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Past articles by Sam:

Coroner's inquests quick to clear police following fatal shootings

In Montana, law enforcement officers have shot and killed at least 39 people since January 2012, according to a Gazette review of public records and past news reports. → Read More

Montana, other Western states, among top 10 for rate of fatal officer-involved shootings

Montana ranks among the top 10 states in the country for officer-involved fatal shootings, a list dominated by rural, Western states. → Read More

Designed to hold cops accountable in shootings, coroner's inquests aren't always objective, critics say

Along with a handful of states that still hold coroners’ inquests, Montana’s legal system for reviewing deaths caused by law enforcement is seen by advocates as a more transparent alternative → Read More

Poplar man sentenced to prison for causing infant's death

A Poplar man has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to causing the death of an infant who would not stop crying. → Read More

Long-lost letter: Postal Service delivers 81-year-old Christmas card to Billings woman

It’s been nearly 50 years since Rosebud resident Clara Barley died. Yet last month, Sandy Jomini received a Christmas card from her late grandmother, finally returned-to-sender after an unsuccessful odyssey → Read More

As bills fighting missing, murdered natives crisis become law, what's next for the movement?

Several bills aiming to combat the crisis of missing Native Americans in Montana are now on the books, after members of the Montana Legislature's Indian Caucus fought to make them → Read More

Bills to address missing Native Americans advance in Montana Legislature

Several pieces of legislation intended to combat the crisis of missing Native Americans in Montana passed key legislative votes Thursday, with two bills now headed to the governor’s desk. → Read More

Native American homicide rates are soaring, but causes aren’t clear due to inconsistent data

In Montana, Native Americans are nearly four times more likely to be victims of homicide than the general population, but a lack of available, consistent data obscures from public view → Read More

Victim ID'd in head-on fatal crash near Livingston that also injured deputy

A 53-year-old Columbus man has been identified as the victim of a fatal head-on crash that also hospitalized a sheriff’s deputy Friday. → Read More

Montana trucker works to deliver donated hay, other supplies to flooded Nebraska ranchers

The value in helping a total stranger is not lost on Troy Witt. → Read More

'Threat' that closed Eastern Montana school unfounded, superintendent says

A possible threat made on social media by a Melstone High School student was determined to be unfounded, according to the school superintendent, and classes will resume as normal after → Read More

Family and friends march to mourn Northern Cheyenne teen found dead

LAME DEER — Undaunted by near-zero temperatures, close to 100 of Henny Scott’s family, friends and other Northern Cheyenne community members marched Monday in the reservation’s largest town to remember → Read More

KTVQ bomb scare suspect had mental health issues, didn't mean to 'cause alarm,' police say

A man who left a pair of bomb-like devices at the offices of KTVQ in Billings had mental health issues, and the suspected explosive objects were intended to be homemade → Read More

9 Montana TV stations sold to Scripps communications company

E.W. Scripps Co., a communications company based in Ohio, has finalized a half-billion-dollar deal to acquire 15 television stations — including nine in Montana — from Cordillera Communications, the two → Read More

Officials have few leads after expanded search for Canadian man last seen south of Billings

The search for a Canadian man who went missing earlier this month ramped up this week with a team of private aircraft pilots, law enforcement officers and canines scouring the → Read More

Colorado man caught on video walking on Old Faithful cited

Four citations were filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Yellowstone National Park against a Colorado man who was spotted Friday walking on the cone of Old Faithful, one of → Read More

Belgrade motorcyclist dies in crash in southwest Montana; passenger hospitalized

A 59-year-old Belgrade man died Monday afternoon after crashing his motorcycle in Madison County, according to the Montana Highway Patrol. → Read More

12-year-old Montana boy dies after he was pinned under ATV for 2 hours

A 12-year-old boy died after he rolled an ATV he was riding and became trapped underneath the vehicle for two hours on Sunday near Three Forks, according to the Montana → Read More

Tribe, sheriff's office investigating 15 horses found dead on Ft. Peck Reservation

Officials with the Fort Peck Tribes are investigating the deaths of 15 horses that were found north of Wolf Point in a pasture on the reservation. → Read More

How the science of fighting wildfires changed after the 1988 Yellowstone fires

The massive fires that burned a third of Yellowstone National Park in 1988 captured national headlines, introducing many across the country to the destructive potential of large wildfires in the → Read More