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Jury declares Blixt not guilty of homicide

A Pablo man has been found not guilty of deliberate homicide after a two-and-a-half-day trial that began on Aug. 19 before Judge James Manley.  The Lake County jury of eight men and four women deliberated for about four hours before reaching their verdict in the case against Daniel Chance Blixt, 29, who was charged with shooting and killing Matthew Darnell, 30. According to court records, at 10:09 p.m. on Feb. 28, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 report of a man being shot on Division Street in Pablo. Officers Casey Couture and William Mesteth of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Police Department had Blixt in custody. The victim had been shot sev...


Gieber ordered to pay nearly $200,000 Gieber ordered to pay nearly $200,000

A Polson man has been ordered to pay restitution of $197,385.97 for breaking into Polson storage units and stealing thousands of dollars in personal belongings, including about $150,000 in gold coins. Kenneth Charles Gieber, 21, pled guilty to felony burglary during a change of plea hearing at District Co...


Embezzlement charge rocks small community fire station Embezzlement charge rocks small community fire station

ST. IGNATIUS – The St. Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department is reorganizing after two prominent volunteers suddenly left due to allegations of embezzlement – resulting in one arrest.  On Monday, July 29, Annie Morigeau, 33, was charged with felony theft and forgery and arrested by law enfor...


Sentence deferred in embezzling case

For a Polson woman accused of embezzling money from her employer, Judge James Manley deferred the imposition of sentencing for six years in accordance with a plea agreement reached at District Court in Polson on June 19. Melissa Ann Miller, 34, admitted to crediting false returns to her debit card while s...


Incident involving spike strips gets resolved Incident involving spike strips gets resolved

A Pablo man was committed to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of seven years with five years suspended, resolving three separate cases against him in District Court at Polson on July 3. Jonathan Austin Green, 31, was charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing an Infinity model vehic...


Snyder pays restitution in elder abuse case

In an elder exploitation case, a Lake County man had his imposition of sentencing deferred for three years and was ordered to pay restitution of $10,980 to the victim. Merlyn James Snyder, 37, pled guilty to exploitation of an older person in an earlier appearance at District Court in Polson. In exchange ...


Restitution pays for headstone

A 16-year-old Lake County girl will spend the next five years at the Five County Treatment and Youth Rehabilitation Center in St. Anthony, Idaho, for negligent homicide.  Whisper Jimenez admitted to the charge in youth court on June 5, 2019, stemming from a Nov. 25, 2018, car wreck that killed her pa...


Lake County marriages and divorces for May 2019

Marriages: Ander Philip Jayo and Carleen O’Brien Monte Wayne Baer and Jianyin Zhang Dale F. Dolezal and Christine G. Noel Zoe Rachel Holman and Dane Eric Gregory Tealessa Marie Strong and Keith James Jackson Bruce Dale Plouffe, Sr. and Lisa Marie Bigby Eric Lee Lamberson and Rachelle Miller Charle...


Sentence suspended for expectant mom Sentence suspended for expectant mom

A Lake County woman has been ordered to pay $40,000 restitution as part of her sentence on burglary charges. Samantha Ness, 27, was sentenced to a total of seven years with the Montana State Department of Corrections with all of those years suspended. The sentence was handed down at District Court in Pols...


Schoonover’s sentence resolves four cases Schoonover’s sentence resolves four cases

James Walter Schoonover, 50, of Pablo, has been committed to the state Department of Corrections for a total of 10 years with five years suspended as part of a plea agreement that resolves four separate cases and five felony charges. In the first case, Schoonover was facing one count of assault with a wea...


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