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Man sentenced to jail for criminal endangerment Man sentenced to jail for criminal endangerment

A Pablo man was sentenced to 10 years with the Montana Department of Corrections with seven years suspended on a criminal endangerment charge at District Court in Polson on Thursday.  District Judge Kim Christopher sentenced David Boyed Vanbouchaute, 32, to an additional year in the Lake County jail with that time suspended for one misdemeanor count of partner or family member assault. Vanbouchaute was initially charged with felony counts of assault on a minor, partner or family member assault, and misdemeanor unlawful restraint.  According to court records, Vanbouchaute was allegedly feeling the effects of methamphetamine when he began arguing with a partner or family membe...


Gianforte staff to hold office hours in Polson

BOZEMAN – Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte announced that a member of his staff will conduct mobile office hours in Polson on Tuesday, June 26, at 4 p.m. in the Lake County Courthouse, third floor conference room, 106 Fourth Ave. E.  


Man pleads guilty to felony criminal endangerment

Ronald Jason Beavers, 45, was initially charged with strangulation of a partner or family member. He entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Wednesday to the amended charge of felony criminal endangerment. On the evening of October 29th, 2017, the victim returned from a basketball tourname...


Ronan man admits he stole car

A Ronan man admitted on Thursday at District Court in Polson to stealing a 2006 Kia in Ronan.  On December 29, 2017, a woman reported leaving her 2006 Kia running while she went into her sister's residence to pick up her children, according to court records. The Kia was gone when she went to leave wi...


Meafua sentenced for embezzling

A former employee of Ace Hardware in Ronan will have six years to pay back his former employer after he admitted to embezzling more than $5,000.  Benjamin M. Meafua, 23, admitted during an April 26 court appearance to using a manager’s pass code on a computer to return sold merchandise onto his...


Lake County Justice Court news for June 6, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases from March 30-April 26: The following individuals were found guilty of speeding: James David Beresovoy , 37, fined $85; Michael John Kalagian , 30, fined $20; Grant Pierson Myhre , 40, fined $20; Ronald Colton Phillipson , 22, fined $...


Finley receives suspended sentence

A Ronan man was committed to the State Department of Corrections for five years with all that time suspended at District Court in Polson on May 23 following a criminal endangerment conviction. According to court records, on Nov. 12, 2017 a Flathead Tribal Police Officer was on routine patrol when he obser...


Former CPS worker pleads guilty to criminal endangerment

A former Lake County social worker, who was charged with raping a Polson woman, has pleaded guilty to the amended charge of criminal endangerment. According to court records on Sept. 26, 2017, Chase Joseph Ripley, 34, in his capacity as Child Protective Services agent for Lake County’s Department of...


Mahseelah sentenced for robbery, assault with a weapon, endangerment Mahseelah sentenced for robbery, assault with a weapon, endangerment

A Ronan man, who was convicted by a Lake County jury on March 6, on charges of robbery, assault with a weapon and criminal endangerment, was sentenced by District Judge James Manley on May 16 to the State Department of Corrections (DOC) for a total of 11 years. Any commitment to the DOC beyond five years lik...


Littlelight sentenced to Montana State Prison following robbery, chase Littlelight sentenced to Montana State Prison following robbery, chase

A retired special agent with the FBI who now practices law in Polson says his client was abused by law enforcement during her arrest after a high speed pursuit last December. The claim was made in a sentencing memorandum by Attorney Edward G. “Ted” Chester Jr. on behalf of his client, Alta Collet...


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