Billings, Montana

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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 »

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 »

Police: Montana Man Laid Trap, Killed Teen

Victim was German exchange student Diren Dede, 17

(Newser) - A Montana couple frustrated by recent thefts allegedly set a trap for potential burglars—and upon hearing a would-be intruder after midnight on Sunday, the husband fired four shots into the darkness, he says. Now, Markus Kaarma of Missoula has been charged in the death of German exchange student Diren... More »

Rape Victim's Mom Rejects Judge's Apology

State may appeal the light sentence

(Newser) - The mother of a 14-year-old rape victim said a Montana judge was just "covering his butt" after he apologized for saying her daughter was "older than her chronological age." Auliea Hanlon spoke as protesters in Billings demanded the resignation of Judge G. Todd Baugh over the controversy,... More »

Pipeline Rupture Spills Crude Into Yellowstone River

Up to 42,000 gallons of oil heading toward Missouri River

(Newser) - Up to 42,000 gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline in Montana is surging through a flood-swollen Yellowstone River, creating an environmental mess that is threatening to reach the Missouri River, reports the Wall Street Journal . The Exxon Mobile pipeline, which runs under the Yellowstone River to a refinery... More »

Tornado Wreaks Havoc in Montana

Amateur video gives up-close look at destruction

(Newser) - A tornado tore through Billings, Mont., yesterday, ripping the roof off a sports arena and several other nearby buildings. You can actually see it happen in this up-close-and-personal amateur video aired by CNN . The twister touched down at about 4:30 and hovered in place for about 15 minutes, according... More »

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