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Lake County District Court news for Mar. 25, 2010

Judge C.B. McNeil dealt with the following cases on Wednesday, March 17, 2010:

Roger Andy Pablo, 28, of Ronan, received a three years deferred sentence and was sentenced to 21 days in jail, fined $610 for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs. According to the plea agreement, one count of felony criminal possession was dismissed.

According to court records, the charges stem from an Oct. 3, 2009 incident when a Tribal Officer observed a vehicle speeding in a school zone in Pablo. While the officer was speaking with Pablo, he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle. A Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived and observed that Pablo seemed very nervous.

The deputy found two glass pipes inside the vehicle, eight Lortab pills, a metal pipe, a small amount of clear crystalline substance, two packages containing a clear crystalline substance, two baggies containing marijuana and a digital scale.

During processing at the Lake County Jail, Pablo admitted that the drugs belonged to him and that he did not have a prescription for the Lortab, and that the crystalline substance was methamphetamine. A test on the substance came back with a positive result for methamphetamine.

Randi Christine Wingender, 20, of Polson, pleaded not guilty to felony fraudulently obtaining dangerous drugs.

On omnibus hearing is set for Wednesday, April 21, at 9 a.m.

The charge stems from an Oct. 9, 2009 incident when a St. Joseph’s physician’s assistant reported suspicious activity about a written prescription of Percocet, a dangerous drug to Wingender. Five days later, Wingender claimed she lost the prescription and needed another one. Several hours after the prescription was written, a pharmacist from HCP in Polson called the physician’s assistant stating that Wingender had just attempted to fill the prescription there and was informed by Medicare that the prescription had already been filled at Polson’s Wal-Mart pharmacy.

Tammy Jo Guinnee, 38, of Arlee, pleaded not guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, misdemeanors criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering welfare of children.

An omnibus hearing is set for Wednesday, April 21 at 9 a.m.

According to court records, the charges stem from a March 6 incident when a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy was conducting a probation search due to a suspicion of drugs being used in a home were Guinnee lived.

During the search, the deputy found a hypodermic syringe and a dark blue case sitting on the edge of a bed that belonged to a child under the age of 5 that lived in the home.

Guinnee admitted that she used the syringe and that there was one more in the dresser. Also, a spoon with chemical residue, a pop can used as a pot pipe, and approximately 30 small yellow pills were found.

Lorena Ann Couture, 40, of Pablo, pleaded not guilty to felony driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fourth or subsequent offense.

An omnibus hearing is set for Wednesday, April 21 at 9 a.m.

According to court records, the charge stems from a Feb. 5 incident at 1:30 a.m. when a Flathead Tribal Officer was patrolling Pablo West Road and pulled over a vehicle that had an expired registration.

The driver, identified as Couture, was noted by the officer as having a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from her breath, her eyes were red and glossy and her speech was slow and slurred.

During sobriety testing, the officer observed four out of six indications of impairment on the HGN test; six out of eight on the one-legged stand test; and on the walk and turn test. She could not keep her balance while listening to instructions, missed heel to toe twice and took ten steps instead of nine as directed. A breath sample showed a BAC of .124%. 

Louie A. Pierre, 27, of Polson, pleaded guilty to felony criminal endangerment. He was found guilty and sentencing is set for Wednesday, April 21 at 9 a.m.

According to court records, the charge stems from an Oct. 3, 2009 incident when Polson Police Officers were dispatched to the South Shore Lounge in Polson to investigate a reckless driving report.

The officer saw a red SUV drive out of the parking lot across a grass verge and onto Anchor Way. The officer blocked the vehicle and ordered the driver, Pierre, to stop. Pierre then continued forward until the SUV almost hit the door of the police car.

Pierre then got out of the SUV and put his hands in the air. He was handcuffed and placed in the patrol car.

According to interviews conducted by the officer with witnesses, Pierre’s girlfriend had gotten into an altercation with a male who had left the bar and was standing in the parking lot. Pierre, who was driving the SUV, accelerated toward the male, missing him, but struck another male, then went into reverse and hit a parked car. He then exited the parking lot and was spotted by the officer.

During processing at the Lake County Jail, test results indicated that Pierre was under the influence of alcohol. A blood sample was taken and submitted to the crime lab for testing.

Ryan Anthony Charlo, 25, of Pablo, pleaded guilty to felony criminal endangerment. He was found guilty and sentencing is set for Wednesday, April 21 at 9 a.m.

According to court records, the charges stem from a Feb. 20 incident when several Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the Northwoods Trailer Park in Pablo on a possible gun shot and altercation report. Three males were interviewed by law enforcement and stated that Charlo had gotten into an argument with his brother, and that during the argument, Charlo had pointed a gun at his brother three times and fired the gun in the air once.

The brother stated that he they began arguing at his home and when they got into the car to go to the trailer park, Charlo pointed a gun at him, punched him, and that’s when he fired the gun in the air.

 

Judge Deborah Kim Christopher dealt with the following cases on Thursday, March 11, 2010:

Jan Allen Frampton, 48, Washington, received a deferred sentence of six years for felony criminal endangerment.

The charges stem from a March 4, 2005 incident when a Patrol Officer approached a one-vehicle crash involving a pickup that had gone off the road and hit a power pole, which then landed on the pickup. The power pole was broken at the base and still live, which produced a hazard to rescue personnel.
 
A witness stated to the officer that the pickup was going south on Highway 83, swerving and drove in the wrong lane and eventually stopped. The witness stated that she spoke with Frampton and noticed that his speech was slurred and offered to drive him home.
He refused and drove away. She continued to follow him, but lost sight as he rounded a corner then found the truck off the road and under the power pole.
 
The truck had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, and court records proved Frampton has three prior DUI convictions and that his license was revoked.
 
Gyme Alan Kelly, 53, of Polson, pleaded not guilty to felony driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
 
An omnibus hearing is set for Thursday, April 15 at 9 a.m.
 
According to court records, the charge stems from a Feb. 22 incident when a Polson Police Officer was patrolling north of Town Pump in Polson when he observed a vehicle traveling southbound going 45 mph in a 35 mph zone. Once the officer activated his lights, the driver, later identified as Kelly, didn’t stop, but turned onto Hillcrest and into the parking lot of B&D Electronics and then exited the vehicle. 
 
As the officer approached the car, he advised Kelly to get back into the vehicle. The officer observed that Kelly was unsteady on his feet and could see several empty beer cans behind the driver’s seat as well as several unopened containers of beer on the rear floorboards and on the backseat.
 
When speaking with Kelly, the officer noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. Kelly’s poor performance on sobriety tests indicated to the officer that he was impaired. Kelly then refused any further tests, but agreed to be taken to St. Joseph Hospital to have blood drawn.
 
A records check showed Kelly had seven prior DUI convictions.
 
Louis Ted Caye, 40, of Polson, pleaded guilty to felony intimidation. He was found guilty and sentencing is set for Thursday, April 22 at 9 a.m.
 
According to court records, the charges stem from a Jan. 5 incident when a call was made to report a male inside of a liquor store causing a disturbance. A Polson Police Officer arrived and noticed that Caye was outside of the store talking to a female parked in a truck. While speaking with Caye, the officer noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. He was then detained in the back of his patrol car.
 
The reporting party told the officer that Caye had come into the store about an hour and a half earlier with a female, they had a few drinks and then Caye became belligerent and threatened to take the female outside and break her jaw.
 
The female then left and Caye remained inside the store and became more disruptive. He ordered another drink, and refused to pay for it and was abusive and threatening toward the reporting party.
 
Peter Samuel Aimsback Jr., 20, of Ronan, pleaded guilty to felony accountability - deceptive practices. He was found guilty and sentencing is set for Thursday, April 22 at 9 a.m.
 
According to court records, the charges stem from a May 18, 2009 incident when Ronan Police Officers received a theft report from an employee of St-Char-Ro in Ronan of several credit cards taken from the back room of the store.
 
A list of transactions was provided to the officer after the cards were missing. On May 15, $199.96 worth of goods was purchased from Target in Missoula. The next day, a man and a woman attempted to purchase goods with seven of the cards, all were declined. 
 
The store security system provided pictures of the man and woman, and the man was identified as Aimsback. The employee of St-Char-Ro informed the officer that Aimsback was in the shop the day the cards were missing. Other transactions were made to purchase goods in four different stores in Polson and Missoula totaling $1,661.62.

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