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Man accused of assaulting child enters Alford plea Man accused of  assaulting child  enters Alford plea

POLSON – A 32-year-old Polson man accused of exposing two small children, ages 11 months and 5 years, to methamphetamine and assaulting the 11-month-old, entered a plea agreement with Lake County prosecutors that could result in no more jail other than time served, about two weeks. Joseph Matthew Farris offered an Alford plea in Lake County District Court on March 7, to felony charges of endangering the welfare of a child and assault on a minor in exchange for a tampering with a witness or an informant charge to be dismissed at sentencing. In an Alford plea, a defendant concedes the case based on state’s evidence without pleading guilty. In a plea agreement under Montana Stat...


Lake County Justice Court news for Mar. 14, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases Feb. 23-March 8: The following individuals were found guilty of speeding: Donald Eugene Adams , 60, fined $85; J. William Hennings , 23, fined $20; Bonnie Ann Leavens , 29, fined $70; Jeffrey William Peterson , 39, fined $20; Heather...


Wylie, Sorrell sentenced for drug possession

POLSON – A Pablo woman convicted of criminal possession of dangerous drugs stemming from a heroin smuggling incident had her sentencing deferred for three years. Ishan Adalin Wylie had served 48 days in the Lake County jail before being sentenced by District Court Judge James Manley on March 7. Acco...


Homen pleads not guilty to charges of strangulation, assault

POLSON – A Ferndale man is denying charges that he strangled his girlfriend and assaulted her 11-year-old son. Charles Homen, 26, entered a plea of not guilty in Lake County District Court last week to felony charges of assault on a minor and strangulation of a partner or family member and misdemeanor ...


Mahseelah found guilty of three charges Mahseelah found guilty of three charges

POLSON – A Lake County jury, after less than an hour of deliberations found a Ronan man guilty in district court March 6 on charges of robbery, assault with a weapon and criminal endangerment.  According to charging documents, 22-year-old Nathan Mahseelah had gone to a residence on Panchot Aven...


Misconduct at state crime lab affects local drug cases

As many as 68 drug cases may have been affected by misconduct at the Montana State Crime Lab. Lake County officials confirm recently dismissing 10 criminal drug possession cases due to a former chemist at the Montana state crime lab being charged with using drugs taken from the lab.  Lake County Chie...


Ronan man sentenced for his part in woman’s death Ronan man sentenced for his part in woman’s death

POLSON — A Ronan man was sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections last week with 10 years suspended for a drunk driving incident that resulted in a woman’s death.  Roland James Brown, 40, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal endangerment stemming from an Aug. 20, 2017, i...


Lake County Justice Court news for Feb. 28, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases from Jan. 12-Feb. 22: The following individuals were found guilty of speeding: Ronald Allen Race , 49, fined $85; Jarrod D. Levesque , 32, fined $170; Donna Kay England , 56, fined $95; Sean Dupuis Perry , 36, fined $20; Kayla Lyn Fo...


Lake County District Court news for Feb. 28, 2018

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on Feb. 21: Waylon Buckskin Michel , 26, of Polson, was given 13 months in the Department of Corrections for his fourth DUI with two additional years suspended. Manley recommended that Michel complete the Warm Springs Addictions Treatments and Change (...


Former St. Ignatius man gets credit for 10-plus months for marijuana possession Former St. Ignatius man gets credit for 10-plus months for marijuana possession

POLSON — A former St. Ignatius man now living in Wyoming was given credit for 315 days served last week as part of a three-year suspended sentence for marijuana possession.  Judge James A. Manley gave Solomon Preston Bolen credit for 225 days in the Lake County Jail and 90 days at a counseling ...


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