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Chronically homeless the subject of next week's summit

Chronically homeless the subject of next week's summit

If nothing else, next week’s two-day Community Innovations Summit could benefit tens of thousands of people who work or live in Billings by devising better, more coordinated ways to deal with the 14 percent of Billings’ 600-700 homeless people who are considered chronically homeless.

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Gazette opinion: Jail diversion saves dollars, makes sense

Gazette opinion: Jail diversion saves dollars, makes sense

The Yellowstone County jail was built to hold 286 inmates. It has been overcrowded for years, and recently inmate totals have hovered between 450 and 500.

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After 40 forums on safety levy, voters get final say

After 40 forums on safety levy, voters get final say

Todd Buchanan, the main advocate for the public safety levy that will be decided by Billings voters Nov. 4, has helped lead about 40 presentations designed to bring voters up to speed on what proponents view as a clear need to boost public safety funding.

October 19, 2014 12:15 am Related Loading…
Public safety levy 101: Here's everything you need to know

Public safety levy 101: Here's everything you need to know

What’s being asked of taxpayers?

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Smarter traffic signals, safer traveling public

Billings traffic signals are set for major upgrades over the next three years that should help traffic flow more smoothly — even at signals near train tracks.

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Council to have a look at Community Conversation feedback

The Billings City Council will not only hear a presentation on the proposed public safety levy Monday, it will get up to speed on how previous public presentations have gone.

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Police lieutenant formally announces write-in campaign for sheriff

Police lieutenant formally announces write-in campaign for sheriff

Billings Police Lt. Mark Cady launched his write-in campaign for Yellowstone County Sheriff on Friday, saying he decided on the race just this week after being approached by friends after church Sunday.

September 26, 2014 4:06 pm Photos

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Officials argue public safety levy would cover rising cost of police, fire protection

Officials argue public safety levy would cover rising cost of police, fire protection

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.

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Billings lawmakers plan to reform forfeiture law

Billings lawmakers plan to reform forfeiture law

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.

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Safety levy: 'The public is the driving force'

Safety levy: 'The public is the driving force'

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.

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Chief: Alleged shooter, high on meth, 'thought people were trying to kill him'

Chief: Alleged shooter, high on meth, 'thought people were trying to kill him'

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 …

July 16, 2014 6:31 pm Photos

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City, county investigate 2 shootings within an hour

City, county investigate 2 shootings within an hour

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.

July 15, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Chief: Violence downtown comparable to prior years

Chief: Violence downtown comparable to prior years

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.

July 14, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Council takes 1st step toward levy for police, fire

Council takes 1st step toward levy for police, fire

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.

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Chief: Officer involved in fatal shooting to return to work next week

Chief: Officer involved in fatal shooting to return to work next week

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.

June 19, 2014 5:00 pm Video Loading…
Gazette opinion: Train more officers to deal with downtown issues

Gazette opinion: Train more officers to deal with downtown issues

Law enforcement officers need the right tools to deal with people in crisis because of mental health or substance abuse problems.

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'It's a problem': Meeting aims at addressing public intoxication, transience

'It's a problem': Meeting aims at addressing public intoxication, transience

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. 

May 29, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Billings' growth, mild temps heighten downtown concerns

Billings' growth, mild temps heighten downtown concerns

It’s not illegal to be homeless in Montana, nor to panhandle in Billings or quaff an adult beverage, in the right location.

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Billings Police to begin using encrypted transmissions

Billings Police to begin using encrypted transmissions

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.

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