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Woman pays restitution in debit card theft

A Ronan woman had the imposition of sentencing deferred for a period of six years and was ordered to pay restitution of $11,060.11 during a sentencing hearing at District Court in Polson on Sept. 16. Karen Michelle Gohl-Powell, 31, had entered a plea of guilty in July to felony deceptive practices for making unauthorized transactions on a stolen debit card. According to court records, on Jan. 10, the married couple that holds the account for the debit card reported that it had been taken and unauthorized transactions totaling more the $7,000 started showing up. The unauthorized transactions started showing up Dec. 20, 2019, and continued through Jan. 10, 2020. Ronan Police were abl...


Templeton sentenced for thefts

Judge James Manley, of Polson, committed a Polson man to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of 13 years with 11 years suspended for a series of Lake County thefts and a burglary. Eric Templeton, 33, entered into a plea agreement at District Court in Polson on July 15 that resolved four sepa...


Johnson sentenced to 5 years after ramming into police car

A St. Ignatius woman has been committed to the Montana Department of Corrections for five years with none of that time suspended on charges stemming from a high-speed pursuit with law enforcement. Alexis Lee Johnson, 25, was initially facing misdemeanor counts of theft, fleeing from or eluding a peace off...


Detention officer sentenced

A Former detention officer with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was sentenced at District Court in Missoula on Aug. 31 to a total of 42 days jail time. Korren Katelyn Fehrenbach, 25, pleaded guilty on Aug. 10 to misdemeanor charges of transferring illegal articles and official misconduct. The guilt...


Investigation finds second wreck fatal for passenger

 A Ronan man is accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol and causing a car wreck that killed his passenger. Kenneth Lozeau Jr. entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Sept. 3 to felony vehicular homicide. According to court records, on May 23, emergency personnel re...


Brooks charged with felonies after shooting incident

A request for a bond reduction was denied for a Ronan man accused of firing a weapon at partygoers during an alleged underage drinking party. Christopher Steven Brooks, 21, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Sept. 3 to two counts of assault with a weapon and one count of criminal ...


Morris sentenced to 20 years for assault, endangerment

A Charlo man has been committed to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of 20 years with 15 years suspended for assaulting a bartender and driving under the influence of alcohol with a child in his car.  Darrel Isaac Morris Jr., 34, entered a plea of guilty during an earlier court appear...


Man awaits sentencing for criminal endangerment  

An Idaho man admitted to driving with a blood-alcohol content more the four times the legal limit. Brian Andrew Fernquist, 48, pleaded guilty in Polson District Court on Aug. 27 to felony criminal endangerment, which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. According to court records, on April 24, Lake Co...


Shourds faces possible 10 years in prison  

A Pablo man admitted to his role in a high-speed pursuit with law enforcement in July. Shawn Curtis Shourds, 41, entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Aug. 26 to felony criminal endangerment.  Shourds’ plea agreement dismisses, at sentencing, two felony counts of criminal poss...


Morigeau working to pay back stolen funds Morigeau working to pay back stolen funds

The former bookkeeper for the St. Ignatius Firefighters Auxiliary Board has admitted to stealing a large sum of money from the organization. Annie Morgieau, 34, of St. Ignatius, pleaded guilty at District Court in Polson on Aug. 21 to one count of felony theft. The plea was part of a plea agreement that will...


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