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Metzger sentenced for unsafe shooting practices Metzger sentenced for unsafe shooting practices

A Ronan man was committed to the state Department of Corrections for 10 years with all time suspended during an appearance at District Court in Polson on April 18.  Allen Ted Metzger, 60, entered a guilty plea on Feb. 28 through his attorney, Lance Jasper of Missoula, to two counts of criminal endangerment. The charges stem from some alleged unsafe shooting practices on Canyon Mill Road in Ronan on Aug. 13, 2017. A woman who lives nearby caught a stray bullet in her leg when her residence was hit by two rounds. An off-duty Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy who resides in the area first reported the shooting and called for an ambulance. Other law enforcement officers arrived on s...


Detention Center demands to be reduced

Lake County has been chosen to participate in a pilot project aimed at reducing the demand on detention centers while ensuring criminal defendants make their court appearances. Lake County Chief Deputy Attorney James Lapotka says the 2017 Legislature established an evidence-based risk assessment program for ...


Lake County Justice Court news for April 11, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases March 9-29: The following individuals were found guilty of speeding: Lisa Jo Hales , 46, fined $20; Robert F. Winter , 26, fined $20; Kaylee Lynn Weirather , 20, fined $70; Tropp William Vincent , 76, fined $70; Jason Wesley Beck , 4...


Old Horn gets five years for probation violation Old Horn gets five years for probation violation

POLSON — Clifford Old Horn, a 31-year-old St. Ignatius man who once had a Lake County murder conviction overturned by the Montana Supreme Court, has been sentenced back to the department of corrections for once again violating terms of his probation on a separate matter. Old Horn has been down this ...


Polson man sentenced to 10 years in prison for child sexual abuse

Raymond Finley Jr., 42, was sentenced in Lake County District Court last week to 20 years in the Montana State Prison with 10 years suspended after pleading guilty in January to one count of child sexual abuse. According to court records, in the months of July and August 2017, Finley used social media to ...


Clarification

A sentence in a court story involving Joseph Matthew Farris and Charlene Sheehy in the March 14 newspaper wasn’t properly worded. The sentence should’ve read: Both parents will have to abide by the conditions of their respective deferred agreements. The Valley Journal regrets any distress the imp...


Man accused of assaulting child enters Alford plea Man accused of  assaulting child  enters Alford plea

POLSON – A 32-year-old Polson man accused of exposing two small children, ages 11 months and 5 years, to methamphetamine and assaulting the 11-month-old, entered a plea agreement with Lake County prosecutors that could result in no more jail other than time served, about two weeks. Joseph Matthew Fa...


Lake County Justice Court news for Mar. 14, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases Feb. 23-March 8: The following individuals were found guilty of speeding: Donald Eugene Adams , 60, fined $85; J. William Hennings , 23, fined $20; Bonnie Ann Leavens , 29, fined $70; Jeffrey William Peterson , 39, fined $20; Heather...


Wylie, Sorrell sentenced for drug possession

POLSON – A Pablo woman convicted of criminal possession of dangerous drugs stemming from a heroin smuggling incident had her sentencing deferred for three years. Ishan Adalin Wylie had served 48 days in the Lake County jail before being sentenced by District Court Judge James Manley on March 7. Acco...


Homen pleads not guilty to charges of strangulation, assault

POLSON – A Ferndale man is denying charges that he strangled his girlfriend and assaulted her 11-year-old son. Charles Homen, 26, entered a plea of not guilty in Lake County District Court last week to felony charges of assault on a minor and strangulation of a partner or family member and misdemeanor ...


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