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Murphy's rape charges get reduced to negligent endangerment

A Polson apartment manager who was accused of raping a woman will spend no more than the one day in jail that he has already served.  David Thomas Murphy, 64, was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Monday, Oct. 29, to the amended charges of misdemeanor negligent endangerment and felony tampering with witnesses and informants. He was initially facing two felony counts of sexual intercourse without consent and the tampering charge. One count of sexual intercourse without consent was dismissed at sentencing as per the plea agreement. Judge Allison strongly encouraged Murphy to take part in counseling as the court is concerned Murphy “has issues and needs to take a very h...


Lake County Justice Court news for Oct. 17, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases Sept. 28-Oct. 1: Trevor Alan Moss , 31, pleaded not guilty to the amended charge of driving without a valid driver’s license. He was found guilty and fined $500 with $400 suspended, charged $35 in court costs and sentenced to 180 d...


Mathias serving sentence for sexual assault

A Polson man was committed at District Court in Polson on Oct. 11 to the Montana Department of Corrections for six years with two years suspended for sexually assaulting a young girl.  Brandon J. Mathias, 29, pled guilty to felony sexual assault on Aug. 23. According to court records, on Jan. 3, a...


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 Will...


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...


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