Montana U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme announced at the federal courthouse in Billings Tuesday that murders, aggravated assaults and robberies are down 1 percent from the previous two years, following the implementation of a federal program to reduce violent crime through multi-jurisdictional law enforcement efforts. Including the first quarter of 2018, violent crimes had risen 29 percent over the past two years before the new Project Safe Neighborhoods effort began. Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito vowed to keep the pressure on. Get more online at

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