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Man shot outside Billings Clinic dies; six officers on leave

billingsgazette.com — UPDATE: At a Billings Police Department press briefing, Billings Police Chief Rich St. John confirmed the wanted man has died after exchanging gunfire with officers. St. John said the man tripped, fell and was reaching for the gun on the ground. Six officers were involved in the shooting, all fired and all have been placed on administrative leave.

Woman sentenced for stealing from 54 of 'the most vulnerable people we know'

billingsgazette.com — A woman must pay more than $11,500 in restitution for stealing thousands of dollars from 54 clients at her former employer, a Billings nonprofit that offers services to people with special needs. On Friday, Yellowstone County District Court Judge Rod Souza also ordered Marcia Geraghty Ketchem to write apology letters to each of the 54 victims and deferred imposing her sentence for six years.
Jan 30, 2015

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Jan 30, 2015

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Man shot by officers after exchanging gunfire outside Billings Clinic

billingsgazette.com — Law enforcement officers exchanged gunfire with a man outside Billings Clinic on Friday, shooting and injuring a man who was being sought by the U.S. Marshals Montana Violent Offender Task Force. At about 3 p.m., members of the U.S.
Jan 30, 2015

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Jan 30, 2015

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Billings man gets prison for dealing meth from pre-release center

billingsgazette.com — A Billings man who admitted trafficking methamphetamine while serving a state sentence at a pre-release center will spend eight years in federal prison. Jeffrey Mark Scales, 53, apologized for "polluting Billings" during a hearing Friday before U.S. District Judge Susan Watters. Watters sentenced Scales to eight years for his guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute meth.
Jan 30, 2015

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Malchuski's song: Skyview senior balances wrestling, choir

billingsgazette.com — Before his junior year, two-time state champion Joe Malchuski thought seriously about quitting the Billings Skyview wrestling team and focusing on another passion. Choir. He was serious enough about singing and dancing to consider going full-time after school with the Skylights show choir. His parents, including his father, Joe, a Skyview assistant wrestling coach, weren't happy.

Tenting tonight: Troop 373 recovers last of stolen items in time for weekend outing

billingsgazette.com — The last few items from a trailer that was stolen from and then returned to a Billings Boy Scout troop were found on the West End on Friday morning. Billings Police Department Lt. Mark Cady said that a citizen stopped by the Albertsons at Grand Avenue and Rehberg Lane to recycle some items and spotted the gear next to the bins in the parking lot.

Police on scene of incident on 10th Avenue North

billingsgazette.com — Law enforcement officers exchanged gunfire with a man outside Billings Clinic on Friday, shooting and injuring a man who was being sought by the U.S. Marshals Montana Violent Offender Task Force. At about 3 p.m., members of the U.S.
Jan 30, 2015

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Hardin man charged with assault, child abuse

billingsgazette.com — A Hardin man suspected of assaulting and abusing a child denied federal charges during an arraignment Friday in Billings. Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby, Eric Harvey Littlecalf, 22, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with assault resulting in serious bodily injury and with felony child abuse.
Jan 30, 2015

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Trial scheduled for parents charged in death of 10-week-old son

billingsgazette.com — A trial date has been set for a couple arrested Christmas Day on suspicion of abusing their twin 10-week-old children, one of whom later died in a Denver hospital. Brandon Tory Edwards and Kayla Jean Edwards are scheduled to go on trial April 20 before a 12-person jury and Yellowstone County District Court Judge Mary Jane Knisely.
Jan 30, 2015

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Man pleads guilty in crash that seriously injured 1-year-old

billingsgazette.com — A 29-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to charges stemming from a rollover crash that seriously injured his 1-year-old daughter in August. The Aug. 9 crash, caused by Hub Binion Williamson, resulted in his daughter suffering "two broken legs, multiple lacerations and other serious injuries," according to charging documents.
Jan 30, 2015

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3 deny charges in Wind River stabbing death during interrogation over drugs, money

billingsgazette.com — CASPER, Wyo. - Three people charged with the stabbing death of a man on the Wind River Indian Reservation during a confrontation over drugs and money have again denied federal charges. Susan Chippewa pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the June death of Jared Little Whiteman.
Jan 30, 2015

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Ethics Board votes to postpone hearings on 3 city officials

billingsgazette.com — The Billings Ethics Board decided Thursday that it needs more time before evaluating ethics complaints against two City Council members and the city administrator. Council member Becky Bird asked for and was granted a continuance until 5:15 p.m. Feb. 12 during Thursday's meeting, held in a conference room at City Hall.
Jan 30, 2015

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Alleged drunk driver plows through Wyoming landfill

billingsgazette.com — CASPER, Wyo. - Authorities arrested a 48-year-old Casper woman Wednesday after she allegedly drove her car through a landfill. Ann Margaret Kenefick drove through a fence surrounding the Casper Regional Landfill on Amoco Road and continued driving through the landfill to the main entrance, according to an officer's report.
Jan 30, 2015

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Rapid expansion: Planning director projects city's growth, seeks residents' ideas

billingsgazette.com — If Billings grows at a 3 percent annual clip for the next 20 years, it'll have a population of more than 250,000 while Yellowstone County would reach almost 364,000. "Ladies and gentlemen, that is a metropolitan area," said Candi Millar, City of Billings planning director.

Falcons defeat Bears at West, Jan. 29

billingsgazette.com — The West High School gym was packed on Thursday for the second meet-up of the season of the Skyview Falcons and the West High Bears. Skyview defeated West 71-62 on Thursday. The Falcons defeated the Bears earlier this season at Skyview, 77-70.

Montana woman charged with hitting husband and stepson with bamboo baton

billingsgazette.com — HELENA - A Helena woman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of hitting her 11-year-old stepson and husband with a bamboo baton. Lisa Marie Silva, 24, is charged with two counts of felony assault with a weapon, according to documents filed in Lewis and Clark Justice Court.
Jan 30, 2015

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Billings geologist turns trash into tunes

billingsgazette.com — It started with a rusty can in an Idaho backyard. That Rustoleum can that Mark Millard found in the yard of his wife's parents became the body of Millard's first banjo. He has since turned several cigar boxes and license plates and one hollowed-out dictionary into fiddles, banjos and ukuleles.

Lawmaker wants to keep sex offenders from living near kids

billingsgazette.com — HELENA - Some convicted sex offenders could not live within 300 feet of schools or other facilities frequented by children under a bill Montana lawmakers are considering. Rep. Jeff Essmann introduced House Bill 219 in the House Judiciary Committee Thursday.

Bills to expand net-metering killed by Senate panel

billingsgazette.com — HELENA - A state Senate committee Thursday put the kibosh on two bills that would expand "net metering," which is meant to offset the cost of installing solar-power systems in Montana. The Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee killed both measures, with opponents of the bills saying net-metering advocates get all the benefits of net-metered power systems, while other utility users may end up absorbing the costs.
Jan 30, 2015

And expansion of net-metering in MT, for more solar power? Down the legislative drain, baby: bit.ly/1Ke5ueQ #mtleg #mtpol