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Sheriff: National opioid epidemic affects local community

HELENA - Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton is sounding the alarm about the rising number of drug overdoses linked to a powerful synthetic painkiller. Dutton said local first responders have seen 50 drug...

Woman pleads not guilty to endangering child and evidence tampering

GREAT FALLS - A woman in Great Falls pleaded not guilty to charges she faces in connection with a house party rape last month. Nicole Robinson Downs pleaded not guilty in Great Falls on Thursday to...

Montana man wanted for illegal gun dealing caught in Mexico

BILLINGS (AP) — A law enforcement official says a Montana man who spent almost two years as a fugitive after being indicted for illegal gun deals has been captured in Mexico and returned to...

Former Billings Clinic nurse charged with stealing narcotics from patients

BILLINGS - The former Billings Clinic nurse who allegedly admitted stealing narcotics from more than 300 patients has now been charged in federal court. Donald Friedlich Mills III pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Billings Tuesday...

Hostage hoax investigated in Polson

POLSON - The Polson Police Department dealt with what they thought was a hostage situation on Thursday afternoon before discovering it was all a hoax. An individual called 911 claiming to have five hostages inside a...

Suspect pleads not guilty to shooting woman in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS - Jason Charles Hoomalu pleaded not guilty on Thursday in connection with last month's shooting of a woman in Great Falls. The victim was taken to Benefis Health System with gunshot wounds to her...

Billings police officers hand out turkeys, not tickets

BILLINGS - It wasn't your typical ride-along with the Billings Police Department on Wednesday. It wasn’t your typical police situation, either. Those who were pulled over received turkeys, not tickets. Minor traffic violations earned Billings...

Drug trafficking suspect wanted by FBI

The FBI released a wanted poster for a man believed to be involved in drug-trafficking in Montana. Frederick Lona is wanted by the FBI for his alleged involvement in a drug-trafficking organization in the state...

Blackfeet Head Start employees charged with embezzlement plead not guilty

UPDATE (11/9) - The Associated Press reports that the three former Blackfeet Head Start employees, charged with embezzling almost a quarter million dollars, pleaded not guilty to the federal charges. Grant, Goss and Bird all three pleaded...

Man jailed after diving through window, trying to bite officer

GREAT FALLS - A suspect is in the Cascade County jail after he reportedly tried to escape from the Great Falls Pre-Release Center and tried to bite an officer in the face. A report from...

Man arrested after 14.5 lbs of marijuana found in pickup

A Texas man who was arrested after a police dog found 14.5 lbs of marijuana in his pickup appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court Wednesday morning. Stephen D. Snyder, 26, was arrested by Gallatin County...

Glendive man accused of killing his father for life insurance and land

BILLINGS - Prosecutors are suggesting in charging documents filed against Todd Fisher, accused of killing his father last month, that the victim’s financial assets were a motive for the murder. Fisher, 44 years old, was charged...

Convicted killer Frank Dryman has died

Montana State Prison inmate Frank Dryman died on Monday at the Lewistown Infirmary in Lewistown. He was 86 years old and died of natural causes, according to the Montana Department of Corrections. Dryman, at 19...

Police: Billings standoff suspect killed by gunfire from officers

BILLINGS - Police said Tuesday that a man who died following a nine-hour standoff was killed by gunfire from Billings officers. Lt. Neil Lawrence said a press release that the conclusion was reached after an...

Helena man accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old

HELENA - A Helena man has been charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl. Rex Mervin Hudson was seen via video in Lewis and Clark Justice Court Monday afternoon where he was told he is...

Rape suspect faces new assault charge

HELENA - Additional charges have been filed against a Helena suspect accused of rape and sexual assault. Paul Russell Smith, charged last month for rape and solicitation to rape of two girls under the age...

Texas killer was able to buy guns because of Air Force lapse

The gunman who slaughtered 26 people at a Texas church was able to buy weapons because the Air Force failed to report his domestic violence conviction to the federal database that is used to...

Texas church gunman sent hostile text messages before attack

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The gunman who killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law before the attack, which appeared to have been driven by domestic...

Suspect shot and killed in shooting near Vaughn identified

VAUGHN - The Cascade County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect who was shot and killed in a shooting near Vaughn last week. Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards identified the suspect as Sandy Dennis of Vaughn....

Big Bear standoff suspect, Billings officers who killed him identified

BILLINGS - The man shot and killed by Billings Police during a standoff that lasted nine hours at Big Bear Sports Center was identified Monday at a press conference that outlined the timeline of the incident. Billings...

Suspect dead after standoff with police at Billings store

BILLINGS - A man is dead following a dangerous standoff that lasted nine hours Saturday. Billings Police Chief Rich St. John confirmed the suspect drove an SUV through the front entrance of the Big Bear Sports...

Helena man accused of assaulting a child

HELENA - A 30-year-old Helena suspect is accused of assaulting an 11-year-old child Thursday. Dylan Michael Ford was arrested Thursday night after an altercation on the 2700 block of Dodge Avenue. According to a police report,...

Domestic violence charges against former Laurel cop dismissed

BILLINGS - The Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday tossed out a domestic violence charge against a former Laurel police officer, and the case cannot be retried. The court concluded retrying the case against Jim Huertas for...

Suspect pleads not guilty to raping teen in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS - Khalil Cornel Stinson pleaded not guilty on Thursday to raping a teen. Stinson has been charged with sexual intercourse without consent (felony) for allegedly raping the teen at a "house party" last...

Helena man charged with two felonies after allegedly hitting woman with curling iron

HELENA - A Helena suspect is charged with a pair of felonies following a violent confrontation Wednesday. Marlon Tramell Crutchfield is charged with partner family member assault and assault with a weapon. The case began early...