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Chief: Hand movements justified fatal shooting

BILLINGS (AP) — An unarmed robbery suspect moved his hands six times in defiance of an officer's orders before the officer fatally shot him during a traffic stop, Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said Wednesday. St. John said... — Updated 4/16/2014


Robbery suspect shot and killed by Billings officer

BILLINGS (AP) - A Billings police officer shot and killed a man being sought in a recent robbery after authorities say the suspect made a sudden movement while in the back of a car... — Updated 4/15/2014 Full story


Judge: Blaine County Indian voting case can proceed

PORTLAND, Ore. — A voting rights lawsuit from members of three American Indian tribes in Montana — including tribes at Fort Belknap in Blaine County — will go forward after a federal judge rejected attempts by state and... — Updated 3/29/2014 Full story


US government: industry hampering oil train safety

BILLINGS — U.S. transportation officials rebuked the oil industry Friday for not giving up information regulators say they need to gauge the danger of moving crude by rail, after several accidents highlighted the explosive... — Updated 3/28/2014 Full story


Feds: Montana-California meth ring busted

BILLINGS — Federal officials say their investigations into drug crimes in the Bakken oil patch have led to the arrests of 11 people linked to a ring that trafficked methamphetamine from southern California. The U.S. Attorney's... — Updated 3/28/2014 Full story


ACLU: Treatment of mentally ill prisoners lacking

BILLING (AP) — Advocacy groups said Friday that a yearlong investigation of Montana's corrections system found "systemic" mistreatment of mentally ill prisoners, including their placement in solitary confinement for months or... — Updated 2/28/2014 Full story


Attorneys: 30 days in prison enough for rapist

BILLINGS (AP) — Attorneys for a former Montana teacher who raped a 14-year-old student argued Friday that his 30 days in prison were enough punishment, even as a judicial oversight panel sought the censure of the judge in the... — Updated 2/28/2014 Full story


BNSF plans to upgrade tanker fleet after accidents

BILLINGS (AP) — BNSF Railway Co. said Thursday it intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a higher safety standard for a fleet that's seen multiple major accidents.... — Updated 2/20/2014 Full story


Judge in rape case asks court to decide punishment

BILLINGS — A Montana judge who said a 14-year-old rape victim appeared older than her chronological age has waived formal proceedings and asked the state Supreme Court to decide his punishment. District Judge G. Todd Baugh said... — Updated 2/18/2014 Full story


Train accidents stir worries about crude transport

BILLINGS (AP) — At least 10 times since 2008, freight trains hauling oil across North America have derailed and spilled significant quantities of crude, with most of the accidents touching off fires or catastrophic explosions.... — Updated 2/17/2014 Full story


Review panel wants Billings judge disciplined

BILLINGS (AP) — A judicial oversight board wants a Montana judge disciplined for saying a 14-year-old rape victim was "older than her chronological age" and sentencing her rapist to just one month in prison. The Montana Judicial... — Updated 2/4/2014 Full story


Sidney, Williston fight over FBI office

BILLINGS (AP) — An FBI spokesman says the agency is considering permanent agents in the Bakken oil patch of Montana and North Dakota as the drilling boom drives crime rates higher. That's sparked a dispute between the states'... — Updated 1/17/2014 Full story


AP Exclusive: Judge says he broke ethics code

BILLINGS — A Montana judge under fire for commenting that a 14-year-old student rape victim appeared "older than her chronological age" said Tuesday that he deserves to be censured but not removed from the bench for the remarks.... — Updated 12/3/2013 Full story


Man pleads guilty to kidnap of Wyoming girl

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — A Montana nature photographer was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to kidnapping and sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl in Wyoming who was later found wandering in the mountains... — Updated 11/19/2013 Full story


Attorneys: Man unfit for trial in Sherry Arnold murder case

BILLINGS (AP) — Attorneys for a Colorado man charged with killing an eastern Montana teacher filed court papers Friday saying his mental disabilities render him unfit to stand trial in a case that could carry the death penalty.... — Updated 11/1/2013 Full story


Judges send Fort Belknap voting case back to Mont.

BILLINGS — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to settle a voting rights case in which American Indians in Montana sued to establish satellite voting offices on three reservations. Residents of Fort Belknap and... — Updated 10/31/2013 Full story


Judges send Fort Belknap voting case back to Montana courts

BILLINGS (AP) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to settle a voting rights case in which American Indians in Montana sued to establish satellite voting offices on three reservations. Residents fort Fort Belknap... — Updated 10/31/2013 Full story


ACLU, Montana settle women's prison lawsuit

BILLINGS (AP) — Montana's Department of Corrections will offer boot camp for female prisoners and cancel a mandatory treatment program that was criticized as degrading under a settlement announced Tuesday in a discrimination... — Updated 10/30/2013 Full story


Bullock's order declares energy emergency

BILLINGS (AP) - Gov. Steve Bullock on Friday declared an energy emergency that lifts work time restrictions on truck drivers in eastern Montana, where disrupted fuel supplies have... — Updated 10/26/2013 Full story


Livestock disease found in second Monana cattle herd

BILLINGS (AP) — A second case of the livestock disease brucellosis in just over a week has turned up in a Montana cattle herd, coinciding with new restrictions on animals exported to Texas because of worries that infections... — Updated 10/4/2013 Full story


Court blocks judge's attempt to undo rape sentence

BILLINGS (AP) — Montana's Supreme Court has ordered a judge to cancel a Friday resentencing hearing for a former teacher who got 30 days in prison for raping a 14-year-old student. Justices say Judge G. Todd Baugh does not have... — Updated 9/6/2013 Full story


Judge pursues resentencing hearing for rapist

BILLINGS — A Montana judge appeared intent on trying to undo his lenient sentence for a teacher who raped a student, even as prosecutors pressed the state Supreme Court on Friday to stop him until their appeal is resolved. A... — Updated 9/6/2013


Billings rapist given only 30 days could face more prison time

BILLINGS — A former Billings high school teacher sent to prison for 30 days over the rape of one of his students could face more time behind bars after prosecutors appealed the... — Updated 9/5/2013 Full story


Billings teacher rape sentence appealed

BILLINGS (AP) — State prosecutors on Wednesday appealed as "illegal" a 30-day sentence handed down by a Montana judge to a former teacher for raping a student who later killed herself. The announcement came after District Judge... — Updated 9/4/2013 Full story


Judge orders new hearing in Montana rape case

BILLINGS (AP) — A Montana judge under fire for his comments about a 14-year-old victim in a schoolhouse rape case has ordered a new sentencing hearing for the former teacher who received just 30 days in prison for the crime. In s... — Updated 9/3/2013 Full story


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