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Man accused of torture, murder under Reserve Street Bridge extradited back to Missoula

Man accused of torture, murder under Reserve Street Bridge extradited back to Missoula

MISSOULA — The transient accused of torturing and shooting to death a 36-year-old man under the Reserve Street Bridge in July is expected to arrive in Missoula County by the end of the week to face those charges.

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Missoula man faces 34 felonies for alleged Facebook threats

MISSOLA — A man facing 34 felony counts for violating an order of protection is wanted by Missoula law enforcement after allegedly contacting his victim repeatedly on Facebook last week.

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Bonner man acquitted of child sex charges

Bonner man acquitted of child sex charges

After a two-day trial and several hours of deliberation Thursday, a Missoula jury exonerated Chad Lee Briggs, a 36-year-old Bonner mechanic who was one of seven people accused of attempting to have sex with a 12-year-old girl during a December sex sting.

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UM receives $1.5M from Missoula couple to train teachers in gifted education

UM receives $1.5M from Missoula couple to train teachers in gifted education

The University of Montana received a $1.5 million boost Friday, making UM’s College of Education and Human Sciences the gifted-education hub of Montana and the Northern Rockies.

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Murder trial in foreign student's shooting remains in Missoula

Murder trial in foreign student's shooting remains in Missoula

MISSOULA — Missoula County District Judge Ed McLean has denied a second request by defense attorneys to move the trial of a Grant Creek man charged with killing a German exchange student in his garage earlier this year.

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Police seek man accused of assault outside Missoula Walmart

Police seek man accused of assault outside Missoula Walmart

MISSOULA — Missoula police are searching for Sean Marceau, a Missoula man who was allegedly involved in a Sunday evening assault in the Super Walmart parking lot.

August 27, 2014 2:10 pm
Alleged attack in Walmart parking lot likely will leave 70-year-old blind in one eye

Alleged attack in Walmart parking lot likely will leave 70-year-old blind in one eye

MISSOULA — Les Gapay winces while his nurse peels away the bandage and gently lifts his swollen eyelid to apply ointment to his bloodshot eye.

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Accused I-90 shooting accomplice held on $500K bond

MISSOULA — The 34-year-old woman who allegedly left a man for dead after her partner shot him twice near Interstate 90 earlier this summer is back in Missoula County and will remain in jail pending a $500,000 bail.

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1 dead, 2 seriously injured in Highway 93 crash

WHITEFISH — A two-vehicle crash north of Whitefish on U.S. Highway 93 has left two people in serious condition and a 23-year-old woman from western Montana dead.

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2 face charges in Missoula pipe bomb incident

2 face charges in Missoula pipe bomb incident

MISSOULA — Missoula police arrested three people after a bomb sighting at a residence near Playfair Park on Tuesday prompted the evacuation of several nearby homes and the partial closure of Spartan Drive.

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Man injured by East Missoula bridge jumper sues county

Man injured by East Missoula bridge jumper sues county

MISSOULA — A man injured by a bridge jumper while floating the Clark Fork River last summer now alleges Missoula County also was at fault for his severe injuries.

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State high court issues landmark decision based on alleged Missoula stalking case

State high court issues landmark decision based on alleged Missoula stalking case

MISSOULA — It’s not like Carrie Jamrogowicz wanted to be close to Missoula Police Detective Stacy Lear. It’s like she wanted to crawl inside her skin and walk around in it, Lear says.

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Missoula agencies concerned about rise in transient violence

Missoula agencies concerned about rise in transient violence

MISSOULA — Missoula may be a tourist destination, but a more sinister type of visitor is raising concerns within the community.

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Prosecutors object to moving trial for killing of German teen

Prosecutors object to moving trial for killing of German teen

MISSOULA — Missoula County prosecutors are objecting to a change of venue request for the trial of Markus Kaarma, the 29-year-old Missoula man who shot and killed an unarmed German exchange student when the teen entered his Grant Creek garage on April 27.

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Ruling: Montana felons can't own firearms after serving time, probation

Ruling: Montana felons can't own firearms after serving time, probation

According to a new judgment from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Montana felons who have completed their sentence and probation will no longer be able to own firearms.

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Transient gets 15 years for beating man in dispute over pork chop

MISSOULA — The transient man who savagely beat another man during an argument over a pork chop will spend the next 15 years in the Montana State Prison.

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Former Griz hoops player accused of selling Adderall pills

Former Griz hoops player accused of selling Adderall pills

MISSOULA — A former Montana Grizzlies basketball player faces felony charges for allegedly selling prescription drugs to undercover Missoula police officers.

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Accused I-90 shooter to appear on attempted murder charges today

Accused I-90 shooter to appear on attempted murder charges today

MISSOULA — They allegedly shot the man twice in a dispute over stolen methamphetamine and money, then left him for dead along Interstate 90 late on July 16.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

May 30, 2014 2:13 pmLoading…
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.

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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.

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