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Montana youth court officer charged with raping teen

MISSOULA — A Missoula youth court officer is facing three felony charges for allegedly raping and sexually assaulting a teenage girl, but is not in police custody.

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Pilot, passenger recount 'lucky' story of crash into Helena home

Pilot, passenger recount 'lucky' story of crash into Helena home

MISSOULA — Some guys have all the luck.

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Kaarma's attorneys request new trial in killing of German exchange student

Kaarma's attorneys request new trial in killing of German exchange student

MISSOULA — Attorneys representing Markus Kaarma, who was convicted last month of fatally shooting a German foreign exchange student in his Grant Creek garage, have filed a motion in Missoula County District Court asking for a new trial.

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Victim's mom: Report says fatal shooting by Missoula cop justified

Victim's mom: Report says fatal shooting by Missoula cop justified

MISSOULA — The investigative report into the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man by a Missoula police officer has not been released to the public, but the dead man's mother says the report concludes the use of lethal force was justified.

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Montana county attorney: Sheriff's deputy was justified in shooting suspect

Montana county attorney: Sheriff's deputy was justified in shooting suspect

MISSOULA — Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst has determined that a sheriff’s deputy was legally justified in his shooting of an Evaro man on New Year's Day.

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3 family members of law enforcement rode with deputies during Montana shooting

3 family members of law enforcement rode with deputies during Montana shooting

MISSOULA — The spouses of two Missoula County sheriff's deputies were present when Capt. Tony Rio shot a man twice in the early hours of New Year's Day in Evaro, while the undersheriff’s 13-year-old son arrived on the scene shortly thereafter.

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Questions of lethal force emerge amid recent officer-involved shootings

Questions of lethal force emerge amid recent officer-involved shootings

As Montana law enforcement agencies investigate the fourth officer-involved shooting – and third fatality – in less than a month, the state joins a national debate over the use of lethal force.

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Evaro incident was 2nd shooting involving deputy

Evaro incident was 2nd shooting involving deputy

MISSOULA — The Missoula County sheriff's captain involved in a shooting shortly after midnight on New Year's Day also shot a suspect in 2009.

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19-year-old escapes from Missoula County Pre-release, may be on way to Kalispell

19-year-old escapes from Missoula County Pre-release, may be on way to Kalispell

MISSOULA — Authorities are searching for Tyler Brusell, a 19-year-old Missoula man who failed to return to the Missoula County Pre-release Center after work.

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Investigation of fatal officer-involved shooting to culminate with inquest

Investigation of fatal officer-involved shooting to culminate with inquest

No new information has been released in the investigations of two officer-involved shootings that left a Missoula man dead and an Evaro man injured last week.

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Evaro man shot by sheriff's deputy charged with 3 felonies

MISSOULA — Missoula County officials have released the name of the suspect and the sheriff's deputy who were involved in a shooting early Thursday morning on Evaro Hill.

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Initial report finds Missoula officer justified in fatal shooting

Initial report finds Missoula officer justified in fatal shooting

MISSOULA — An initial investigation has found a Missoula police officer was justified in shooting a 20-year-old man early Wednesday after a 100-mph chase down West Broadway.

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UPDATED: Initial report shows Missoula officer justified in fatal shooting

UPDATED: Initial report shows Missoula officer justified in fatal shooting

MISSOULA — Authorities have identified the victim of this week's fatal shooting by a Missoula police officer as Kaileb Cole Williams, 20.

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Exchange student murder: Kaarma asks for release pending sentencing

Exchange student murder: Kaarma asks for release pending sentencing

MISSOULA — A bail hearing is set for a western Montana man convicted of killing a 17-year-old German exchange student who was trespassing in his garage.

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Kaarma prosecutors: No evidence partner 'colluded, facilitated'

Kaarma prosecutors: No evidence partner 'colluded, facilitated'

MISSOULA — Janelle Pflager, the partner of the Missoula man who was convicted of murdering a teenage exchange student this week, will not face charges.

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Kaarma guilty of German student's homicide; parents will address court Thursday

Kaarma guilty of German student's homicide; parents will address court Thursday

MISSOULA — A collective cry erupted on the third floor of the Missoula County Courthouse Wednesday as a jury of eight women and four men found Markus Hendrik Kaarma guilty of deliberate homicide.

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Jury deliberations begin in exchange student shooting trial

Jury deliberations begin in exchange student shooting trial

MISSOULA — A jury of four men and eight women have been sent to determine the fate of Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man accused of killing an unarmed German teenager, Diren Dede, in his garage last April.

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Jury begins deliberations in Markus Kaarma murder trial

Jury begins deliberations in Markus Kaarma murder trial

MISSOULA — A jury of four men and eight women have been sent to determine the fate of Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man accused of killing an unarmed German teenager, Diren Dede, in his garage last April.

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Consul General: Germans are softening their opinion of gun-toting Montanans

Consul General: Germans are softening their opinion of gun-toting Montanans

MISSOULA — Montana may have been perceived as the Wild West when the fatal shooting of German exchange student Diren Dede first reached European newsstands last spring, but that raucous gun-toting reputation may be fading.

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Defense's expert witness paid $44K, says he wouldn't have charged Kaarma

Defense's expert witness paid $44K, says he wouldn't have charged Kaarma

MISSOULA — Prosecutors in Markus Kaarma's deliberate homicide trial on Friday attacked the defense's first expert witness, who received his doctorate from an unaccredited university that is now defunct and was paid $44,000 to investigate the case and testify.

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Markus Kaarma's defense team begins its case for acquittal

Markus Kaarma's defense team begins its case for acquittal

MISSOULA — Prosecutors have concluded their case against a Missoula man accused of deliberate homicide in the shooting death of a German exchange student who ventured into his garage late one night last spring.

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Detective: Kaarma adjusted aim before firing final, fatal shot at exchange student

Detective: Kaarma adjusted aim before firing final, fatal shot at exchange student

MISSOULA — Testimony in the deliberate homicide trial of Markus Kaarma revealed Thursday that he saw the German exchange student in his garage and shot directly at him three times, then stopped to readjust and deliver a final, fatal blow when Diren Dede stood from behind a car.

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Kaarma's jailhouse phone call: 'There are no other murderers in here'

Kaarma's jailhouse phone call: 'There are no other murderers in here'

MISSOULA — Markus Kaarma saw a German teenager in his garage before he fired the shots that killed Diren Dede, according to a recorded phone call Kaarma later made to his partner from the Missoula County jail.

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Ecuadorian student: Lots of Missoula teens were 'garage-hopping,' but no one expected to die

Ecuadorian student: Lots of Missoula teens were 'garage-hopping,' but no one expected to die

MISSOULA — The trial of the Missoula man accused of murdering a German exchange student resumed Tuesday morning with the testimony of Robby Pazmino, the Ecuadorian student who was with Diren Dede the night he died.

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State medical examiner: Dede was moving away from door when fatally shot

State medical examiner: Dede was moving away from door when fatally shot

German exchange student Diren Dede was mortally wounded as he moved away from a door between the garage and kitchen at Markus Kaarma's Grant Creek home, the state medical examiner testified Monday.

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Missoula police 'walk' jurors through bloodied garage

Missoula police 'walk' jurors through bloodied garage

MISSOULA — The trial of a Missoula man accused of fatally shooting a German teenager in his garage resumed Monday morning, with police officers testifying that pellets from the shotgun penetrated the man’s home and shattered a bottle of oil in his pantry.

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Kaarma's partner changes story, says teen didn't plead for life before fatal shooting

Kaarma's partner changes story, says teen didn't plead for life before fatal shooting

MISSOULA — A German teenager did not plead for his life in the seconds before he was shot to death in a Grant Creek garage, the Missoula woman who shared the home with shooter Markus Kaarma told jurors Friday.

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Partner testifies Kaarma assaulted her; worker says he was confronted with shotgun

Partner testifies Kaarma assaulted her; worker says he was confronted with shotgun

MISSOULA — The partner of Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man accused of shooting an unarmed teenager in his garage last spring, admitted Friday during her witness testimony that Kaarma physically assaulted her in 2012.

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Kaarma's partner testifies she didn't hear teen's pleas before shots

Kaarma's partner testifies she didn't hear teen's pleas before shots

MISSOULA — The partner of a Missoula man accused of killing a German exchange student in his garage last spring testified Friday she didn't hear the teen say anything before the four shots that fatally wounded him were fired.

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Prosecutor pumps shotgun during Kaarma trial; defense points to burglary ring

Prosecutor pumps shotgun during Kaarma trial; defense points to burglary ring

MISSOULA — The trial for Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man accused of shooting an unarmed teenager in his garage last spring, resumed Thursday morning with a prosecutor pumping a shotgun and a defense attorney pointing to an alleged burglary ring during opening statements.

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Defense attorneys contend slain exchange student was part of teenage burglary ring

Defense attorneys contend slain exchange student was part of teenage burglary ring

MISSOULA — The wrangling between prosecutors and defense attorneys representing Markus Kaarma became increasingly contentious Tuesday afternoon, as they waded through multiple motions and hashed out what would be admissible during the Missoula man's upcoming trial.

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Jury seated for Missoula murder trial; opening arguments Thursday

Jury seated for Missoula murder trial; opening arguments Thursday

MISSOULA — Attorneys have selected a jury of 8 women and 4 men for the deliberate homicide trial of Markus Kaarma.

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Jury selection finished in Kaarma trial; individuals to be announced Tuesday

Jury selection finished in Kaarma trial; individuals to be announced Tuesday

MISSOULA — Defense attorneys and prosecutors finished questioning potential jurors Monday afternoon in the trial of Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man accused of murdering a German exchange student in his Grant Creek garage.

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Same-sex couples face continued obstacles in Montana

Same-sex couples face continued obstacles in Montana

Same-sex couples can legally marry in Montana, following a historic ruling this month by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris, but what obstacles remain to full equality for their families?

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Trial begins Monday for Missoula man who fatally shot exchange student

Trial begins Monday for Missoula man who fatally shot exchange student

MISSOULA — It’s been seven months since Markus Kaarma fatally shot a German exchange student who was apparently looking for alcohol in the garage of his Grant Creek home.

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Missoula police investigating weekend rape allegation

Missoula police are investigating an alleged rape that occurred at a weekend party.

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Kaarma's defense team makes 3rd attempt to move trial

Kaarma's defense team makes 3rd attempt to move trial

MISSOULA — Markus Kaarma’s attorneys have filed yet another motion requesting his upcoming trial be moved to another county, claiming two stories published in the Missoulian last week have further tainted Kaarma’s reputation to such an extent that an impartial jury cannot be selected from th…

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New program designed to limit underage drinking in Montana

Nearly 50 percent of Montana’s high school seniors consumed alcohol within the previous 30 days, by one study’s estimate.

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Missoula man who forced girlfriend to cut off tattoo back in jail

Missoula man who forced girlfriend to cut off tattoo back in jail

MISSOULA — Not even a month after he was given three years probation for beating his girlfriend and forcing her to cut a tattoo of his name off her chest, Joey Rene Gallegos is back in Missoula County jail for allegedly violating his probation.

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Missoula man who fatally shot 'garage-hopping' teen has criminal past

Missoula man who fatally shot 'garage-hopping' teen has criminal past

MISSOULA — The man accused of fatally shooting a German exchange student in the garage of his Grant Creek home last April has a criminal record, both in Missoula and in Seattle.

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Sheriff releases name of Missoula jail inmate who died after fall

Sheriff releases name of Missoula jail inmate who died after fall

MISSOULA — The Missoula County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the inmate who died last week after falling from a second-story railing in a Missoula County jail pod.

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Prosecutors want more time for response to Kalispell bride's appeal of murder conviction

Prosecutors want more time for response to Kalispell bride's appeal of murder conviction

MISSOULA — Prosecutors are asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for more time to respond to a Kalispell bride’s appeal of her second-degree murder conviction.

November 10, 2014 1:47 pmLoading…
Missoula woman's brutal attack, recovery featured on NBC's 'Dateline'

Missoula woman's brutal attack, recovery featured on NBC's 'Dateline'

MISSOULA — When Missoula native Karen Lange belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the time-honored Pendleton Roundup in September, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

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Reviewer: Missoula police make 'exceptional effort' to meet rape response mandates

Reviewer: Missoula police make 'exceptional effort' to meet rape response mandates

MISSOULA — More rape victims appear to be willing to work with the Missoula Police Department on their investigations since the city signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve its response to sexual assaults, according to a report submitted Thursday to the city.

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Coroner's inquest panel deliberates on strip-club shooting death

Coroner's inquest panel deliberates on strip-club shooting death

MISSOULA — A coroner's inquest jury is deliberating whether to file charges against Michael Gordon, who fatally shot an unarmed Louisiana man in the parking lot of a Missoula strip club on Labor Day.

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No changes at Missoula County jail, despite inmate's 2009 death

MISSOULA — There have been no changes in policy and no one has been disciplined or fired at the Missoula County jail, despite the 2009 death of Heather Holly Wasson, who died in a seizure brought on by alcohol withdrawal about 36 hours after she was jailed for a probation violation.

November 01, 2014 9:08 pmLoading…

Missoula man accused of brutally raping friend

MISSOULA — The Missoula County Sheriff's Department has arrested a Missoula man accused of brutally raping a friend last April.

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No jail time for man who pepper-sprayed woman, dog

No jail time for man who pepper-sprayed woman, dog

MISSOULA — His victim spent five hours in the emergency room, suffered chemical burns on her eyes, and now experiences anxiety every time she smells chili powder.

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