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East Helena man pleads guilty to illegal possession of machine gun

HELENA - Patrick Ofaron Longdon, a 49-year-old resident of East Helena, plead guilty to illegal possession of a machine gun. U.S. Senior District Judge Sam Haddon presided over the hearing and set sentencing for...

Former Billings nurse admits stealing painkillers from up to 300 patients

BILLINGS - At his change of plea hearing Tuesday for charges related to stealing drugs from patients, a former Billings nurse told the judge he is currently in substance abuse treatment. Donald Mills, who was...

Ex-Florence doctor tries to save freedom while case is appealed

HELENA - The attorney for a former Florence doctor convicted of negligent homicide and over-prescribing medicines is asking the Montana Supreme Court to overlook confusion on filing dates, and give his client a chance...

Ronan officer hurt, cruiser damaged in DUI crash

RONAN - A Ronan police officer was taken to the hospital and his cruiser was damaged in a Monday evening incident involving a drunk driver. Officer Joel Diaz was on patrol and driving on Round...

Warrant issued for DUI suspect Rowland

GREAT FALLS - Larry Lee Rowland, already facing charges after crashing his car into a Montana Highway Patrol vehicle in January, is facing yet another DUI charge, and a request has been filed to...

Eastern Montana trucking company guilty of transporting hazardous materials

BILLINGS - An Eastern Montana trucking company and the Baker man who owns the company have been convicted of intentionally mislabeling records related to transporting explosive materials. Woody’s Trucking, LLC and Donald Wood Jr. were...

Havre woman denies attempted murder charge

HAVRE - Brooke Ann Blacktongue denied allegations Tuesday in District Court in Havre that she choked and tried to stab a woman with a kitchen knife. According to the Havre Herald, Blacktongue pleaded not...

Conn sentenced to 35 years for raping a child

HELENA - A man who pleaded guilty to raping a Helena girl under the age of seven has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. James Blake Conn pleaded guilty to a single charge of...

Nurse claims she was fired from Crow Health Center for reporting sexual assault

BILLINGS - A woman claims in a lawsuit filed in a Billings federal court that she was fired from her position as a registered nurse at Awe KualaWaache Care on the Crow Indian Reservation...

Man allegedly cashes stolen checks while completing Butte Pre-Release program

BUTTE - An inmate at the Butte Pre-Release Center is accused of cashing stolen checks. Butte police say 47-year-old James Whitaker cashed two checks stolen from a local business in the amount of $1,800 earlier...

Man denies shooting at officers, engaging Billings police in standoff

 BILLINGS -- The man accused of shooting at two probation and parole officers before engaging Billings police in a standoff downtown earlier this month pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday at his arraignment. Michael...

Arocha, convicted of voluntary manslaughter, free until September sentencing

 GREAT FALLS - William Arocha, Jr., was found guilty on May 9th of voluntary manslaughter for the stabbing death of Shane LaPlant. Arocha is scheduled to be sentenced on September 6th. After the verdict was...

Great Falls man charged with sexually assaulting a teen

GREAT FALLS - Thomas Kaz Bacon has been charged with sexually assaulting a teen in Great Falls. Court documents allege that Bacon sexually assaulted the 14-year old girl numerous times over the span of several...

Boy arrested after shooting mother’s ex-boyfriend in neck on Billings South Side

BILLINGS - Billings police and emergency crews responded Tuesday afternoon to a report of a shooting outside of an apartment complex at 801 S. 28th St. Paramedics are treating a male victim with a wound...

Helena man accused of repeatedly punching girlfriend, breaking her nose

 HELENA - A Helena defendant is charged with attacking a female victim twice. Charlo C. Ford was arrested Saturday and charged with felony Partner-Family Member Assault. Charging documents say during an argument with his girlfriend last...

Schneider found guilty of deliberate homicide

HELENA-A jury found a Helena man guilty of fatally shooting his girlfriend. Skyler Schneider was found guilty of deliberate homicide and tampering with evidence for the July 2017 shooting of 23-year-old Katherine Spencer. The week-long trial ended with...

Murder suspect, convicted felon arrested in Hardin

 HARDIN - The Big Horn County Sheriff's Office arrested a murder suspect on Saturday who fled the state of Washington. Jacob Ozuna, a six-time convicted felon and dangerous gang member, is a deadly shooting suspect...

Former Billings residents ordered to stand trial in Utah for baby’s murder

UTAH - A pair of longtime Billings residents charged in Utah with the murder of their young daughter have been ordered to stand trial. Miller Costello, 26, and his 23-year-old wife, Brenda Emile, were ordered...

Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Bruce Oliveira

BILLINGS - The United States Marshals Service has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lookout) for Bruce Oliveira. Oliveira, 57, is wanted by the Montana Violent Offender Task Force for failing to register as a violent offender....

Amber Alert canceled, missing Billings toddler found safe

UPDATE 9:00 a.m.: Christopher Joseph Getsdownoften has been located and is safe. Billings police have canceled the Amber Alert issued early Monday morning. "The child and his father Ernest Getsdown were both located at a south...

Special K Ranch in Columbus sued for negligence following alleged rape

BILLINGS - The Special K Ranch in Columbus is denying allegations made by a Georgia man who claims his disabled son was sexually assaulted at the facility. The complaint filed against the Special K Ranch...

Man faces federal charge for assault that left Poplar man dead

POPLAR - Nearly one year after a Poplar man was beaten to death outside a convenience store, one of the three suspects charged in Fort Peck Tribal Court has been charged in federal court. Errol...

Wyoming troopers seeking suspect after seizing 50 pounds of meth during traffic stop

Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers announced Thursday they seized 50 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $425,000 in an April traffic stop in Sweetwater County, and they're trying to figure out who's responsible. The troopers said...

Nash pleads guilty to wire fraud and money laundering

GREAT FALLS - The United States Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday that Jay Nash of Great Falls pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering during a federal court hearing on Wednesday before U.S....

Vehicle links Three Forks fugitive to man accused of meth possession

BOZEMAN - Shawn Robert Arrants, 40, and Daniel Gavinsky, 30, both appeared in Gallatin County courtrooms Wednesday, and their alleged crimes share a connection. Arrants made his initial appearance in District Court on charges of...