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Schoonover’s sentence resolves four cases Schoonover’s sentence resolves four cases

James Walter Schoonover, 50, of Pablo, has been committed to the state Department of Corrections for a total of 10 years with five years suspended as part of a plea agreement that resolves four separate cases and five felony charges. In the first case, Schoonover was facing one count of assault with a weapon for allegedly assaulting a woman in Pablo with a two-by-four on May 16, 2018, according to court documents. The charges were dismissed due to a lack of participation by the alleged victim during the prosecution process.  In the second case, Schoonover was charged with two counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs involving methamphetamine, resulting in a five-year comm...


Trials set for couple transporting meth in mail

A Polson man entered a “no contest” plea at District Court in Polson on May 8 to the amended charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, which is a felony.  Anthony “Tony” Friscia, 63, was initially charged with criminal possession with intent to distribute for allegedly...


Wreck involving sheriff’s deputy deemed not criminal

A coroner’s inquest was held in Polson on April 29 for the death of Adriana Johnson, 17, of Charlo.  Johnson was killed June 2, 2018, after she pulled off U. S. Highway 93 south of Ronan. She attempted to make a U-turn in front of Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Corey White’s moving ve...


Marriages and divorces for April 2019

Marriages: Harry E. Vanbouchaute and Daniele Leigh Langan Kimberly Jean McCloud and Rick Dean McCloud James Edward Dox and Barbara Nan Debree Emma Atana Clampett and Robert Thomas Charlo Divorces: David M. Gillpatrick and Elizabeth S Gillpatrick Dennis C. Wills and Daffney M. Wills (Clairmont restor...


Michel gets 20 years for assault

A Ronan man was sentenced at District Court in Polson on April 24 to 20 years in the Montana State Prison with none of that time suspended on an amended charge of aggravated assault. Keith Lee Michel Jr., 28, was initially charged with sexual assault but entered into a plea agreement on Jan. 2 that amende...


Marriages and divorces for March 2019

Marriages: Daniel Small Salmon and Ispitaki C. Gilham Maliki James Caye and Twilynn Lopezdevictoria Ashley B. Berryhill and Nathan Remi Plouffe Isaac Jonathan Coblentz and Lavonna Diane Koehn Kennley Vanooyen-Inman and Jessica Dawn Barnette John F. Madrigal and Renee Patrice Roullier Jerry James Carter ...


Judge calls incident frightening Judge calls incident frightening

A Lakeside man has been sentenced to Montana State Prison for a total of 20 years with 10 years suspended for breaking into a Polson woman’s home, pouring gasoline on her and threatening to set her on fire. The incident happened on July 5, 2018. On Feb. 6, a Lake County jury convicted Dustin Hayes K...


Phone records lead to charges in Sanders County homicide Phone records lead to charges in Sanders County homicide

POLSON – A woman charged with the deliberate homicide of Matthew LaFriniere – in Thompson Falls almost a year ago – was arrested on the morning of Wednesday, March 20, in Polson.  Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Danielle Jeanette Wood after receiving the arrest ...


McDougall, Caye sentenced in robbery case McDougall, Caye sentenced in robbery case

Two Lake County people convicted of what charging documents describe as the robbery of an alleged drug dealer were sentenced at District Court in Polson on March 20.  District Judge James Manley sentenced Gaige Alexander Caye, 16, to the Montana Department of Corrections for 10 years with five years ...


Property manager gets eight years for theft Property manager gets eight years for theft

A former Polson property manager was committed in District Court at Polson on March 18 to a total of eight years with the Montana Department of Corrections on 16 counts of felony theft.  Douglas Dennis Lichte, 42, was also sentenced to a total of 100 days in the Lake County jail on three misdemeanor ...


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