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Montana VA reports shooting incident at Fort Harrison campus

News from the Montana VA Health Care System HELENA — A shooting incident occurred at the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center campus at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 17. The situation has been cleared and the incident is currently under joint investigation by the VA Police and the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Preliminary details indicate the incident only involved a single person. No other injuries were reported. The Montana VA Health Care System is unable to provide more information about the incident. Montana VA defers all questions to the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office at 406-447-8305, as they are investigating the incident. Curren...


Challenge filed to state-sanctioned sex, marital status discrimination in insurance ratemaking

News from Upper Seven Law Firm HELENA — Several individuals and organizations filed suit Wednesday to invalidate House Bill 379, a law that allows insurance companies to discriminate on the basis of sex and marital status when setting insurance premium rates for Montanans.   For nearly 40 ...


Ohara pleads guilty to burglary

POLSON — A Bigfork man has admitted to breaking into a state-owned building for the purpose of committing a theft. Colby Glenn Ohara, 32 entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Nov. 2 to one count of felony burglary. Ohara was initially charged with three counts of burglary, but two ...


Breese sentenced for impersonation

POLSON — A Polson man was committed at District Court in Polson on Nov. 3 to the Montana Department of Corrections for three years with all that time suspended for impersonating a public servant during the Boulder 2700 fire on Aug. 1, 2021. In addition, Donald Stephen Breese, 49, was sentenced to a six...


Cleveland sentenced for possession

POLSON — A Lolo man was committed at District Court in Polson on Nov. 2 to 10 years with the Montana Department of Corrections with all but time served suspended. Jay Le Cleveland, 46, had entered a “no contest” plea to one count of criminal possession with intent to distribute during an...


Salisbury pleads guilty to assault

POLSON — A Polson man has admitted to his involvement in a domestic disturbance that occurred in September. Shawn Allen Salisbury, 46, entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Nov. 2 to partner or family member assault. Salisbury also admitted that he has two prior convictions for partne...


Environmentalists challenge Montana wolf regulations in state court Environmentalists challenge Montana wolf regulations in state court

MONTANA — Environmental groups WildEarth Guardians and Project Coyote are asking a Lewis and Clark County District Court judge to toss out Montana’s current wolf-hunting regulations and declare four hunting laws passed by last year’s Montana Legislature unconstitutional. In a lawsuit fil...


Johnson pleads not guilty to sex abuse

POLSON — A Polson man is accused of attempting to solicit a 13-year-old girl, allegedly for sex, as she was walking home from school recently. Scott William Johnson, 59, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Oct. 26 to felony sexual abuse of children. According to court reco...


Uhrich changes plea to guilty Uhrich changes plea to guilty

POLSON — A Polson man is facing 80 years in the Montana State Prison after pleading guilty to deliberate homicide. Tyler Uhrich, 20, entered the guilty plea during a change of plea hearing at District Court in Polson on Oct. 20 as part of a plea agreement. The agreement calls for a joint recommendation...


Federal judge says Montana campaign rules apply to out-of-state super PAC Federal judge says Montana campaign rules apply to out-of-state super PAC

News from Alex Sakarissen Montana Free Press MONTANA — A federal judge in Missoula last week resolved a recent legal dispute between an out-of-state super PAC and Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan, ruling that Mangan’s application of state disclosure requirements to the...


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