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Former bus driver might avoid jail time

The former school bus driver and owner of the bus company contracted by the St. Ignatius School District who was charged with dealing methamphetamine entered into a plea agreement at District Court in Polson on Thursday, Sept. 27. The plea agreement could keep him from being incarcerated.  Scott William Johnson, 55, pled guilty to a single count of felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs. Additional felony counts of endangering the welfare of children and criminal distribution of dangerous drug are to be dismissed as part of the plea agreement. According to court records, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies, equipped with a warrant following a months-long investigation, wi...


Lake County Justice Court news for Oct. 3, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases Sept. 7-27: The following individuals were found guilty of speeding: Kelly M. Clough , 54, fined $85; Jimmy Glen Graham , 60, fined $70; Shane David Jackola , 46, fined $120; Steven Allan Christiansen , 61, fined $105; Logan Davis Ta...


Kaliman sentenced for exploitation

The former Financial Coordinator of Mission Mountain Enterprises, Jessica Lynn Kaliman, 39, of Clayton, Washington, was committed to the state Department of Corrections for three years with all but one day jail time already served suspended. Kaliman had entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on...


Man who fires rifle into river at park pleads not guilty to criminal endangerment

A Polson man entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson today to felony criminal endangerment.  Marty Jay Billmayer, 45, is accused of firing multiple rounds from a .22 caliber rifle into the Flathead River at about 6 o’clock the evening of Aug. 23 while at Riverside Park in Polso...


Davis sentenced for school robbery Davis sentenced for school robbery

A Polson man was committed to the state Department of Corrections for a total of ten years with five years suspended at District Court in Polson on Thursday, Sept. 6.  Davis was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,700.86. Richard Anthony Davis, 30, entered a plea of guilty during an ear...


Lake County Justice Court news for Sept. 12, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases Aug. 31-Sept. 6: Wayne John Fisher , 82, forfeited a $50 bond and $35 in court costs for following too closely, reasonable and prudent. Brian Keith Viles , 54, pleaded not guilty to the charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. ...


Lake County Justice Court news for Sept. 2, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases Aug. 3-30: The following individuals were found guilty of speeding: Sean Patrick Marshall , 25, fined $55; Brad Lynn Richie , 27, fined $70; Adam Jason Von Olhausen , 53, fined $70; Reginald Ramirez Mandapat , 37, fined $70; Andrew T...


Charlo gets 5 years for DUI hit and run incident Charlo gets 5 years for DUI hit and run incident

A St. Ignatius man accused of driving drunk and striking a bicyclist causing his death last May near St. Ignatius was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for a total of 10 years with five years suspended.  Nick Herak, 73, was riding his bike May 21, 2017 when he was struck by a vehicle. While ...


Handcuffed truck thief enters plea agreement Handcuffed truck thief enters plea agreement

A Worley, Idaho, man admitted to leading Montana authorities on a pursuit in a stolen truck while handcuffed this past April. As part a plea agreement, Aaron Montana Crowe, 23, pleaded guilty at District Court in Polson on Aug. 8 to felony counts of theft and criminal endangerment. According to court reco...


Ronan man pleads guilty to felony burglary Ronan man pleads guilty to felony burglary

A Ronan man admitted at District Court in Polson on Aug. 8 to breaking into a residence on Haack Road this past December. Bryan Geoffrey Williams, 31, pleaded guilty to felony burglary. According to charging documents, authorities responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch off the driveway of the lat...


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