Former Montana undersheriff accused of stealing firearms
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A former undersheriff in northern Montana is accused of stealing firearms when he left his post for another job.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana carnival worker has been arrested and charged with sexual intercourse without consent.
The Great Falls Tribune reports 28-year-old Lyle Oka allegedly...
2 dead horses lead to animal cruelty charges
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities have charged a 75-year-old Cascade County woman with leaving six horses outdoors without care during subzero temperatures last November, leading to...
Missing Montana judge’s dog found safe
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A dog belonging to a Montana judge has turned up alive after it had gone missing for a week in bitter cold temperatures.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — An explosion and fire at a refinery has sent black smoke billowing over Great Falls.
Police officials blocked roads and told people living near the Calumet Montana...
72-year-old man dies in Great Falls home fire
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Cascade County authorities say a 72-year-old man died in a house fire over the weekend.
Sheriff's officials say the fire was reported in Great Falls early Saturday...
Searchers find missing Montana judge
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana district judge who went missing in bitter cold conditions after trying to find his lost dog was awake and alert in a hospital after searchers found...
Rural Montana residents snowed in but don’t need rescue
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Search and rescue teams are standing by in case nearly 50 snowed-in residents in rural western Montana need help.
But so far, KULR-TV reports that the 46 residents...
Montana man sentenced for rubbing hot sauce into boys’ eyes
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man convicted of assaulting minors for beating his girlfriend's sons with a belt and rubbing hot sauce in their eyes has been sentenced to prison.
Montana man gets life sentence for rape of 13-year-old girl
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man has been sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl with special needs.
Woman pleads no contest to boyfriend’s fatal stabbing
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death at a home near Great Falls has pleaded no contest to mitigated deliberate homicide and tampering with...
GOP committee pressures lawmaker over trainer abuse case
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana legislator is resisting pressure from the leader of the Republican Party in his home county to resign over his past role as principal of a high school when an...
University of Providence announces closure of 11 programs
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — University of Providence officials say the Great Falls school plans to close 11 academic programs.
School President Tony Aretz said Friday in a statement that university officials have had to make difficult decisions on under-enrolled programs, but they are committed to offering a strong liberal arts education.
Investigators: Montana woman likely died of exposure
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Investigators say a woman who was found face down in her driveway in northern Montana likely died of exposure.
The Great Falls Tribune reports 48-year-old Lisa Marie Doty was found dead on the south side of the city Saturday.
Powerful winds forecast for northern Montana through Friday
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Hold onto your hats, and maybe your lawn ornaments.
The National Weather Service is forecasting prolonged, strong winds along the northern Rocky Mountain Front and the plains to the east through Friday afternoon.
Gusts from 80 to 100 mph (129 to 161 kph) are forecast along the Front with gusts in the 70 mph range (113 kph) in the rest of the warning area, which includes Conrad, Great Falls, Havre, Harlem, Lewistown and Harlowton.
Spending by Cascade County Sheriff’s Office probed by state
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The Cascade County attorney says Montana authorities are investigating allegations of spending "irregularities" by some members of the county sheriff's office.
County Attorney Joshua Racki told the Great Falls Tribune that the Board of County Commissioners contacted him after the county auditor raised some questions. He says he referred the issue to the state Division of Criminal Investigation.
Doctor convicted of abusing Blackfeet boys to be sentenced
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A former Indian Health Service pediatrician convicted of sexually abusing young boys on Montana's Blackfeet Indian Reservation two decades ago will be sentenced in January.
In September, a jury found Stanley Patrick Weber guilty of sexual abuse and attempted sexual abuse of children under age 14 when he worked in Browning between 1992 and 1995.
Woman admits embezzling from Blackfeet Head Start
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman has admitted her role in a scheme in which employees at the Blackfeet Tribe's Head Start program falsely claimed a combined 7,800 hours in overtime pay.
The admission by 60-year-old Denise Sharp of Browning in federal court in Great Falls comes after four other defendants previously pleaded guilty in the scheme involving $232,000 in unearned pay.
Montana man sentenced to prison for making fake money
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A 32-year-old Great Falls man has been sentenced to nine months in prison, two years of supervised release and ordered to pay $1,485 restitution for making fake money.
U.S. Attorney Kurt G. Alme says Derek M. Ferdinand was sentenced this past week by U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris after he pleaded guilty earlier to counterfeiting obligations or securities of the United States.
Man killed while fleeing attempted traffic stop in Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man who died after his vehicle crashed while fleeing from an attempted traffic stop.
Lewis and Clark County Coroner Bryan Backeberg says 46-year-old Tracey Johnston, of Great Falls, died at the scene of the crash early Wednesday morning.
Retired priest in Montana denies child porn charge
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A retired Roman Catholic priest in northern Montana has pleaded not guilty to receiving child pornography.
The Great Falls Tribune reports 80-year-old Lothar Konrad Krauth entered his plea Tuesday in federal court after a grand jury indicted the former Our Lady of Lourdes Parish priest last week.
Retired priest to be charged with child porn in Great Falls
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A retired Roman Catholic priest is scheduled to appear in federal court in Great Falls to be formally charged with receipt of child pornography.
Lothar Konrad Krauth is to appear before U.S. Magistrate John Johnston on Tuesday after a grand jury indicted the former Our Lady of Lourdes Parish priest last week.
Montanan charged with killing man with tomahawk during fight
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man is charged with killing another man by hitting him in the neck with a tomahawk during an early morning street fight sparked by an ongoing feud.
James Michael Parker was charged Friday with deliberate homicide in the March 22 death of 45-year-old Lloyd Geaudry in Great Falls. Prosecutors say the tomahawk severed an artery and Geaudry's spinal cord.
Parker did not enter a plea during his initial court appearance on Friday. His bail is set at $500,000.
Pipeline spills crude oil on private property near Belt
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — An oil pipeline spilled 3,400 barrels of crude oil on about 4 acres (1.6 hectares) of private property southeast of Great Falls, near Belt.
ABC Fox Montana reports the spill from the Phillips 66 pipeline happened on Nov. 14.
Cleanup has included vacuuming up spilled oil and removing contaminated soil.
Recounts sought in Montana House district races
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Recounts have been requested in two Montana legislative races from the Nov. 6 election.
The Great Falls Tribune reports recount petitions were filed Wednesday with the secretary of state's office by two Democratic candidates challenging results in the House District 22 race in Great Falls and House District 51 race in Billings.
Montana man convicted of rubbing hot sauce into kids’ eyes
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man has been convicted of assaults on minors for beating his girlfriend's sons with a belt and rubbing hot sauce in their eyes.
The children testified against Robert Mathew Holguin Jr. of Great Falls on Tuesday. Jurors found him guilty Wednesday.
Defense attorney Victor Bunitsky argued the boys' mother, Mandy Marie McElwain, gave Holguin permission to discipline the children and witnessed it.
Man who rented moving van to burglarize house gets 3 years
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who rented a moving truck and tricked some friends into helping him steal nearly $40,000 in property from a Great Falls home has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Retired Montana priest charged with child pornography case
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A retired Montana priest is charged with receiving child pornography.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 80-year-old Lothar Konrad Krauth made an initial appearance in federal court Friday. He was ordered held pending a detention hearing Wednesday. His attorney, Jason Holden, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Federal judge blocks construction of Keystone XL pipeline
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge in Montana has blocked construction of the $8 billion Keystone XL Pipeline to allow more time to study the project's potential environmental impact.
Montana teens arrested in fatal shooting, fatal hit-and-run
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with a shooting death and a fatal hit-and-run crash in northwest Montana.
The 17-year-old boys are being held at a juvenile detention center for the deaths of Amy Whitegrass, 28, and Lindsay Whiteman, 38, The Great Falls Tribune reported Wednesday.
Great Falls woman boarding dogs of deployed Air Force medic
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — As Air Force medic Ashley Long deployed to an undisclosed location in Southeast Asia, she found in Great Falls a woman she calls her hero.
That woman is Teresa Appelwick, a Wendt Agency staffer and mom who signed up to foster Long's two large dogs, Wayway and Ciri.
Officials ID man whose body was found in Missouri River
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Cascade County have released the name of a man whose body was found in the Missouri River in Great Falls over the weekend.
The sheriff's office says the cause of death for 42-year-old Daniel Stump was still under investigation.
Authorities said transients camping along the river spotted Stump's body late Saturday morning.