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Bourdon pleads not guilty to alleged rape charges Bourdon pleads not guilty to alleged rape charges

A Washington state man with ties to Lake County entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on March 22 to two counts of rape, criminal endangerment, strangulation of a partner or family member and tampering with informants – all felonies. According to charging documents, the investigation began when the alleged victim, identified by the initials C.M. reported that she had received texts from 26-year-old Damian Ray Bourdon, in violation of a no contact order. C.M. would go on to state that Bourdon raped her in September 2017 despite her not being medically cleared to engage in sex due to an inflammatory pelvic disease. She stated that the rape caused her more pain and ...


Pablo man pleads not guilty to felony assault charges Pablo man pleads not guilty to felony assault charges

A Pablo man with two prior domestic abuse convictions is facing a third, now felony, charge of partner or family member assault. David Boyed Vanbouchaute, 32, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson last week to assault on a minor, partner or family member assault, both felonies and misde...


Old Horn gets five years for probation violation Old Horn gets five years for probation violation

POLSON — Clifford Old Horn, a 31-year-old St. Ignatius man who once had a Lake County murder conviction overturned by the Montana Supreme Court, has been sentenced back to the department of corrections for once again violating terms of his probation on a separate matter. Old Horn has been down this ...


Idaho man charged with forgery, defrauding CSKT of more than $17K Idaho man charged with forgery, defrauding CSKT of more than $17K

Chauncey Whitwright IV, an Idaho man with ties to Lake County, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on March 15 to forgery by common scheme. According to court records, Whitwright allegedly defrauded the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes by knowingly altering checks in a way that ma...


Polson man sentenced to 10 years in prison for child sexual abuse

Raymond Finley Jr., 42, was sentenced in Lake County District Court last week to 20 years in the Montana State Prison with 10 years suspended after pleading guilty in January to one count of child sexual abuse. According to court records, in the months of July and August 2017, Finley used social media to ...


Clarification

A sentence in a court story involving Joseph Matthew Farris and Charlene Sheehy in the March 14 newspaper wasn’t properly worded. The sentence should’ve read: Both parents will have to abide by the conditions of their respective deferred agreements. The Valley Journal regrets any distress the imp...


Man accused of assaulting child enters Alford plea Man accused of  assaulting child  enters Alford plea

POLSON – A 32-year-old Polson man accused of exposing two small children, ages 11 months and 5 years, to methamphetamine and assaulting the 11-month-old, entered a plea agreement with Lake County prosecutors that could result in no more jail other than time served, about two weeks. Joseph Matthew Fa...


Lake County Justice Court news for Mar. 14, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases Feb. 23-March 8: The following individuals were found guilty of speeding: Donald Eugene Adams , 60, fined $85; J. William Hennings , 23, fined $20; Bonnie Ann Leavens , 29, fined $70; Jeffrey William Peterson , 39, fined $20; Heather...


Wylie, Sorrell sentenced for drug possession

POLSON – A Pablo woman convicted of criminal possession of dangerous drugs stemming from a heroin smuggling incident had her sentencing deferred for three years. Ishan Adalin Wylie had served 48 days in the Lake County jail before being sentenced by District Court Judge James Manley on March 7. Acco...


Homen pleads not guilty to charges of strangulation, assault

POLSON – A Ferndale man is denying charges that he strangled his girlfriend and assaulted her 11-year-old son. Charles Homen, 26, entered a plea of not guilty in Lake County District Court last week to felony charges of assault on a minor and strangulation of a partner or family member and misdemeanor ...


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