Archives for January 2016

Billings man injured in wreck with 17 year old

A 72 year old Billings Man had to be extracted from his car and was taken to the hospital this morning after his car collided with another and then ran into a house. He was driving east on Terry Avenue when another car driven be a 17 year old girl was heading south on 25th Street West. The two cars colided at the open intersection and the 17 year old was cited for not yielding the right of way.

Exxon suing NorthWestern Energy

ExxonMobil is suing NorthWestern Energy, saying power outages at the energy giant’s Billings refinery have cost the company millions of dollars.
The Billings Gazette reports the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court states that Exxon accuses NorthWestern of being negligent in preventing the outages.
The Exxon refinery gets electricity from two NorthWestern Energy substations and has no alternative power supply. According to the lawsuit, NorthWestern also diverted power away from the refinery, forcing it to shut down.
Exxon has requested payment for damages but did not specify an amount.

Montana woman denies embezzlement charge

A Montana woman has denied federal charges that she stole from Wells Fargo Bank in Billings.
The Billings Gazette reports that 38-year-old Sara Marie Clark of Laurel pleaded not guilty to bank embezzlement during a Tuesday hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby.
The indictment accuses Clark of embezzling $36,355 while from Wells Fargo while working there between March and September 2015.
She faces a maximum of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted.
The case will be heard by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters.

Last edition of the Billings Outpost

After publishing some 900 volumes, the last edition of The Billings Outpost hit the streets on Thursday.
With the bold headline We’re outta here, the 18-year run of the free weekly newspaper ended for it’s founder.publisher. However, publisher David Crisp, who launched the weekly, also announced Thursday that he has partnered with the online news service Last Best News.

Rapist’s plea agreement means no jail

20-year-old Harlan Hinkle, who was convicted of rape and molestation of three teenagers and a child, was sentenced in Yellowstone County District by Judge Michael Moses to 25 years to the Department of Corrections with 20 years suspended.
Moses followed a plea agreement which recommended Hinkle spend five years in a pre-release program. The plea agreement stipulates that Hinkle faces life in prison without parole if he were to rape another victim.

Crash lands vehicle in Billings yard

The Billings Police Department is investigating a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of 25th Street West and Terry Avenue. After the crash at approximately 8 a.m. today, one of the vehicles ended up on the lawn of a house at 2446 Terry Ave.
The driver of that vehicle was transported to a Billings hospital with injuries.
Officers are still investigating the crash and the intersection was blocked until the vehicles could be moved.

Yellowstone County Man gets 25 years for raping a 10 year old girl

A 43 year old man was sentenced in Yellowstone County to spend 25 years in jail for raping a ten year old girl repeatedly for months and then threatening and harassing the girl and her family. Russell Marc Witcher will be going to jail on the charges for raping the ten year old girl beginning in 2012 and continuing through the summer of 2014.

A man returned to prerelease center after a walkaway bulletin was issued.

A walkaway bulletin was issued after 22 year old Charles Rose was reported as escaped from the Alpha House men’s prerelease facility yesterday afternoon when he did not return from work at the appointed time. Rose eventually returned without incident last evening and the alert was cancelled. It appears someone neglected to notify Alternatives about a time change.

2016 Montana Hunting and Fishing Licenses go on sale Monday

This years Montana hunting and fishing licenses go on sale Monday under a new fee structure which was passed by the state legislature. The licenses will be available at all Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks outlets. The new structure and fees are available at the point of sale locations.

Missing woman and child found safe

Billings police are reporting Tiffany Ann Renner and her 18-month-old child were found safe at a relative’s home Monday morning.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs in Lodge Grass reported Renner and her daughter, Rai’lei ThreeIrons, were found in good health. No foul play is associated with the report.

Renner and ThreeIrons were reported missing earlier Monday after family last heard from Renner on Jan. 20 while she was stopping for fuel. The pair were on their way home to Billings from Texas.