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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 during a change of plea hearing at District Court in Polson to a drunken driving incident. According to court records, on Aug. 31, 2018, multiple motorists reported witnessing a white Chevy Avalanche traveling southbound out of Polson on U. S. Highway 93 at speeds up to 100 mph.  District Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher ordered Myrick to pay restitution of $5,021.90....


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...


Lake County Justice Court news for Feb. 27, 2019

The following cases were heard by Judge Randall Owens in Lake County: Chris Wilcox II , 50, pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so is suspended or revoked. He was fined $250, charged $35 in court costs and sentenced to 2 days in jail. Karlissa Lynn Allen , 44, pleaded not ...


Knox awaits sentence for pouring gas on a woman with lighter in hand Knox awaits sentence for pouring gas on a woman with lighter in hand

It took a Lake County jury less than three hours of deliberations before finding a Lakeside man guilty of four of five felony charges. Dustin Hayes Knox, 42, was accused of pouring gasoline on a woman after breaking into her Lake Vista Court home on July 5, 2018.  The trial began Monday, Feb. 4,...


Auld sent to prison for attempted robbery

An Elmo man, Peter James Auld, 31, was committed at District Court in Polson Jan. 23 to the state Department of Corrections for three years with one year suspended on an attempted robbery charge.  The sentence, handed down by Judge James Manley, followed the recommendation of a plea agreement reached...


Lake County Justice Court news for Jan. 30, 2019

Lake County Justice of the Peace Randal Owens passed judgment on the following cases Nov. 30- Jan. 1: Deo Juavante Alexander , 28, pleaded not guilty to partner or family member assault, causing bodily injury to partner or family member, first offense. He was found guilty and in a plea agreement was fine...


Mental health considered for woman who started fires Mental health considered for woman who started fires

A woman accused of setting fires to the U. S. Post Office in Big Arm and other public facilities in Montana has been denied a bond reduction. Jennifer Len Alice Cassidy, 25, appeared before District Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher in Polson for two counts of felony arson on Jan. 10. The hearin...


Attorney recommends Michel get 20 years for child assaultAttorney recommends Michel get 20 years for child assault Attorney recommends Michel get 20 years for child assaultAttorney recommends Michel get 20 years for child assault

A Ronan man who was initially charged with sexual assault is receiving a recommended sentence to Montana State Prison for 20 years on the amended charge of aggravated assault. Keith Lee Michel Jr., 28, entered into a plea agreement during an appearance at District Court in Polson on Jan. 2. Lake County Attor...


Lichte sits in jail while awaiting sentencing Lichte sits in jail while awaiting sentencing

A former Polson property manager, Douglas Dennis Lichte, 42, pleaded guilty at District Court in Polson on Jan. 3 to 16 felony and three misdemeanor charges of theft, according to charging documents. The plea came without the benefit of a plea agreement, meaning Lichte will be at the mercy of the judge at...


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