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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 center in Casper.  Bolen, 36, was convicted at a bench trial on Jan. 6, 2017 for possession of 60 grams of marijuana, which defense attorney Britt Cotter said was just barely over the limit for a felony.  The sentence may have brought an end to Bolen’s saga in Lake County.  Two other cases consisting of multiple charges against him were dismissed in January ...


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...


Dentler charged with sexual assault of juvenile   Dentler charged with sexual assault of juvenile  

POLSON — A Polson man has been charged with sexual assault of a juvenile.  Zachary James Dentler, 23, touched the breasts of a 13-year-old girl and tried to make her put her hands down his pants and rub his chest, a court document states.  Dentler admitted to touching the girl’s b...


Elmo man charged with assault, tampering with evidence Elmo man charged with assault, tampering with  evidence

POLSON — An Elmo man has been charged with assault with a weapon and tampering with evidence following an incident in which he allegedly engaged in a jealousy fueled altercation with his partner.  Calvin McCoy, 41, was charged in relation to an incident that allegedly took place on Jan. 17 and ...


Ronan man charged with rape of juvenile Ronan man charged with rape of juvenile

POLSON — A 26-year-old Ronan man has been charged with rape.  Clint Headdress Irvine was charged after a juvenile under age 10 described sexually explicit actions that Irvine committed on her. According to a court document, the girl reportedly sustained injuries.  Irvine denied causi...


Lake County District Court news for Feb. 14, 2018

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on Feb. 7: Angela Rachelle Guardipee , 30, of Ronan, was given a five-year sentence in the Department of Corrections with two years suspended for theft and bail jumping. Another bail jumping charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. According t...


Bagnell gets 20 years for second stalking conviction Bagnell gets 20 years for second stalking conviction

PABLO — An Arlee man was sentenced last week to 20 years in the Montana State Prison for his second stalking conviction.  Brandon Bagnell, 48, was sentenced by Judge James A. Manley as a persistent felony offender. Manley had previously sentenced Bagnell to five years with the Department of Cor...


Marriages and divorces for Nov. and Dec. 2017, and Jan. 2018

The following Marriages and Divorces took place in Lake County during the months of Nov. and Dec. 2017 and Jan. 2018: Marriages Verner James Rose and Caitlyn Renee Vassar Jeremy Todd Rice and Melissa Sue Allison Divorces Kailey L. Stroupe and Molly Stroupe (Whitewater restored) Travis E. Dear...


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