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 By Tim Leeds    Local    October 1, 2014 

Johnson guilty of lesser charge

The jury in the murder trial of Shane Johnson of Havre Tuesday night could not come to a decision on the first charge filed against him but convicted him of a lesser included offense offered over the objection of his attorneys. Johnson, born in... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    October 1, 2014 

Bear Paw Development extends loan fee reduction

The local economic development agency announced this week it is extending to the end of the year a loan fee reduction to help local entrepreneurs with their businesses. “What we discovered over the past three months is a fairly significant demand... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 30, 2014

Johnson takes stand in murder trial

The defense of a man accused of murdering his brother Nov. 9 called only two witnesses in his defense Monday, with the first being the defendant himself. Shane Johnson, born in 1968, took the stand in the trial of the accusation he shot and killed Tr... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 30, 2014

Republican backs Jergeson in closely watched Senate race

Longtime Montana Republican elected official Bob Brown has endorsed Sen. Greg Jergeson, D-Havre, in the race for Montana Senate District 14. Jergeson faces two-term Rep. Kris Hansen, R-Havre, in the Nov. 4 race. Brown is a former legislator...

 By Tim Leeds    Breaking News    September 30, 2014

Jury hangs on Johnson murder charge but convicts of negligent homicide

After deliberating more than 4½ hours, a jury today was unable to reach a verdict in the main charge in the Shane Johnson murder trial in Havre, but convicted Johnson of the lesser included offense of negligent homicide. Johnson, born in 1968, was... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 29, 2014

Murder Trial: No evidence of struggle

In the fourth day of the murder trial of Shane Johnson, an expert’s testimony of his crime scene reconstruction differs vastly from what the defendant’s attorneys said happened Nov. 9. Prosecution is expected to call its last witnesses today,... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 29, 2014

Farmers can start Farm Bill changes today

Today is the start of agriculture producers being able to decide how to list their yield history and acre allocation in new programs unveiled in the 2014 Farm Bill, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture also unveiled some online resources to help... Full story

 By TIm Leeds    Breaking News    September 29, 2014

Johnson: Was afraid for life night brother was shot

The defendant in a murder trial in state District Court in Havre took the stand today, saying he was frightened for his own — or his brother’s — life and tried to take the gun that shot his brother Nov. 9, 2013. Shane Johnson, born in 1968, is... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 26, 2014

Different stories on Johnson murder

Testimony Thursday of a witness for the prosecution in the Shane Johnson murder trial conflicted with testimony of another prosecution witness after a nearly hour-long pretrial discussion of issues including that testimony. Johnson is accused of... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 26, 2014

1 year for Eastlick, Sunchild to plead

One man accused of embezzling money in a Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation scandal was sentenced Thursday and another chair of its tribal council is scheduled to change his plea in charges filed against him. James Howard Eastlick Sr. of Laurel,...

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 25, 2014

Conflicting testimony in murder trial

Jurors heard two sides of a story of how a man was shot to death Nov. 9, 2013, in a Havre residence. The prosecution contends Shane Johnson, born in 1968, went to his bedroom, took a Browning .22 caliber pistol out of its case after he got into a... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 24, 2014

Murder trial arguments start today

The state District Court in Havre spent all day Tuesday selecting a jury in the trial of Shane Clark Johnson, born in 1968, accused of murdering his brother Travis Johnson in their shared basement... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 23, 2014

Johnson murder trial starts

The murder trial of Shane Clark Johnson, charged with shooting his brother in the basement where they both lived, started in state District Court in Havre this morning with jury selection. State... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 23, 2014

Henrys indicted on Rocky Boy embezzlement

Two more prominent officials and another institution have been dragged into accusations of fraud, corruption and embezzlement at Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation. Former Stone Child College President Melody Henry, 49, and her husband, Stone Child... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 23, 2014

Hi-Line no timeline for winter

Digging deeper into National Weather Service records, the Havre Daily News found that recent summertime snow and frost not only wasn't a record for early cold weather, it wasn't even close. Snow fell...

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 22, 2014

Campaigning during Festival Days

Both Democrats and Republicans held events over the weekend, with candidates telling voters why they were the best selection in the midst of Festival Days celebrations. The Democrats held their annual Pasma-Peck fundraising dinner Friday night in... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 19, 2014

'Loving Our Treasures' kicks into high gear

Residents and visitors have a chance to have some fun and appreciate the community during this year's Havre Festival Days, themed "Loving Our Treasures." "We are having an event!" Havre Area Chamber... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 18, 2014

Metallica tribute joins demo derby

People celebrating Havre's Festival Days have a chance to bang their heads while drivers bang their cars during this year's E-1 Towing Demolition Derby. Blistered Earth, billed as "The Ultimate Tribut... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 17, 2014

Fair board looks at budget

The Great Northern Fair Board Monday held in-depth discussions of its budget, including setting a new committee to look at ways to better fund the annual Great Northern Fair. Board members Scott Doney, Chad Murnin and Gus Sharp advocated creating a... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 17, 2014

Havre businessman accused of raping teen with mental disabilities

A Havre businessman is in state District Court to face charges he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl with the mental ability of a 5-year-old. Joseph E. “Jed” Damson is scheduled for arraignment Oct. 3 on felony charges of sexual intercourse... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 17, 2014

Atchison, Brewer file for government review commission

Two candidates have filed for the election for three seats on a commission to review Havre’s form of government, and anyone else who would like to run will have to file as a write-in candidate. The Hill County Clerk and Recorder reports that Perry...

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 16, 2014

High-speed chase leads to drug charges

A Great Falls man is in state District Court in Havre after a high-speed chase ended with a drug task force searching his vehicle. Andrew S. Ketchum, born in 1988, is scheduled to make his first court appearance Oct. 6 on two felony counts of drug...

 By Tim Leeds    State News    September 16, 2014

Tester calls on colleagues to keep government running

Montana’s U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said in a press conference Monday that his colleagues in Congress need to put politics aside and pass a resolution to keep the government operating, and not repeat the 16-day government shutdown of last year. “The...

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 15, 2014

Family Medical Center opens today

A new remodel of a 25-year-old building to combine some practices in the same location culminates today with the opening of Northern Montana Health Care's Northern Montana Family Medical Center.... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    September 15, 2014

Warm this week, winter - who knows?

After a chilly, frosty, snowy mid-September week last week, the weather has turned around this week with forecasters predicting summery 80s for highs and lows in the 50s this week. How that will proceed in the months ahead depends on who is talking,... Full story


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