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Whitefish interior designer sentenced for defrauding customers
March 19, 2024 midnight

Whitefish interior designer sentenced for defrauding customers

A federal judge sentenced a Whitefish-based interior designer accused of defrauding her customers to the tune of about $900,000 to a yearslong prison stint in Missoula on Thursday.

Suspect in parking lot collision charged with criminal endangerment
March 18, 2024 midnight

Suspect in parking lot collision charged with criminal endangerment

Johnathan Troy Howard, 49, is expected to be arraigned on one count of criminal endangerment before Judge Heidi Ulbricht on March 21.

Jury convicts Whitefish shooter of deliberate homicide
January 24, 2024 1 a.m.

Jury convicts Whitefish shooter of deliberate homicide

A Flathead County District Court jury convicted Steven Justin Hedrick on Friday evening of deliberate homicide for the 2023 shooting death of Jeffery Brookshire in an extended-stay motel in Whitefish.

Fence contractor facing theft charges in multiple cases
January 10, 2024 1 a.m.

Fence contractor facing theft charges in multiple cases

Prosecutors have brought two felony cases against a contractor accused of bilking county residents out of thousands of dollars for unfinished home improvement projects.

December 27, 2023 1 a.m.

Conman sentenced for stealing $150K from Kalispell resident

A Florida man who admitted to bilking a Kalispell woman out of $150,000 through a computer hacking scheme was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Tuesday to two years and nine months in prison.

Whitefish man allegedly aimed rifle at job site worker
December 20, 2023 1 a.m.

Whitefish man allegedly aimed rifle at job site worker

A Whitefish man accused of aiming a rifle at a worker on a Blanchard Lake Drive job site Dec. 4 has been brought up on a felony assault with a weapon charge.

Accused kidnapper given partially suspended sentence
November 22, 2023 1 a.m.

Accused kidnapper given partially suspended sentence

The Whitefish man accused of holding a woman against her will and beating her with a belt in 2021 received a partially suspended sentence in Flathead County District Court on Thursday.

Teen accused of wielding brass knuckles in fight faces felony charge
October 19, 2023 midnight

Teen accused of wielding brass knuckles in fight faces felony charge

A 19-year-old from Kalispell faces a felony assault charge for allegedly beating a teenager with brass knuckles during a mid-September melee in Whitefish.

Whitefish man pleads not guilt to attack
September 12, 2023 midnight

Whitefish man pleads not guilt to attack

Douglas Trent Zellers, 27, pleaded not guilty to one count of burglary before Judge Danni Coffman at his Sept. 7 arraignment.

Whitefish man arrested after standoff given deferred sentence
August 16, 2023 1 a.m.

Whitefish man arrested after standoff given deferred sentence

A man arrested following a police chase and standoff near Columbia Falls in April 2022 received a six-year deferred sentence in Flathead County District Court late last month.

Accused killer out free after white supremacist helps post bail
July 12, 2023 1 a.m.

Accused killer out free after white supremacist helps post bail

The 19-year-old accused of beating a homeless man to death in Kalispell last month is free from the county jail after a known white supremacist with deep ties to Flathead Valley put up property to help cover his $500,000 bail.

July 5, 2023 1 a.m.

Suspect in attempted high school break-in given three-year sentence

The Whitefish man arrested in January for trying to break into Columbia Falls High School earned a three-year sentence with the state Department of Corrections on June 22.

May 31, 2023 1 a.m.

Whitefish man arraigned on allegations of voter fraud

A Whitefish man accused of casting another person’s ballot in the 2020 election pleaded not guilty in federal court on Thursday.

May 17, 2023 1 a.m.

Judge sentences Whitefish man accused of shooting at kayakers

The man accused of shooting at kayakers on Lower Stillwater Lake last year received four suspended one-year sentences in the Flathead County Detention Center late last month.

May 17, 2023 1 a.m.

Man allegedly threatened school shooting in texts

A man who allegedly threatened to shoot up a Flathead Valley school earlier this week is being held behind bars on multiple charges.

May 17, 2023 1 a.m.

Accused squatter in property near Montana 40 takes plea deal

A woman who told authorities that the house they allegedly caught her squatting in belonged to her has struck a plea deal with prosecutors.

April 12, 2023 1 a.m.

Residents escape burning home in Whitefish without injury

A house fire in Whitefish over the weekend caused no injuries but left an East Second Street home a total loss, fire officials said on Monday.

April 12, 2023 1 a.m.

Shooting in Kalispell leaves one injured

Kalispell Police are investigating a Monday morning shooting in the city’s southwest side that left one injured.

March 29, 2023 1 a.m.

Columbia Falls man booked in county jail following police pursuit

Authorities are holding a 35-year-old Columbia Falls man on a pending criminal endangerment charge after he allegedly led Kalispell Police officers on a high speed chase down U.S. 93 Alternate on Thursday.

No damage or injuries after locomotive derails near Trego
March 15, 2023 1 a.m.

No damage or injuries after locomotive derails near Trego

A locomotive derailment in Trego earlier this week temporarily blocked an intersection in the Lincoln County community, but caused no other injuries or damage, officials say.

Whitefish murder suspect pleads not guilty
February 15, 2023 1 a.m.

Whitefish murder suspect pleads not guilty

The man charged with the shooting death of a neighbor in a Whitefish extended-stay hotel pleaded not guilty to one count of deliberate homicide in Flathead County District Court on Thursday.

Disagreement over noise preceded fatal shooting, officials say
February 1, 2023 1 a.m.

Disagreement over noise preceded fatal shooting, officials say

The victim of Tuesday’s shooting in Whitefish died from a bullet to the head after a disagreement over noise escalated, according to newly-filed court documents.

Whitefish rape suspect pleads guilty
January 25, 2023 1 a.m.

Whitefish rape suspect pleads guilty

A Whitefish man accused of raping a teenager last summer is looking at a partially suspended 20-year sentence in Montana State Prison.

Woman accused of bilking donors with fake cancer diagnosis sentenced
January 18, 2023 1 a.m.

Woman accused of bilking donors with fake cancer diagnosis sentenced

Victims of Amy Glanville’s alleged yearslong scam using a fake cancer diagnosis to raise tens of thousands of dollars in donations took turns Friday describing the scheme as one that destroyed relationships, shook their faith and fractured a local church.

Two arrested after pursuit ends on foot near Essex
January 11, 2023 1 a.m.

Two arrested after pursuit ends on foot near Essex

Two people are behind bars after allegedly stealing a pickup from Meridian Road in Kalispell on Jan. 5 and leading local authorities on a chase that ended on foot some 60 miles away near Essex.

December 21, 2022 1 a.m.

Whitefish man killed in two-vehicle wreck

A two-vehicle crash along U.S. 93 south of Whitefish on Dec. 14 left one passenger dead, officials said.

Missing Whitefish snowmobiler found dead in Canyon Creek area
December 21, 2022 1 a.m.

Missing Whitefish snowmobiler found dead in Canyon Creek area

A snowmobiler reported missing Dec. 13 after failing to return from an outing in the Canyon Creek area was found dead by a search and rescue team shortly before sunset Wednesday.

Jury finds Bigfork man guilty of assaulting Whitefish officer
December 21, 2022 1 a.m.

Jury finds Bigfork man guilty of assaulting Whitefish officer

After deliberating for a little under an hour Tuesday, a jury found a Bigfork man accused of attacking a Whitefish Police officer in 2021 guilty of felony assault on a peace officer.

Man who wielded shotgun pleads guilty to criminal endangerment
November 9, 2022 1 a.m.

Man who wielded shotgun pleads guilty to criminal endangerment

A man arrested after allegedly threatening patrons with a shotgun outside of a Whitefish area bar during the summer pleaded guilty to criminal endangerment last month.

Alleged thief caught taking tools from trailer in Whitefish
November 9, 2022 1 a.m.

Alleged thief caught taking tools from trailer in Whitefish

A 38-year-old caught unloading tools from a utility trailer in Whitefish last month now faces felony theft and criminal possession of dangerous drugs charges in Flathead County District Court.

Prosecutors say man stole van, drove drunk until collision in Whitefish
October 19, 2022 1 a.m.

Prosecutors say man stole van, drove drunk until collision in Whitefish

A motorist driving an allegedly stolen construction van in the wrong lane of U.S. 93 before crashing into a camper in Whitefish late last month remains behind bars with bail set at $75,000.

Victim in Olney shooting fears wife would attack him if released
October 19, 2022 1 a.m.

Victim in Olney shooting fears wife would attack him if released

The Olney man allegedly shot and wounded by his wife in September worried aloud in Flathead County District Court on Thursday that she would finish him off if released on bail.

Motorist on probation allegedly led troopers on chase
October 12, 2022 1 a.m.

Motorist on probation allegedly led troopers on chase

A Whitefish man already on probation is back behind bars after allegedly playing chicken with Montana Highway Patrol troopers and leading authorities on a chase over the weekend.

Feds arrest alleged drug dealer in Kalispell, seize thousands of fentanyl pills
October 12, 2022 1 a.m.

Feds arrest alleged drug dealer in Kalispell, seize thousands of fentanyl pills

Federal prosecutors say authorities seized about 12,000 fentanyl pills during the arrest this week of a Mexican national in Kalispell wanted for allegedly trafficking the deadly drug in the Flathead Valley.

New charge filed against man linked to Whitefish shooting last May
October 5, 2022 1 a.m.

New charge filed against man linked to Whitefish shooting last May

Prosecutors have filed an additional charge against a Rollins man accused of firing a gun in downtown Whitefish in May, allegedly connecting him to two other incidents involving gunfire that same night.

Court docs shed new light on Olney shooting
September 28, 2022 1 a.m.

Court docs shed new light on Olney shooting

The Olney woman arrested for shooting her husband last week and her recovering spouse offered investigators differing versions of the events leading up to the gunfire, according to newly filed court documents.

Whitefish man accused of raping teenager
September 28, 2022 midnight

Whitefish man accused of raping teenager

Shane Wilson, 35, is being held in the Flathead County Detention Center with bail set at $75,000.

September 23, 2022 2 p.m.

Woman arrested following alleged shooting in Olney

An Olney woman is behind bars for allegedly shooting a man during a disturbance in the community north of Whitefish on Friday, authorities said.

September 14, 2022 1 a.m.

Kalispell couple accused of raiding rural mailboxes sentenced

A Kalispell couple earned prison sentences Sept. 7 for a scheme that saw them steal hundreds of pieces of mail from rural mailboxes in the region while looking for credit cards.

August 15, 2022 noon

Shooting in southwest Kalispell under investigation

Kalispell Police are investigating a weekend shooting that left one man in critical condition.

August 3, 2022 1 a.m.

Woman dies after falling at Columbia Falls High School

A 20-year-old woman died after falling through a skylight at Columbia Falls High School over the weekend.

July 13, 2022 noon

Shotgun-toting man made death threats; now faces charges

A man accused of threatening to kill someone with a shotgun outside of a Whitefish area bar over the weekend now faces an assault with a weapon charge.

Man pleads not guilty to charges linked to Whitefish shooting
July 13, 2022 1 a.m.

Man pleads not guilty to charges linked to Whitefish shooting

A Rollins man accused of firing a gun from a vehicle in Whitefish in May that injured a bystander with a ricochet pleaded not guilty to amended charges on July 6.

Gianforte tours Flathead flooding
June 21, 2022 1 a.m.

Gianforte tours Flathead flooding

Gov. Greg Gianforte pledged Monday to back local officials and emergency responders with whatever resources they need as another bout of heavy rain swelled area waterways and prompted more evacuations.

Holmquist takes commission seat
June 14, 2022 8 a.m.

Holmquist takes commission seat

In a stunning reversal, incumbent Flathead County Commissioner Pam Holmquist surpassed challenger Jack Fallon with the addition of provisional ballots to the final tally of last week’s primary election results.

Whitefish man brought up on child endangerment charge following auto wreck
June 8, 2022 1 a.m.

Whitefish man brought up on child endangerment charge following auto wreck

Authorities say the Whitefish man who got into a May 29 automobile wreck near McGregor Lake with four children in his vehicle was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

Whitefish shooter released on own recognizance
May 27, 2022 11 a.m.

Whitefish shooter released on own recognizance

The man accused of firing a gun in downtown Whitefish — leaving a bystander injured by a ricochet — has been released on his own recognizance.

May 24, 2022 9 a.m.

Man accused of Whitefish shooting that sent ricochet into bystander

A Rollins man faces a felony criminal endangerment charge after a gun he fired in Whitefish on May 14 left a bystander hospitalized with a wound from a ricochet.

Farbstein sentenced for fatal DUI crash
April 1, 2022 11 a.m.

Farbstein sentenced for fatal DUI crash

Lifting a blue urn containing Brooke Hanson’s remains up to eye level, Jessie Hanson stared at her daughter’s killer from the witness stand in Flathead County District Court on Thursday.