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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.

August 20, 2014 4:40 pmLoading…
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Runs to promote East Rosebud Creek protection

Runs to promote East Rosebud Creek protection

The Friends of East Rosebud, which is working to protect East Rosebud Creek from development, is holding a series of runs along the scenic waterway.

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Protest period underway for Lockwood revised sewer project

A 30-day protest period is underway for property owners within a proposed revised sewer project in Lockwood.

July 15, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…
Nesting instincts: Osprey chicks examined as part of research program

Nesting instincts: Osprey chicks examined as part of research program

Unamused, the osprey mama circled and squawked and even dove at researchers Monday morning as they carefully lifted her two chicks from their nest south of Laurel.

July 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Musselshell County’s DES coordinator taking state job

Musselshell County’s DES coordinator taking state job

Musselshell County’s Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator Jeff Gates, who has overseen his share of major natural disasters, is moving on.

July 03, 2014 3:00 pmLoading…

Federal judge sentences man to more than 11 years for 2012 rape

A federal judge sentenced a Lame Deer man on Wednesday to more than 11 years in prison for raping a woman after luring her into a bedroom.

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Billings police identify juvenile as suspect in Sports Authority fire

Billings police identify juvenile as suspect in Sports Authority fire

The Billings Police Department on Thursday said it has identified a juvenile suspect in an incident that led to the fire at the Sports Authority building on Tuesday.

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Lame Deer man denies sex abuse charges

Lame Deer man denies sex abuse charges

A Lame Deer man accused of sexually abusing a child denied federal charges Tuesday.

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Pryor man sentenced for intercourse with minor

Pryor man sentenced for intercourse with minor

A Pryor man who admitted having sexual intercourse with a minor after a Facebook conversation will spend almost five years in federal prison.

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Commissioners approve 2.5 percent raise for elected officials

Commissioners approve 2.5 percent raise for elected officials

As expected, the Yellowstone County commission Tuesday approved a 2.5 percent raise for elected officials for the 2015 budget year.

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County commission considers MetraPark budget

Yellowstone County commissioners took up the proposed 2015 budget for MetraPark on Thursday, making few changes but urging staff to begin planning for resurfacing parking lots, something that’s been discussed for about 10 years.

June 26, 2014 5:32 pmLoading…
Price tag for Yellowstone County jail expansion goes up

Price tag for Yellowstone County jail expansion goes up

The estimated cost of expanding the Yellowstone County jail got a little higher on Tuesday with no clear way for how the county would pay for it.

June 25, 2014 12:30 am Photos

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Panel to recommend 2.5% pay raise for county elected officials

Panel to recommend 2.5% pay raise for county elected officials

A Yellowstone County compensation board will recommend that elected officials receive a 2.5 percent base wage increase for fiscal year 2015.

June 24, 2014 5:15 pmLoading…
Yellowstone County's biggest budget decision is addressing crowded jail

Yellowstone County's biggest budget decision is addressing crowded jail

Yellowstone County commissioners started crunching budget numbers on Monday morning as they began a week of formal hearings on the proposed 2015 budget.

June 23, 2014 4:35 pmLoading…
Little Bighorn Battlefield to rededicate Indian memorial

Little Bighorn Battlefield to rededicate Indian memorial

The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument will commemorate the 138th anniversary of the famous battle, with special emphasis on the rededication of the Indian Memorial, beginning on Tuesday.

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Montana photographer victim of fatal stabbing; court document reveals new details

Montana photographer victim of fatal stabbing; court document reveals new details

Noted Montana outdoors photographer and publisher Mike S. Sample, known for his images of the state’s landscapes and wildlife, died Thursday in Billings after a stabbing near his downtown office.

June 20, 2014 3:00 pm Photos

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Judge confirms Southern’s bankruptcy reorganization

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ralph Kirscher on Friday confirmed the reorganization plan for Southern Montana Electric Generation and Transmission Cooperative, the first wholesale power cooperative in Montana to go bankrupt.

June 20, 2014 2:45 pmLoading…

Ex-director of housing organization gets probation for theft

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced the former director of Housing Montana in Billings to two years probation and fined her $1,000 for stealing money from the organization.

June 18, 2014 4:51 pmLoading…

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