sexually abused by clergy.

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Former Montana Army Guardsman pleads guilty to sex crimes

HELENA — A former Montana Army National Guard soldier who fled the country to avoid trial has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of children and bail jumping.

August 27, 2014 5:11 pmLoading…
2 daughters' views differ on 1970s Wyoming slaying

2 daughters' views differ on 1970s Wyoming slaying

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The daughter of a Missouri woman sentenced for killing her husband in Wyoming almost 40 years ago said Wednesday that she stands by her mother as she prepares to spend the rest of her life in a remote prison.

August 27, 2014 2:00 pmLoading…
Judge rejects Montana Senate leader's conspiracy claims

Judge rejects Montana Senate leader's conspiracy claims

HELENA — A Helena judge has dismissed claims by the Montana Senate majority leader that the governor, a state senator and two commissioners of political practices conspired to drive him out of office.

August 27, 2014 1:53 pmLoading…

Montana to appeal judge's immigrant law ruling

HELENA — Montana's attorney general plans to appeal a judge's ruling that a voter-approved law requiring immigration checks of anybody applying for state services goes against federal immigration laws.

August 22, 2014 2:15 pmLoading…

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