Category Archives: Public Safety

Bridge repair project starts this summer near Marketplace

Summer road construction season is approaching and beginning early June, crews will be working on improvements to the bridge deck of Exit 0 on Country Club Boulevard, specifically the bridge over the railroad tracks. Travelers heading east and west over this stretch of Country Club Boulevard, between the Fox Farm signal and Interstate 15, will merge into single-lane traffic in

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CCSO developing resident deputy program, starting with Fort Shaw

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office is looking to establish a resident deputy program with the first one being based in Fort Shaw. On Tuesday, the County Commission approved a memorandum of understanding with the Sun River Valley School District. County officials sworn into office Under the agreement, the district would provide housing at 2 School Loop Road in Fort Shaw.

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Hitchcock takes deferred prosecution in CCSO theft case

Prosecutors have reached a deferred prosecution agreement with Raymond Hitchcock for the misdemeanor charge of theft of property by embezzlement. Hitchcock was employed at the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office for 27 years, becoming the captain of operations before retiring in June 2017, according to court documents. He is accused of taking a weapon with him after retiring that had been

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CSSO making changes to prevent theft, fraud

By Jenn Rowell, The Electric, and Margaret Demarco, KRTV Cascade County is making changes to financial and equipment purchasing policies after a series of criminal investigations exposed shortcomings in the system. The Electric and KRTV have teamed up to look into the investigations and issues at the county level that lead to these situations and how they’re being corrected. Since

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County approves $14k contract for mobile kitchen use during jail kitchen repairs

The kitchen at the Adult Detention Center is scheduled for repairs later this month and will be unusable for food preparation during that time. On Friday, the County Commission approved a $14,855 contract with Yellowstone Kelly’s Catering Company of Billings to lease their mobile kitchen Mat 18-27, plus additional fees for fuel, propane and usage of the generator and refrigerator

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Former CCSO employee sentenced to three months in prison for $31K theft

A federal judge sentenced Michele Levesey Woods, also known as Michele Levesey Saubak, to three months in prison on a count of theft from a program receiving federal funds. Woods plead guilty in January to taking $31,614.37 in cash over a period of about two years while she was employed as an accountant at the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office. Former

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Hitchcock enters not guilty plea in CCSO theft case

Raymond Hitchcock made an initial appearance in Justice Court on April 29 and entered a not guilty plea. Hitchcock is a former Cascade County Sheriff’s Office deputy and in late March was charged with a single count of misdemeanor theft by embezzlement. Hitchcock requested a jury trial for his case and┬áJustice of the Peace Mary Jolley told him that it

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Roundabouts; auxiliary lane; rerouting frontage road considered for Gore Hill

Plans to improve the Gore Hill interchange are still in the development phase, but the Montana Department of Transportation has identified the preferred alternative. MDT officials and its consultants held an open house Thursday afternoon to share information about the proposed design and answer questions. Gore Hill interchange eyed for update, public meeting April 25 The proposed project includes replacing

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New judge assigned to Stevens case; county currently hiring for DES job

Prosecutors in the Montana Attorney General’s Office requested that a new judge be substituted for Judge Elizabeth Best in the criminal case against former undersheriff John Stevens. Stevens has been charged with a count of felony theft in district court for taking firearms that had been purchased with county funds with him when he retired from the Cascade County Sheriff’s

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Man convicted for 1985 triple homicide as juvenile has new sentencing hearing, still not eligible for parole

Steven Wayne Keefe was 88 days shy of his 18th birthday when he murdered three people in 1985 in Great Falls. In 1986, he was convicted and sentenced to a life sentence for each count of deliberate homicide and 10 years for a count of burglary. He was sentenced to additional 10 years per count since the crime was committed

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