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From tragedy to recovery: A Billings man's journey home

From tragedy to recovery: A Billings man's journey home

Doug Vezey got off work early on Halloween last year. It was supposed to be a quiet weekend.

January 25, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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The I.D. O'Donnell house remains mostly the same for more than 100 years

The I.D. O'Donnell house remains mostly the same for more than 100 years

If homes could talk, George and Jean Wallis’ house would have quite the tale.

January 24, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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Woman bites detention officer, kicks police officer after DUI stop, charging documents say

Woman bites detention officer, kicks police officer after DUI stop, charging documents say

A 38-year-old woman with three previous DUI convictions is accused of biting a detention officer and kicking a police officer after being pulled over for another DUI.

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Man charged with sexual intercourse without consent

A man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl more than a year ago made his initial appearance in court Wednesday.

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Man with two priors charged with choking girlfriend until unconscious

Man with two priors charged with choking girlfriend until unconscious

A 37-year-old man with two prior assault convictions faces charges that he pushed his girlfriend and choked her until she blacked out at a Billings hotel.

January 21, 2015 4:47 pmLoading…
YelCo 52: St. Vincent Healthcare: 116 years of service and technological advancements

YelCo 52: St. Vincent Healthcare: 116 years of service and technological advancements

After 116 years in Billings, St. Vincent Healthcare has had its share of notable patients. But one stands out.

January 10, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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Salvation Army donation bucket stolen in front of Wal-Mart

Salvation Army donation bucket stolen in front of Wal-Mart

A Salvation Army bell ringer was reportedly robbed Tuesday afternoon while collecting money in front of Wal-Mart on King Avenue West, said the commander of the Billings Salvation Army, Major Edward Markum. 

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Police still looking for man who fled on foot after crash

Police still looking for man who fled on foot after crash

Billings police are looking for a man who fled on foot after the Chevy Impala he was driving collided with another Impala on the South Side. Police are treating the car as stolen.

December 23, 2014 4:38 pmLoading…
Man shot at Billings Motel 6 North

Man shot at Billings Motel 6 North

A 42-year-old man arrived at Billings Clinic on Saturday after an alleged stranger reportedly shot him in the back of the thigh at Motel 6 North at 5353 Midland Road.

December 20, 2014 4:15 pmLoading…
Teen wakes up to find gay slur spray-painted on door

Teen wakes up to find gay slur spray-painted on door

A three-letter word spray-painted onto Cain Stacy’s trailer door in the Heights greets the bisexual teen whenever he comes home.

December 18, 2014 10:00 pmLoading…
Montana Cuban-Americans overjoyed that U.S. will resume relations with Cuba

Montana Cuban-Americans overjoyed that U.S. will resume relations with Cuba

Miriam Avery drives a black Cadillac CTS-V with a license plate that reads “Cubana” and another vehicle with a license plate that reads “Havana1.”

December 17, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Lockwood Fire Department's Santa Claus makes his rounds before Christmas

Lockwood Fire Department's Santa Claus makes his rounds before Christmas

As Mr. and Mrs. Claus pulled into Lockwood Elementary School in a yellow firetruck, a single-file line of anxious children formed out of the clusters of families that had been waiting in the gravel parking lot.

December 13, 2014 9:15 pm Photos

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Man hospitalized after stabbing outside South Side bar

Man hospitalized after stabbing outside South Side bar

A 52-year-old Billings man was hospitalized late Friday night after getting stabbed outside Lee’s 27th Street Saloon on the South Side.

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Fire damages carport, 2 cars in the Heights

Fire damages carport, 2 cars in the Heights

A carport fire on Rex Lane near Bench Elementary destroyed two vehicles Thursday night, charring the structure’s roof, rafters and back wall in the process.

December 11, 2014 7:21 pm Photos

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Missing person alert issued by Yellowstone County sheriff's office

Missing person alert issued by Yellowstone County sheriff's office

Law enforcement is seeking the public’s help in locating a 42-year-old woman last seen around Billings.

December 11, 2014 5:15 pmLoading…
Vigil held on courthouse steps for people killed by police

Vigil held on courthouse steps for people killed by police

Roughly two dozen people attended a candlelight vigil on the federal courthouse steps Wednesday night to remember the unarmed men and women around the country who have been killed by police. 

December 11, 2014 7:45 am Photos

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SD2 piloting new science-based curriculum, Project Lead the Way

SD2 piloting new science-based curriculum, Project Lead the Way

The instructions were simple.

December 11, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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After a history of ups and downs, Billings Catholic Schools flourishing

After a history of ups and downs, Billings Catholic Schools flourishing

With enrollment on the rise and plans for a new multimillion-dollar West End facility in the works, the Billings Catholic Schools system is flourishing.

December 06, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Christmas comes to town with 30th annual Holiday Parade, drawing thousands

Christmas comes to town with 30th annual Holiday Parade, drawing thousands

Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Friday for the 30th annual Holiday Parade.

November 28, 2014 11:00 pm Video Photos

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Community comes together to make Thanksgiving for families at Ronald McDonald House for 32nd straight year

Community comes together to make Thanksgiving for families at Ronald McDonald House for 32nd straight year

For the 32nd year in a row, students and volunteers Wednesday lent a hand at the Ronald McDonald House to help make Thanksgiving possible for the families staying there.

November 26, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

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Billings Catholic Schools announces plan for new building for 1st-8th-graders

Billings Catholic Schools announces plan for new building for 1st-8th-graders

After quietly raising nearly $10 million over two-plus years, the Billings Catholic Schools announced plans for a new school at Colton Boulevard and Woody Drive on Tuesday.

November 25, 2014 10:36 am Photos

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With community's help, Flakesgiving puts 1,500 turkey dinners on the table

With community's help, Flakesgiving puts 1,500 turkey dinners on the table

Dozens of volunteers from organizations across Billings rolled up their sleeves Saturday and helped unload more than a thousand boxes of Thanksgiving dinners from the back of semi-trailers.

November 22, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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CASA advocates sworn in Tuesday

CASA advocates sworn in Tuesday

The Yellowstone Court Appointed Special Advocates program, an organization dedicated to helping abused children, added nine more volunteers to its roster Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Man hit by truck faces long road to recovery; family and friends raise money to help

Man hit by truck faces long road to recovery; family and friends raise money to help

Community members have teamed up to raise money for a Billings family whose lives were changed Halloween night.

November 15, 2014 5:00 am Photos

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Couple left homeless after Wednesday fire in freezing temperatures

Couple left homeless after Wednesday fire in freezing temperatures

Bonnie Willis was in her bedroom just before 9 a.m. on Wednesday when she heard a pop.

November 13, 2014 9:45 am Photos

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Firefighters have 'terrible time' battling house fire; 5 dogs rescued, but others perished

Firefighters have 'terrible time' battling house fire; 5 dogs rescued, but others perished

At least two dogs died Wednesday morning in a fire that tore through a West End home, sending homeowner Bonnie Willis running barefoot into the frigid streets for safety.

November 12, 2014 9:15 am Photos

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Every little bit helps: YWCA expands its fundraising reach

Every little bit helps: YWCA expands its fundraising reach

Billings YWCA CEO Merry Lee Olson recently received a $21,000 check — the largest yet from the organization’s Endowment Foundation, which began cutting checks three years ago.

November 10, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Ex-girlfriend of homicide victim struggles to make sense of tragedy

Ex-girlfriend of homicide victim struggles to make sense of tragedy

ASHLAND — The night 36-year-old David Leroy Vallie was killed, his 2-year-old daughter, Daynee, woke up screaming and crying.

November 08, 2014 9:45 pm Photos

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Montana Hope Project grants 10-year-old's wish

Montana Hope Project grants 10-year-old's wish

Emme Keehner can’t wait for Saturday.

November 05, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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North Dakota man recovering at St. Vincent after being shot by Sidney officer

A Bismarck, N.D., man shot by a Sidney police officer last Friday is recovering at St. Vincent Healthcare and was in fair condition on Wednesday afternoon. 

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'Every vote counts': Folks show up late, don't mind the wait to register, cast ballots

'Every vote counts': Folks show up late, don't mind the wait to register, cast ballots

With only 30 minutes until polls closed, a line of more than 45 anxious late voters snaked its way around the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark. 

November 04, 2014 10:45 pm Photos

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Family and friends set up fundraiser accounts for man injured while walking dog

Family and friends set up fundraiser accounts for man injured while walking dog

Fundraisers have been set up for a Billings man who faces a lengthy recovery after being run over by a truck Halloween night while walking his dog.

November 04, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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Authorities still looking for 85-year-old Hardin man's attackers

Big Horn County Undersheriff Mike Fuss said his officers are still looking for an 85-year-old Hardin man’s attackers.

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Pedestrian injured, dog killed in Terry Avenue crash

Pedestrian injured, dog killed in Terry Avenue crash

Update 10:15 a.m. Saturday: No update was available from the Billings Police Department on Saturday. But a family member of the pedestrian injured in the Friday night accident said the man's injuries are severe, and that he faces a long recovery. The family member added that the man's dog di…

October 31, 2014 5:56 pm Photos

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'You’re a fighter. And you’re strong': Pink belts help students fight cancer 1 kick at a time

'You’re a fighter. And you’re strong': Pink belts help students fight cancer 1 kick at a time

A monthlong self defense class aimed at fighting cancer as well as bad guys came to an end Wednesday night at Billings Chi-Tu Do.

October 30, 2014 9:15 am Photos

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The zombie apocalypse returns to downtown

The zombie apocalypse returns to downtown

Hundreds dressed as blood-soaked zombies zigzagged through Billings’ sleepy downtown streets and alleyways Saturday afternoon for the seventh-annual Zombie Walk.

October 25, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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85-year-old Hardin man attacked, 'left for dead' inside his home

An 85-year-old man is recovering at St. Vincent Healthcare after he was beaten last week and “left for dead” inside his Hardin home.

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Hundreds lose power in Billings

About 1,000 Billings residents on the West End lost power for more than an hour Thursday evening after a piece of equipment failed on a Grand Avenue power pole.

October 23, 2014 6:48 pmLoading…
A day at the rodeo: Kids n' Cowboys brings families battling cancer together

A day at the rodeo: Kids n' Cowboys brings families battling cancer together

Bunny, Travis, Casey and Candace Burrows were one of 33 families who came to MetraPark Fairgrounds for Saturday’s 21st annual Kids n’ Cowboys at the NILE Rodeo.

October 18, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Family recuperates after near-death experience with battery

Family recuperates after near-death experience with battery

Kileen Bilstad, 29, was vacationing with her family in Rapid City, S.D., this summer when she got the scare of her life.

October 18, 2014 11:30 am Photos

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The public gets passionate about dogs in Billings' parks

The public gets passionate about dogs in Billings' parks

Discussions began Tuesday night at the Animal Control Board meeting to lift a 1960s ban on dogs in city parks.

October 15, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Billings Central's first Muslim student adjusts to life in Montana

Billings Central's first Muslim student adjusts to life in Montana

Fifteen-year-old Suleman Makhani has experienced lots of firsts since he left his home and family 7,543 miles away in Pakistan.

October 14, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Hundreds spend the night in cardboard boxes to raise money, awareness for homelessness

Hundreds spend the night in cardboard boxes to raise money, awareness for homelessness

Rocky Mountain College’s soccer field was transformed Saturday night into a 24-hour encampment of colorful cardboard shelters for the seventh annual Cardboard Box City.

October 11, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Fire damages Billings trailer Thursday night

Fire damages Billings trailer Thursday night

Robert Allard, 55, was at his home in Trailer Village watching football and catching up on work Thursday night when he realized his printer was out of ink.

October 09, 2014 11:05 pm Photos

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Crow judge finds Lodge Grass officials in civil contempt

Crow judge finds Lodge Grass officials in civil contempt

A day after 65-year-old Lodge Grass Acting Mayor Birdie Lion Shows was released from jail, a Crow tribal judge Tuesday again found the mayor and other town officials in contempt.

October 03, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Montana DEQ brings EPA discussions to Billings

About 75 people filled the seats of a Montana State University Billings classroom Wednesday evening to discuss options for Montana’s energy future.

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Woman connects with rightful owner of wartime letters

Woman connects with rightful owner of wartime letters

When Sheri Weisser saw her uncle’s name in the paper, she couldn’t believe her eyes.

September 29, 2014 6:15 am Photos

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Untested water lines put hundreds of people at risk after Crow bypasses town, restores water to subdivision near Lodge Grass

Lodge Grass — For 11 days, approximately 500 residents of the Johnny Wilson Acres subdivision near Lodge Grass — many of whom are sick and elderly — lived without water. 

September 26, 2014 11:59 pm

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