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Billings prosecutor drops charge against Barry Beach

BILLINGS - A criminal charge against Barry Beach in a Billings City Court was been dropped by the prosecution. While prosecutors say probable cause existed at the time they filed the charge, they no longer believe they...

Mihelish pleads guilty to DUI

HELENA (MTN) - Capital High School’s football coach has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. Kyle Mihelish changed his plea during a hearing in Helena municipal court Monday morning. Mihelish was stopped just before midnight...

Property search complete; Crites investigation continues

HELENA - Lewis and Clark County law enforcement remain tight lipped about a recent operation they conducted on Turk road. Investigators spent five days on the property of Katy Wessel and John Mehan beginning last...

After Billings standoff, Laurel man in court on 5 charges

BILLINGS - The man who lead authorities on a chase from Billings to Laurel and back, and then forced a 4 hour standoff, made his initial appearance in court Thursday. Dustin Kennedy faces three felony charges of criminal...

Case referred back to detectives involving alleged sex abuse by Frenchtown choir teacher

MISSOULA - The Missoula County Attorney's Office has referred the case involving a Frenchtown teacher inappropriately touching students back to detectives for a follow-up investigation. A student came forward in January saying that Frenchtown music...

Butte man pleads guilty to 23rd DUI

BUTTE - A Butte man with almost two dozen prior drinking and driving convictions pleaded guilty today to a felony DUI. Clinton Sproles entered the guilty plea in connection with his DUI arrest on Feb....

Police continue to investigate Smoker Friendly robbery

HELENA - Helena police said they are following leads, but still haven't apprehended the suspect who robbed Smoker Friendly tobacco shop on Wednesday night. The police released a photo of the person police said entered the smoker friendly...

(UPDATE) Two MSU football players suspended indefinitely, face drug charges

UPDATE: 1:56 p.m.  - The state prosecutor said the football players arrests are in direct relation to the multiple drug felonies brought against MSU student Christopher Flanagan. Flanagan has been charged with possession of 355 Xanax pills...

Bozeman man charged after large amounts of drugs found in residence

BOZEMAN - A Bozeman man is behind bars accused of distributing large quantities of drugs in Bozeman. Christopher M. Flanagan, 20, is charged with possession with intent to distribute dangerous drugs and will be seen...

Stabbing in Missoula, suspect still at large

MISSOULA - Authorities are investigating a reported stabbing on Thursday morning in Missoula. Missoula Police are at the scene and at the Krispy Kreme near Brooks Street where the victim was allegedly stabbed in the parking lot...

Judge revokes double murder convict’s suspended sentence

TOWNSEND  - The former Townsend woman convicted of a 1995 double-homicide had her suspended sentence revoked by a district judge on Wednesday. In 1996 Dianna Lewis pleaded no-contest to killing her father and step-mother in...

Car chase ends in crash, driver facing 10 charges

HELENA - A judge set bond at $40,000 for a Great Falls woman facing multiple charges after a car chase in Helena on Tuesday night. 33-year-old Jesica Jane Pederson appeared in Lewis and Clark County Justice...

Laurel man arrested after 5 hour stand off awaiting trial for rape charges

BILLINGS - The man who surrendered after a nearly five-hour standoff with Billings police Tuesday has pending charges for the alleged rape of a Laurel teen in 2015. Billings Police Chief Rich St. John identified...

No homicide charges in Lolo double shooting

LOLO - No homicide charges have been filed in a Lolo shooting that left two dead in January, but now information is known about what happened that afternoon. On January 9, 51-year-old Bradley Stover and 43-year-old...

Man charged with shooting wife’s car in altercation

HELENA - A suspect accused of shooting his wife’s car and attacking a sheriff’s deputy appeared in court on Tuesday. Wayne August Hussar was arrested Monday following an altercation that resulted in gunfire. Sheriff’s deputies were...

Female suspects charged with HHS arson appear in court

HELENA - Two of the female suspects charged in the case connected with lasts year's arson fire at Helena High School were in youth court on Tuesday. One suspect, charged with arson and burglary for...

Woman allegedly attacks multiple kids at the skate park

HELENA - A 24-year-old woman has been charged with a series of felony assaults after a violent altercation Friday evening at the Helena skate park. Helena police said Sammantha Elizabeth Kelly was trying to force...

Helena man accused of robbing another inmate in jail

HELENA - A man waiting in jail on murder charges was charged with a robbery at the Lewis and Clark County Jail that happened Friday. Austin Kroll-McLaughlin appeared by video in justice court on Monday...

Man charged with assault after stabbing in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS - Great Falls Police received a call Sunday around 7:30 a.m. for a stabbing near 25th Street South and 11th Avenue South. Officers found a male stabbing victim who had a puncture wound to...

Children test positive for drugs after search of parents’ home

BOZEMAN  - When law enforcement searched Joseph Gillin and Katie Laird's home, they found 46.7 grams of meth, more than $1,700 in cash and drug paraphernalia. But then their two young children tested positive for amphetamines,...

UPDATE: Authorities still looking for suspect after Leisure Village search

(UPDATE 9:00 PM) Law enforcement officers are still looking for the suspect in a high-speed chase that ended near a mobile home park northeast of Helena Wednesday afternoon. Residents of the Leisure Village Mobile Home Community...

Helena man charged with robbery after waving hatchet at store clerks

HELENA - A Helena man has been charged with robbery after police said he waved a hatchet at store clerks trying to stop him from shoplifting on Tuesday Court documents said 35-year-old Shay Wallace Howey...

Two men charged with arson following 7 fires set Tuesday night

HELENA - A judge set bond at $50,000 for two Helena men charged with arson. 27-year-old Noah Province and 61-year-old William Carver Jr. appeared in justice court Wednesday afternoon. Police said they received reports of seven...

Stone appears in court on child rape charges

HELENA - A judge set bond at $100,000 for man accused of raping a young girl. Robert Stone, 47 years old, appeared in Lewis and Clark County Justice Court Monday afternoon on felony counts of...

Police: ‘No apparent reason’ for shooting on Vegas Strip bus

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man sitting at the back of a public bus on the Las Vegas Strip opened fire "for no apparent reason" as passengers got off at a stop in the...