Matt Hudson / Billings Gazette
BILLINGS, Mont.—Billings Police Chief Rich St. John explained the carnage from a citywide police chase Monday night, Sept. 24, that ended in gunfire but ultimately minor injuries to the suspect. Within a 50-minute span, police say 41-year-old Ryan McElmury created 10 crime scenes, stole five vehicles — three at gunpoint — and faced gunshots from officers from three agencies. "This was akin to a Hollywood action movie," St. John said during a news conference Tuesday morning. "But it's not. This is serious."
SIDNEY, Mont. — Montana's capacity for radioactive oilfield waste could be nearing expansion soon as regulators finalize rules for disposal. State officials are reviewing the license application for the Yellowstone Disposal landfill. It's a project backed by a North Dakota-based company, which plans to build on 2,600 acres of land 4.5 miles southeast of Sidney.
BILLINGS, Mont. — Extraction companies have always known exactly what to do with the fossil fuels pulled out of the Bakken formation. But early in the boom, no one really knew what to do with the tons of radioactive waste that drillers produced. "Couple of municipal landfills started getting materials coming in from the landfill," said Scott Radig, who retired earlier this year as director of waste management for the North Dakota Department of Health. "And they really weren't set up to take filter socks and oilfield waste. They were set up to take oilfield trash."
BILLINGS, Mont.—A district judge in Yellowstone County denied an attorney's challenge to the constitutionality of Montana's DUI law for marijuana. Public defender Gregory Paskell argued that the 5 ng/mL blood content threshold that constitutes a DUI in Montana isn't supported as a scientific point of impairment. Paskell represents Kent Roderick Jensen, 20, who was charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence after he crashed into a motorcycle in March 2016, killing the rider.
BILLINGS, Mont. — The amount of marijuana in someone's system that constitutes a DUI is "arbitrary" and not supported by science, according to an attorney for a man charged in a fatal crash. Montana public defender Gregory Paskell made the argument in an attempt to dismiss a charge of vehicular homicide while under the influence against Kent Roderick Jensen, 20.