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Littlelight pleads guilty to assault with weapon Littlelight pleads guilty to assault with weapon

Alta Collette Littlelight, 34, of Hardin, entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on April 4 to assault with a weapon stemming from a pursuit last December that began in Missoula and ended in Lake County. Littlelight, also known as Alta Three Fingers, entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors that will dismiss at sentencing one count of criminal endangerment. Littelight’s co-defendant, 27-year-old Roishell St. Dennis of Missoula reached a similar agreement on March 28. According to court records, on Dec. 6, 2017 St. Dennis and Littelight were allegedly involved in a robbery and were fleeing the scene when authorities in Missoula began their pursuit. The pursuit...


Gaither enters plea agreement to resolve three cases Gaither enters plea agreement to resolve three cases

A 24-year-old Polson man entered into a plea agreement with Lake County prosecutors last week that resolves three separate cases against him. Nicholas Gaither entered an Alford plea to one count of endangering the welfare of a child. In an Alford plea a defendant concedes the case based on state’s evid...


Lake County Justice Court news for April 11, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases March 9-29: The following individuals were found guilty of speeding: Lisa Jo Hales , 46, fined $20; Robert F. Winter , 26, fined $20; Kaylee Lynn Weirather , 20, fined $70; Tropp William Vincent , 76, fined $70; Jason Wesley Beck , 4...


Old Horn gets five years for probation violation Old Horn gets five years for probation violation

POLSON — Clifford Old Horn, a 31-year-old St. Ignatius man who once had a Lake County murder conviction overturned by the Montana Supreme Court, has been sentenced back to the department of corrections for once again violating terms of his probation on a separate matter. Old Horn has been down this ...


Bourdon pleads not guilty to alleged rape charges Bourdon pleads not guilty to alleged rape charges

A Washington state man with ties to Lake County entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on March 22 to two counts of rape, criminal endangerment, strangulation of a partner or family member and tampering with informants – all felonies. According to charging documents, the investigat...


Pablo man pleads not guilty to felony assault charges Pablo man pleads not guilty to felony assault charges

A Pablo man with two prior domestic abuse convictions is facing a third, now felony, charge of partner or family member assault. David Boyed Vanbouchaute, 32, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson last week to assault on a minor, partner or family member assault, both felonies and misde...


Old Horn gets five years for probation violation Old Horn gets five years for probation violation

POLSON — Clifford Old Horn, a 31-year-old St. Ignatius man who once had a Lake County murder conviction overturned by the Montana Supreme Court, has been sentenced back to the department of corrections for once again violating terms of his probation on a separate matter. Old Horn has been down this ...


Idaho man charged with forgery, defrauding CSKT of more than $17K Idaho man charged with forgery, defrauding CSKT of more than $17K

Chauncey Whitwright IV, an Idaho man with ties to Lake County, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on March 15 to forgery by common scheme. According to court records, Whitwright allegedly defrauded the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes by knowingly altering checks in a way that ma...


Polson man sentenced to 10 years in prison for child sexual abuse

Raymond Finley Jr., 42, was sentenced in Lake County District Court last week to 20 years in the Montana State Prison with 10 years suspended after pleading guilty in January to one count of child sexual abuse. According to court records, in the months of July and August 2017, Finley used social media to ...


Clarification

A sentence in a court story involving Joseph Matthew Farris and Charlene Sheehy in the March 14 newspaper wasn’t properly worded. The sentence should’ve read: Both parents will have to abide by the conditions of their respective deferred agreements. The Valley Journal regrets any distress the imp...


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