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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.

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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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Police Department comp time cost more than $308,000 in 2012-13

Police Department comp time cost more than $308,000 in 2012-13

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.

May 19, 2014 9:45 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Be part of Montana Special Olympics this week

Gazette opinion: Be part of Montana Special Olympics this week

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.

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Mayor upbeat, but addresses upcoming challenges for Billings

Mayor upbeat, but addresses upcoming challenges for Billings

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.

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Chief discusses use of force, officer shooting review process

Chief discusses use of force, officer shooting review process

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.

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Family says Billings police shooting 'not fair'

Family says Billings police shooting 'not fair'

The family of Richard Ramirez says he was a hardworking, single father helping to raise a young son.

April 15, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

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Man killed in officer-involved shooting was suspect in earlier robbery

Man killed in officer-involved shooting was suspect in earlier robbery

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. 

April 15, 2014 5:15 am Video Photos

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'Guard your integrity': 4 new officers join Billings Police Department

'Guard your integrity': 4 new officers join Billings Police Department

After beating out about 150 other applicants, four new officers received their badges on Monday and officially joined the Billings Police Department.

March 31, 2014 12:08 pm Photos

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'Violence associated with drugs': Aggravated assault, robberies up 25% in 2013

'Violence associated with drugs': Aggravated assault, robberies up 25% in 2013

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.

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SD2 board and city council discuss levies and pedestrian safety

City and school leaders are looking at ways to make it safer for pedestrians to walk to downtown and midtown schools.

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Felony criminal cases up sharply in 2013

Yellowstone County saw a 34 percent increase in the number of felony criminal cases filed in District Court in 2013 over the two previous years, according to a report from the county attorney’s office.

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