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Velazquez sentenced for strangulation, protection order violations

POLSON — A former Polson man was committed at District Court in Polson on Nov. 17 to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of seven years with all that time suspended except for 243 days credit for time already served. Morgan Aniba Quinones Velazquez, 48, entered plea of guilty to two counts of violation of an order of protection, one misdemeanor and one felony. He also pleaded guilty to felony strangulation of a partner or family member. The guilty pleas were entered during a change of plea hearing Sept. 22, and came as part of a plea agreement that dismisses two felony counts of violation of an order of protection, misdemeanor criminal destruction of or tampering with a ...


Manyhides committed to DOC for drug possession Manyhides committed to DOC  for drug possession

POLSON — A Polson man was committed at District Court in Polson on Nov. 10 to five years with the Montana Department of Corrections with three years suspended on one count of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. Matthew George Manyhides, 33, was also sentenced to the Lake County jail for six months ...


Pierre pleads not guilty to PFMA charge Pierre pleads not guilty to PFMA charge

POLSON — A St. Ignatius man who was accused of strangling his girlfriend has entered into a plea agreement that will reduce a felony matter to a misdemeanor.  William Baptiste Pierre, 36, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Nov. 10, to misdemeanor partner or family membe...


Bates committed to DOC, fined for DUI

POLSON — A Polson man was ordered to pay restitution and fines of $6,030 after being convicted of felony DUI. The restitution was ordered during a sentencing hearing held at District Court in Polson Nov. 9. Zachery Verne Bates, 33, was initially facing felony DUI and felony theft for stealing his mothe...


Polson woman jailed, charged for intentionally killing another woman with her vehicle

News from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office POLSON — On Oct. 31, just before 6 p.m., Lake County 911 took a report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash on Huckleberry Lane, southeast of Polson. Lake County Deputies and Montana Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene. Their investigation dete...


Lawsuit challenges vaccine mandate

News from Governor Gianforte HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte issued the following statement on Nov. 5 supporting a lawsuit filed by Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, other state attorneys general, and employers seeking to block President Biden’s illegal vaccine mandate for private em...


Mother, son accused in fatal wreck cover up

POLSON — A St. Ignatius man is accused of driving drunk and causing a fatal car wreck, while his mother is accused of arranging to have her son picked up from the crash site before law enforcement could arrive. Rope Kinkade Ardis, 19, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Nov. ...


Polson man enters no contest plea in trailer fire inciden Polson man enters no contest plea in trailer fire inciden

POLSON — A Polson man has admitted to his involvement with a camper that caught fire last May. Samuel Aaron Mahkuk, 31, entered a no contest plea to the amended charge of felony criminal endangerment at District Court in Polson on Oct. 28. Mahkuk was initially facing one count of felony arson. Mahkuk&r...


Ronan man sentenced for dealing heroin Ronan man sentenced for dealing heroin

POLSON — A Ronan man was committed to the Montana Department of Corrections for 20 years with 15 years suspended for dealing heroin. Jose Anders Gonzalez, 30, entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Sept. 9 to one felony count of criminal possession with intent to distribute. The guilty...


St. Ignatius man sentenced to DOC for burglary

POLSON — A St. Ignatius man was committed to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of six years and three months with five years suspended on a burglary charge. Judge James Manley announced the term during a sentencing hearing at District Court in Polson on Oct. 27. Alex Patrick Finley S...


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