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Lake County Justice Court news for Jan. 3, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases Dec. 1-14: The following individuals were found guilty of speeding: Sam D. Barber , 40, fined $85; Kyle Johnston , 34, fined $200; Christopher Richard Clark , 45, fined $70; Jeffrey A. Badelt , 63, fined $85; Bryce William Lindesmith , 19, fined $20; Michael John Harbine , 80, fined $95; Robin Earlaine Lamar , 49, fined $55; Larry R. Conant , 73, fined $85; Lynn Marie Daily , 46, fined $20; James Leonard Stammers , 66, fined $20; Gerald Brian Anderson , 60, fined $20; Chloe Pearl McMahon , 22, fined $20; Robin G. Matthews , 63, fined $55. Thomas David Rozinka , 77, pleaded guilty to partner or family mem...


Lake County District Court news for Jan. 3, 2018

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on Dec. 20: Gabriel Michael Broughton , 18, of Bigfork, received a two-year deferred sentence for an amended charge of criminal endangerment. Broughton was originally charged with sexual intercourse without consent and sexual abuse of children, the lat...


New law being used by county's attorney's office

POLSON – A new state law has resulted in the Lake County Attorney’s office filing multiple strangulation charges.  Deputy county attorney Brendan McQuillan said that prior to the strangulation law taking effect on Oct. 1, the state had to use partner family member assault, aggravated assa...


Six arrested during ‘Operation Blue Christmas’

POLSON — Six people were arrested in a combined operation between local law enforcement agencies on Monday night, Dec. 18. Dubbed “Operation Blue Christmas,” the short-term investigation focused on rescuing children from homes with drugs and drug dealers and abusers, a press release from...


Convicted killer gets another 15 years for sexual assault Convicted killer gets another 15 years for sexual assault

By Caleb M. Soptelean Valley Journal POLSON – A 61-year-old murder convict was sentenced to 15 additional years in the Montana State Prison on Dec. 20. Donald Dean Grant, 61, was out on parole for murder when he committed sexual assault of a girl in 2006 or 2007.  Grant was convicted a...


Former employee accused of stealing $5K

POLSON — A former employee of Ronan’s Ace Hardware store has been charged with theft.  Benjamin M. Meafua was charged with theft of $5,323 after police received a report of embezzlement on June 2, a court document states. Meafua allegedly used a manager’s pass codes to a computer...


Lake County District Court news for Dec. 20, 2017

Judge Deborah Kim Christopher sentenced the following people on Dec. 14: Craig Edward Reece , 26 of Polson, received a three-year deferred sentence for assault on a peace officer. Reece was charged after a Jan. 14 incident in which a vehicle crashed into some trees off Terrace Lake Road. According to a c...


Lake County marriages and divorces for November, 2017

The following marriages and divorces took place in Lake County during the month of November. Marriages Cameron Michael Decker and Aspen Ann Smith Dylan Wade Mastre and Ashlyn Brooke Goossen Patrick James Gembala and Shawn Janelle Kneeland Michael John Rossi and Angela Lynn Moss Aaron Ray Wages and Ch...


Rosa gets five years for aggravated assault

POLSON – A Ronan man was sentenced last week to five years in the Montana State Prison for aggravated assault. Daniel Olin Rosa, 33, was originally charged with criminal endangerment and aggravated assault following an incident where he crashed a car into a garage and punched a woman in the face.&nb...


Lake County District Court news for Dec. 13, 2017

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on Dec. 6: Gentry Brown , 20, of St. Ignatius, received a three-year deferred sentence for an amended charge of criminal endangerment. Brown was originally charged with aggravated assault and sexual assault. According to a court document, he punched a ...


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