Rich St. John
City and business leaders began the conversation Tuesday that will lead to a November vote by Billings residents whether to increase their property taxes to pay for additional police, fire and other services that would cover anticipated growth over the next decade.
A pair of freshman state lawmakers from Billings — a Democrat and a Republican — are proposing changes to the state’s civil asset forfeiture law and expect to bring legislation forward during the next legislative session.
If you’re a member of just about any club, group or church in Billings, you’re about to hear a lot more about the public safety mill levy.
Two shooting incidents Tuesday — one in which bullets came within inches of a mother and child on Rimrock Road in Billings, the other a standoff at Pictograph Cave State Park — were perpetrated by the same person, a homeless man who was high on meth, Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said …
The Billings Police Department and Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office are investigating two shooting incidents which occurred about 30 minutes apart on opposite ends of Billings on Tuesday.
Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said Monday that, while statistics weren’t immediately available, the number of violent incidents downtown does not appear to be higher this summer than in recent years.
If the Billings City Council decides to place what’s now being called a Family Safety Levy on the Nov. 4 ballot, it’s going to have to hear from the public and vote on the matter twice before the end of July.
A Billings police officer who fatally shot a man in April is expected to return to work next week, Chief Rich St. John said Thursday.
Law enforcement officers need the right tools to deal with people in crisis because of mental health or substance abuse problems.
A married couple who are considering closing their antique business of 30-plus years because they’re tired of dealing with belligerent drunks. A businessman whose clients feel unsafe coming to his downtown office. Transients who came to Billings specifically to “party” for a week or two.
It’s not illegal to be homeless in Montana, nor to panhandle in Billings or quaff an adult beverage, in the right location.
The Billings Police Department will no longer be broadcasting its radio transmissions between officers and from officers to dispatchers on frequencies that can be picked up by police scanners.
Answering nearly 80,000 calls for service annually has resulted in a lot of pay in lieu of compensatory time for Billings police officers — and a bit of a headache for their chief, Rich St. John.
More than 1,000 athletes, several hundred coaches and many more family members have gathered in Billings for one of the year’s biggest sports events.
Billings Mayor Tom Hanel painted a picture of a dynamic, bustling city for the Downtown Rotary Club Monday, but also noted that public safety concerns — and the money needed to keep the public safe — could challenge residents and city officials in the months and years to come.
In the wake of Yellowstone County’s fifth officer-involved shooting since the beginning of 2013, Billings Police Chief Rich St. John discussed the department’s internal review process for officer-involved shootings, the procedure for how officers engage suspects and the use of deadly force.
The family of Richard Ramirez says he was a hardworking, single father helping to raise a young son.
Richard Ramirez, 38, has been identified as the man who died in an officer-involved shooting Monday night, according to Billings Police Chief Rich St. John.
After beating out about 150 other applicants, four new officers received their badges on Monday and officially joined the Billings Police Department.
The 2013 statistics for the Billings Police Department show an increase in crime in many categories and increased demand for service, according to the department’s annual report released Friday.