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Former school bus driver receives deferred sentence Former school bus driver receives deferred sentence

A former school bus driver and owner of a bus company who was caught in possession of methamphetamine had his sentence deferred for three years in accordance with a plea agreement on March 14 by District Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher. Scott William Johnson, 55, pled guilty to a single count of felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs during a change of plea hearing on Sept. 27. Additional felony counts of endangering the welfare of children and criminal distribution of dangerous drugs were dismissed as part of the plea agreement, which was initially rejected by Christopher after she received numerous complaints by concerned citizens through social media postings and ca...


Vaile avoids jail time in Harris case Vaile avoids jail time in Harris case

By Jeff Smith of Anderson Broadcasting for the Valley Journal Another person involved in the death of Cassandra Harris had their case resolved with no jail time. Julia Vaile, 18, of Missoula, was convicted of misdemeanor careless driving during a change of plea hearing at District Court in Polson on March...


Lake County marriages and divorces for February 2019

Marriages: Seri Nicole Smith and Dennis Fay Orr Shantelle Marie Gyzeny and Collin Shae Walker Jason Early Gohl and Orissa Shontrell Matt Michael James Fisher and Sattie Marie Whitefoot Allen David Dodson and Amanda Lynn Baker Hannah Jo Hlavac and Nicholas Bradley Ammon Cort D. Potter and Lynn M. Bradley A...


Bachert sentenced in assisted living facility neglect incident

Will Benjamin Bachert, 27, of Polson, was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Feb. 28 to three years with the Montana Department of Corrections with all of that time suspended.  He pled guilty to criminal endangerment in January. The charge stems from neglecting a patient with special needs in h...


Hwy. 93 drunk driving incident heard in court

A former Wolf Point man convicted of felony criminal endangerment had his imposition of sentencing deferred for three years for a charge stemming from a drunken driving incident where he went on a high-speed drive between Polson and Pablo on U.S. Highway 93. On Dec. 20, Chris Allen Myrick, 36, pled guilty...


Flagen proves sexual harassment claim against Mission Valley Aquatics

POLSON – The Mission Valley Aquatic Center was recently ordered to pay nearly $60,000 in damages in a case involving sexual harassment. On Feb. 7, Montana Department of Labor and Industry hearing officer Chad R. Vanisko ruled on the case. Judgment was granted in favor of Tristen Flagen, a former poo...


Wilson receives deferred sentence

A Polson man, convicted of criminal endangerment, had his sentence deferred for a period of three years during a sentencing hearing at District Court in Polson on Feb. 20.  Daniel Joseph Wilson, 39, was accused of running a partner or family member off the road after a heated argument. The deferred s...


Lake County Justice Court news for Feb. 27, 2019

The following cases were heard by Judge Randall Owens in Lake County: Chris Wilcox II , 50, pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so is suspended or revoked. He was fined $250, charged $35 in court costs and sentenced to 2 days in jail. Karlissa Lynn Allen , 44, pleaded not ...


Knox awaits sentence for pouring gas on a woman with lighter in hand Knox awaits sentence for pouring gas on a woman with lighter in hand

It took a Lake County jury less than three hours of deliberations before finding a Lakeside man guilty of four of five felony charges. Dustin Hayes Knox, 42, was accused of pouring gasoline on a woman after breaking into her Lake Vista Court home on July 5, 2018.  The trial began Monday, Feb. 4,...


Lake County marriages and divorces in January 2018

Lake County Marriages and Divorces in January: Marriages: Shane Bradley Perry and Ashlee Layne Cheff Gina Privett Baker and David Louis Sanchez Divorces: Brandon L. Hergett and Skyla E. Perry Victoriano R. Bagaoisan and Alisa E. Bagaoisan (Williamson restored) Joseph E. Sias and Lawanda Sias Andre...


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