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Eystad convicted of eighth DUI

POLSON — A Flathead Valley man was committed at District Court in Polson Jan. 6 to the Montana Department of Corrections for five years after being convicted of what records show is his eighth DUI conviction. Earl Dean Eystad, 55, was fined $5,000 and given credit for having already served 223 days in jail. According to court records, on May 16, Lake County Sheriff’s Lt. Fernando Venegas took a report of a possible drunk driver in the Woods Bay area. Lt. Venegas observed the suspect vehicle weaving all over the road and driving 15 miles per hour below the posted speed limit before conducting a traffic stop on it. The driver was identified as Eystad. He appeared to be intox...


Locke sentenced for burglary

POLSON — A Bismark North Dakota man was committed at District Court in Polson on Jan. 13 to the Montana Department of Corrections for five years with all that time suspended on a burglary conviction. Justin Scott Locke, 30, was already convicted of burglary and theft charges in neighboring counties....


Hawkins sentenced to four years Hawkins sentenced to four years

POLSON — A Pablo man was sentenced at District Court in Polson Jan. 13 to four years with the Montana Department of Corrections with all that time suspended on a felony partner or family member conviction. Cory William Hawkins, 45, has two prior misdemeanor convictions, one involving the same victim. ...


Federal judge: At least two PSC districts are ‘presumptively unconstitutional’ Federal judge: At least two PSC districts are ‘presumptively unconstitutional’

News from Montana Free Press HELENA — A federal judge issued an order on Dec. 22 blocking the state’s top election official from certifying candidates running for the Public Service Commission until the constitutionality of the commission’s district map has been evaluated. The Publi...


Nichols sentenced to 10 years for violation of release conditions Nichols sentenced to 10 years for violation of release conditions

POLSON — An Elmo woman had a six-year deferred sentence for felony criminal endangerment revoked at District Court in Polson Dec. 16 and turned into a 10-year term in the Montana State Women’s prison for continued violations of her release conditions Rachel Rae Nichols, 50, was initially given...


Steele to face trial for criminal possession Steele to face trial for criminal possession

POLSON — A Pablo man is facing a jury trial in April for allegedly dealing drugs, namely heroin, in Lake County. John Emery Steele, 30, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson Dec. 16 to two counts of criminal possession with intent to distribute and three counts criminal possession...


Omingo sentenced to eight years Omingo sentenced to eight years

POLSON — A St. Ignatius man was committed at District Court in Polson Dec. 15 to a total of eight years with the Montana Department of Corrections with no time suspended. The sentence was in accordance with a re-negotiated plea agreement reached in District Court at Polson Dec. 1. Larrs Jalen Omingo...


Hilton pleads guilty as part of plea agreement

POLSON — A Great Falls woman admitted to breaking into the Montana State University Flathead Reservation Extension office during a change of plea hearing at District Court in Polson Dec. 15. Crystal Gayle Hilton, 41, was initially charged with two counts of felony burglary. She entered a plea of gui...


Christy-Lacounte sentenced to six years Christy-Lacounte sentenced to six years

POLSON — A St. Ignatius man was committed at District Court in Polson Dec. 15 to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of six years with none of that time suspended for a string of high-speed pursuits with law enforcement. Shonko Christy-Lacounte, 24, pleaded guilty in District Court in ...


Washburn accepts plea agreement Washburn accepts plea agreement

POLSON — Judge James Manley set a sentencing date of March 30 for a Ronan man convicted on felony charges of assault on a peace officer and criminal mischief. Billy Washburn, 42, entered a no contest plea to the charges at District Court in Polson Dec. 15 by way of mental disease or defect. The plea wa...


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