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Woman pleads to stabbing man accused of abusing children

Sep. 10, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Great Falls woman has pleaded "no contest" to assault with a weapon for stabbing a man who had been charged with child molestation. The Great Falls Tribune reports Tracy Bossie entered her plea on Friday. Sentencing is set for Oct. 23. The plea agreement says prosecutors do not...

Great Falls fire may have been caused by explosive targets

Sep. 4, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities say a fire that destroyed nine structures northwest of Great Falls on Monday may have been caused by several residents shooting explosive targets. The Great Falls Tribune reports that Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter says three males admitted to using...

Wind-driven fire destroys buildings north of Great Falls

Sep. 3, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A wind-driven grass fire forced the evacuation of 20 residences and destroyed several buildings northwest of Great Falls. The Great Falls Tribune reports the fire started early Monday afternoon and was contained by 6:45 p.m., but residents reported the loss of several...

Montana men get writing assignment for false military claims

Aug. 25, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Two Montana men who were sentenced to prison for violating the terms of the probation in separate crimes won't be eligible for parole until they complete a writing assignment given because they falsely claimed to have served in the military to have their cases moved to a Veterans...

Cascade County suing Corrections over jail costs

Aug. 23, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Cascade County is suing the Montana Department of Corrections in a dispute over payment for the cost of holding state inmates in the county's regional jail. The two sides disagree about who is responsible for the $69 daily cost for inmates who have been sentenced to prison but...

2 arrested in Montana deaths enter pleas to state charges

Aug. 21, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Two juveniles arrested in a shooting death and a fatal hit-and-run in northwest Montana have entered pleas to lesser state charges. The Great Falls Tribune reports the two 17 year olds entered pleas to felony evidence tampering charges recently. One also entered an Alford plea to...

Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force wants more members

Aug. 11, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Members of a state task force whose goal is to help various agencies work together in reporting and searching for missing Native Americans want to add more people to the panel. The Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force met in Great Falls on Saturday and decided it wanted to add...

Man in wheelchair dies after being struck by SUV

Aug. 6, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A man crossing the street in a wheelchair in Great Falls was struck by a small sport utility vehicle and died of his injuries. Police say the collision happened at about 10 a.m. Monday near the Holiday Village Mall. The victim's name hasn't been released and the crash remains...

Man struck and killed while crossing Great Falls street

Aug. 5, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Police in Great Falls are investigating after a 72-year-old man was struck and killed while crossing the street. Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter identified the pedestrian killed as George Mike Blackbird of Great Falls. The collision happened at about 10:30 p.m. Friday on...

Sex assault kit testing results in prosecution of 2015 rape

Aug. 1, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A convicted sex offender is the first man charged with rape under a Montana Department of Justice initiative to analyze about 1,200 previously untested sexual assault evidence kits held by local law enforcement agencies, the DOJ said Thursday. Allen William Miller, 41, of Great Falls,...