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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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Beartooth Highway completely reopened, warmer weather on way

Beartooth Highway completely reopened, warmer weather on way

The Beartooth Pass is completely open again, according to a news release from the Montana Department of Transportation

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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.

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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.

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Broken pipe fixed at MetraPark arena after downpour during fair

Broken pipe fixed at MetraPark arena after downpour during fair

A downpour toward the end of MontanaFair last month sent water into an area of MetraPark’s Rimrock Auto Arena, but the problem was a broken pipe, not a leaky roof as first thought.

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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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Thunderstorms and showers expected through the weekend

Thunderstorms and showers expected through the weekend

Thunderstorms, rain and cooler temperatures are expected through the weekend in the Billings area.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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MontanaFair rodeo sets record attendance, payouts

MontanaFair rodeo sets record attendance, payouts

Rodeo at the recently ended MontanaFair set attendance and payout records, MetraPark officials said.

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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.

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MontanaFair slightly off record pace

Heading into rodeo on the last days of MontanaFair, total revenue so far for the nine-day event at MetraPark is only slightly off from a record set last year.

August 14, 2014 4:45 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.

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County finds a way to pay for new jail, but can't nail down money to operate it

County finds a way to pay for new jail, but can't nail down money to operate it

With a combination of protested tax distributions and county funds, Yellowstone County can scrape together the estimated $7 million it needs to expand to add 100 new beds to relieve crowding at the jail.

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County’s coal taxes increase from Signal Peak Energy

More underground coal mining in Yellowstone County last year by Signal Peak Energy, which operates the Bull Mountain Mine south of Roundup, will mean more tax dollars for the county.

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MontanaFair numbers dip a little

MontanaFair numbers dip a little

MontanaFair revenue through Monday fell a bit off pace from last year’s figures, but officials continue to be pleased with the event and are expecting a strong finish by the end of the week. Fair revenue through Monday totaled $927,245, which is $128,482 less than $1.05 million in 2014, said…

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Man involved in home invasion admits to federal drug, gun charges

Man involved in home invasion admits to federal drug, gun charges

A Great Falls man shot during a Billings home invasion earlier this year admitted federal drug and gun charges on Monday.Christopher James Michelotti, 30, pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine for distribution and to brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime dur…

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Lame Deer residents accused of meth trafficking; exposing children to drug

Two Lame Deer residents on Monday denied federal charges of methamphetamine trafficking in a residence here children were present.

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YelCo 52: Yellowstone River a workhorse for industry, economy

YelCo 52: Yellowstone River a workhorse for industry, economy

What makes the Yellowstone River so special? Perhaps it's because the Yellowstone is the longest free-flowing river in the continental United States.

August 09, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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