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Fairview man admits role in large Bakken meth case

Fairview man admits role in large Bakken meth case

A Fairview man told a federal judge Tuesday that he used a phone to get a car for a drug dealer to pick up more methamphetamine for distribution in Sidney and the Bakken oil fields.

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Who owns what? Yellowstone County park land ownership under review

Who owns what? Yellowstone County park land ownership under review

What is Yellowstone County parkland and what isn’t, along with parkland leasing policies, is under review by county officials.

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Warm temps for Friday, then cooler

Warm temperatures will continue through Friday in the Billings area, but cooler conditions and possible showers will move in for the weekend.

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Agents seize 6 pounds of meth from downtown motel room; 2 face federal charges

Agents seize 6 pounds of meth from downtown motel room; 2 face federal charges

Agents found about six pounds of methamphetamine and $1,700 in cash in a downtown Billings motel on Tuesday, and two California men are accused of bringing the highly addictive drug here for redistribution.

September 25, 2014 3:48 pm Photos

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Yellowstone River study heading into home stretch

Yellowstone River study heading into home stretch

After more than a decade of work, a comprehensive study of the Yellowstone River is in the home stretch.

September 21, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Hardin man accused in murder to plead guilty

Hardin man accused in murder to plead guilty

A Hardin man charged in the 2013 fatal stabbing of a St. Xavier man whose body was found in the Bighorn River near a boat ramp at the Two Leggins fishing access on the Crow Reservation is expected to admit to murder charges.

September 19, 2014 2:20 pmLoading…
Billings man admits firearms charges for stealing police department rifle

Billings man admits firearms charges for stealing police department rifle

A Billings man accused of breaking into an off-duty police officer’s vehicle and stealing a department-issued rifle and other items admitted to federal firearms charges on Thursday.

September 18, 2014 3:49 pmLoading…
CHS refinery is top taxpayer in Yellowstone County

CHS refinery is top taxpayer in Yellowstone County

Yellowstone County’s top 10 taxpayers for 2014 remain the same as last year, but the order has shifted, with the CHS Inc. refinery in Laurel becoming No. 1 for the first time.

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Brandon White, son of Walter White, gets prison for meth possession

Brandon White, son of Walter White, gets prison for meth possession

A Billings man suspected of shooting his father over a drug debt will go to federal prison for three years for his role in a methamphetamine conspiracy.

September 17, 2014 2:43 pmLoading…
Brian Laird arrested in connection with wife's 1999 death

Brian Laird arrested in connection with wife's 1999 death

Fifteen years after Kathryn Laird drowned in Big Horn County, Montana state and federal law enforcement agents have arrested her husband, Brian Laird, on murder charges.

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Volunteers celebrate AmeriCorps anniversary with cleanup project

Volunteers celebrate AmeriCorps anniversary with cleanup project

To celebrate 20 years of AmeriCorps, a national service program, about 50 men and women spent Friday morning in Billings doing what they’re passionate about — volunteering to improve the community.

September 13, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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Fairview man charged in firearms theft

Fairview man charged in firearms theft

A Fairview man suspected of stealing 13 firearms from a Sidney business appeared Friday in Billings on federal charges.

September 12, 2014 12:30 pmLoading…
Wal-Mart robbery suspect facing federal gun charges

Wal-Mart robbery suspect facing federal gun charges

A Washington man arrested after a robbery Sunday at the Billings West End Wal-Mart in which the robber held a knife to a clerk’s throat is facing federal firearms charges.

September 12, 2014 10:31 am Photos

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Ex-BLM officials indicted in elaborate fraud scheme

Two former high-level federal Bureau of Land Management officials who worked in Virginia, including a deputy state director from Montana, have denied criminal charges accusing them of defrauding the government in an employment scheme.

September 11, 2014 5:15 pmLoading…
CHS’s Laurel refinery plans $406 million upgrade

CHS’s Laurel refinery plans $406 million upgrade

CHS Inc. recently announced a $406 million upgrade for its oil refinery in Laurel to boost diesel production and efficiency.

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Man who had $22,000 in cash at home admits meth charges

Man who had $22,000 in cash at home admits meth charges

A Billings man accused of distributing methamphetamine from his home admitted federal charges on Tuesday after investigators seized more than $22,000 from his home, including two $20 bills used in an undercover drug deal.

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Man pleads guilty for involvement in 'Dr. Bob's' meth conspiracy

Man pleads guilty for involvement in 'Dr. Bob's' meth conspiracy

A Sidney man has admitted he distributed methamphetamine he got from Robert Armstrong, a Washington drug dealer convicted in a large trafficking ring that brought the drug to the Bakken oil fields.

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Former Montana federal prosecutor honored by ATF

Former Montana federal prosecutor honored by ATF

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Thursday honored a former Montana federal prosecutor for her work in prosecuting multiple defendants in a large undercover investigation into drug trafficking, guns and robberies in the Billings area.

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Judge follows recommendation, gives Bakken meth conspirator 'tremendous break'

Judge follows recommendation, gives Bakken meth conspirator 'tremendous break'

A Big Timber man will spend more than five years in federal prison for his role in a large drug trafficking case that brought nearly pure methamphetamine to the Bakken oil fields.

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Former Belfry School District clerk denies fraud

A former clerk for the Belfry School District on Wednesday denied federal charges that she defrauded the district and filed false tax returns.

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Former West High teacher, coach indicted on 23 counts of exploitation, pornography

Former West High teacher, coach indicted on 23 counts of exploitation, pornography

A former West High teacher and coach accused of sexually exploiting children and distributing child pornography by computer denied charges in U.S. District Court in Billings on Tuesday.

August 20, 2014 11:49 am Photos

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MontanaFair sets revenue and carnival records

MontanaFair sets revenue and carnival records

Great weather and strong night show entertainment led MontanaFair to record-breaking total revenue and carnival income, MetraPark officials said Wednesday.

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Yellowstone County Sheriff’s sergeant on leave pending investigation

A Yellowstone County Sheriff’s sergeant who is facing misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges in Deadwood, S.D., has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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Man pleads not guilty to 2013 knife assault near Dunmore

Man pleads not guilty to 2013 knife assault near Dunmore

A Crow Agency man accused of assaulting someone with a knife last year denied federal charges on Wednesday.

August 14, 2014 5:45 pmLoading…
Wyoming man admits stealing Forest Service’s explosives

Wyoming man admits stealing Forest Service’s explosives

A Wyoming man admitted Thursday to stealing more than 500 pounds of explosives that belonged to the U.S. Forest Service after finding a bunker near Red Lodge while looking for a place to camp.

August 14, 2014 4:45 pmLoading…
County finds a way to pay for new jail, but can't nail down money to operate it

County finds a way to pay for new jail, but can't nail down money to operate it

With a combination of protested tax distributions and county funds, Yellowstone County can scrape together the estimated $7 million it needs to expand to add 100 new beds to relieve crowding at the jail.

August 13, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…
Man involved in home invasion admits to federal drug, gun charges

Man involved in home invasion admits to federal drug, gun charges

A Great Falls man shot during a Billings home invasion earlier this year admitted federal drug and gun charges on Monday.Christopher James Michelotti, 30, pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine for distribution and to brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime dur…

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YelCo 52: Yellowstone River a workhorse for industry, economy

YelCo 52: Yellowstone River a workhorse for industry, economy

What makes the Yellowstone River so special? Perhaps it's because the Yellowstone is the longest free-flowing river in the continental United States.

August 09, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Jury convicts Washington men of trafficking more than 2 pounds of meth

A federal jury in Billings this week convicted two Washington men of methamphetamine trafficking charges after law enforcement agents stopped their vehicle in Montana in 2012 and found more than two pounds of meth hidden inside.

August 08, 2014 1:00 pmLoading…
Aiming high: MontanaFair begins Friday, crowds anticipated at 250,000 over week

Aiming high: MontanaFair begins Friday, crowds anticipated at 250,000 over week

Concerts, carnival rides, cotton candy and corn dogs — all the things that go into a fair — plus rodeo, barbecue, beer and more can be found at MontanaFair, which begins its nine-day run Friday at MetraPark in Billings.

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Vandals spray paint rocks at Zimmerman Park

Vandals spray paint rocks at Zimmerman Park

Vandals recently struck Zimmerman Park, a natural area atop the Rimrocks, spray painting sandstone rocks and cliffs with obscenities and phallic symbols.

August 06, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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Laurel man denies charges in Chippewa Cree corruption investigation

A Laurel man already facing federal fraud charges recently denied new charges linked to a large corruption investigation involving the Chippewa Cree Tribe on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation.

August 06, 2014 2:53 pmLoading…

West Yellowstone fires police chief

After months of controversy surrounding its police department, the West Yellowstone town council fired its longtime police chief during a special meeting Monday night.

August 05, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

County awards bid for new MetraPark agricultural building

The Yellowstone County commission on Tuesday awarded a contract to build a new multipurpose agricultural building at MetraPark to DPS Co., of Boyd.

August 05, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…

Yellowstone County distributes protested taxes

With the settlement of several major tax disputes, millions of dollars in protested taxes have been distributed throughout Yellowstone County in one-time payments.

August 05, 2014 4:30 pmLoading…
Man injured in sword stabbing

Man injured in sword stabbing

A Billings man suffered a stab wound to his arm early Friday morning when a neighbor became upset over a fire pit and assaulted him with a sword, said the Billings Police Department.

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Billings man admits possessing machine gun

A Billings man accused of converting a rifle to a machine gun and selling it admitted to a federal firearms charge on Thursday.

July 31, 2014 3:52 pmLoading…
Yellowstone County raising rates for inmates from other counties

Yellowstone County raising rates for inmates from other counties

If other counties are going to use the Yellowstone County jail to house their prisoners, they can help pay for jail expansion costs.

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'I won’t be so forgiving the next time': No prison for man in fatal DUI

A Hardin man who questioned whether he was the driver will spend five years on federal probation for a drunken driving crash on the Crow Reservation that killed a passenger and injured two other passengers.

July 24, 2014 1:00 pmLoading…
East Rosebud protection bill gets hearing

East Rosebud protection bill gets hearing

An East Rosebud Creek protection bill got a hearing before a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday with Montana Sen. John Walsh testifying in support of the measure he’s sponsoring.

July 23, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
Lame Deer man pleads not guilty to chainsaw assault

Lame Deer man pleads not guilty to chainsaw assault

A Lame Deer man denied federal charges this week that he assaulted two people with a chainsaw on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.

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Lockwood pedestrian safety board recommends projects

The newly formed Lockwood Pedestrian Safety District Advisory Board has identified priority sidewalk and lighting projects to make the community safer.

July 22, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…

Yellowstone County imposes Stage 1 fire restrictions

Yellowstone County commissioners on Tuesday imposed Stage 1 fire restrictions because of recent hot and dry weather conditions.

July 22, 2014 4:29 pmLoading…

Former Sidney pharmacist admits causing drug death

A former pharmacist in Sidney admitted federal allegations Tuesday that he distributed a prescription painkiller that caused the death of a local resident.

July 22, 2014 2:03 pmLoading…
2 ex-Stockman Bank employees sue alleging sex discrimination

2 ex-Stockman Bank employees sue alleging sex discrimination

Two former employees of Stockman Bank’s Miles City branch office recently filed a federal lawsuit alleging sex discrimination by supervisors.

July 21, 2014 3:30 pmLoading…
Man pleads no contest to breaking church windows with machete

Man pleads no contest to breaking church windows with machete

A Billings man accused of vandalizing a Billings church with a machete pleaded no contest on Friday to multiple charges in state District Court.

July 18, 2014 2:35 pmLoading…
Man pleads guilty to driving drunk in crash that injured 5 passengers

Man pleads guilty to driving drunk in crash that injured 5 passengers

A man on Friday admitted he was driving drunk last year when he crashed and flipped his vehicle onto its top in the Billings Heights, injuring all five passengers and himself.

July 18, 2014 2:23 pmLoading…
Man pleads not guilty in Saturday downtown stabbing

Man pleads not guilty in Saturday downtown stabbing

A man suspected of stabbing and wounding a woman in downtown Billings early Saturday denied assault charges in state District Court.

July 18, 2014 12:06 pmLoading…
Hot temperatures through weekend

Hot temperatures through weekend

Temperatures will reach the 90s through the weekend in the Billings area with isolated thunderstorms possible on Friday.

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