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Dixon man gets deferred sentence for amended charges Dixon man gets deferred sentence for amended charges

POLSON — A 22-year-old Dixon man was given a three-year deferred sentence for an amended charge of criminal endangerment last week as part of a plea agreement. Jessie Lee Walking Eagle was originally charged with two counts of child sexual abuse and misdemeanor tampering with a witness.  According to a court document, Walking Eagle sent a video of himself having intercourse with a 17-year-old girl to a male friend of the girl and threatened to send it to other parties. Walking Eagle then allegedly tried to get the girl to withhold information from law enforcement and not participate in future legal proceedings after he found out that she had made a statement to law enforcem...


Man shot and killed in Pablo on Saturday  Man shot and killed in Pablo on Saturday 

PABLO – A 34-year-old Pablo man was shot and killed by a 28-year-old Pablo man early Saturday morning, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.  A 911 call came in at 4:23 a.m. on Sept. 16 and deputies responded to a residence south of Pablo on U.S. Highway 93. Deputies determined t...


Man pleads guilty to sexual assault of minor Man pleads guilty to sexual assault of minor

POLSON — A 63-year-old Polson man pleaded guilty to sexual assault and indecent exposure with a minor younger than 16 on Sept. 13.  Robert Walter Bertsch is to be sentenced on Nov. 8. According to a court document, Bertsch took off an 8-year-old’s clothing, touched the child inappropri...


Lake County District Court news for Sept. 20, 2017

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on Aug. 30, Sept. 6 and 13: Aaron Shea Billings , 22, of Ronan, received six months in jail with all but 30 days suspended for his first DUI and a six-year deferred sentence for criminal endangerment. The sentences will run concurrently. Two criminal m...


Lake County Justice Court news for Sept. 20, 2017

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases Aug. 18-Sept. 14: The following individuals were found guilty of speeding: Maria Angelica Stiles , 32, fined $55; Chloie Annue Huerta , 21, fined $20; Aaron Jeffs Wayman , 27, fined $55; Elize Suzette Brady , 24, fined $70; Scott Dou...


Man gets nearly 10 years for assaults, burglary Man gets nearly 10 years for assaults, burglary

POLSON – A man who was convictedof his fourth partner family member assault was sentenced to nine years and 11 months in the Montana State Prison last week. Judge James A. Manley sentenced Joshuah David Gowen, 38, of St. Ignatius after he pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement. Gowen got four...


Man charged in woman’s death after she allegedly jumped from SUV Man charged in woman’s death after she allegedly jumped from SUV

POLSON – A 39-year-old Ronan man has been charged with two counts of criminal endangerment related to a woman’s death on Aug. 20.  Roland James Brown was arrested and charged following an alleged drunk driving incident.  According to a court document, Brown drove a woman’s b...


Polson property manager charged with rape, witness tampering

By Caleb M. Soptelean/Valley Journal POLSON – The manager of Lakeview Village Apartments faces two counts of sexual intercourse without consent and witness tampering.  David Thomas Murphy, age unknown, was cited for the sexual offenses with a tenant on July 31 and witness tampering on Aug. 2...


Man who beat up woman gets sentenced Man who beat up woman gets sentenced

POLSON – A man with a history of violating protective orders was given an 8-year sentence last week with four years suspended for criminal endangerment. Leroy Michael Charles, 40, of Ronan, was also originally charged with aggravated assault, theft and aggravated kidnapping for beating up a woman at...


Lake County Justice Court news for Aug. 30, 2017

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases from Aug. 11-17: The following individuals were found guilty of speeding: William Hutchinson McBath , 28, fined $20; Alexis Kelly Anastasia , 19, fined $120; Gregory Alvin Howell , 74, fined $65; Maxwell D. Hallar , 22, fined $85; Ty...


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