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No charges for shooter in local man’s death No charges for shooter in local man’s death

POLSON — Lake County Attorney Steve Eschenbacher has decided not to charge Ryan Black for the shooting death of Johnny Thomas McKeever.  Black, 28, was initially arrested on suspicion of deliberate homicide and served two days in jail before being released with a GPS-monitoring device following the shooting of McKeever, 34, shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.  McKeever died at the scene, which Sheriff Don Bell said took place at a trailer park about one-quarter mile south of Pablo on old U.S. Highway 93. Eschenbacher concluded that Black, who did not allege self defense and instead called the shooting an accident, would assert self defense if the case proceeded to...


Former Leader editor jailed after appeal fails Former Leader editor jailed after appeal fails

POLSON — A former editor of the Lake County Leader began serving a 10-day jail sentence last week for a misdemeanor “privacy in communications” convictôn after his appeal to the state Supreme Court was rejected. Vincent Caesar Lovato Jr., 56, has been in jail since Tuesday, Nov. 14...


Morin gets five years for forgery, theft, deceptive practices Morin gets five years for forgery,  theft, deceptive practices

POLSON – A 32-year-old Great Falls man was recently sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections for two counts of forgery and one count each of theft and deceptive practices. Levi Morin was sentenced in three cases, one by Judge Kim Christopher on Nov. 9 and two by Judge James A. Manley...


CPS worker charged with rape

POLSON — A former local Children’s Protective Services employee has been charged with rape. Chase Joseph Ripley, age unknown, was charged with one count of sexual intercourse without consent for allegedly forcing a woman client to have sex with him. According to a court document, Riple...


Two men face charges for burglary, theft from Mission Mountain Enterprises Two men face charges for burglary, theft from Mission Mountain Enterprises

POLSON – A Ronan man faces charges of burglary, theft and tampering with evidence after he allegedly stole items from Mission Mountain Enterprises, and a warrant has been issued for another man’s arrest. According to a court document, the stolen items valued at more than $5,000 include noteboo...


Man charged with sexual assault of 12-year-old boy

POLSON – A Bigfork-area man charged with three counts of sexual assault and one count of indecent exposure pleaded not guilty to the charges in district court last week. Scott David Curry, 49, was charged last month for the incidents, which allegedly occurred with a 12-year-old boy between Oct. 1 an...


Lake County District Court news for Nov. 15, 2017

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following person on Nov. 8: Justin William Ladue , 23, of Ronan, received a three-year deferred sentence. He was originally charged with assault with a weapon after the vehicle he was driving allegedly struck the driver’s side rear of another vehicle he was follo...


Man gets 5 years for high speed chase Man gets 5 years for high speed chase

POLSON – District Court Judge James A. Manley sentenced a 40-year-old Elmo man to five years in the Department of Corrections last week for his sixth felony.  Manley rejected a proposed plea agreement that called for Boe Alan Miller to receive a three-year suspended sentence for theft.  ...


Man charged with causing child to ingest meth Man charged with causing child to ingest meth

POLSON –A 32-year-old Polson man is facing charges of permitting a child to ingest methamphetamine, causing the child bodily injury and witness tampering with another child.  Joseph Matthew Farris was charged with allowing a 1-year-old to ingest meth between Jan. 1 and July 21, according to a c...


Lake County Justice Court news for Nov. 8, 2017

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases Oct. 20-Nov. 2: The following individuals were found guilty of speeding: James Andrew Johnson , 38, fined $65; Spencer Marshal Simonson , 18, fined $70; Kyle Angelo Warner , 23, fined $20; Haley Jo Headley , 21, fined $65; Kali Rae C...


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