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Butte man gets 15 years in prison after squatting in deployed service member's home

District Court Judge Ed McLean sentenced Erik Robert Hunt on Wednesday to 15 years in the state prison for squatting in the home of a military service member deployed to Iraq, for stealing and selling his belongings, and for then going on a crime spree while awaiting trial on the initial charges.

MONTANA STANDARD - 2018-12-12 23:40:00

With no Evel Knievel Days in sight, county board allocates $100K to Butte festivals

Butte’s SARTA board voted Tuesday night to expend its full budget authority over funds reserved for Butte festivals, handing out $100,000 to eight separate events — and Evel Knievel Days wasn’t one of them.

MONTANA STANDARD - 2018-12-13 13:00:00

Man sentenced for criminal endangerment in Butte rollover

Clifford Wyatt Ascheman, 29, was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison, plus five more suspended, for criminal endangerment. The charges stem from an incident on July 21 in which Ascheman was driving at a high rate of speed while intoxicated, refused to slow down despite his passenger begging

MONTANA STANDARD - 2018-12-13 01:00:00

Judge on attacker: 'I think he needs to spend more time in prison'

Saying he was tired of his excuses and failures in many treatment programs, a judge sentenced Ross Robert Habets to another five years in the Montana State Prison on Thursday — this time for trying to strangle his wife.

MONTANA STANDARD - 2018-12-13 19:42:00

Last naturalization ceremony of the year held in Butte

BUTTE, Mont. — Two dozen immigrants from all across the world became official U.S. citizens Wednesday. It was Montana’s last naturalization ceremony of the year, which took place at the Mike Mansfield Federal Courthouse in Butte.

NBCMONTANA - 2018-12-12 19:32:43

Police shoot Montana man after he fires more than 50 shots

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a man barricaded inside a western Montana home fired between 50 and 60 shots before police shot him. The Montana Standard reports the man had locked himself inside a Deer Lodge home Monday morning following an argument with a woman the night before.

KHQ RIGHT NOW - 2018-12-12 04:27:38

Candle-related house fire breaks out in Butte

BUTTE, Mont. — Butte fire officials responded to a house fire Tuesday morning and determined that the cause was related to candles. Fire officials say they received a call around 5:00 a.m. from homeowner Charles Ruppert.

NBCMONTANA - 2018-12-11 18:58:36

Historic holiday star reborn at Steward headframe

With winds gusting between 25 and 30 miles per hour and a wind-chill dipping into the teens, officials from the World Museum of Mining and volunteers braved the cold temperatures Wednesday afternoon as they affixed a recently refurbished 6-foot holiday star that traditionally adorned the top of the

MONTANA STANDARD - 2018-12-13 23:00:00

Montana State University experiment launches into space with help from Butte High grad

On Dec. 5, a rocket launched from NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida and began its long journey to the International Space Station that orbits the globe. On board were a flight crew, cargo and eight science experiments from across the country, including one designed by a Montana State Un

MONTANA STANDARD - 2018-12-12 13:00:00

Butte Army Guard gets new commander

The Montana Army National Guard’s 1889th Regional Support Group held a brigade-level change of command ceremony at the Butte Armory Sunday. Brig. Gen. Donald Emerson, Joint Force Headquarters Assistant Adjutant General-Army, presided over the ceremony in which Col. William Shomento relinquished comm

MONTANA STANDARD - 2018-12-12 01:00:00

Police blotter: Man pulls gun; raising cane; drank too much; wouldn't move along

A Butte man was arrested early Saturday morning for allegedly pulling a pistol — later identified as a pellet gun — on a group of other men who then wrestled him to the ground.

MONTANA STANDARD - 2018-12-10 20:31:00

Butte-Silver Bow Council chair says Superfund, budget among top issues in 2019

John Morgan, who will continue leading Butte-Silver Bow’s Council of Commissioners for the next two years, sees Superfund and the next budget as two of the biggest issues facing the county in 2019.

MONTANA STANDARD - 2018-12-12 01:00:00

New Dumas Brothel owners say they plan to keep historic integrity intact

As ghost-hunting enthusiasts, David and Charlee Prince of Forsyth have long been aware of the reputation of the allegedly haunted Dumas Brothel in Butte — after all, the historic building that was part of the city’s former red-light district has become a source of fascination among paranormal invest

MONTANA STANDARD - 2018-12-11 02:00:00

Morning fire destroys mobile home on Flat; cause under investigation

Fire destroyed a mobile home in the 3500 block of Gaylord Street in Butte on Sunday morning. No one was inside at the time and no one was injured. Butte-Silver Bow Battalion Chief Jim Merrifield said the Flat fire was easy to see when he and other firefighters left the Uptown station. They arrived a

MONTANA STANDARD - 2018-12-09 21:45:00

Holiday Heartstrings: Helping others in need (copy)

Want to help Butte’s less fortunate during the holidays? Consider the Mining City Christmas and Holiday Giving Program. • Donate: Action Inc.’s Mining City Christmas and Holiday Giving Program is solely dependent on the generosity of donations from our community. The agency does not receive governme

MONTANA STANDARD - 2018-12-10 23:00:00

Butte students spearhead food drive

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Butte Central Catholic High School students and teachers welcomed a very special visitor all the way from the North Pole on Tuesday. Santa Claus visited classrooms and passed out candy canes at lunch time.

NBCMONTANA - 2018-12-11 15:05:44

New Uptown makeup store brings green beauty to Butte

Butte esthetician Shelly Conner says that the skin is the largest organ of the body, yet many women start their days by applying hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of chemicals to their skin and scalps in the form of body washes, hair products, lotions, makeup and more.

MONTANA STANDARD - 2018-12-09 18:00:00

Standard view: B-SB needs plan to pay for large police pay raises

We believe the Butte police have a very difficult job, and they perform it admirably, day in day out, protecting all of us. That is beyond question. We certainly endorse the 2 percent increase that police received from Wednesday’s Council of Commissioners vote. What’s tagged on the back of it makes

MONTANA STANDARD - 2018-12-09 13:00:00

A memory of loss: Art memorializes dead geese

About this time two years ago, many in Butte were grieving. On Nov. 28, 2016, thousands of snow geese landed in the Berkeley Pit. Though this event played out very differently than the die-off that occurred almost to the day in 1995, the 2016 occurrence was the second time flocks of geese found a fa

MONTANA STANDARD - 2018-12-10 13:00:00

Armed standoff in Deer Lodge ends with one person shot

One person was shot after an armed standoff in Deer Lodge Monday morning. Powell County High School was placed on lockdown as a precaution at 8:50 a.m. but was reopened as of about 11:30 am. The incident took place a few blocks away from the school.

INDEPENDENT RECORD - 2018-12-10 18:35:00