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Polson man charged with murder in girlfriend’s death Polson man charged with murder in girlfriend’s death

AURORA, COLORADO — A 20-year-old man from Polson is being charged with first degree murder in the death of his girlfriend. Dakota Chinnock was arrested Sept. 5, for allegedly beating his girlfriend, Amanda Farley, 20, of Polson, to death between the evening of Sept. 4 and the morning of Sept. 5. He has been charged with four separate felonies for first degree murder, deliberate homicide, rape and sexual assault with a weapon. According to charging documents, police responded to an apartment in Aurora, Colorado at 7:58 a.m. Sept. 5, following the report of a woman was who unconscious and not breathing. Responding officers found Farley dead upon arrival with significant swellin...


Ronan man pleads guilty to dealing heroin

POLSON — A Ronan man has admitted to dealing heroin in Lake County. 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 plea came as part of an agreement that will dismiss at sentencin...


Polson man sentenced for series of thefts, burgarly Polson man sentenced for series of thefts, burgarly

POLSON — A Polson man was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Sept. 8 to a total of 10 years with the Montana Department of Corrections with 6 years suspended for a series of vehicle thefts and a burglary. Kyro Antonio Swimmer, 22, pled guilty Aug. 12 to one count of burglary for breaking into ...


Ronan man sentenced for strangulation, criminal endangerment Ronan man sentenced for strangulation, criminal endangerment

POLSON — A Ronan man was committed to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of 15 years with all but five years suspended during a sentencing hearing at District Court in Polson on Sept. 9. Bojai Dominick Grant-Schmidt, 20, pled guilty at District Court in Polson on June 17, to strangulatio...


Great Falls woman pleads not guilty to extension office burglary

POLSON — A Great Falls woman is accused of breaking into the Montana State University Flathead Reservation Extension Office in Polson and an adjacent office. Crystal Gayle Hilton, 41, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson Sept. 1 to two counts of felony burglary. According to c...


Breese pleads not guilty to impersonation charge

POLSON — District Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher set a trial date of Jan. 24, 2022, for a Polson man accused of posing as a firefighter at the Boulder 2700 fire this summer. Donald Stephen Breese, 48, entered a plea of not guilty on Aug. 26, to felony impersonating a public servant and ...


Man accused of throwing another through window

POLSON — A Polson man is accused of throwing another man through the window of a building on Polson’s Main Street. Joshua Leon Johnson, 42, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Sept. 2, to felony criminal endangerment and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. According to cour...


Ronan woman pleads not guilty to criminal endangerment

POLSON — A Ronan woman is accused of being high on drugs and passed out in a vehicle with a child in the car on a hot day. Miesha Skye Barnett, 24, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Sept. 1 to felony criminal endangerment. According to charging documents, on Aug. 12, law en...


St. Ignatius man charged for shooting BB guns at youth

POLSON — A St. Ignatius man is accused of shooting a BB gun at two juveniles, striking one in the eye. Julian Haynes Lutes, 21, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Sept. 2 to two counts of felony assault with a weapon. According to charging documents, on April 2, police in St...


Woman pleads not guilty to criminal child endangerment

POLSON — District Judge James Manley set a trial date of Feb. 14, 2022, for a Polson woman accused of driving while impaired with a child under the age of 14 in her car. Savanah Yvonne Kenmille, 35, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson to felony criminal child endangerment on Sep...


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