Latest Great Falls News

Parents face custodial interference charge after taking kids

Nov. 15, 2019 5:56 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The noncustodial parents of three Great Falls children face custodial interference charges after taking the kids out of state, triggering an Amber Alert. Tony DeMontigny Jr. and Ellaura Wright were arrested and the children recovered Thursday afternoon after their car ran out of...

3 Great Falls siblings found safe, Amber Alert canceled

Nov. 14, 2019 9:11 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Three siblings who had been reported missing from Great Falls have been located in Idaho, and the Montana Department of Justice has canceled an Amber Alert issued for them. The agency says two girls, ages 5 and 3, and a 1-year-old boy were found safe Thursday several hours after...

Jury selection begins, man charged with killing disabled vet

Nov. 12, 2019 11:42 AM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Jury selection is underway in Great Falls in the case against Brandon Lee Craft, who is charged with killing a disabled veteran in February 2016 and burying his body on property outside of the city. Craft is charged with deliberate homicide in the February 2016 death of Adam...

Ex-tribal chairman pleads guilty to wire fraud

Nov. 7, 2019 6:12 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A former Blackfeet tribal chairman has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for his role in stealing from the Montana tribe's Head Start program through an overtime pay scheme. Prosecutors say Willie Sharp authorized false overtime claims totaling over $174,000, including payments to his...

Great Falls man gets 100 years for role in gang rape

Nov. 4, 2019 12:35 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Great Falls man convicted in the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl at a house party has been sentenced to 100 years in prison. District Judge Greg Pinski said Friday 22-year-old Autree Aniel Pedersen will not be eligible for parole before serving 25 years and completing two phases...

Woman sentenced for stabbing man accused of child abuse

Nov. 2, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Great Falls woman who stabbed a man accused of child molestation has been sentenced to 10 years with the Montana Department of Corrections with eight years suspended. The Great Falls Tribune reports Tracy Bossie was sentenced Friday for the November 2016 attack on Wallace Bossie...

Woman sentenced to state hospital over machete threat

Oct. 30, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Great Falls woman who was charged with breaking into her ex-boyfriend's house and using a machete to force him to have sex with her has been sentenced to 20 years in the state psychiatric hospital. District Judge Greg Pinski sentenced 20-year-old Samantha Ray Mears Tuesday,...

Record-breaking Montana snowfall, cold expected to continue

Oct. 28, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — National Weather Service meteorologists say snowfall in Montana has broken a 35-year-old record. Great Falls Tribune reported Sunday that more than 31 inches (787 millimeters) of snow has been recorded in Great Falls in September and October. Scientists say the amount of snowfall...

Health care worker sentenced in arson, beating of patient

Oct. 25, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A home health care worker in Great Falls has been sentenced to 40 years in prison with 15 years suspended for threatening a patient with a knife and burning down the home in which they lived. The Great Falls Tribune reports that 42-year-old Holly Lynn Lasher was sentenced Friday...

Great Falls jail death leads to $1M payout to family

Oct. 23, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The family of a 64-year-old man who died after suffering seizures in a Montana jail in March 2018 has accepted a $1 million payout. The Billings Gazette reports that Roger Lee Wells died at the Cascade County jail in Great Falls after suffering nine seizures during a period of...