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Sherwood gets deferred sentence for testimony Sherwood gets deferred sentence for testimony

One of four people charged with a role in the death of Cassandra Harris, 24, had his sentence deferred for three years based on the condition that he testify in matters related to the case.  Nineteen-year-old Donovan Anthony Sherwood’s guilty plea was part of an agreement that calls for his sentencing to be deferred on the condition that he testify that Harris was pushed from a moving pick-up by Joseph Parizeau Jr., 22, of Big Arm and that Parizeau threatened the others involved if they told anyone what happened.  An intense investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol and Flathead Tribal Police lead to the arrests of Sherwood, Parize...


Judge rejects bus driver’s plea agreement, lets jury decide

After receiving numerous complaints by concerned citizens through social media postings and calls made to the Lake County Clerk of District Court, District Judge Kim Christopher rejected the plea agreement for a former St. Ignatius school bus driver and bus owner who was charged with dealing methamphetamine....


Gaither gets six years after being caught with drugs in jail Gaither gets six years after being caught with drugs in jail

Nicholas Jay Gaither, 25, of Polson was about to be released from the Lake County jail on April 4 when detention staff found him attempting to hide a baggie under his foot as he was changing into his street clothes. The baggie contained what appeared to be a black tarry substance that Gaither said he knew...


Men charged with stealing gold Men charged with stealing gold

A pair of Bigfork men are accused of stealing more than $300,000 worth of gold bars, coins, artwork and guns from a self-storage unit then using some of the proceeds from their heist to buy a race car, trailer and other items. Robert Earl Staudenmayer, 32, and Richard Gordon, 49, appeared at District Cour...


Wilson pleads not guilty to knocking car off road Wilson pleads not guilty to knocking car off road

A Lake County man is charged with running his partner or family member off the road after a heated argument. Daniel Joseph Wilson, 39, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to felony counts of assault with a weapon, tampering with physical evidence, criminal endan...


School administrators add comments to school bus case School administrators add comments to school bus case

The sentencing hearing has been continued to Nov. 29 for the former St. Ignatius school bus driver and owner charged with dealing methamphetamine.  District Judge Kim Christopher continued the sentencing after a proposed plea agreement was criticized on social media by St. Ignatius High School and Mi...


Lake County Justice Court news for Nov. 14, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases from Oct. 12 to Nov. 8: Mark Anthony Davidson , 32, pleaded not guilty to theft, obtain or exerts unauthorized control over property, first offense. He was found guilty and fined $1,500 with $1,400 suspended, charged $85 in court costs a...


Hundahl gets caught three times

A Polson man who was busted for possessing methamphetamine three times was committed to the Montana Department of corrections for five years, with none of that time suspended, at District Court in Polson on Oct. 31. According to charging documents, on June 10, 2017, Robin Wade Hundahl, 54, was the subject...


Murphy's rape charges get reduced to negligent endangerment

A Polson apartment manager who was accused of raping a woman will spend no more than the one day in jail that he has already served.  David Thomas Murphy, 64, was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Monday, Oct. 29, to the amended charges of misdemeanor negligent endangerment and felony tamperin...


Lake County Justice Court news for Oct. 17, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases Sept. 28-Oct. 1: Trevor Alan Moss , 31, pleaded not guilty to the amended charge of driving without a valid driver’s license. He was found guilty and fined $500 with $400 suspended, charged $35 in court costs and sentenced to 180 d...


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