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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 counts of unlawful restraint and criminal destruction or tampering with a communications device.  On Jan. 4, Homen is alleged to have engaged in a physical altercation with a woman identified in charging documents by the initials J.M. and her 11-year-old son identified by the initials B.M.  According to charging documents, the incident occurred when J.M. returned home fro...


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 ...


Bertsch gets 10 years for sexual assault of juvenile Bertsch gets 10 years for sexual assault of juvenile

POLSON — A 63-year-old Polson man got 20 years in state prison with 10 suspended last week for sexual assault of a juvenile and indecent exposure.  Judge James A. Manley sentenced Robert Walter Bertsch in accord with a plea agreement. Manley ordered that Bertsch not be given parole during the 1...


District Courts for Feb. 21, 2018

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on Feb. 14:  Robert Michael Bigback , 41, of Ronan was given six months in jail with all time suspended except for eight days for misdemeanor assault and one year in jail with all time suspended for negligent endangerment, also a misdemeanor. Th...


Drowatzky charged with rape of juvenile

POLSON — A 24-year-old Pablo man has been charged with raping a juvenile.  According to a court document, Cory Ryan Drowatzky had oral intercourse with a 15-year-old boy on Jan. 8.  Drowatzky was released on his own recognizance on Jan. 10 but ordered to wear a GPS tracking device. He p...


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