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Missoula contractor gets 10 years in federal prison, forfeits $6.5M for Bakken fraud

MISSOULA — A Missoula contractor who took millions of dollars from his clients and used it for personal material gain – jewelry, homes, cars and Jet Skis – will spend the next eight years in federal prison and will forfeit $6.5 million in assets to the U.S. government.

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Lawyers: Media portrayed exchange student's shooter as 'cold-blooded killer'

Lawyers: Media portrayed exchange student's shooter as 'cold-blooded killer'

MISSOULA — Attorneys representing Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man accused of killing a German exchange student in Kaarma’s garage last April, are asking a judge to bar the public from viewing pretrial evidence of Kaarma’s “prior bad acts.”

July 23, 2014 9:44 am Photos

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Missoula County attorney gets national award for stand against DOJ investigation

Missoula County attorney gets national award for stand against DOJ investigation

MISSOULA — Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg received a national award Sunday for his stand against the U.S. Justice Department’s two-year attempt to investigate his office, alleging local prosecutors mishandled sexual assault cases.

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Missoula sheriff: 2 suspects in I-90 shooting arrested in Seattle

Missoula sheriff: 2 suspects in I-90 shooting arrested in Seattle

MISSOULA — The man and woman suspected of robbing and shooting a man before leaving him on the side of Interstate 90 near Turah are now in police custody.

July 21, 2014 5:16 pm Photos

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Missing Flathead Lake kayaker is physician at St. Joseph Hospital

Missing Flathead Lake kayaker is physician at St. Joseph Hospital

POLSON – Robert McDonald, the kayaker who was reported missing on Flathead Lake on Saturday evening, is a doctor at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, hospital CEO James Kiser said Monday.

July 21, 2014 3:35 pmLoading…
State issues warrant for felon fired from Missoula apartments

State issues warrant for felon fired from Missoula apartments

MISSOULA — The Montana Department of Corrections issued a warrant Tuesday for a violent felon who reportedly stole an elderly woman’s car and fled after getting fired from his job at a Salvation Army housing development for senior citizens.

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Missoula man accused of brutally beating woman in jealous rage

MISSOULA — A Missoula man is in custody for allegedly attacking his girlfriend after accusing her of carrying on a romantic relationship with a friend.

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Missoula sheriff's deputy sues over humiliation of kiss inquiry

MISSOULA — Attorneys representing Missoula County Sheriff’s Deputy Rebecca Birket filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking damages for the violation of privacy and humiliation Birket allegedly suffered during an internal investigation into a kiss she shared with another deputy while she was off duty.

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Appeals court: Former UM quarterback's drug sentence was too lenient

MISSOULA — Contending it was too lenient, a panel of appellate judges has vacated the prison sentence of former University of Montana quarterback Jason Washington, who was sentenced to two years in federal prison last year for growing and selling marijuana.

June 26, 2014 5:28 pmLoading…
Defense team claims prosecutors blocking interviews in Missoula shooting

Defense team claims prosecutors blocking interviews in Missoula shooting

MISSOULA — Their client stands accused of murdering a foreign exchange student, but Markus Kaarma’s defense attorneys say prosecutors are hindering their own investigation of the incident by blocking interviews with witnesses and attempts to review critical evidence.

June 26, 2014 6:56 am Photos

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Attorney in Missoula shooting case cancels World Cup screening after reprimand

Attorney in Missoula shooting case cancels World Cup screening after reprimand

MISSOULA — A District Court judge on Wednesday scolded the Missoula attorney representing a man accused of killing a German exchange student for “playing to the public” and running “a public relations campaign.”

June 25, 2014 3:43 pm Photos

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Judge sets January trial for Missoula man accused of exchange student's murder

Judge sets January trial for Missoula man accused of exchange student's murder

MISSOULA — The Missoula man accused of shooting and killing a German exchange student in his garage will go on trial Jan. 5.

June 25, 2014 11:15 am Video Photos

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Transient accused of raping runaways under Missoula bridge gets year in prison

MISSOULA — A transient man, who was accused of raping two underage runaways and then fleeing Missoula last summer, was sentenced Tuesday in Missoula County District Court to one year in the Montana State Prison.

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Man arrested in Missoula sex sting now accused of raping Helena girls

Man arrested in Missoula sex sting now accused of raping Helena girls

A Hamilton man accused of attempting to have sex with a 12-year-old girl in Missoula last year now faces felony charges in Helena for allegedly raping his girlfriend’s children.

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Judge sets bail at $100K for man accused of Missoula girl's attempted kidnapping

MISSOULA — A Missoula judge set bond at $100,000 Monday in the case of 34-year-old Coty James Low, who reportedly attempted to kidnap a 10-year-girl in a Missoula park Saturday.

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Rare, one in 10,000 monoamniotic twins born at Missoula hospital

Rare, one in 10,000 monoamniotic twins born at Missoula hospital

MISSOULA — Mia Castillo, all of three days old and just 2 pounds, 6 ounces, flails her tiny limbs about and gently cries in an effort to get cozy on her mother’s chest.

June 20, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Missoula sheriff's deputy who shot himself previously shot meth dealer

MISSOULA — The Missoula County sheriff’s deputy who shot an unarmed meth dealer last year in a botched drug sting accidentally shot himself in a training exercise in Helena last month.

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Bonfire burn victim warned woman not to throw alcohol on flames

MISSOULA — The 19-year-old burn victim from last weekend’s bonfire explosion is in critical condition and will undergo a skin-graft surgery Thursday at the University of Utah burn unit, the victim’s father said Wednesday.

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Missoula man burned in bonfire explosion; police begin investigation

MISSOULA — Missoula police are investigating an incident that left a 19-year-old man severely burned at a residence on the 600 block of South Fifth Street East Sunday evening.

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Wheelchair donated to homeless man robbed last weekend

Wheelchair donated to homeless man robbed last weekend

MISSOULA — Every story with a happy ending has a not-so-happy beginning. This particular story begins in a downtown alley, where 63-year-old Dave Douglas was sleeping early Saturday morning.

June 13, 2014 7:39 am Photos

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Name of man pulled from Clark Fork River released

Name of man pulled from Clark Fork River released

MISSOULA — The Missoula County coroner has released the name of the man who drove his Dodge Caravan into the Clark Fork River on Tuesday evening, sparking an extensive rescue and recovery operation.

June 12, 2014 1:48 pm Video Photos

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Body removed from submerged vehicle in Clark Fork River

Body removed from submerged vehicle in Clark Fork River

MISSOULA — Crews on Wednesday afternoon removed a man's body from a submerged vehicle in the Clark Fork River that police believe is the same vehicle witnesses reported plunging into the fast-flowing water a day earlier in Missoula

June 11, 2014 1:00 pm Video Photos

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Missoula man accused of assaulting woman, head-butting officer

MISSOULA — A Missoula man is accused of head-butting a police officer after an alcohol-fueled altercation with his ex-girlfriend early Saturday morning.

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Homeless man loses wheelchair in downtown Missoula attack

MISSOULA — Missoula police are investigating an alleged wheelchair robbery that occurred in a downtown alley at 2:28 a.m. Saturday.

June 09, 2014 2:02 pmLoading…
Officer who won discrimination claim is sheriff

Officer who won discrimination claim is sheriff

MISSOULA — Detective Sgt. T.J. McDermott is next in line to head the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department in 2015 – ending one of the most contentious sheriff’s races in recent history.

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Missoula woman pleads guilty to role in botched drug sting

Missoula woman pleads guilty to role in botched drug sting

MISSOULA — A Missoula woman entered guilty pleas in District Court on Tuesday for her part in a botched drug sting that resulted in the shooting of an undercover police officer last November.

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Missoula woman reports being raped by a stranger near her home

MISSOULA — Missoula police are investigating an alleged stranger rape that occurred on the 1200 block of Sherwood Street early Friday morning.

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Big money being spent in Missoula County sheriff's race

Big money being spent in Missoula County sheriff's race

MISSOULA — Detective T.J. McDermott dwarfed his opponents’ spending in this year’s race for Missoula County sheriff, exhausting over twice the amount of his closest competitor and loaning his campaign $40,000.

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Missoula officials announce accountability audit for sexual assault investigations

MISSOULA — Missoula officials announced a new safety and accountability audit to “flush out gaps” in sexual assault investigations at a sparsely attended public forum Tuesday morning.

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German prosecutors open investigation into student's shooting in Missoula

German prosecutors open investigation into student's shooting in Missoula

German prosecutors are opening an investigation into the shooting death of Diren Dede, the 17-year-old German exchange student killed last month in a Missoula garage.

May 27, 2014 2:49 pm Video Photos

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Missoula police add interview room for sex assault victims

MISSOULA — Victim interviews in sterile rooms with stark white walls are a thing of the past.

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Missoula man pleads not guilty in exchange student's death

Missoula man pleads not guilty in exchange student's death

MISSOULA — Markus Kaarma, the man accused of shooting a 17-year-old German exchange student last month, entered a not guilty plea in Missoula County District Court Wednesday morning before Judge Ed McLean.

May 21, 2014 11:35 am Video Photos

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Emails: Missoula County sheriff's candidate attempted gag order on coworkers

Emails: Missoula County sheriff's candidate attempted gag order on coworkers

MISSOULA — Emails between attorneys representing Missoula County and sheriff’s deputies alleging human rights violations show that sheriff’s candidate T.J. McDermott asked that all employees of the department be prohibited from speaking to the media or commenting on media websites about the …

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Hyundai calls Lake County verdict 'outrageous,' 'mistaken'

Hyundai calls Lake County verdict 'outrageous,' 'mistaken'

A Hyundai spokesman promised an immediate appeal Wednesday, after jurors in Lake County said a manufacturing defect cost two Missoula teens their lives in a head-on crash and awarded their families $248 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

May 15, 2014 7:17 am Photos

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18-year-old will be charged in Missoula burglaries; shooter's wife also may be charged

18-year-old will be charged in Missoula burglaries; shooter's wife also may be charged

MISSOULA — The Missoula County Attorney’s Office will file charges against an 18-year-old man accused of burglarizing the home of Janelle Pflager and Markus Kaarma several times prior to the night a German exchange student was shot to death in the couple’s garage.

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Authorities told slain exchange student was looking for alcoholic beverage

Authorities told slain exchange student was looking for alcoholic beverage

MISSOULA — Diren Dede, the 17-year-old German foreign exchange student who was shot to death late last month, was reportedly looking for an alcoholic beverage when he wandered into a garage in Missoula’s Grant Creek neighborhood.

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Search warrant: Missoula man may have been high when German student shot

Search warrant: Missoula man may have been high when German student shot

MISSOULA — Markus Kaarma may have been under the influence of marijuana when he shot and killed German exchange student Diren Dede, according to a search warrant requested by Missoula police.

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Missoula Rep. Hill looks to repeal part of 'castle doctrine'

Missoula Rep. Hill looks to repeal part of 'castle doctrine'

MISSOULA — Sunday’s shooting of an unarmed teenager in a Missoula man’s garage has ignited a firestorm over Montana’s self-defense laws, specifically the state’s so-called “castle doctrine.”

May 01, 2014 6:43 am Photos

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Charging document: Missoula man waited up to shoot 'kid'

Charging document: Missoula man waited up to shoot 'kid'

MISSOULA — A Missoula man was charged with deliberate homicide Monday for shooting and killing a high school foreign exchange student in his garage a day earlier, allegedly after setting a trap for burglars and announcing that he was waiting up at night to “shoot some (expletive) kid.”

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Billings man who police say threatened to bomb courthouses makes court appearance

MISSOULA — A Billings man appeared in Missoula U.S. District Court Thursday after allegedly threatening to bomb federal courthouses in Missoula and Billings over an unpaid debt.

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Missoula County attorney, DOJ get more time to resolve lawsuit

Missoula County attorney, DOJ get more time to resolve lawsuit

The U.S. Department of Justice and Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg will have another 30 days to resolve the lawsuit Van Valkenburg filed in February arguing the federal department has no jurisdiction over the local office.

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Police: Missing Missoula man is in Oregon, safe and sound

MISSOULA — A Missoula man reported missing on April 4 has been located in Oregon.

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Missoula woman sentenced for keeping daughter from dying father

Missoula woman sentenced for keeping daughter from dying father

MISSOULA — A Missoula woman accused of withholding her 5-year-old daughter from the girl’s dying father received a three-year deferred sentence Tuesday in Missoula County District Court.

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Police looking for Missoula man missing for a week

Police looking for Missoula man missing for a week

MISSOULA — Police are searching for a Missoula man who has been missing for a week.

April 07, 2014 2:35 pmLoading…

Butte man accused of driving drunk wrong way on Interstate 90

MISSOULA — A Butte man was arrested Sunday night after he allegedly drove drunk the wrong way on Interstate 90 for nearly 20 miles.

April 07, 2014 1:25 pmLoading…
Missoula police: Don't charge snowboarder who caused Mount Jumbo avalanche

Missoula police: Don't charge snowboarder who caused Mount Jumbo avalanche

MISSOULA — Missoula police are recommending against filing any charges against the snow enthusiasts who caused Mount Jumbo’s avalanche in February — burying three people and resulting in the death of one woman, Missoula City Attorney Jim Nugent said Thursday.

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Missoula city, county computer upgrade shuts down jail, police websites

MISSOULA — Local government is rolling out a $1.5 million computer system designed to streamline emergency information and enhance searching capabilities for law enforcement – but the benefits of the new program have yet to be realized.

April 03, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Missoula man accused of animal abuse during brutal cold

A Missoula man is accused of two counts of animal cruelty — a misdemeanor and a felony — for allegedly leaving two Labrador retrievers tied up and exposed to the brutal cold during February’s harshest weather.

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Newlywed asks to withdraw guilty plea in husband's murder

Newlywed asks to withdraw guilty plea in husband's murder

UPDATE: Federal prosecutors say a Montana woman does not have grounds to withdraw her guilty plea to second-degree murder in the death of her husband, who was pushed off a cliff in Glacier National Park last summer.

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Prosecutors want life sentence for newlywed's murder

Prosecutors want life sentence for newlywed's murder

MISSOULA — Prosecutors are seeking life behind bars for Jordan Linn Graham, the Kalispell newlywed who pushed her husband to his death last July 7 in Glacier National Park.

March 20, 2014 5:42 pm

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