Former Montana trainer pleads guilty to having child porn
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former high school athletic trainer in Miles City who has acknowledged sexually abusing dozens of teenage boys has pleaded guilty to possessing child...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana high school athletic trainer who acknowledged coercing boys into sexual abuse under the guise of improving their athletic performance was sentenced Tuesday...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has dropped two counts in a complaint filed against an eastern Montana school district for failing to stop an athletic trainer from sexually abusing as many...
Fire chief in Miles City says new station needed
MILES CITY, Mont. (AP) — The fire chief in a Montana city says his department needs a new fire station.
Fire Chief Branden Stevens tells KULR-TV the existing station is 70 years old with...
Man says he told Montana school officials about abuse
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Newly filed court documents include a former Miles City student's testimony that he told coaches at least a dozen times that an ex-athletic trainer had inappropriately...
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana high school trainer pleaded guilty Tuesday to using information from the internet to develop what he called "The Program" to coerce young boys into sexual...
The Latest: Ex-Montana athletic trainer pleads guilty
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a former Montana athletic trainer's court appearance: (all times local):
A former Montana athletic trainer accused of sexually abusing...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana athletic trainer who prosecutors say sexually abused numerous students over decades under the guise of improving their athletic performance is expected to...
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The school district where a former Montana high school trainer allegedly sexually abused students says it wasn't aware of abuse and followed proper reporting procedures...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A hearing for a former Montana high school trainer accused of sexually abusing dozens of students has been delayed after the defendant asked to enter his guilty plea before...
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...
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...
No serious injuries in crash involving Montana school bus
MILES CITY, Mont. (AP) — An accident involving a school bus in eastern Montana sent seven people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Zellers says the injured from the accident that occurred about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Miles City were taken to the hospital "mainly as a precaution."
Accused athletic trainer’s daughter: ‘This has to change’
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Kristen Newby isn't ashamed. She doesn't want the long string of horrible sexual abuses her father is being accused of in Miles City to be swept under the rug.
Former high school trainer denies another federal charge
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana high school athletic trainer accused of sexually abusing students under the guise of boosting their athletic performance has pleaded not guilty to another federal charge.
Former Montana postmaster sentenced in meth case
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former postmaster in eastern Montana has been sentenced to probation for trying to hamper a state investigation into the meth ring from which he received his drugs.
Federal prosecutors said 59-year-old Stephen Michael Miller of Miles City warned a meth dealer that police were monitoring drug shipments and intercepted and delivered a package himself in exchange for meth.
Ex-athletic trainer in Montana accused of child enticement
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana high school athletic trainer accused of sexually abusing students under the guise of boosting their athletic performance is facing federal child coercion and enticement charges.
Ex-Montana trainer accused of abuse arrested on porn charges
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana high school athletic trainer accused of sexually abusing students under the guise of boosting their athletic performance was arrested Thursday after investigators found child pornography in his room in a Miles City retirement home, authorities said.
Man pleads guilty to manufacturing homemade silencers
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A 52-year-old Miles City man who made silencers out of aluminum baseball bats, flashlights and bicycle stunt pegs has pleaded guilty to four firearms violations.
Brendan John Jones pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of possessions of a firearm not in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record and two counts of possession of a firearm not identified by a serial number.
Jones faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine when he is sentenced April 24.
School district sues former trainer accused of sexual abuse
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An eastern Montana school district is denying that staff knew about a former athletic trainer allegedly sexually abusing male student-athletes for decades under the guise of improving their athletic ability.
Montana lawmaker was school principal during alleged abuse
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana lawmaker served as principal at a school during some of the time when a former athletic trainer is accused of sexually abusing students decades ago.
A lawsuit accuses James E. "Doc" Jensen of Miles City of sexually abusing at least 18 students under the guise of boosting their athletic performance while he was a part-time athletic trainer Custer County High School from the 1970s until about 1998.
Attorneys doubt school employee can be prosecuted for abuse
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for 18 former eastern Montana athletes who allege their high school trainer sexually abused them want to eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting child sexual abuse.
Attorney Dan Rice argues the current law only serves to protect child molesters after their victims reach a certain age.
Montana investigates sex abuse claims against school trainer
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities have launched a criminal investigation into claims that a school athletic trainer sexually abused at least 18 students decades ago under the guise of boosting their athletic performance.
Attorney General Tim Fox said state investigators will assist Custer County officials as they examine the allegations in a lawsuit filed Friday against James E. "Doc" Jensen of Miles City.
Report: Trainer acknowledges sexual abuse of students
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An athletic trainer at a Montana high school sexually abused at least 18 student athletes decades ago under the guise of boosting their athletic performance, according to a lawsuit filed Friday.
The deception was aided by the team winning five state football championships in 16 years, the lawsuit states.
The Latest: Report: Trainer accused of abuse says he’s sorry
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a former Montana high school athletic trainer being sued for sexually abusing athletes (all times local):
A former Montana high school athletic trainer has apologized to student-athletes via media interviews after they accused him of sexual abuse in the community of Miles City that lasted for decades.
Montana rancher sentenced in inflated cattle numbers case
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana rancher accused of lying to a bank about the number of cattle in his possession was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay more than $2 million in restitution.
A beautiful lady, sweetheart wife and beloved mother slipped away ever so gently on April 1, 2018, at Edgewood Memory Care in Billings.
Mary Jean was born June 9, 1928, in Miles City. She was the second child of Herman R and Irene (Hitchcock) Venable.
MILES CITY, Mont. (AP) — An eastern Montana judge has dismissed a deliberate homicide charge against a Miles City-area man in the death of his girlfriend while investigators continue to look into his self-defense claim.
Paul T. Ringling, 97, of Miles City, Montana, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home, Miles City, Montana. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs, Montana. Interment will follow in the Mayn Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at stevensonandsons.com.
Montana buys farm northwest of Miles City for $11.3M — its most expensive land buy to date
The State Land Board approved the most expensive land purchase in the state’s history on Feb. 20, the $11.3 million acquisition of almost 17,000 dryland acres 25 miles northwest of Miles City in Rosebud County.
The vote approving the purchase was 4-1 with Secretary of State Corey Stapleton the lone dissenter. The deal is set to close March 9.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana State Land Board approved the most expensive land purchase in the history of the state.
The Billings Gazette reports Montana bought a farm 25 miles northwest of Miles City in Rosebud County for $11.3 million.
Man charged with killing girlfriend said she shot first
MILES CITY, Mont. (AP) — A 21-year-old eastern Montana man charged with killing his girlfriend told investigators he thought she shot him first. Court records say he "responded by unloading 18 rounds into her."
Travis Jacob Doss is charged with deliberate homicide in the Jan. 25 death of 21-year-old Shania Raymond at a rural residence southwest of Miles City.
Court records say Doss reported they were arguing because he thought Raymond was cheating on him.
Victim of eastern Montana shooting identified
MILES CITY, Mont. (AP) — Officials in eastern Montana have released the name of a 21-year-old woman who was shot to death last week, while the suspected shooter was charged with deliberate homicide.
Custer County Justice of the Peace Donald Neese set bail at $500,000 for 21-year-old Travis Doss, who was charged Monday with killing Shania Raymond at a residence southwest of Miles City.
Eastern Montana man arrested on suspicion of homicide
MILES CITY, Mont. (AP) — A 21-year-old eastern Montana man has been arrested in an apparent murder-attempted suicide in the death of a 21-year-old woman at a residence near Miles City
Custer County Sheriff Tony Harbaugh says Travis Doss was booked into jail on suspicion of deliberate homicide while Thursday's shooting was being investigated. The woman's name has not been released.
1 dead, 1 injured following shooting in eastern Montana
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead and another is injured following a shooting in eastern Montana.
Custer County Sheriff Tony Harbaugh tells The Billings Gazette the shooting happened in the Moon Creek area about 35 miles (56 kilometers) southwest of Miles City on Thursday morning.
State closes health clinic for Miles City-area workers
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Department of Administration officials told lawmakers that Montana's experiment with state employee health clinics has saved an estimated $6.8 million for office visits and lab fees since 2013.
The agency made the response Tuesday after legislative auditors earlier reported the clinics didn't provide adequate data to calculate any savings.
Absarokee 46, Harrison-Willow Creek 37
Big Timber 76, Columbus 35
Billings Senior 63, Laurel 46
Bridger 68, Harlowton 36
Charlo 49, Drummond 33
Choteau 68, Jefferson (Boulder) 48
Colstrip 83, Shepherd 65
Darby 46, Hot Springs 27
Deer Lodge 70, Eureka 52
Fairview 53, Mon-Dak 47
Flathead Valley Home School 59, Helena Christian 31
Montana sheriff taken to ICU after heart attack
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton was taken to the intensive care unit of a Bozeman hospital after suffering a heart attack.
Montana saw record warm temperatures on Thanksgiving
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — More than a dozen Montana cities and towns saw record high temperatures on Thanksgiving.
The National Weather Service reports Glasgow, Jordan and Miles City all reached 73 degrees on Thursday. It was 72 in Wolf Point and 71 in Billings and Malta. Lewistown's high of 67 on Thursday beat the old mark of 65 degrees set in 1922. Poplar topped out at 70.
After punishing drought, Montana ranchers sell calves early
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana ranchers with little grass to feed livestock are selling off their calves early after suffering the worst drought in the U.S.
The Billings Gazette reported Sunday that eastern Montana ranchers are coping with drought-scorched pasture land with little green for cattle to chew on.
Sales tracked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Marketing Service more than 40,000 cattle have moved through auction barns in Miles City and Billings since July.
Pennsylvania residents send hay to eastern Montana ranchers
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Pennsylvania residents have donated more than 30 truckloads of hay this month to eastern Montana ranchers reeling from the effects of severe drought and wildfires.
The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2xKfkti ) that five truckloads of hay were unloaded in Miles City, Montana last weekend after travelling nearly 1,600 miles (2,600 kilometers) from Eau Clair, Pennsylvania.
Montana woman pleads not guilty to murder in South Dakota
SUMMERSET, S.D. (AP) — A Montana woman accused of killing her roommate in the South Dakota town of Summerset has pleaded not guilty.
Thirty-eight-year-old Stormy Marsh, of Miles City, Montana, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 49-year-old Phyllis Mastin, who was found dead in her mobile home Aug. 2. Marsh entered her plea Monday.
Montana woman charged in South Dakota homicide
SUMMERSET, S.D. (AP) — A Montana woman has been charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a South Dakota woman.
Court documents say 38-year-old Stormy Gayle Marsh of Miles City is charged with killing 49-year-old Phyllis Mastin in her mobile home in Summerset early Wednesday.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An eastern Montana man was critically injured after a freight train collided with the grain truck he was driving northeast of Miles City.
Miles City Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Branden Stevens tells The Billings Gazette (http://bit.ly/2hgDHbr ) that the truck ended up in several different pieces with parts scattered up to a quarter mile (400 meters) up the track from the spot of the collision Sunday evening.
MILES CITY, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is opening the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge to grazing for ranchers who lost rangeland in a large wildfire in eastern Montana.
Refuge manager Paul Santavy says the fire left some ranchers with no rangeland for cattle to graze.
Without the rangeland grass, ranchers would be forced to sell their cattle.
Host Bozeman Bucks enter as AA Legion top seed; Billings Cardinals, Miles City ready for A tourney
The Class AA and A Legion state tournaments will get underway this week, with the AA beginning on Wednesday in Bozeman.
The A will start on Thursday in Three Forks. Here is a look at some of the teams from the eastern side of Montana heading into the state tournaments.
Rich Poliquin is no stranger to success at the Class A Legion baseball level.
Come Wednesday, he’ll get his first taste of the Class AA postseason, hoping to see that trend of success continue.
‘Brainstorming’ document suggests shutting down Montana veterans nursing home; VA says closure not planned
HELENA — A document obtained by Lee Newspapers suggests the possibility of the the 29-bed VA nursing home in Miles City closing, as well as a reduction in hours at outpatient clinics in the state and in Wyoming, but a spokesman for the VA says the document is just for "brainstorming" purposes and that closures are not planned.