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Man faces two trial dates for car thefts

A Polson man is accused of stealing two vehicles in the Polson area. Matthew Logan Semsak, 32, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Dec. 9 to felony counts of theft and burglary.  Semsak already had a trial date set for May 3 on one count of felony theft stemming from a separate vehicle theft in August of 2019. According to court records, on Aug. 12, 2019, a Polson couple reported the theft of their 2002 Honda CRV. Polson police issued an “attempt to locate” on the vehicle to area law enforcement. Police in Kalispell located the vehicle later that day with Semsak behind the wheel. He was arrested. In the second matter, on July 18, 2020, a Pol...


Woman faces vehicular homicide charges

A St. Ignatius woman driving while under the influence of alcohol is charged with causing a fatal car wreck. Darlene Lesage, 67, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Dec. 10 to vehicular homicide while under the influence. According to court records, on Sept. 11, Lesage was northbou...


Charges dismissed due to questionable incident Charges dismissed due to questionable incident

The trial of a Bigfork man, charged with tampering with witnesses and informants, ended after two days with the charges dismissed. The trial for Robert Earl Staudenmayer, 34, began Monday, Nov. 30, and ended on Tuesday, Dec. 1.  Staudenmayer was accused of trying to entice his common-law wife to lie ...


Man awaits trial for possession charge

A Clinton man is accused of possessing methamphetamine after he was alleged to be shoplifting at Walmart in Polson. Zachary Taylor Remmers, 30, entered a plea of not guilty in District Court at Polson on Dec. 3 to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs. According to court records, on July 18, Polso...


Woman accused of altering check Woman accused of altering check

A St. Ignatius woman, who is already facing burglary and bail jumping charges, is now accused of altering a check, worth nearly $4,000, and using her sister’s identity to cash it. Shaylynn Jamie Reid, 24, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Dec. 3 to felony forgery. According...


Morigeau plans to make amends

District Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher deferred the imposition of sentencing for six years for a St. Ignatius woman who was convicted of stealing money from the St. Ignatius Fire Auxiliary. The sentence was handed down in Polson on Nov. 19. Annie Morigeau, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of ...


Shourds receives sentence related to high-speed chase

District Judge James Manley committed a Pablo man to the Montana Department of Corrections for five years with no time suspended on one count of felony criminal endangerment. The sentence was handed down at District Court in Polson on Nov. 18. Shawn Curtis Shourds, 41, pled guilty to the charge as part of...


Ronan woman pleads not guilty to criminal endangerment after pedestrians report almost being hit

A Ronan woman is accused of nearly hitting two pedestrians while allegedly driving drunk. Cheyenne Heartboltz Dewall, 59, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Nov. 12 to felony criminal endangerment. According to court records, on Oct. 3, law enforcement responded to two separate ca...


Schrier sentenced for assault charges Schrier sentenced for assault charges

District Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher committed a Plains man to the Montana Department of Corrections for 10 years with five years suspended for assaulting a stranger with a rock. The sentence was handed down at District Court in Polson on Nov. 12.  Todd Harold Schrier, 58, pled guilty...


Man arrested during arraignment hearing Man arrested during arraignment hearing

A Dayton man is accused of driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, which violated the terms of his release while subsequent charges were pending.  William Claude Miller, 59, entered a not-guilty plea at District Court in Polson on Nov. 12 to felony counts of criminal possession of dan...


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