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High school shooting in Washington state kills 1, injures 3

ROCKFORD, Wash. (AP) — A shooter opened fire at a high school in a tiny town in Washington state Wednesday, killing one student, injuring three others and sending worried parents to the school in...

Glasgow man charged with attempted homicide for assaulting Undersheriff

BILLINGS - Tanner Cook of Glasgow is facing several criminal charges after allegedly assaulting a Valley County Undersheriff with a metal pipe, Valley County Sheriff Vernon Buerkle said Tuesday. Cook, 20 years old, was charged...

Federal government looks to keep $20K obtained in YNP drug bust

BILLINGS (AP) — The federal government is looking to keep over $20,000 seized during a drug bust in Yellowstone National Park. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Hambrick filed a civil forfeiture complaint Sept. 6 seeking to...

Former Billings Republican House representative admits selling, trafficking meth

BILLINGS - Montana’s former Republican House majority leader from Billings pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal drug distribution charges. Michael Lange, 56, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Billings to one count of possession...

UPDATE: GFPD says burglar fled and pulled a weapon before officers shot him

UPDATE (12:41 p.m.) - At the request of the GFPD, agents with the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating the shooting death of a burglary suspect in Great Falls. At about 11:10...

Missoula double homicide victims ID’d

MISSOULA - Authorities have released the names of the two people whose bodies were found in the basement of a Strand Avenue home in August. Missoula County Sheriff  TJ McDermott has identified the victims as...

Police search for escapee from Butte Pre-Release Center

BUTTE - Police are looking for a woman who failed to return to the Butte Pre-Release Center. Sammantha Kelly, 25, is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 152 pounds. She has brown hair and green...

Douglas facing murder charge after assault victim declared legally dead

GREAT FALLS - The man who allegedly assaulted a person in Great Falls earlier this week is now facing murder charges.  Darionn Tyler Douglas has been charged with deliberate homicide, or alternatively negligent homicide after the victim...

GFPD: Several people arrested in alleged drug bust

GREAT FALLS - Police in Great Falls say that several people were arrested on Wednesday in connection with what is believed to be a drug bust. Initial reports indicated that five people were taken into...

Great Falls assault victim is brain-dead

GREAT FALLS - The victim of an assault in Great Falls on Tuesday has been declared brain-dead. Cascade County Attorney Josh Racki said in court on Wednesday afternoon that the victim was brain-dead. The identity...

Douglas charged with assault; victim might not survive

GREAT FALLS- Darionn Tyler Douglas has been charged with aggravated assault in Great Falls, and the victim in the case may not survive. The identity of the victim has not been released. Police received a call...

Livingston man accused of plot to throw home-made bomb into police station

LIVINGSTON- A Livingston man is facing charges for allegedly plotting to throw a homemade explosive device into the police station, according to the Livingston police chief on Wednesday. Bruce Anthony Flack, 45, was arrested over...

Helena man accused of 6th DUI

HELENA- A Helena man is arrested for his 6th DUI. The Montana Highway Patrol says Kenneth Steven Berger was seen waving down traffic on Interstate 15 Sunday north of Helena. He told one witness he'd run...

4-part series: Montana launching ambitious reforms to slow growth in prison, probation populations

This four-part series examines the extensive sentencing and correctional reforms passed by the 2017 Legislature, aimed at reducing Montana’s prison populations. PART 1: Montana launches ambitious sentencing reforms, to slow prison populations Montana has 15,000 criminal offenders...

Helena man accused of strangulation

HELENA-A Helena man is charged with strangulation of his wife. Thomas Robert McDermott was arrested Thursday night following an incident on the 3000 block of Wylie Drive. Charging documents say the 45-year-old McDermott got into an...

Butte shooting victim’s condition upgraded

BUTTE-Details remain murky in a Thursday morning shooting in Butte that left one man hospitalized. The shooting, which was reported at approximately 8:30 a.m., was in the 500 block of West Galena St. in an...

Private contractors a key part of correctional reforms

This story is the final installment of a four-part series examining extensive sentencing and correctional reforms passed by the 2017 Legislature, aimed at reducing Montana’s prison populations. BILLINGS – As Montana launches an ambitious push...

Ex-cons: Sentencing reforms could offer better pathway to freedom

This story is the third of a four-part series examining extenstive sentencing and correctional reforms passed by the 2017 Legislature, aimed at reducing Montana’s prison populations. HELENA – Ex-con Anthony Valderrama has his own business,...

Multi-state law enforcement team up for Labor Day patrols

HELENA - The Montana Highway Patrol has teamed up with state police in Idaho and North Dakota to protect the roads over Labor Day weekend. Operation Border to Border begins at 12:01 on Friday morning...

Two suspects accused of breaking into house and stealing guns

HELENA - A pair of Helena suspects are accused of breaking into a home and stealing guns. Prosecutors said Riley Stevens and Zachary Weaseltail were seen by a neighbor kicking in a door at a...

New professional parole board aims to ensure inmates succeed after prison

This story is the second part of a four-part series examining broad criminal justice and correctional reforms passed by the 2017 Legislature, aimed at reducing Montana’s prison population. HELENA - For the first time in...

Are mug shots public record in MT? Depends where you ask

HELENA - In Gallatin County, mug shots of criminal offenders and suspects – including U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte – are considered “confidential criminal justice information,” and therefore not public unless a judge allows it. In...

2 Las Vegas executives get prison time in corruption case

GREAT FALLS (AP) — Two Las Vegas businessmen have been sentenced to 20 months in prison for their roles in defrauding a Montana Indian tribe's online lending company. The US Attorney's Office says Zachary Brooke...

Wyoming man found waiting calmly for police after reporting wife’s murder

POWELL, Wyo. - A Powell man allegedly shot and killed his wife in their home before police arrived to find him sitting on the porch early Saturday morning, according to the Powell Police Department...

18-year-old charged after multiple crashes reported in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS - An 18-year-old is facing criminal charges after he allegedly caused a multi-car crash in Great Falls on Saturday. Aaron Brogan has been charged with criminal endangerment, reckless driving, speeding and a red light...