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HELENA - Michael Hilton, the California con man whose shadowy company once aspired to run Hardin's never-opened jail, has turned over four pie…

Former Hardin City Attorney Becky Convery said a decision by the Two Rivers Authority board to bill her for cleaning animal-fouled carpets in …

Former Hardin City Attorney Becky Convery said a decision by the Two Rivers Authority board to bill her for cleaning animal-fouled carpets in …

Michael Hilton of American Police Force, left, and Al Peterson, vice president of Two Rivers Authority, talk in the parking lot of the jail in…

Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock has dropped his investigation into a California company following its attempted takeover of an empty Mo…

AFP spokesperson Becky Shay said at a press conference Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, that the company is pulling out of negotiations and contracts wit…

Greg Smith, the director of Two Rivers Authority, who was placed on paid leave last month two days after announcing that the agency had signed…

Michael Hilton, a California con man who aspired to run a never-opened jail in Hardin.

HELENA - Michael Hilton, the self-styled "Captain Mike" and California felon who founded the private security firm seeking to run an empty jai…

Albert Peterson with the Two Rivers Authority in Hardin, MT, stands outside an empty jail the city built for $27 million, on Friday, September…

American Police Force public relations director Becky Shay has an office in the Two Rivers Detention Facility and is currently the only tenant…

Al Peterson, Hardin school superintendent and vice president of Two Rivers Authority, answers questions Wednesday about American Police Force,…

Michael Hiliton of American Police Force stands outside Hardin city offices after meeting with officials Friday. (AP Photo)

Trina Maurer, chairwoman of the Hardin Chamber of Commerce, said APF made a false step when it showed up with the SUVs bearing police logos — …

A Mercedes SUV provided by American Police Force to company spokeswoman Becky Shay sits in front of Hardin’s empty jail. One resident said APF…

American Police Force's new spokesperson Becky Shay introduces company president Michael Hilton to the media during a press conference at the …

With the Two Rivers Authority jail as a backdrop, American Police Force's new spokesperson Becky Shay shows members of the media vacant land o…

Al Peterson is vice president of the Two Rivers Authority, Hardin's economic development agency, which owns the 464-bed jail that has been emp…

With the Two Rivers Authority jail as a backdrop, American Police Force's new spokesperson Becky Shay shows members of the media vacant land o…

American Police Force's president Michael Hilton addresses the media during a press conference at the Two Rivers Authority jail Saturday, Sept…

American Police Force's new spokesperson Becky Shay introduces the company's president Michael Hilton during a press conference at the Two Riv…

American Police Force's president Michael Hilton, left, and Al Peterson, vice president of the Two Rivers Authority, Hardin's economic develop…