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$1 million bond set for man, 38, accused in Heights shootout

$1 million bond set for man, 38, accused in Heights shootout

A judge on Monday set bond at $1 million for a man charged with two counts of attempted homicide in a Sunday gunfight with police outside a Heights restaurant.

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Montana crime and victim programs split $4 million

Montana crime and victim programs split $4 million

The Montana Board of Crime Control has awarded $4 million in grants to crisis agencies and local law enforcement.

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Billings woman confesses in California to abusing 3-month-old

A woman who was suspected in the death of her child in Billings in 2012 has confessed to abusing the 3-month-old girl.

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Candid cameras: Video cameras an increasingly useful law enforcement tool

Candid cameras: Video cameras an increasingly useful law enforcement tool

On June 6, 2012, a woman called 911 to report that she was following a driver who appeared to be drunk.

January 12, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Seek timely justice for elderly victims

Protecting elders from harm is a priority for The Billings Gazette and a priority for County Attorney Scott Twito.

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Leachman appeal request without merit, prosecutors say

Leachman appeal request without merit, prosecutors say

The conviction of James Leachman, of Billings, on five counts of misdemeanor animal abuse should stand because his appeal is without merit, according to a brief filed Friday by the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office.

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Gazette opinion: The best evidence helps curb repeat DUI

Since the summer of 2011, Montana has had a new law to help get the best evidence on whether convicted DUI drivers are again driving under the influence.

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Leachman appeals on grounds he didn't own the horses

Leachman appeals on grounds he didn't own the horses

Billings livestock breeder James Leachman argued Friday that an appeal of his guilty verdict should be granted because prosecutors never proved he owned the horses he was convicted of abusing.

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Guest opinion: Revive HB279 to discourage animal fighting

Montana has the ugly distinction of being the only state in the nation where it’s legal to be a spectator at a dogfight. With the support of The Humane Society of the United States, law enforcement officials, other animal welfare groups and constituents, state lawmakers have been working har…

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Guest opinion: Senate votes unanimously to fight elder abuse

In many societies, the elder population is respected and revered. Our elders are depended on to offer not only advice and wisdom, but leadership and courage. We cannot sit idly by while people are preying on the elderly. It is not right to take advantage of people who lived their entire live…

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Gazette opinion: Lawmakers should act to protect seniors

This morning, the Montana Senate Judiciary will consider some important changes to make state law more effective in preventing and prosecuting abuse of elderly or disabled persons.

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Rocky students take a turn at 'fiscal cliff' talks

Rocky students take a turn at 'fiscal cliff' talks

Despite their best efforts, a group of Rocky Mountain College students could not find a way to avert a tumble off the so-called "fiscal cliff."

December 19, 2012 12:15 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Time to update Montana elder abuse law

The Montana Elder and Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act was intended to protect especially vulnerable citizens. But the statute isn’t used as often as it should be in criminal cases.

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On witness stand, Leachman says leg bands were 'never too tight'

On witness stand, Leachman says leg bands were 'never too tight'

During the sixth day of his horse abuse trial on Monday, Billings livestock breeder James Leachman testified the plastic leg bands he used to identify his horses were “never too tight” and said he would use them again.

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Leachman trial continues Monday

Leachman trial continues Monday

James Leachman III, a high school senior from Texas, testified Friday that he helped his grandfather place identification leg bands on hundreds of Billings horses and that the plastic bands weren’t too tight.

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1st day of Leachman trial features photos of crippled horses

1st day of Leachman trial features photos of crippled horses

Billings cattle and horse breeder James Leachman turned a blind eye to  "abandoned and suffering horses,” Yellowstone Deputy County Attorney Ingrid Rosenquist said Tuesday during Leachman's trial on misdemeanor animal abuse charges.

November 27, 2012 1:15 pm Photos

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Billings police identify slain sisters; document says man admitted to crime

Billings police identify slain sisters; document says man admitted to crime

Billings police Tuesday identified the two women who were found dead over the weekend in an apartment as Daisy M. Edwards, 21, and Rose M. Edwards, 22.

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Local law enforcement calls for budget supercommittee to save Head Start

Local law enforcement calls for budget supercommittee to save Head Start

Yellowstone County’s chief law enforcement officials gathered Tuesday morning and called on U.S. Sen. Max Baucus and other members of the congressional budget supercommittee to preserve funding for the federal Head Start program.

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NILE to help organize aid efforts for abandoned horses

Officials with the Northern International Livestock Exchange said Saturday that the group will act as an unofficial point of contact between the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office and people who want to provide aid for what could be hundreds of starving horses on a ranch east of Billings.

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West End stabbing suspect released from county jail

Authorities released on Thursday morning a 45-year-old Billings man suspected of stabbing his roommate during an argument on Wednesday night.

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