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Fairchild violates probation Fairchild violates probation

A Polson woman is back in custody for violating conditions of probation on a multi-count burglary conviction. Jennifer Michelle Fairchild, 41, admitted to four counts of burglary during a change plea hearing on Feb. 28, 2018, before District Judge James Manley. Fairchild admitted to breaking into a residence along U.S. Highway 35 on Sept. 11, 2017. She then admitted to a burglary at Cat Bay Lane on Sept. 21 and stealing a .357 caliber Python firearm. Fairchild also admitted to a pair of burglaries on Oct. 22, 2017: one on Rocky Point Road and the other on Mountain View Drive.  One of the victims at Mountain View Drive had a game trail camera set up that captured images of a white...


Man deemed unfit to stand trial for homicide

A Ronan man who was facing a deliberate homicide charge for shooting and killing his son-in-law last October had the charge against him dismissed. James Stephen Deaton, 78, was deemed permanently unfit to stand trial after two mental health evaluations. He was accused of shooting his son-in-law, Jim Lewis, 6...


Rossbach sentenced for assaulting a police officer Rossbach sentenced for assaulting a police officer

For killing his passenger in a drunk-driving crash, a Ronan man has accepted a plea agreement that could result in a 15-year sentence to the Montana Department of Corrections with half of that time suspended. Brayden A’twen Cutfinger, 21, pleaded guilty at District Court in Polson on April 2 to the ...


Ronan man accepts plea

For killing his passenger in a drunk-driving crash, a Ronan man has accepted a plea agreement that could result in a 15-year sentence to the Montana Department of Corrections with half of that time suspended. Brayden A’twen Cutfinger, 21, pleaded guilty at District Court in Polson on April 2 to the ...


Pierre’s five-year sentence for criminal endangerment gets suspended

A Lake County man who entered a no-contest plea to the amended charge of felony criminal endangerment at District Court in Polson on Feb. 5 was committed to the Montana Department of Corrections on March 25 for five years with all that time suspended. William Baptiste Pierre, 34, was initially facing an a...


District Court makes changes to reduce spread of COVID-19

POLSON – The 20th Judicial District Court in Lake County put out a notice to attorneys on March 17 with guidelines concerning how to proceed with cases as the COVID-19 virus spreads.   The administrative order from District Court Judge James Manley states the COVID-19 virus is expected to conti...


Swindler awaits sentencing after guilty plea

A Woods Bay man entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on March 11 to felony theft. Michael Austin Swindler, 30, was accused of stealing a dump truck from a storage unit in Woods Bay. According to court records, on Aug. 21, 2018, a man reported his 2009 Chevy Tiltmaster Dump Truck was missin...


Max sentence given for 9th DUI

A St. Ignatius man was committed to the Montana Department of Corrections for five years with no time suspended on what Lake County Attorney Steve Eschenbacher says is his ninth DUI.  Judge James Manley handed down the sentence to Douglas Cecil Dumont, 60, at District Court in Polson on March 4. Five...


High-speed chase suspect remains in jail

Story by Jeff Smith  of Anderson Broadcasting  for the Valley Journal A high speed pursuit led to criminal charges for a St. Ignatius man. Shonko Christy-Lacounte, 22, entered a plea of not guilty in District Court at Polson February 26, to felony criminal endangerment. Christy-Lacounte...


FJBC employee indicted in federal court

MISSOULA — The Flathead Joint Board of Control’s former executive administrative assistant, Johanna Clark, was indicted on federal charges of wire fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft in United States District Court on Feb. 26 in Missoula. According to court documents, Clark is faci...


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