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Sherwood not scheduled to present at kids’ club Sherwood not scheduled to present at kids’ club

LAKE COUNTY – The director of the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County and the Flathead Indian Reservation, Aric Cooksley, spoke up to clarify an issue concerning a District Court case involving Donnovan Anthony Sherwood, 19. During the case, Sherwood pled guilty for his role in the incident resulting in the death of Cassandra Harris, 24, who was found injured near McDonald Lake in June. She later died from her injuries.  Sherwood pled guilty to obstructing justice and admitted to lying to authorities during the investigation. He was in court for sentencing on Nov. 29. In exchange for his testimony about what happened during the incident, his sentence was deferred for three y...


Marriages and divorces for November 2018

Marriages Coral Ember Sherman and Kenneth Lee Loring Sharmaine B. Tagra and John Vernon Dresen Berkley W. Anderson and Tessa Ann Millstead Christopher C. Clary and Aleisha Maree Graves Duane Harold Snyder and Guadalupe MagaPogue Katherine Marie Smith and Roy Daniel S. Cervantes Gregory Curtis Kramer and...


Sherwood gets deferred sentence for testimony Sherwood gets deferred sentence for testimony

One of four people charged with a role in the death of Cassandra Harris, 24, had his sentence deferred for three years based on the condition that he testify in matters related to the case.  Nineteen-year-old Donovan Anthony Sherwood’s guilty plea was part of an agreement that calls for his sen...


Judge rejects bus driver’s plea agreement, lets jury decide

After receiving numerous complaints by concerned citizens through social media postings and calls made to the Lake County Clerk of District Court, District Judge Kim Christopher rejected the plea agreement for a former St. Ignatius school bus driver and bus owner who was charged with dealing methamphetamine....


Gaither gets six years after being caught with drugs in jail Gaither gets six years after being caught with drugs in jail

Nicholas Jay Gaither, 25, of Polson was about to be released from the Lake County jail on April 4 when detention staff found him attempting to hide a baggie under his foot as he was changing into his street clothes. The baggie contained what appeared to be a black tarry substance that Gaither said he knew...


Men charged with stealing gold Men charged with stealing gold

A pair of Bigfork men are accused of stealing more than $300,000 worth of gold bars, coins, artwork and guns from a self-storage unit then using some of the proceeds from their heist to buy a race car, trailer and other items. Robert Earl Staudenmayer, 32, and Richard Gordon, 49, appeared at District Cour...


Wilson pleads not guilty to knocking car off road Wilson pleads not guilty to knocking car off road

A Lake County man is charged with running his partner or family member off the road after a heated argument. Daniel Joseph Wilson, 39, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to felony counts of assault with a weapon, tampering with physical evidence, criminal endan...


School administrators add comments to school bus case School administrators add comments to school bus case

The sentencing hearing has been continued to Nov. 29 for the former St. Ignatius school bus driver and owner charged with dealing methamphetamine.  District Judge Kim Christopher continued the sentencing after a proposed plea agreement was criticized on social media by St. Ignatius High School and Mi...


Lake County marriages and divorces for October 2018

Marriages: Billie Jo Rinke and Paul Joseph Bianchetti Richard M. Middleton and Mary McDonald Benjamin Scott Stuart and Janeva Lee Albert Hillary D. Hughmanick and Cody Shane Hansen Taylir Alyse Schrock and Casey Benjamin Duff Allison S. Tuszynski and William John Kearns Hope Elizabeth Johnson and Samuel Pa...


Lake County Justice Court news for Nov. 14, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases from Oct. 12 to Nov. 8: Mark Anthony Davidson , 32, pleaded not guilty to theft, obtain or exerts unauthorized control over property, first offense. He was found guilty and fined $1,500 with $1,400 suspended, charged $85 in court costs a...


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