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Bicyclist killed in hit and run Bicyclist  killed in  hit and run

ST. IGNATIUS – A man was killed while riding his bike during the morning hours of Sunday, May 21, according to Lake County Sheriff Don Bell. The incident occurred near the intersection of Chalwain Road and St. Mary’s Lake Road.   Sheriff Don Bell stated that Nick J. Herak, 73, died from his injuries after being hit by a vehicle. His body was sent to the Montana crime lab for an autopsy. The Montana Highway Patrol arrested Douglas Calvin Charlo, 47, for negligent vehicle homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, Sheriff Bell said.        


Man charged with slashing another’s forehead

POLSON – A 37-year-old Finley Point man has been charged with assault with a weapon after allegedly slashing another man across the forehead with a knife. William James Redwood was charged after Polson Police responded to St. Joseph’s Hospital on April 2 where a man was being treated for a cut...


Lake County District Court news for May 24, 2017

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on May 17: Richard B. Chaffin , 42, of Polson, was given a fiveyear sentence in the Department of Corrections with all time suspended except for 14 days in the Lake County Jail for criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute. Accor...


Lake County District Court news for May 17, 2017

James A. Manley sentenced the following people on May 10: Libby Mae Davis , 26, of Ronan, was given a five-year sentence in the Department of Corrections with two years suspended for violating probation. Her original sentence for criminal possession of dangerous drugs was deferred for two years. Manley s...


Lake County District Court news for May 10, 2017

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on May 3: Arthur Palmer , 32, of Kalispell, was given a three-year sentence to the Department of Corrections with no time suspended for burglary. According to a court document, he crashed a stolen vehicle while being pursued by officers. The vehicle co...


Lake County District Court news for May 3, 2017

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on April 26: Joseph Charles Hunter , 26, of St. Ignatius, was given a two-year deferred sentence with the Department of Corrections on a charge of aggravated assault. According to a court document, Hunter knocked a woman down four or five times and str...


Murder convict faces sexual assault charges Murder convict faces sexual assault charges

POLSON — A 51-year-old man who served time in prison for deliberate homicide and attempted deliberate homicide following a shooting incident at a gravel pit south of Arlee in 1982 has been charged with two counts of sexual assault of a minor.  According to a court document, Donald Dean Grant to...


Drug court coordinator hired, enrollees being accepted Drug court coordinator hired, enrollees being accepted

Lake County's new Court coordinator is now on duty. Missoula resident Christina Ellsworth started April 17 in a position that is funded for one year as a pilot project through a $50,000 grant from the Gianforte Family Foundation. Ellsworth met with other members of the drug court team last Thursday to ...


Lake County Justice Court news for April 26, 2017

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases March 31-April 20: The following individuals were found guilty of seatbelt violation and fined $20: John Andrew Winkler , 40; Lee Dale Ranel , 53; Jon Raymond Krause , 30 (two times). The following individuals were found guilty of s...


Lake County District Court news for April 26, 2017

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on April 19: Michael Ray Schwarz , 59, of Polson, was sentenced to two five-year terms with the Department of Corrections with all time suspended for two assaults on a police officer. The sentences will run concurrently. A criminal endangerment charge ...


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