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18-year sentence handed down to man for burglary

A Lake County man was committed in Polson District Court on June 25 to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of eighteen years with fourteen years suspended after reaching a plea agreement that cut eighteen crimes down to nine. Eugene Thomas Germain, 26, was initially facing nine counts of felony burglary, six counts of theft, both misdemeanor and felony, as well as some drug charges. The charges stem from a string of residential burglaries along U.S. Highway 35 and the Mountain Lake Lodge in Woods Bay. Charges also stem from thefts and burglaries at storage units in Condon.  Germain is one of five co-defendants in the crimes that were reported between September and D...


Cutfinger sentenced to 15 years in homicide case

A Ronan man was committed in Polson District Court on June 18 to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of 15 years with half that time suspended for a drunk driving crash that killed his passenger. Brayden A’twen Cutfinger, 21, pleaded guilty to felony charges of negligent homicide and c...


Charlo pleads not guilty to drug charges

Labenza Dawn Charlo, 20, of Pablo entered a plea of not guilty in District Court at Polson on June 11 to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs.  According to court records, on Jan. 28, Polson police assisted probation officers with a hotel room search in Polson, which is where Charlo was stay...


Parker awaits sentencing for assault charge

Matthew Phillip Parker, 31, of St. Ignatius entered a guilty plea in Polson District Court on June 11 to felony assault with a weapon.  The plea came as part of an agreement that will dismiss, at sentencing, felony charges of strangulation of a partner or family member, sexual intercourse without con...


Kibler pleads not guilty to assault

Alan Lewis Kibler, 34, of Polson entered a plea of not guilty in Polson District Court on June 10 to two counts of partner or family member assault, assault with a weapon and kidnapping, all felonies. According to court records, on May 26, a social worker with child protective services reported to the Lak...


Polson man faces assault charges Polson man faces assault charges

A Polson man is accused of beating his girlfriend over a period of several days, causing bruising “all over her body,” according to charging documents.  Pernell Albert Dionne Jr., 35, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on June 10 to five counts of felony partner or...


McCrea awaits sentencing for drug charge

Saylah Jessica McCrea, 28, of Ronan pleaded guilty at District Court in Polson on June 11 to felony criminal possession dangerous drugs.  After midnight on July 28, 2018, a Ronan Police Officer was on patrol when he noticed a car parked in the parking lot of a local church, according to records. In t...


Joseph charged with sexual assualt

Jarod Matthew Joseph, 19, of Ronan entered a plea of not guilty in District Court on June 10 to two counts of felony sexual assault.  According to court records, the incidents involved minors under the age of 10 and occurred in Ronan between July 2019 and March 2020. When questioned by a detective wi...


Man pleads not guilty to felony charges Man pleads not guilty to felony charges

Jonathan Dell Tifft, 29, of Polson, entered a plea of not guilty in District at Polson on June 10 to felony exposure to a minor.  The charges stem from an incident at the Polson homecoming parade on Sept. 27, 2019, when several girls on a parade float reported seeing Tifft expose himself. Some of the...


Franks takes plea agreement on assault charges

A Polson woman, formerly of Hot Springs, had her imposition of sentencing deferred for three years. The action stems from charges of aggravated assault and drug possession.  Evelyn Josephine Franks, 27, entered into a plea agreement at District Court in Polson on April 9. One count of criminal posses...


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