🌱 Billings Man Sentenced To Prison + Semi-Truck Crash On I-90


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  • Monday: Mostly cloudy. High: 68 Low: 43.
  • Tuesday: Partial sunshine. High: 74 Low: 47.

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Here are the top three stories today in Billings:

  1. Montana has passed a bill prohibiting the sale or lease of agricultural land, critical infrastructure, and homes near military assets to foreign adversaries including China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Venezuela. Gov. Greg Gianforte plans to sign another bill to block the social media app TikTok in the state, citing concerns about data privacy and national security. The property ownership ban will take effect on Oct. 1, while TikTok intends to challenge the Montana ban in court. (AP News)
  2. A man from Billings has been sentenced to five years in prison and three years of supervised release for attempting to engage in sexual contact with a minor. Thomas Clay Sebastian, 25, pleaded guilty to attempting to transfer obscene material to a minor in June 2022. He was arrested during an undercover sting operation conducted by law enforcement in October 2021, where Sebastian engaged in explicit conversations with an agent posing as a 13-year-old girl. The case was part of Project Safe Childhood, an initiative by the Department of Justice aimed at combating child sexual exploitation and abuse. (KULR-TV)
  3. On Friday night, a semi-truck crashed on I-90 near Zoo Drive, causing a fuel spill and resulting in a traffic backup of nearly 10 miles to the east. The crash occurred around 5 p.m., causing the semi-truck’s saddle tank to rupture and spill approximately 50-100 gallons of fuel. Billings firefighters, along with tow trucks and law enforcement, responded to the scene, and the fuel was successfully cleaned up by 6:20 p.m. No injuries were reported, and the road has been reopened. (Q2 News)

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From my notebook:

  • The Billings Police Department is looking to hire three additional community service officers to fill vacancies, offering a starting salary of $22.46 per hour with full benefits, four-day work weeks, and the possibility of weekend shifts. Interested candidates can find the job description and apply here. (Billings Police Department via Facebook)
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Lauren Kubiak

About me: Lauren is an Editor for Lightning Media Partners. She graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor’s in journalism. She was previously a full-time editor at an association management firm, editing peer-reviewed nursing journals, textbooks, and newsletters.

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