Archives for March 2016

Machette wielding attacker on the loose

Billings police are looking for a man who attacked another with a machette early this morning, shortly after midnight. The victim was taken to the hospital with cuts to his head. Police say it happened in the parking lot of the Super 8 Hotel on Southgate Drive. The Perp is described as a white male, 5’6″, 145-150 pounds with short brown hair, possibly driving a 200s Gold Chevy Malibu which may have a broken passenger rear window. If you have seen this man or car call the Billings Police.

Fire at Rose Park pool building

Billings fire crews were called to battle what appeared to be a fire in the roof of the Rose Park pool building. The call came in around 2 this morning (Thursday) and crews had it out for the most part by 3am. No cause of estimate of damage as of yet.

Woman charged with leaving child in hot car

A woman was in court yesterday facing charges for an incident which occured last summer. 22 year old Mariah Maria Russette was charged with felony criminal endangerment after she left her child in a hot car in the Billings Walmart parking lot last July 11th. Court records show that police were called to the parking lot at 6:30pm for a child crying loudly in a car un attended. Police took the child to St. Vincent Healthcare for treatment. Russettee came running out of Walmart saying she forgot her child was in the car when she went in the store. Surveillance video shows that the child was in the car alone for about half an hour.

Man attacked and robbed by machete wielding attacker

Billings police are looking for a man who attacked and robbed another with a machette early this morning, shortly after midnight. The victim was taken to the hospital with cuts to his head. Police say it happened in the parking lot of the Super 8 Hotel on Southgate Drive. The Perp is described as a white male, 5’6″, 145-150 pounds with short brown hair, possibly driving a 200s Gold Chevy Malibu which may have a broken passenger rear window. If you have seen this man or car call the Billings Police.

Yellowstone County prosecutors accused of withhold information

Two defense attorneys say the Yellowstone County Attorney’s office withheld information regarding a 2015 investigation into tainted evidence from the Montana State Crime Lab.
During the trial of Nicholas Ellis Allison earlier this month, an agent with the Montana State Division of Investigations testified that a Montana State Crime Lab employee had tampered with some of the drug evidence in Allison’s case.
Allison’s attorney, Daniel O.C. Ball has moved to either have the charges against his client dismissed or that Yellowstone County judge Gregory Todd grant Allison a new trial regarding the lab’s tampering.
The employee, Steve Brester, was an evidence technician responsible for opening evidence packages sent to the Crime Lab between September 2014 and June 2015.
The Montana Attorney General’s communication director John Barnes said 59 drug cases were effected across the state, and all county attorneys were given a list of those cases in 2015.

Robbery suspect apprehended at MetraPark

Police stopped and arrested a man who was driving a stolen car and is believed to be involved in attempted thefts in the area.
Law enforcement reportedly received several calls about a man trying to break into cars. Billings police and Yellowstone County deputies say a witness spotted the vehicle near the MetraPark. Police pursued the fleeing man.
The chase ended at the race track at MetraPark.

AG breaks up drunken brawl

Your attorney general subdued an apparently intoxicated man who was throwing punches at bystanders Tuesday night after the Montana Energy Conference.
Billings Police said Attorney General Tim Fox held 34-year-old David Carpenter down until police could respond.
Carpenter became “belligerent and enraged” when someone took his drink away. Sen. Steve Daines chief of staff, Jason Thielman, was Carpenter’s target When Fox stepped in, Carpenter allegedly struck the attorney general in the face.

3 officers honored Tuesday in Billings

Three members of the law enforcement community were recognized Tuesday for their service.
The Downtown Exchange Club of Billings sponsored the luncheon at the Crown Plaza in support of the 58th National Crime Prevention Program. The program is designed to honor outstanding law enforcement officers from the Billings community who have excelled in their jobs during the past year.
Officer David Firebaugh of the Billings Police Department,
Deputy Charles Moffet of the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office,
and Trooper David Morris of the Montana Highway Patrol were honored Tuesday afternoon.
The men were nominated as “Officers of the Year” by their individual departments.

Plowing begins in Glacier National Park

Crews will begin their annual plowing of the remnants of winter this week at Glacier National Park. The plowing project is a necessity for park visitors and for the many businesses that depand on the opening for the season of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Crews begin working this week with the hope of opening roads by mid June if all goes well. Last year’s mild winter allowed crews to re-open the alpine highway through its entire length by June 19.

LDS attempting to build new Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will take another run at trying to gain approval from the Billings City Fathers to build a new church on a four acre parcel west of 54th Street West and South of Trail Creek Drive. A special meeting of the Billings Zoning Commission will be held at 4:30pm on April 5th in the first floor conference room at the Miller Building, 2825 Third Avenue North to consider the request. If approved at that meeting the plan goes to the Billings City Council for consideration. The Church attempted to gain construction approval a year ago to build a new church at another location, some residents opposed the plan and the church withdrew their request.