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Judge calls incident frightening Judge calls incident frightening

A Lakeside man has been sentenced to Montana State Prison for a total of 20 years with 10 years suspended for breaking into a Polson woman’s home, pouring gasoline on her and threatening to set her on fire. The incident happened on July 5, 2018. On Feb. 6, a Lake County jury convicted Dustin Hayes Knox, 42, of assault with a weapon, aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and solicitation of tampering with witnesses or informants. The jury found him not guilty on one count of robbery. District Judge James Manley sentenced Knox on April 3 to 10 years at the state prison for each of three counts to run concurrently to each other plus a consecutive 10-year sentence on the solicitat...


Phone records lead to charges in Sanders County homicide Phone records lead to charges in Sanders County homicide

POLSON – A woman charged with the deliberate homicide of Matthew LaFriniere – in Thompson Falls almost a year ago – was arrested on the morning of Wednesday, March 20, in Polson.  Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Danielle Jeanette Wood after receiving the arrest ...


McDougall, Caye sentenced in robbery case McDougall, Caye sentenced in robbery case

Two Lake County people convicted of what charging documents describe as the robbery of an alleged drug dealer were sentenced at District Court in Polson on March 20.  District Judge James Manley sentenced Gaige Alexander Caye, 16, to the Montana Department of Corrections for 10 years with five years ...


Property manager gets eight years for theft Property manager gets eight years for theft

A former Polson property manager was committed in District Court at Polson on March 18 to a total of eight years with the Montana Department of Corrections on 16 counts of felony theft.  Douglas Dennis Lichte, 42, was also sentenced to a total of 100 days in the Lake County jail on three misdemeanor ...


Former school bus driver receives deferred sentence Former school bus driver receives deferred sentence

A former school bus driver and owner of a bus company who was caught in possession of methamphetamine had his sentence deferred for three years in accordance with a plea agreement on March 14 by District Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher. Scott William Johnson, 55, pled guilty to a single count ...


Vaile avoids jail time in Harris case Vaile avoids jail time in Harris case

By Jeff Smith of Anderson Broadcasting for the Valley Journal Another person involved in the death of Cassandra Harris had their case resolved with no jail time. Julia Vaile, 18, of Missoula, was convicted of misdemeanor careless driving during a change of plea hearing at District Court in Polson on March...


Bachert sentenced in assisted living facility neglect incident

Will Benjamin Bachert, 27, of Polson, was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Feb. 28 to three years with the Montana Department of Corrections with all of that time suspended.  He pled guilty to criminal endangerment in January. The charge stems from neglecting a patient with special needs in h...


Hwy. 93 drunk driving incident heard in court

A former Wolf Point man convicted of felony criminal endangerment had his imposition of sentencing deferred for three years for a charge stemming from a drunken driving incident where he went on a high-speed drive between Polson and Pablo on U.S. Highway 93. On Dec. 20, Chris Allen Myrick, 36, pled guilty...


Flagen proves sexual harassment claim against Mission Valley Aquatics

POLSON – The Mission Valley Aquatic Center was recently ordered to pay nearly $60,000 in damages in a case involving sexual harassment. On Feb. 7, Montana Department of Labor and Industry hearing officer Chad R. Vanisko ruled on the case. Judgment was granted in favor of Tristen Flagen, a former poo...


Wilson receives deferred sentence

A Polson man, convicted of criminal endangerment, had his sentence deferred for a period of three years during a sentencing hearing at District Court in Polson on Feb. 20.  Daniel Joseph Wilson, 39, was accused of running a partner or family member off the road after a heated argument. The deferred s...


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