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Exonerated ex-inmate Cody Marble arrested on probation violation

MISSOULA - A Missoula man who won a 14-year fight earlier this year to erase a rape conviction has been arrested in South Dakota, three months after being accused of “absconding” from probation on...

Self-described ‘mountain man’ in 1984 killing is released

BILLINGS - Don Nichols, who was convicted of kidnapping athlete Kari Swenson and killing Alan Goldstein in 1984, was granted parole several months ago and was released from the Montana State Prison on Wednesday. Nichols, 86...

Lewis and Clark Co. Coroner: victim in Sunday assault dies after returning to Texas

Helena- A Texas man police say was assaulted and carjacked early Sunday morning has died. According to Lewis and Clark Co. Coroner Bryan Backeberg, Kerry Paul Malkerson, 67, died after returning to his Dallas County,...

Jefferson County man gets trial to fight property seizure

BOULDER - A Jefferson County man fighting the seizure of his property will get a trial early next year. Mike Chilinski said the county's civil suit to take his Jefferson City property – including several...

Indiana man charged with abusing 14-year-old Montana girl

MISSOULA (AP) — A 29-year-old Indiana man who started a crowdfunding site to raise money so he could travel to Montana to be with his 14-year-old "fiancée" is charged with felony sexual abuse of...

Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Dakota Michael Lucero

GREAT FALLS - The U.S. Marshals Service District of Montana has issued a BOLO Alert (Be On the Look-Out) for Dakota Michael Lucero. Lucero, 26 years old, is wanted by the Montana Violent Offender Task Force...

Bank robbery charges filed against ‘AK-47 bandit’ suspect

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Robbery charges have been filed in Nebraska against a man suspected of being the "AK-47 bandit," who investigators believe robbed banks in five states. Court records show 39-year-old Richard Gathercole was...

Authorities search for passengers who left scene of fatal crash near Crow Agency

CROW AGENCY - A rollover crash near Crow Agency on Monday left one man dead and two others presumably injured, though Montana Highway Patrol reported the two survivors left the scene of the crash. The Big Horn...

Belgrade man facing drug charges after 911 hang up call Monday night

BOZEMAN - A Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy responding to a 911 hang up call on Monday night arrested a Belgrade man after seeing evidence of drug use in a garage. Jordan G. Shepard, 26, faces a...

20-year-old arrested for selling fake meth

HELENA - A 20-year-old suspect faces up to five years in prison for allegedly selling sea-salt and saying it was meth. Maxwell Allen Roberts was arrested Monday and charged with felony distribution of imitation dangerous...

Suspect of a statewide search arrested in Salt Lake

HELENA - The Helena Police Department reported Tuesday that the suspect of a statewide search has been arrested in Utah. Eddie Sanchez, 45, of Helena was arrested in Salt Lake City for outstanding warrants issued...

Transient charged with kidnapping

BOZEMAN - A transient held three people against their will at a Bozeman home over the weekend. Court documents state that 26-year-old Kyle Dwayne Jones came to one of the victim's home with a handgun. He...

Bail set at $2M in Montana deaths, bodies found in basement

MISSOULA (AP) — Bail was set at $2 million for two western Montana residents who are charged in the stabbing deaths of two people whose bodies were found in plastic tubs of chemicals in...

Man convicted of murder in Billings dies in Prison

BILLINGS - A Montana State Prison inmate serving a 45-year sentence for a stabbing death in Billings has died. Robert Bauer, who was sentenced to prison in September for fatally stabbing a man in Downtown...

Ex-assistant principal’s license suspended over partially-nude photos

BILLINGS - Sarah Sheldon, the former assistant principal at Laurel Middle School, had her license suspended following revelations that she sent partially-nude photos to a teenage boy during the 2016-2017 school year. The Office of Public...

Details emerge in Missoula double murder

MISSOULA - Court documents have provided details about the murder of two people found dead at a home in Missoula last week. On Thursday, 23-year-old Tiffanie Pierce and 26-year-old Augustus Standing Rock were taken into custody. The victims' identities have not yet...

Statewide search issued for Helena man suspected of assault, stealing vehicle

HELENA - The Helena Police Department is looking for a Helena man who they believe led officers on a high-speed chase, assaulted a man and fled in a stolen car. A statewide search has been...

Murder investigated in Missoula

MISSOULA - Authorities are investigating what's being called a homicide case in Missoula. The incident happened on Thursday evening in the 1900 block of Strand Avenue. Missoula Police spokesman Sgt. Travis Welsh said a search warrant...

Helena man charged with a felony for allegedly trying to hit another person with...

HELENA - A Helena suspect is accused of trying to run over another individual with a pickup truck. Michael James Cooper was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Deputies and charged with...

Billings man admits to New Year’s Eve killing

GLASGOW -  A Billings area man could be facing 80 years in prison after admitting to the murder of a Glasgow woman whose body was found on a road. Jay Donald Witkowski, 29, appeared Wednesday in a...

2 men who escaped Butte pre-release center arrested after crashing van into building in...

BILLINGS - Billings Police report that a pair of inmates wanted for walking away from the Butte pre-release center on Tuesday were arrested in Billings on Wednesday after crashing a stolen vehicle into a...

One stabbed, no arrests in MontanaFair altercation

BILLINGS - One person was stabbed at the MontanaFair late Tuesday night, according to Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder. Deputies responded to a disturbance near the Heritage Center around 11:30 p.m. where they found one...

Fugitive sought for dumping radioactive oilfield waste

BILLINGS (AP) — Federal officials say a fugitive who escaped custody in Wyoming four years ago is being sought for the illegal dumping of radioactive oilfield waste in North Dakota. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...

Two men charged with raping woman in Big Sky

BOZEMAN - Two men have been charged with raping a woman in Big Sky. Authorities say the two men met a woman at a Three Forks-area bar on Thursday, offered her a ride home and...

FBI says no comment on suspects of triple murder; BOLO alert subject arrested

BILLINGS - The FBI said on Monday that no arrests have been made in connection with the murder of three people in Lodge Grass, but the man who was the subject of BOLO alert...