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Second woman convicted in robbery case

An Elmo woman was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Feb. 17 to the Montana State Women’s Prison for two years with no time suspended on one count of felony robbery. D’anja Lesly Charlo, 19, entered a guilty plea to robbery by way of a plea agreement, reached on Dec. 9, that dismissed one count of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and one count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. According to court records, on July 27, 2020, a Ronan man reported to law enforcement that he had just been robbed by two women. He described one of the women as having red hair. He said that the two fled in an orange Chevy truck.  A Ronan police officer located ...


Man pleads not guilty to harassment

A St. Ignatius man is accused of repeatedly harassing a Lake County woman while he was on probation for harassing another woman in Lake County in 2017. James Joseph McGuire, 38, entered a plea of not guilty in Polson District Court on Feb. 17 to 13 counts of privacy in communication. The first two counts ...


Man receives mental health support

At District Court in Polson on Feb. 10, a man was convicted of felony indecent exposure to a minor and was committed to the direction of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services for five years with none of that time suspended.  Jonathon Dell Tifft, 29, of Polson and Hot Springs, ent...


Man pleads not guilty to theft, drug charges Man pleads not guilty to theft, drug charges

 A reduction in bond was denied for a Lake County man facing car theft and drug possession charges. Orlando M. Powell, 47, entered a plea of not guilty to charges at District Court in Polson on Feb. 11. According to court records, on Jan. 22, a Polson woman reported to Lake County emergency dispatch ...


Man charged in storage unit theft sentenced to 10 years Man charged in storage unit theft sentenced to 10 years

District Judge James Manley ordered a Bigfork man to pay restitution of $1,038,035 and sentenced him to the maximum penalty of 10 years in the Montana State Prison for felony theft.  The sentence was handed down at District Court in Polson on Feb. 3. The charge stems from a storage unit theft in the ...


Crumley charged with felony assault on a peace officer Crumley charged with felony assault on a peace officer

A Lake County man is facing five separate criminal cases dating back to 2001. David Matthew Crumley, Jr., 39, appeared at District Court in Polson on Feb. 4 for arraignment hearings on three of the cases.  He entered not guilty pleas to all the charges listed in the three cases. Crumley is charged wi...


Wood found guilty of deliberate homicide

A Sanders County jury found a Polson woman guilty of deliberate homicide after a full day of deliberations. The trial of Danielle Jeanette Wood, 56, of Polson, began in Thompson Falls Jan. 19.  Closing arguments were heard the morning of Jan. 28. The jury began their deliberations that afternoon and ...


Finley awaits sentencing

A Ronan man has put himself at the mercy of the court after entering an open plea of guilty to felony criminal endangerment. Alex Patrick Finley, 36, entered the guilty plea at District Court in Polson on Jan. 27. Without the benefit of a plea agreement, Finley is subject to the maximum penalty of 10 year...


Woman awaits sentencing for negligent homicide

A Ronan woman entered into a plea agreement that results in her conviction. Lindsay Elizabeth Castrillo, 36, was convicted of negligent homicide, which is a felony.  Castrillo was initially charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence. She entered a no-contest plea to the negligent homic...


Man admits to impaired driving

A Polson man admitted to driving his white Jeep while intoxicated this past August and causing an accident. Dillon S. Bindschadler, 29, entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Jan. 20 to felony criminal endangerment and misdemeanor driving while under the influence.  On Aug. 3, eme...


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