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Billings woman admits posing as nurse to get painkillers

Billings woman admits posing as nurse to get painkillers

A Billings woman with four state felony convictions for having posed as a nurse to get painkillers admitted doing it again, only this time she was charged in federal court.

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Californians found with 6 pounds of meth in motel room deny federal charges

Californians found with 6 pounds of meth in motel room deny federal charges

Two California men suspected of trafficking methamphetamine after law enforcement officers found about six pounds of the drug in their downtown Billings motel room denied federal charges Tuesday.

October 22, 2014 4:42 pm Photos

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Laurel man gets 12 years in meth case

Laurel man gets 12 years in meth case

A Laurel man who was at the lower end of a large methamphetamine ring but had a long criminal record will spend 12 years in federal prison.

October 22, 2014 2:39 pmLoading…
Crow Agency man admits assaulting boys

Crow Agency man admits assaulting boys

A Crow Agency man said he was drunk when he threatened three boys with knives after he startled them while the children were playing in a shed.

October 21, 2014 3:36 pmLoading…
MetraPark ups fair entertainment budget

MetraPark ups fair entertainment budget

MontanaFair will celebrate its 100th birthday next year, and MetraPark’s staff wants it to be a special celebration.

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County courthouse smokers will have to move across the street

When Yellowstone County employees go for a smoke break, they go outside and often head for “the cave,” a protected cubby hole on the southwest corner of the building.

October 20, 2014 4:45 pmLoading…
YelCo 52: Huntley Project Museum showcases homesteaders

YelCo 52: Huntley Project Museum showcases homesteaders

Tourists don’t seem to have any trouble finding the Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture, 15 miles east of Billings.

October 18, 2014 12:30 am Photos

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Judge gives 10-year sentences to 2 in meth conspiracy

Judge gives 10-year sentences to 2 in meth conspiracy

Two Billings men convicted of trafficking a large amount of methamphetamine in the area each got long federal prison sentences on Thursday.

October 17, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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'Don’t take me away from my babies': Mom of 6 gets prison for meth trafficking

A former Billings mother who was convicted in a large meth conspiracy pleaded for probation in federal court on Thursday.

October 16, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
Billings man admits illegal gun, ammunition possession

Billings man admits illegal gun, ammunition possession

A Billings man with three prior drug felonies and facing state charges admitted federal gun and ammunition possession violations on Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 3:12 pmLoading…
Billings drug trafficker gets 3 years in federal prison

Billings drug trafficker gets 3 years in federal prison

A Billings woman who trafficked more than a half a pound of methamphetamine in the community will spend three years in federal prison.

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County Extension Service to move to temporary location

County Extension Service to move to temporary location

Yellowstone County’s Extension Service will be leaving its downtown courthouse offices for a temporary location while waiting for construction of a new building at MetraPark. But the move won’t be far.

October 14, 2014 9:40 pmLoading…
Class helps adults and kids learn how to make healthy food choices

Class helps adults and kids learn how to make healthy food choices

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming.

October 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Fairview man sentenced to 5 years prison for role in Bakken meth trafficking

Fairview man sentenced to 5 years prison for role in Bakken meth trafficking

A federal judge this week sentenced a Fairview man to five years in prison for his role in a large methamphetamine trafficking network.

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Billings man admits meth charges for distribution at pre-release center

Billings man admits meth charges for distribution at pre-release center

A Billings man who was accused of trafficking methamphetamine at the Billings Pre-Release Center and who had $10,000 in his sock admitted federal drug charges this week.

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Elderly Hysham man gets five years prison for undercover meth sales

Elderly Hysham man gets five years prison for undercover meth sales

A federal judge in Billings on Thursday sentenced an elderly Hysham man to five years in prison for selling methamphetamine to an undercover agent.

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County rescinds blood draw surcharge after unions object

A proposed surcharge on Yellowstone County employees who failed to participate in a health fair blood draw backfired this week after two unions objected.

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Lockwood safety committee selects engineering firm

Interstate Engineering of Billings will be working with the Lockwood Pedestrian Safety District Advisory Board as its consultant on safety projects, such as sidewalks, for the community.

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Hardin man admits murder charge in stabbing

Hardin man admits murder charge in stabbing

A Hardin man on Tuesday admitted stabbing to death a St. Xavier man whose body was found in the Bighorn River at the Two Leggins fishing access on the Crow Reservation last year.

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Victim in shooting identified as 36-year-old Billings man

Victim in shooting identified as 36-year-old Billings man

The Billings Police Department identified the victim of a fatal shooting on Thursday as David Leroy Vallie, 36, of Billings.

October 03, 2014 10:31 am Video Photos

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Driscoll, Long both tout experience in treasurer candidate race

Driscoll, Long both tout experience in treasurer candidate race

The race for Yellowstone County treasurer, assessor and superintendent of schools is a match between two political newcomers, both of whom touted their experience as qualifications for the job.

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Ex-councilman challenges incumbent Yellowstone County commissioner

Ex-councilman challenges incumbent Yellowstone County commissioner

In his bid for re-election, Yellowstone County Commissioner John Ostlund, a Republican, ticks off a list of highlights he says showcase a well-managed county — a $100 million budget, little debt and a AA+ bond rating, which is the second highest possible.

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Lockwood to hold second annual town hall meeting

Lockwood residents will get a chance to review progress on community projects during the second annual town hall meeting and social Oct. 14.

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California man admits trafficking meth to Montana

California man admits trafficking meth to Montana

A man accused of trafficking methamphetamine from Southern California to Montana for distribution in the Billings and Roundup areas admitted federal charges on Thursday.

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Laurel couple admits charges of multiple fraud, corruption cases

A Laurel couple, along with their son, admitted federal charges in Great Falls this week after facing charges related to a series of crimes stemming from a large corruption probe involving the Chippewa Cree Tribe on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation.

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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.

September 30, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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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.

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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.

September 16, 2014 1:04 pm Photos

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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.

September 09, 2014 4:12 pmLoading…
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.

August 21, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
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.

August 21, 2014 12:30 pmLoading…

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.

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…

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