Officials ID Havre man who died during police pursuit
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — Officials in north-central Montana have released the name of a 26-year-old Havre man who died in a two-vehicle crash as police pursued a Hyundai Sonata that had been reported...
Havre man dies in crash while police pursue stolen car
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A 26-year-old Havre man died and two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash that happened as police pursued a car that had been reported stolen.
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — In a story March 5 about a harassment complaint against a state lawmaker, The Associated Press reported erroneously that former House Speaker Austin Knudsen and Senate...
Snow expected for large part of Montana
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Winter storm warnings and advisories have been posted for a large part of Montana.
The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a winter storm warning through Monday...
Women detained by border agent after speaking Spanish sue
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two Montana women questioned by a U.S. border agent who overheard them speaking Spanish in a convenience store sued U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Thursday, saying the agent illegally detained them without reason.
The agent held Ana Suda and Martha Hernandez for 40 minutes in a parking lot in the city of Havre in May 2018 without reasonable suspicion or probable cause, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Great Falls.
Havre man arrested on allegations of theft from elderly
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man has been arrested on initial charges he stole from residents of a retirement home where he worked as a maintenance employee.
Court documents say Kevin W. Coleman, of Havre, was arrested last Thursday and was being held in the Hill County Detention Center on $50,000 bond.
Fort Belknap Indian Community to furlough half its workforce
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — Officials say about half of the tribal employees at the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in northern Montana will be furloughed because of the partial U.S. government shutdown.
Montana lawmaker proposes state rock and roll song
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana has a state song, a state ballad and a state lullaby.
And, for goodness sake, Democratic Rep. Jacob Bachmeier of Havre would like to see the 2019 Legislature declare the "Hippy Hippy Shake" Montana's official rock and roll song.
It was written in 1959 by Chan Romero when he was a 17-year-old student at Billings Senior High School.
Carroll College names former player Troy Purcell head coach
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Troy Purcell, a former Carroll College football player who coached three future NFL players in high school, is the new head coach at his alma mater.
Purcell was named Friday to succeed Mike Van Diest, who retired after 20 seasons and six NAIA national titles. Purcell said he's excited to continue the tradition of excellence at Carroll.
Officials identify man who died during police pursuit
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — Officials in northern Montana have identified the 18-year-old man who died in a rollover crash while driving a stolen pickup truck and fleeing law enforcement officers.
Blaine County Sheriff's Lt. John Colby tells the Havre Daily News that Rowdy Denny of Rocky Boy suffered fatal injuries in the crash Tuesday night east of Chinook.
Man driving stolen pickup truck dies in crash during pursuit
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — An 18-year-old Box Elder man driving a stolen pickup truck died of injuries suffered in a rollover crash while fleeing from a northern Montana sheriff's deputy.
Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Wickum tells KOJM-AM that Blaine County deputies were pursuing the stolen truck westbound on U.S. Highway 2 east of Chinook at about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Harlem woman arrested, suspected in hypothermia death
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A 25-year-old Harlem woman has been arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide in an apparent hypothermia death south of Havre.
The woman told investigators that the victim drove a pickup into a ditch late Wednesday or early Thursday, leading to a fight.
The Harlem woman said the victim was intoxicated and had a bloody nose when she kicked her out of the pickup.
Judge refuses to overturn attorney’s contempt convictions
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana District Court judge has denied the former Hill County attorney's request to overturn three contempt of court convictions.
Montana judge running for re-election submits resignation
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A northern Montana judge running for re-election is planning to step down following the November election.
The Havre Daily News reports 12th District Court Judge Dan Boucher submitted his resignation last week, going into effect Nov. 9 — three days after the election.
Boucher was not available to provide comment to the newspaper Tuesday.
Rocky Boy man charged aggravated assault in attack
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A 35-year-old Rocky Boy man is charged with aggravated assault after prosecutors say he jumped on another man's chest, breaking his ribs.
The Havre Daily News reports Elias Stump remained jailed Wednesday with his bail set at $50,000.
Havre man killed in ATV accident near Kremlin
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A 52-year-old Havre man has been killed in an ATV accident in northern Montana.
The Montana Highway Patrol says the man was driving an ATV near Fresno Reservoir around midnight Saturday to search for a jet ski which had floated away.
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A north-central Montana judge fined the former Hill County attorney $1,500 and ordered her to serve six days on house arrest for contempt of court.
Jessica Cole-Hodgkinson appeared before Justice of the Peace Audrey Barger on Tuesday to explain why she didn't show up in Justice Court or find a substitute to handle three cases that Deputy County Attorney Karen Alley could not prosecute because she had conflicts as a former defense attorney.
Box Elder man charged with trying to kill man near Havre
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A 35-year-old Box Elder man is charged with trying to kill another man east of Havre by jumping on his chest with his knees and kneeling on his throat.
Elias Wayne Stump made an initial appearance in Hill County Justice Court Monday on a charge of attempted deliberate homicide. He did not enter a plea.
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — Hill County's commissioners appointed a new county attorney after the previous one resigned in the face of criticism that she failed to show up for court hearings and was unprepared, sometimes leading to cases being dismissed.
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — Hill County Attorney Jessica Cole-Hodgkinson is resigning in the face of ongoing criticism that she is unprepared to prosecute cases in the north-central Montana county.
The Havre Herald was first to report that Cole-Hodgkinson submitted her resignation Thursday. It is effective Monday. She was not in the office Friday.
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are reviewing an encounter between a Border Patrol agent and two women who were speaking Spanish at a gas station in northern Montana, the agency said Monday.
Allegations have been made before of law-enforcement officers in Montana racially profiling people to find out their immigration status.
MSU asks regents to try again for Romney Hall
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana State University leaders want to ask the Legislature again for millions of dollars to renovate historic Romney Hall and create 1,000 classroom seats for its growing number of students.
The state Board of Regents is meeting next week in Havre and will vote on 10 major construction projects to forward to Gov. Steve Bullock, in hopes that he will add them to his budget recommendations to the 2019 Legislature.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Amtrak has announced it will close its ticket counters in Shelby and Havre in an effort to save money.
The Great Falls Tribune reports the Havre ticket counter is scheduled close June 1 and the Shelby ticket counter is scheduled to close June 3.
Company officials say 90 percent of riders buy their tickets online or over the phone.
Herberger’s stores closing, liquidation starts Friday
Liquidation sales start Friday at stores owned by The Bon-Ton department store chain, including six Herberger's stores in Montana.
Bon-Ton, which purchased Herberger's in 2005, filed for bankruptcy in January. A bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved the sale of the company and its 250 department stores to liquidators.
Herberger's has anchor stores at malls in Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Havre, Kalispell and Missoula.
The Latest: Harlem mayor orders limited evacuations
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in Montana (all times local):
The mayor of the town of Harlem has ordered the evacuation of a handful of homes that are threatened by flooding.
Mayor K.M. Hansen says Wednesday's order affects about four homes surrounded by water north of the railroad tracks. He says another three or four families have already evacuated and he wanted the others to leave while they still can.
Upcoming storm should push Billings over snowfall record
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A weekend snow storm should push the city of Billings well past its seasonal snowfall record, while Havre is inching closer to a record winter.
The son of Earle and Brownie, Lyndon claimed he was conceived in a buffalo wallow and delivered by a dog, Dr. Beagle. Lyndon grew up on the hi-line during the great depression, moving frequently. Family lore has it that they sent Lyndon’s little brother, PeeWee, to the store for bread and moved while he was gone. It was in elementary school that a teacher told Brownie her son would grow up to be an artist.
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A vacant building in the northern Montana town of Harlem collapsed over the weekend, spilling bricks into the street.
Harlem Volunteer Fire Chief Robert Scheffelmaer tells the Havre Daily News the building that previously housed a grocery store likely collapsed Saturday due to the weight of snow on the roof.
Hypothermia death on Montana reservation investigated
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a man on Montana's Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.
The Havre Daily News reports 48-year-old Antonio Castillo, Jr. was found dead of hypothermia on Dec. 29.
Chippewa Cree lender settles lawsuit over unpaid loan
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — The Chippewa Cree tribe's online lending company has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed after the tribe and its development corporation failed to repay loans taken out to expand the Northern Winz Casino near Box Elder.
District Judge Daniel Boucher in February 2017 ordered the tribe to pay about $25 million to Florida-based BEH Gaming Ltd.
Cause of fire that destroyed tractor business still unknown
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — Fire officials say the cause of a blaze that destroyed an agricultural equipment business in north-central Montana has yet to be determined.
Fire destroys agricultural equipment business near Havre
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A weekend fire destroyed an agricultural equipment business in north-central Montana.
Big Equipment Co. owner Ron Harmon says that while the business west of Havre is a total loss after the Christmas Eve fire, it is insured and he plans to rebuild. The business employs 32 people.
Fort Belknap continues push for food sovereignty
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A Colorado-based development group has provided a $30,000 grant to promote food sustainability at Montana's Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.
The Havre Daily News reports part of the grant will support research in hydroponic growing, in which food is grown year-round in climate controlled water.
Snow lingers in Montana; cold temperatures on the way
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A winter storm hitting northern Montana has forced school closures and caused scattered power outages.
A winter storm warning remained in effect Wednesday for the northern half of the state, including Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, Glasgow and Havre.
Roads and highways in the area are slick and hazardous. Strong winds are also causing problems for travelers.
Montana State University-Northern football coach resigns
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — Montana State University-Northern football coach Aaron Christensen has resigned with three games left in the 2017 season.
The Havre Daily News reports Christensen issued a statement Wednesday thanking the school for the privilege and opportunity of coaching the Lights.
Christensen's teams have a 2-27 record in his nearly three seasons at the NAIA school in Havre, Montana, and have won just one Frontier Conference game. Northern fell 93-19 at Montana Tech last weekend.
Havre residents asked to do their part in storm cleanup
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — The city of Havre is asking its residents to do their part to help clean up after an early October snowstorm downed trees all over the city.
Public Works Director Mark Peterson asked people to bring tree limbs to the landfill or a tree dump north of the city.
More candidates join race for Montana’s House, Senate seats
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — State Rep. Tom Woods of Bozeman has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House seat held by Montana Republican Greg Gianforte.
Woods made his announcement Thursday in Bozeman, saying he will put people ahead of wealthy special interests. He said health care, education and the economy will be his key campaign issues.
Former Montana First Lady Ann Stephens dies of cancer at 90
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana First Lady Ann Stephens has died of cancer in Kalispell. She was 90.
Stephens was First Lady from 1989-1993 while her husband, Stan Stephens, was governor. Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home says she died Sunday, Oct. 8.
Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday that Stephens served the people of Montana with dignity and grace. He ordered flags be flown at half-staff in her memory on Friday, the day of her memorial service in Whitefish.
Crews restoring power to 9,000 customers after snowstorm
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — NorthWestern Energy crews are hard at work to restore power to 9,000 northern Montana customers who were put in the dark by a large snowstorm.
Up to 30 inches of snow, power outages in northern Montana
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A winter storm dropped heavy, wet snow in north-central Montana, closing roads and schools and downing power lines.
The National Weather Service in Great Falls reports the storm dumped 2 ½ feet (76 centimeters) of snow in the Bears Paw Mountains south of Havre and east of the Rocky Boy's Reservation. Meteorologist Paul Nutter says snow drifted up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) deep.
Montana school bus crash kills 2 drivers, injures 4 children
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A school bus taking students on a field trip in northeastern Montana collided head-on Tuesday with a pickup truck in a crash that killed the drivers of both vehicles, authorities said.
The collision also injured four eighth-graders along with an adult field trip chaperone, said Superintendent Bob Connors of Glasgow Public Schools.
LPN gets prison for stealing gold, silver from quadriplegic
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A licensed practical nurse has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $665,000 in restitution for stealing gold and silver coins from a quadriplegic north-central Montana man he was hired to help care for.
Mildred Irene Scharfe, Milly with a ‘y,’ passed away peacefully at the age of 97 at St. John’s Hansen Cottage in Billings on Sept. 5, 2017.
Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements. Please visit Milly’s online memorial page at www.hollandbonine.com to leave a message of condolence for her family.
Crews hold Seeley Lake fire line ahead of red-flag warning
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Fire crews are holding the line near Seeley Lake with no major runs toward the town on Wednesday.
Evacuation orders are still in place Wednesday for much of the town, which is about 1 ½ miles from the fire's edge.
Authorities say the evacuation includes more than 1,000 addresses east of U.S. Highway 83. There are more than 1,200 homes in the Seeley Lake area, and about 500 of those are vacation homes, rentals or properties for sale.
Ohio woman dies after vehicle-sparked fire in Montana
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — An Ohio woman has died after being unable to escape a fire sparked by a small crossover vehicle traveling on a grass-covered road in rural north-central Montana.
Hill County Sheriff Jamie Ross says 58-year-old Pauline H. Siegel of Powell, Ohio, died Tuesday.
The Havre Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2vMtQOb ) three other people who were in the crossover were able to escape, but one was injured trying to aid Siegel.
2 killed in rollover crash in north-central Montana
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — Two people were killed and another was injured in a fiery rollover crash in north-central Montana.
The Montana Highway Patrol says the crash happened early Saturday on a secondary highway near Havre.
A 20-year-old Havre man was driving a Mini Cooper southbound between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. when it went off the road, struck an embankment, overturned and caught fire.
70-year-old man sentenced to 100 years for incest
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A 70-year-old Montana man received a 100-year sentence for multiple instances of sexual contact with a 10-year-old relative.
The Havre Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2sv4G39 ) the judge Wednesday went against the recommendations of sexual psychologists who categorized Theodore Slate as a Tier I sexual risk offender suitable for community treatment and instead sentenced Slate to prison.
Slate will not be eligible for parole for 25 years.
Judge’s ruling affirms that NorthWestern must provide service to Havre farm tap customers
HELENA — Some Havre-area natural gas customers with farm taps from NorthWestern Energy will remain in limbo despite a judge's ruling Friday that the company has to continue to provide service to those families or must first seek permission from state regulators to end it.