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Charlo gets 5 years for DUI hit and run incident Charlo gets 5 years for DUI hit and run incident

A St. Ignatius man accused of driving drunk and striking a bicyclist causing his death last May near St. Ignatius was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for a total of 10 years with five years suspended.  Nick Herak, 73, was riding his bike May 21, 2017 when he was struck by a vehicle. While authorities were still investigating the accident scene, the mother of Douglas Calvin Charlo, 48, showed up with Charlo and implicated her son. Investigators say they found yellow fabric embedded in the paint of Charlo’s vehicle that matched that of the coat worn by Herak.  The sentence was handed down at District Court in Polson on Jan. 30 by Judge James Manley in accordan...


Handcuffed truck thief enters plea agreement Handcuffed truck thief enters plea agreement

A Worley, Idaho, man admitted to leading Montana authorities on a pursuit in a stolen truck while handcuffed this past April. As part a plea agreement, Aaron Montana Crowe, 23, pleaded guilty at District Court in Polson on Aug. 8 to felony counts of theft and criminal endangerment. According to court reco...


Ronan man pleads guilty to felony burglary Ronan man pleads guilty to felony burglary

A Ronan man admitted at District Court in Polson on Aug. 8 to breaking into a residence on Haack Road this past December. Bryan Geoffrey Williams, 31, pleaded guilty to felony burglary. According to charging documents, authorities responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch off the driveway of the lat...


Lake County Justice Court news for August 8, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases June 22-Aug. 2: The following individuals were found guilty of speeding: Zackaria Joseph Orr , fined $95; Carly Marie Fitchett , 41, fined $55; Kenneth Ault , 48, fined $120; Perris S. Moore , 26, fined $85; Mark Thomas Caswell , 64,...


Lake County Justice Court news for July 18, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases from May 18-June 21: Michael Laramie Corrigan , 21, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol, first offense. He was fined $2,000 with $1,400 suspended and charged $85 in court costs. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail w...


High risk sex offender gets 100 year sentence High risk sex offender gets 100 year sentence

District Judge Kim Christopher sentenced a Polson man convicted of rape to Montana State Prison for 100 years on Thursday, July 5. Vaughn James, 45, was sentenced as a persistent felony offender and won’t be eligible for parole until having served 50 years and completing phase I and II of the state&...


Lake County Justice Court news for July 11, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases from May 18- June 21: The following individuals were found guilty of speeding: Parley K. Thordrson , 56, fined $55; Sarah W. Gallagher , 53, fined $85; Janice Marie Oppedal , 56, fined $20; Kisa Marie Davison , 44, fined $70; Robbie ...


Two residential drug searches made in Polson

News from the Polson Police Department POLSON — On the night of June 27, your Polson Police Department executed two residential search warrants. These warrants were the result of a short-term drug investigation. The information used to initiate the investigation originated from citizen complaints....


Missoula sex trafficker sentenced to 30 years in prison Missoula sex trafficker sentenced to 30 years in prison

  BILLINGS - The United States Attorney’s Office announced that Terrance Tyrell Edwards was sentenced to 360 months in prison, lifetime supervised release, and a $1,000 special assessment. Edwards was also ordered to pay $3,370 in restitution to one of his victims. U.S. District Judge Susan P...


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 ...


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