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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 made them appear to have been issued by the tribes. Most of the checks, 22 in all, range in amounts from $400 to $1,000. One was written in the amount of $266.54. The 22 checks total $17,066.54. District Judge Kim Christopher set a trial date of July 9, 2018 with an omnibus, or pre-trial hearing set for May 17. In the meantime, Whitwright remains in the Lake County Jail with bail set at...

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 ...


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...

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 Fa...

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...


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