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Missoula man accused of brutally raping friend

billingsgazette.com — MISSOULA - The Missoula County Sheriff's Department has arrested a Missoula man accused of brutally raping a friend last April. John Laroque, 68, is currently in jail pending $50,000 bail. He made his initial appearance before Missoula County Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech on Thursday afternoon.
Oct 31, 2014

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Rams beat Laurel in 4 sets to win another Eastern A regular-season volleyball title

billingsgazette.com — It was Senior Night at the Nelles Activities Center, which for the Billings Central Rams volleyball team meant it was Mirrada Clarin Night. So the Rams - with plenty of help from Clarin - sent their lone senior off the floor a winner in her last home match by beating Laurel 25-13, 18-25, 25-13, 25-16, in an Eastern A match that clinched another regular-season title Thursday.
Oct 31, 2014

Rams clinch Eastern A regular-season VB title with 4-set win over Laurel: bgz.tt/y87th

Retrospective: Halloween costumes

billingsgazette.com — Halloween costumes often mirror popular culture, giving insight into popular TV shows, movies, celebrities, politicians and other personalities. Some are simply a way to demonstrate one's creativity. Take a look at some of the costumes that people created and bought over the last four decades. Post your old costume photos on our Facebook page.
Oct 30, 2014

Who wouldn't want to go as ET?Retrospective: Halloween costumes : Entertainment bgz.tt/8metq

Oct 30, 2014

My favorite from this gallery of Halloween costumes in Billings dating back to the 70s? An aluminum rod bgz.tt/a8u2u

GOP group leaked Walsh plagiarism news to New York Times

billingsgazette.com — HELENA - The National Republican Senatorial Committee leaked to the New York Times an analysis showing that Sen. John Walsh had plagiarized much of his final paper at the Army War College, according to a report Thursday by Politico.

Suspects in Lame Deer murder expected to plead guilty

billingsgazette.com — A man and woman accused in the murder of a Lame Deer woman last year are expected to plead guilty to charges on Friday in U.S. District Court. A jury trial for a South Dakota woman accused in the murder is set to begin on Monday.

State AA soccer: West, Skyview girls reach semifinals with close wins

billingsgazette.com — GREAT FALLS -- Billings Skyview and Billings West won tight matches Thursday at the Class AA state girls soccer tournament, helping to set up all-Eastern AA semifinals. West got a goal just before halftime from Kayla Marker and hung on to beat Helena 1-0. West is the fourth seed from the Eastern division.

Scoreboard: Prep volleyball leaders

billingsgazette.com — Conference play Eastern AA Attack efficiency: Aubrie Steiner, Senior, .427; Taylor Mims, Senior, .372; Hailey Copinga, Skyview, .307; Caitlin Lonergan, Bozeman, .280; Katia Michelotti, Great Falls CMF, .236; Lauren Anczak, Bozeman, .230; Mackenzie Grossenbacher, Bozeman, .200.

2014 State AA Boys Soccer Playoffs

Portland rocker Sallie Ford comes to Garage Pub on Monday

billingsgazette.com — Plenty a future has been pondered in a French café, and so it was for Sallie Ford. She and her all-female lineup are playing an all-ages show Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.'s Garage Pub on Monday. During a tiring tour of Europe last winter, her then-bandmate Jeff Munger mentioned he was ready for a break with Ford's band, The Sound Outside.

Billings woman accused of driving drunk with young son in SUV

billingsgazette.com — A Billings woman was charged Thursday of drunken driving with her infant son in the vehicle. Kasey Michelle Thorne, 29, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court by video from the county jail on a felony accusation of criminal endangerment and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.
Oct 30, 2014

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2014 State AA Girls Soccer Playoffs

Oct 30, 2014

RT @GazPrepSports: Updated State AA girls soccer bracket (Skyview and CMR won on PKs): bgz.tt/0iu6p #mtscores

Level 2 sex offender arrested for alleged probation violations

billingsgazette.com — A Level 2 sex offender convicted in 2007 for raping a 15-year-old girl was arrested recently after he allegedly violated multiple conditions of his probation. Nathan Jay Cantrell, 26, was arrested Monday, booking records show, and appeared in Yellowstone County District Court on Thursday.
Oct 30, 2014

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Man faces murder charge in Williston beating death

billingsgazette.com — WILLISTON, N.D. - A man accused in the beating death of another man outside a Williston strip club in August now faces a murder charge. Twenty-nine-year-old Kyle Siler initially faced an aggravated assault charge in the death of Dean Niederklopfer, who died about four days after the alleged beating.
Oct 30, 2014

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'You’re a fighter. And you’re strong': Pink belts help students fight cancer 1 kick at a time

billingsgazette.com — A monthlong self defense class aimed at fighting cancer as well as bad guys came to an end Wednesday night at Billings Chi-Tu Do. In honor of the night, Brook Jamieson gifted the pink karate belt she earned participating in the class to her friend Tarra Manternach, 9, who was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 4.

No jail time for man who pepper-sprayed woman, dog

billingsgazette.com — MISSOULA - His victim spent five hours in the emergency room, suffered chemical burns on her eyes, and now experiences anxiety every time she smells chili powder. But Ronald Pagel, 67, who claims his fear of dogs prompted him to pepper-spray the woman and her golden retriever while they were hiking, won't see jail time.
Oct 30, 2014

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Wyoming man denies sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

billingsgazette.com — CASPER, Wyo. - A 47-year-old Midwest man has denied charges he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl at his home. Mario Flores pleaded not guilty Wednesday to first-degree sexual assault and first-degree sexual abuse of a minor. He also denied a charge of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.
Oct 30, 2014

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Treatment helping to heal Ugandan youth's wounds

billingsgazette.com — Twelve days after Rogers Ssembatya was admitted to St. Vincent Healthcare, the Ugandan youth was sitting in a wheelchair with a smile on his face. Now an outpatient, he and his American guardian, Terry Fettig, met Wednesday morning with Dr. Timothy Dernbach at the St. Vincent Wound Healing Center.
Oct 30, 2014

It's been my privilege to meet Rogers and follow his progress: Treatment helping to heal Ugandan youth's wounds bgz.tt/gko7f

Oct 30, 2014

If you're like me, @bgSueOlp's updates on Ugandan teen Rogers' progress are the best part of the paper when they run bgz.tt/m1l4d

Exchange student getting a kick out of Roundup's rare playoff berth

billingsgazette.com — ROUNDUP - The longest road trip the Roundup football team made this fall was to Choteau - just more than 230 miles. Most Montanans would barely bat an eye at that four-hour drive, a little longer by bus. Benne Dahlen is not most Montanans. "Five hours, that's a lot of time," Dahlen said.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @SlimKimmel: Fun story on Benne Dahlen, a German exchange student kicking field goals at Roundup: bgz.tt/z3hiy

Prep Soccer: State AA tournament preview

billingsgazette.com — A capsule look at the State AA boys and girls soccer tournaments, which begin Thursday at the Siebel Soccer Fields in Great Falls: Billings Senior (9-2-3) The lowdown: A playoff shutout of Billings Skyview last week helped erase what was a frustrating end to the Broncs' regular season.