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A fake bomb threat at the Kalispell Walmart Wednesday was initially labeled by law enforcement as swatting incident, where pranksters hijack phone numbers in order to report fake threats to police. But the bomb threat was actually part of a scam to extort money out of a Montana correctional officer.

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office announced that it arrested a juvenile male Monday for allegedly calling in a bomb threat to Bigfork High School. The suspect has been charged with intimidation.


A new report says the Keystone XL pipeline would exacerbate the problem of missing and murdered indigenous women in Montana and other Northern Plains states in the project’s proposed path.

 

As Attorney General William Barr visited Montana to unveil his plan to address the crisis of missing people in Indian Country, a tribe across the state has declared an emergency over what they say is a lack of policing on their reservation.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Culture Committee Director’s Vernon Finley (L) and Tony Incashola (R) take photos with U.S. Attorney General William Barr after gifting him a blanket Friday, Nov. 22 at the CSKT Tribal Chambers in Pablo, MT.
Aaron Bolton / Montana Public Radio

U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced a new initiative to combat the missing and murdered indigenous persons (MMIP) issue in Indian Country Friday on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Federal prosecutors announced Thursday the arrests of four Mexican citizens in Glacier County for suspected smuggling of undocumented immigrants. A fifth Mexican citizen is suspected of illegal re-entry into the country.

 

The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advanced two bills this week that aim to beef up law enforcement’s response to the missing persons crisis in Indian Country.

Weapons confiscated by Project Safe Neighborhoods Missoula County over the previous year, shown during a press conference, May 29, 2019.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

The federal government announced a new initiative to both reduce gun violence and enforce national firearms laws. Part of the plan draws on existing strategies to curb gun violence.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced it’s awarding four tribal governments in Montana a collective $2.9 million to improve public safety efforts.

Montana hired two full-time agents to investigate human trafficking cases throughout the state. Montana has had law enforcement agents investigating human trafficking cases full-time on the local, and up and until recently, federal level. But this is the first time the state has employed full-time agents to look at human trafficking.

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