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Man pleads not guilty in fatal Laurel slashing

Man pleads not guilty in fatal Laurel slashing

A man accused of slashing another man’s throat during an argument over which is the better branch of the military, the Army or the Marines, pleaded not guilty Friday to deliberate homicide.

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Gazette responds to city's lawsuit in an effort to see documents

Gazette responds to city's lawsuit in an effort to see documents

The City of Billings and The Billings Gazette are headed to court in a dispute over documents related to a possible mishandling, misuse or misappropriation in the city’s Solid Waste Division.

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Wrong-way driver in police chase pleads guilty

A Billings man accused of driving into oncoming traffic on Interstate 90 during a high-speed chase with troopers last July pleaded guilty Friday to felony counts of endangerment and meth possession.

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Woman, 35, accused of sexual contact with minor boys

Woman, 35, accused of sexual contact with minor boys

Prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against a woman accused of twice having sexual contact with a boy, once when he was about 10 years old in 2011 and again about a year later.

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Woman pleads not guilty in death of infant daughter

Woman pleads not guilty in death of infant daughter

A 23-year-old woman who prosecutors say went to law enforcement in California and admitted to abusing her infant daughter, who died in Billings in 2012, appeared in court Tuesday and denied charges of assault, endangerment and negligent homicide.

June 10, 2014 10:24 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Restoring confidence in state courts

Gazette opinion: Restoring confidence in state courts

There is no good news in the tragic case of the 14-year-old rape victim who committed suicide, her 47-year-old assailant and the judge whose mistakes intensified the outrage.

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Gazette opinion: Sober grads make case for treatment courts

Gazette opinion: Sober grads make case for treatment courts

A U.S. Army color guard posted flags in a courtroom where tables were laden with flowers, cake and sandwiches. The standing-room-only crowd included congressional representatives and guests from Helena. Wednesday was graduation day in Yellowstone County District Court.

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Teen denies charge of vehicular homicide in high-speed crash

Teen denies charge of vehicular homicide in high-speed crash

An 18-year-old accused of driving more than 100 mph while high on meth — causing a fiery crash in Lockwood that killed a mother and injured her daughter last year — pleaded not guilty Thursday to vehicular homicide.

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Man pleads guilty to Wal-Mart theft, punching employee

Man pleads guilty to Wal-Mart theft, punching employee

A 25-year-old Billings man admitted Tuesday to stealing from the Heights Wal-Mart and punching a store employee who saw him leave with stolen items.

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Gazette opinion: Life in prison for serial rapist

Gazette opinion: Life in prison for serial rapist

Justice was served in Yellowstone County District Court Monday when 12 jurors unanimously agreed that Toby Eugene Griego is guilty on all 27 felony counts stemming brutal attacks on four Billings women.

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Teenager sentenced after pulling knife on crime witnesses

A 19-year-old man who threatened two people with a knife when they tried to stop him from stealing from parked cars was sentenced Friday in Yellowstone County District Court.

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Prosecutor seeks judgeship

Rod Souza, Yellowstone County’s chief deputy attorney, has filed for the district judge seat held for the last 30 years by G. Todd Baugh, who announced he is retiring at the end of the year. Souza also has applied to be considered for appointment to a district judge position formerly held by…

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Gazette opinion: Montanans have a say in judge appointment

Yellowstone County District Court is running shorthanded.

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Visiting judge denies motion to reject 24/7 sobriety monitoring program in Yellowstone County

A district judge denied a Billings attorney’s motion Thursday to uphold in Yellowstone County another judge’s recent ruling that the 24/7 Sobriety Monitoring Program is unconstitutional.

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Gazette opinion: It's up to us to keep Billings safe

Last year was the year that Billings residents started keeping their doors locked – all the time.

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Conservationists seek judge to overturn drilling permit granted without public hearing

Conservationists seek judge to overturn drilling permit granted without public hearing

Conservation groups that have lined up against oil extraction along southern Montana's Beartooth mountains sued a state oversight board on Wednesday after it approved an initial drilling permit without a public hearing.

January 08, 2014 1:39 pm Photos

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Ups and Downs:

Saving on gas. Montana had the lowest average gas pump prices as 2014 started, according to AAA. With a statewide average of $3.01 for a gallon of regular, Montana’s price was 31 cents less than the average national price. Billings drivers have been paying $2.929 at many local stations.

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Prosecutor announces for Judge Baugh's seat

Prosecutor announces for Judge Baugh's seat

Corbit Harrington, a senior deputy county attorney who prosecutes child abuse and neglect cases in Yellowstone County, became the first candidate to announce he’ll file for the district court judge seat held the last 30 years by G. Todd Baugh.

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Billings man ordered to pay elderly couple $55,000 in restitution for stolen house

Billings man ordered to pay elderly couple $55,000 in restitution for stolen house

A Billings man convicted of defrauding an elderly couple out of their Harlowton home was given a deferred prison term and ordered to pay $55,000 in restitution.

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Gazette opinion: Court supports veterans’ battle for sobriety

Gazette opinion: Court supports veterans’ battle for sobriety

The U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps were honored last week in Yellowstone County District Court. With flags of the four military branches posted near the bench, Judge Mary Jane Knisely led the crowd in the pledge of allegiance. The room was packed with Yellowstone County Veterans…

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