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Lake County District Court news for Sept. 16, 2010

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Judge C.B. McNeil dealt with the following cases on Wednesday, Sept. 8:

Randi Wingender, 20, Polson, previously admitted to committed the offense of fraudulently obtaining dangerous drugs, a felony. On Wednesday the court deferred imposition of sentence to 18 months, and was Wingender ordered to serve 20 days in Lake County Jail. Those days may be served on house arrest if Wingender pays for it within six months of sentencing date.

According to court records, charges stem from December, 2009, when Wingender requested and received an additional prescription for Percocet under false pretenses. 

Grady Turner, 20, Polson, admitted to committing a felony burglary. The court accepted a plea, found Turner guilty, and dismissed a second count of criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. Charges stem from June 9 incident when, according to court records, Turner was filmed by a security camera trying to break into a home that housed a marijuana growing operation in the basement. 

Sentencing is set for Oct. 13 at 9 a.m.

Desiree Weed, 31, Polson, admitted to committing one count of felony burglary and one count of misdemeanor theft. The court accepted a plea agreement, dismissed an additional burglary and an additional theft charge, and found Weed guilty. According to court records, charges stem from December 13, 2009 and April 9, 2010, when Weed admitted she took her husband’s key, entered True Value in Polson, and stole cash from the store’s money bags.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 13 at 9 a.m.

Geoffrey Baldridge, 21, residence unknown, admitted committing a felony burglary and an amended offense of criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. The court accepted the plea, dismissed a third count of felony criminal mischief, and found Baldridge guilty. 

According to court records, charges stem from May 23, 2008 incident where Charlo School was broken into, fire extinguishers discharged, computers and other items were damaged and a vacuum cleaner cleaning supplies were stolen. 

Sentencing is set for Oct. 13 at 9 a.m.

John Lloyd Daniel, 67, Polson, pleaded not guilty to charges of failing to register as a sexual or violent offender, a felony; felony assault and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Daniel remains at liberty after posting bond. 

According to court records, charges stem from a disturbance call at Lake View Village Apartments July 28.  

An omnibus hearing is set for Oct. 13 at 9 a.m.

Brian Keith Viles, 46, Ronan, was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for 13 months followed by a three-year commitment, all suspended, for the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fourth or subsequent offense, a felony; sentenced to Lake County Jail for six months, all suspended, for failure to carry proof of liability insurance; and sentenced to Lake County Jail for six months, all suspended, for driving while license is suspended or revoked. All sentences are to run concurrent, and the court recommended placement in an aftercare program.

According to court records, the charges stem from a January 10 incident when a Montana Highway Patrol trooper responded to a one-vehicle crash on Montana Highway 35 near mile-marker 25. 

When the trooper arrived, Viles was in the ambulance receiving medical attention. The trooper noted that Viles’ eyes were bloodshot and watery, his speech was slurred, and he seemed confused. The trooper also noted a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Viles. 

When asked how much he’d had to drink, Viles said he’d had three beers. 

Viles was taken to Lake County Jail for questioning and there he provided a blood sample that registered a BAC of 1.66%

Nickie Gardiner, 54, Missoula, was sentenced to Department of Corrections for 13 months followed by a five-year commitment to DOC with all suspended for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fourth or subsequent offense, a felony; and six months, all suspended, in Lake County Jail for driving with a suspended or revoked license. Both sentences are to run concurrent, and Gardiner will receive credit for two days already served in jail.

According to court records, the charges stem from a Feb. 28 incident when a Flathead Tribal Police officer observed Gardiner’s vehicle on U.S. Highway 93 near St. Ignatius going 32 mph in a 65 mph zone. The officer pulled the vehicle over after observing it drift over the centerline and also into a turning lane. Gardiner admitted that he had been drinking earlier and a records check by Lake County dispatch showed that Gardiner has four prior DUI convictions. 

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