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Storage unit thief gets 20 years in prison Storage unit thief gets 20 years in prison

A Bigfork man was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Sept. 11 to 20 years in the Montana State Prison and ordered to pay $1,185,500 in restitution on charges of theft and money laundering. Robert Earl Staudenmayer, 33, pled guilty to the charges on July 24 without the benefit of a plea agreement. Staudenmayer, who has at least eight prior felony convictions, is facing other criminal charges in Missoula and Flathead counties.  According to charging documents, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a break-in at a self-storage unit in the Bigfork area on June 1. The victim said he had not checked his storage unit since the fall of 2017 and was missing mor...


Marriages and Divorces for July 2019

Marriages James Matthew Calkins and Jeanna Lynn Ragsdale Makia Leaelly Slaughter and Kurtis Delancy Wood Michaela Marie Zebro and Clay Daniel Robertson Aaron Ray Sutton and Victoria Hope Sanford Douglas Duane Tryon and Lutha Camillo Braaten Jason Patrick Shannon and Katherine Anna Adams ...


Civil lawsuit ends, Lake County, others found not liable

A Lake County jury found Lake County, Lake County Sheriff Don Bell, several officers with the Lake County Sheriffs’ office and private citizen Drew Hoel not liable in a civil lawsuit brought by a man whose hearing is impaired and communicates through sign language. Larry Martinez and his wife Lauri ...


 Sherwood receives 20 years for assault, 10 for obstruction  Sherwood receives 20 years for assault, 10 for obstruction

 Donovan Sherwood, 19, was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Aug. 28 to 20 years in the Montana State Prison with none of that time suspended with an eight-year parole restriction.  The sentence results from an aggravated assault charge involving his 13-year-old girlfriend. The case was h...


Jury declares Blixt not guilty of homicide

A Pablo man has been found not guilty of deliberate homicide after a two-and-a-half-day trial that began on Aug. 19 before Judge James Manley.  The Lake County jury of eight men and four women deliberated for about four hours before reaching their verdict in the case against Daniel Chance Blixt, 29, ...


Gieber ordered to pay nearly $200,000 Gieber ordered to pay nearly $200,000

A Polson man has been ordered to pay restitution of $197,385.97 for breaking into Polson storage units and stealing thousands of dollars in personal belongings, including about $150,000 in gold coins. Kenneth Charles Gieber, 21, pled guilty to felony burglary during a change of plea hearing at District Co...


Embezzlement charge rocks small community fire station Embezzlement charge rocks small community fire station

ST. IGNATIUS – The St. Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department is reorganizing after two prominent volunteers suddenly left due to allegations of embezzlement – resulting in one arrest.  On Monday, July 29, Annie Morigeau, 33, was charged with felony theft and forgery and arrested by law enfor...


Sentence deferred in embezzling case

For a Polson woman accused of embezzling money from her employer, Judge James Manley deferred the imposition of sentencing for six years in accordance with a plea agreement reached at District Court in Polson on June 19. Melissa Ann Miller, 34, admitted to crediting false returns to her debit card while s...


Incident involving spike strips gets resolved Incident involving spike strips gets resolved

A Pablo man was committed to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of seven years with five years suspended, resolving three separate cases against him in District Court at Polson on July 3. Jonathan Austin Green, 31, was charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing an Infinity model vehic...


Snyder pays restitution in elder abuse case

In an elder exploitation case, a Lake County man had his imposition of sentencing deferred for three years and was ordered to pay restitution of $10,980 to the victim. Merlyn James Snyder, 37, pled guilty to exploitation of an older person in an earlier appearance at District Court in Polson. In exchange ...


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