Archives for June 2016

Billings contractor faces more indictments

Billings contractor Kevin David McGovern and his company, CMG Construction, have been charged with allegedly defrauding the Chippewa Cree Tribe and bribing tribal officials to get $2.5 million in federally-funded contracts without having to compete.
On Tuesday, McGovern pleaded not guilty to a four-count indictment during an arraignment in U.S. District Court in Great Falls. McGovern is the president of CMG Construction, and pleaded not guilty on behalf of the company.
The indictment, filed on May 23, charges McGovern and the company with conspiracy to defraud the United States and the Chippewa Cree Tribe, scheming to defraud as well as two counts of bribery of a tribal government official.
The indictment is the latest in a string of corruption charges against McGovern, and is part of a massive, ongoing corruption probe by the Department of Interior’s Inspector General that has led to the convictions of numerous tribal and nontribal members.

Man granted clemency accused of propositioning child

A man, granted clemency after 30 years in prison on a murder conviction, is accused of propositioning a 12-year-old girl.
The girl’s mother said Wednesday that Barry Beach sexually approached the child about two months after he was released from prison.
According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Clair Kindness filed a report against Beach with the Billings Police Department on Jan. 13 and has spoken to officers twice since then.
Kindness doesn’t have legal custody of the girl.
The Yellowstone County Attorney will make the decision as to whether or not to file charges. Beach declined to comment in a brief telephone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday evening.
He reportedly picked up the girl on the night of January 10 while she was walking along a street.
Gov. Bullock granted Beach clemency in November after he served 30 years for the 1979 beating death of Kimberly Nees.

Billings MAAP celebrates first year

The Billings Gazette reports that, under the leadership of the Downtown Billings Alliance and city government, service providers, faith groups and others,the community is working to help reduce Billings’ serial inebriate population.
Billings’ Motivated Addiction Alternative Program members and friends met Tuesday during a celebration at the Billings Depot to mark the program’s first anniversary, which is July 1.
Police Chief Rich St. John said the number of serial inebriates — those who as recently as two years ago cost taxpayers $8.5 million annually in incarceration, court and other expenses — has decreased by nearly half during the first year of the MAAP program, from 74 to 38. Eleven people have graduated from treatment programs.
Police have expanded the program citywide to ensure that all residents receive similar treatment and are afforded the same chances to take back their lives, joining with ministry and mission in all our communities.

Burned Body Found In A Car

A body found by the MHP was burned beyond visible recognition.
Troopers were dispatched to Trees Road, about five miles north of Reed Point, yesterday, and that’s where they discovered a 1987 Chevrolet El Camino that had appeared to have gone north off the road. It’s unclear how long the burned vehicle and body had been there. The accident is still under investigation.

Standoff Ends Peacefully

A man wanted in Missoula County for a probation violation was been arrested after a standoff with police. The house where Chad Williams was staying was surrounded by authorities Tuesday morning. More than six hours went by before authorities took Williams into custody. Williams was on probation after being convicted of attempted deliberate homicide during a robbery in 1996.

Man Arrested After Running Onto Runway

A man was arrested Tuesday morning after breaching security at Edwards Jet Center and sprinting across the runways at Billings Logan International Airport. 46-year-old, Shawn Lamere, was intoxicated on an unknown substance, when he ran past the front desk, through the back door and onto the flight deck. The Feds are investigating.

Standoff Ends Peacefully

A man wanted in Missoula County for a probation violation was been arrested after a standoff with police. The house where Chad Williams was staying was surrounded by authorities Tuesday morning. More than six hours went by before authorities took Williams into custody. Williams was on probation after being convicted of attempted deliberate homicide during a robbery in 1996.

Dead man found on Park County property

The dead body of an unidentified man has been found on a rural Park County property, twelve days after the owner reported seeing a vehicle driving through their fields late at night. It was discovered down in a draw Tuesday afternoon.
The Montana Highway Patrol says that a resident off Highway 89 and Adair Creek Road reported seeing a vehicle drive into their hay field around 10 p.m.
The vehicle reportedly continued driving, at which point its lights appeared to have switched off. The vehicle appears to have fallen down a 6 foot embankment and rolled to a stop in a draw, landing on the passenger side.
The vehicle was discovered Tuesday about a half mile from where it was first seen on the property.
Asphyxiation by the man’s seat belt is being investigated as a possible cause of death. An additional medical examiner has been called in to help investigate.

Female beer thief dragged by car in Billings

A woman was dragged by a car early this morning while fleeing a Billings grocery store with a stolen 30 pack of beer.
Sgt. Shane Winden of Billings Police Department says at about 1:40 a.m. the as-yet-unidentified 24-year-old Billings woman was one of three people who grabbed cases of beer and left the Albertsons at 611 N. 27th St. without paying.
The three suspects got into a dark colored Dodge Nitro but the vehicle took off before the woman could get completely inside. She was dragged momentarily before letting go. Albertsons employees detained her until police arrived.
Winden said the woman was taken to the hospital with road rash and a possible broken arm. An arrest was delayed by her medical treatment but she will likely face misdemeanor shoplifting charges. The other two suspects remain at large.
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Billings Police.

Woman charged with whipping son’s face

A woman has been charged with whipping her 14-year-old son during a domestic altercation with her ex-husband.
42 year old Karen Janice Boucher appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on two counts of assault with a weapon and two counts of partner family member assault.
Justice of the Peace David Carter ordered Boucher held on a $20,000 bond and placed on GPS monitoring should she be released.
Billings Police responded to an assault in progress at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Homestead Self Storage. The officer personally witnessed Boucher strike her 14-year-old son three times in the face.
Boucher’s ex-husband was strapping down items onto a truck while Boucher screamed at him. He threw one of the straps at her. She grabbed the strap and whipped the man and her son with it several times.
Boucher has four prior convictions for partner family member assault. One in 2016.