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Kid Who Shot Friend Tapping Window May Be Charged

Prosecutors weigh negligent homicide for boy in accidental shooting

(Newser) - Authorities are considering whether to bring criminal charges against a Montana 17-year-old who fired a bullet through his bedroom window, killing his friend in a case an investigator has described as an accident. The unidentified boy was startled when 15-year-old Mackeon Schulte and a friend knocked on his window early... More »

Cops: Teen Killed Friend Who Tossed Pebbles at Window

Mackeon Schulte was trying to wake his sleeping pal

(Newser) - "It's a tragedy all around." That from Capt. John Bedford of Billings Police Department in explaining what happened in his Montana city in the wee hours of Sunday. Per police, Mackeon Schulte, 15, and a friend he was spending the night with went to another friend's... More »

Bartender's Use of Clamato Leads to Shooting

And dog may have saved owner's life

(Newser) - If a bartender messes up an order, leaving without tipping is usually the standard response. But for bar patron Monte Hanson, 59, leaving a poor tip apparently wasn't going to cut it. The AP reports that Hanson apparently became enraged at bartender and neighbor Joe Lewis after Lewis made... More »

Krakauer Book on Campus Rape Rocks Mont. Town

'Missoula' scrutinizes sexual assaults at university and how victims were treated

(Newser) - Jon Krakauer, the author of Into the Wild and Into Thin Air, has a new book out today, and there's one town in particular that's been steeling itself for its release for months. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town stays true to its title,... More »

Montana Fight Includes ... Chainsaw

Big Sandy street feud also included knives and a stolen car

(Newser) - When Big Sandy, Mont., has a street fight, it has a street fight. Residents in the farming town's commercial district watched Monday as a brawl broke out between three men in a sedan and two men and two women in a pickup truck—complete with a knife fight, at... More »

Kim, Khloe, Kylie and North West in Road Accident

Family fine after car lands in ditch

(Newser) - More trouble on the road for the Kardashian/Jenner/West clan. Khloe Kardashian was reportedly driving in Bozeman, Montana, when a truck knocked snow onto her windshield. With Kim, her daughter North West, and Kylie Jenner in tow, Khloe lost control of the car, hitting black ice before moving past oncoming traffic... More »

Man Gets 70 Years for Killing Exchange Student

Cops alleged Markus Kaarma had laid trap, shot unarmed trespasser

(Newser) - Markus Kaarma, the Montana man police say laid a trap and killed a German exchange student trespassing in it, was sentenced today to 70 years in prison in the death of 17-year-old Diren Dede. Kaarma won't be eligible for parole for at least 20 years, reports the AP . The... More »

Montana Lawmaker Fails to Ban Yoga Pants

House rejects bid to strengthen indecent-exposure law

(Newser) - A Montana legislative panel moved to kill an indecent-exposure bill yesterday after the lawmaker who introduced it said he thinks yoga pants should be illegal. Members of the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to table House Bill 365, introduced by Rep. David Moore. The proposal would have expanded the definition... More »

Up to 50K Gallons of Oil Spills Into Yellowstone River

Some Montana residents complain their drinking water smells like diesel

(Newser) - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock declared a state of emergency for two counties yesterday after a 12-inch oil pipeline burst Saturday, pouring up to 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near the town of Glendive, the state's Department of Environmental Quality reports. Bridger Pipeline Co. noticed the... More »

Officer Shoots Unarmed Man, Breaks Down Crying

Police officer Grant Morrison pulled the trigger last April

(Newser) - A Montana police officer who shot an unarmed man—and broke down crying afterward—was justified in pulling the trigger, a coroner's jury ruled this week. In a traffic stop last April, Billings police officer Grant Morrison pulled over a car with four people inside and repeatedly told them... More »

Montana Man's 'Castle Doctrine' Defense Fails Him

Markus Kaarma convicted of deliberate homicide in Diren Dede's death

(Newser) - Just days before he killed a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told a hairstylist he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes. Kaarma hoped to bait an intruder by leaving his garage door partially open and placing a purse inside, Montana prosecutors said. And... More »

N. America's Oldest Horned Dino Was Size of Bunny

Triceratops relative from early Cretaceous period also picky eater: scientists

(Newser) - When paleontologists on a National Geographic Society expedition dug up a 100-million-year-plus sample sticking out of the dirt in Montana in 1997, they initially thought it was a rock—until they saw it had teeth. Now, 17 years later, they've finally gotten around to naming and describing the creature,... More »

Rules for Female Montana Lawmakers: Watch Your Skirts, Necklines

New dress code is immediate object of scorn and ridicule

(Newser) - Montana's state legislature convenes next month with a dress code in place for the first time, reports the Bozeman Daily Chronicle , an event that wouldn't be making headlines except for Rule No. 3: "Women should be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines." To which female lawmakers... More »

MIA in Glacier National Park: Actual Glaciers

Receding ice sheets could have big ramifications in the West

(Newser) - "National Park" doesn't have much of a ring to it, but that soon might be a more fitting name for Glacier National Park if its eponymous glaciers keep going the way of the dinosaurs: The New York Times takes a look today at glacier melt in the Montana... More »

Man Starts KKK Group ... That's Open to All Races

John Abarr says the new Rocky Mountain Knights in Montana is inclusive

(Newser) - John Abarr, a well-known white supremacist in Montana, says he's a reformed man now forming a KKK group called the Rocky Mountain Knights—and anyone 18 and over in the Pacific Northwest can join. In 2011, he made headlines when he ran for (but lost) a congressional seat as... More »

35K Pounds of Raw Chicken Found Rotting in Truck

Driver allegedly demanded ransom

(Newser) - Getting rid of a little rotting raw chicken: not a big deal. Getting rid of a 53-foot trailer filled with more than 35,000 pounds of rotting raw chicken: a pretty big deal. Missoula County officials are finding that out after a stolen truck was discovered Tuesday at a Wye... More »

Farmers Have Bad News for Beer Drinkers

Malt-barley shortage will send prices up

(Newser) - There's been way too much water falling on America's chief malt-barley-producing states, which is bad news for people who like to drink something a little stronger. Wet weather in Idaho, North Dakota, and Montana has caused a lot of barley to germinate early, meaning it won't be... More »

Stripper Denies a Guy Sex, He Calls 911

William McDaniel was arrested for soliciting prostitution

(Newser) - There are some incidents that don't warrant a 911 call. One of those is when a stripper won't turn a lap dance into sex. William McDaniel, 53, learned this Saturday night, when he paid $350 for a private dance at Sagebrush Sam’s Exotic Dance Club in Butte,... More »

Lamar Alexander Defeats Tea Party Challenger

Also: Montana's Walsh steps down amid plagiarism scandal

(Newser) - Another boost for the GOP's Senate hopes: Lamar Alexander has defeated a Tea Party challenger in Tennessee and is now strongly favored to win re-election this fall, reports Politico . State Rep. Joe Carr had sought to portray Alexander as an out-of-touch Washington insider, but that approach has failed to... More »

Democratic Senator Accused of Plagiarism

Montana's John Walsh lifted thesis material, says New York Times

(Newser) - It's bad news for Democrats in general and worse news for one Democrat in particular: The New York Times is out with a detailed report alleging plagiarism on the part of Montana Sen. John Walsh. It's not pretty: The report shows that about 25% of Walsh's 2007... More »

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