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Ince sentenced for drug possession Ince sentenced for drug possession

POLSON – A Bigfork man originally charged with intent to sell illegal drugs had a threeyear suspended sentence added to a Flathead County sentence last week. Michael John Ince, 34, was originally charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell and criminal possession of dangerous drugs, but accepted a plea agreement in which the first charge was dismissed. Ince was arrested on July 27, 2014 after a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 28 near Hot Springs. Police found 26 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle along with LSD, and Ince admitted to transporting drugs for a gang based in Spokane, according to a court document. Ince was given credit for one day...


Ince sentenced for drug possession

POLSON – A Bigfork man originally charged with intent to sell illegal drugs had a threeyear suspended sentence added to a Flathead County sentence last week. Michael John Ince, 34, was originally charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell and criminal possession of dange...


Violations result in 10-year sentence for sexual offender Violations result in 10-year sentence for sexual offender

POLSON — A 28-year-old man was given a 10-year sentence to the Department of Corrections last week for violating his probation. Jonathan Michael Cook, who has lived in Pablo, Charlo and Ronan over the years, was convicted of an amended charge of criminal endangerment as part of a plea agreement date...


Lake County Justice Court news for March 29, 2017

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases March 17-23: Robert James Hamann Jr. , 34, pleaded not guilty to the amended charge of partner family member assault, causing reasonable apprehension of bodily injury in partner/ family member, first offense. He was found guilty and was ...


Lake County District Court news for March 29, 2017

Judge Kim Christopher sentenced the following person on March 23: Shayla Dawn Finley , 29, of Pablo, received a three-year deferred sentence for criminal possession of dangerous drugs. A bail jumping charge was dismissed without prejudice as part of a plea agreement, which means she could be recharged if...


Dolar pleads ‘not guilty’ of robbery, tampering charges Dolar pleads ‘not guilty’ of robbery, tampering charges

POLSON – A woman charged with solicitation of robbery and tampering with a witness in relation to the theft of some $600 from the Sitting Duck in Woods Bay in late January was released on her own recognizance last week. Judge James Manley released Crystal Dolar, 33 of Bigfork, after she pleaded not ...


Arlee man charged with incest Arlee man charged with incest

POLSON – A bond reduction or release with a GPS-monitoring device was denied last week for an Arlee man charged with two counts of incest. Curtis Milton Smith, 60, is being held on a $200,000 bond. He was recently arrested at the border while trying to re-enter the country from Canada, Smith’s...


Lake County Justice Court news for Mar. 22, 2017

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases March 10-16: Joseph William Smith Brownell , 34, pleaded not guilty to the amended charge of disorderly conduct. He was found guilty and fined $100 and $85 in court costs and sentenced to 10 days in jail with 10 days suspended. The fo...


Lake County District Court news for Mar. 22, 2017

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people Wednesday, March 15: Harley A. Hulford , 31, of Ronan, was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections with no time suspended for criminal possession of dangerous drugs. He was given credit for 14 days in jail, and three misdemeanor charg...


Man arrested after drugs found during traffic stop Man arrested after drugs found during traffic stop

POLSON – A Pasco, Washington, man was arrested and charged with criminal possession with intent to distribute following a traffic stop on Jan. 23. According to a court document, Leonardo Rafael Perez, 18, was initially arrested for driving with a suspended license after his vehicle was found in a ditch...


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