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Eight businesses sue state over new law

POLSON — The National Federation of Independent Business and eight Montana businesses filed suit in Lake County District Court last week against the state for alleged breach of contract and constitutional violations because of a new law that imposed a 3-percent management fee on the Montana State Fund in relation to workmen’s compensation insurance.  The Legislature passed SB 4 during a special session last November. The law, which was signed by Gov. Steve Bullock, will result in nearly $30 million being taken from the Montana State Fund’s reserves as part of a measure to shore up a budget shortfall, including $14.6 million in Fiscal Year 2018 and $15 million in FY...


Man gets 43 days in jail for assaulting convicted rapist Man gets 43 days in jail for assaulting convicted rapist

POLSON — A 27-year-old Polson man was convicted at trial Tuesday, Jan. 16 of misdemeanor assault of convicted rapist Vaughn James.  Kasey Pier was tried for felony assault with a weapon for allegedly stabbing James outside the Pier 93 downtown Conoco gas station on July 22, 2016. The six-man, s...


Sentence revoked for teen who caused child’s death

POLSON — On Jan. 10, Judge James A. Manley revoked the six-year deferred sentence of Chasen Curley, 18, of Ronan, for criminal endangerment and sentenced him to time in the Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility in Miles City.  County Attorney Steve Eschenbacher said the Pine Hills program can ...


Lake County Justice Court news for Jan. 24, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases Jan. 5-11: Bruce Nicholas McGlashan , 30, pleaded not guilty to the amended charge of careless driving. He was found guilty and fined $100, charged $35 in court costs and sentenced to 180 days in jail. Sheryl Rae Clark , 63, pleaded ...


Lake County District Court news for Jan. 24, 2018

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on Jan. 17: Jay Wyatt Sorrell, 26, of Pablo, was sentenced to a total of 10 years in the Department of Corrections with five suspended. Sorrell received five years suspended for drug possession and five years with no time suspended when his sentence fro...


Woman gets suspended sentence for assault with a weapon Woman gets suspended sentence for assault with a weapon

POLSON — A 39-year-old Pablo woman was given a three-year suspended sentence last week for assault with a weapon after she struck her male partner with an air conditioning unit on May 20, 2017.  According to a court document, Dawna Michel shoved the man to the floor and hit him with her fists a...


Man suspected of arson gets six-year suspended sentence for theft Man suspected of arson gets  six-year suspended  sentence for theft

POLSON — A 23-year-old Searcy, Arkansas man received a six-year suspended sentence last week for theft.  Shane Thomas Northweather was sentenced by Judge Kim Christopher, who ordered him to pay $10,000 in restitution for cash that was missing following the Nov. 20, 2016 fire of a home in the 39...


Charlo woman ordered to pay $32K in lost wages

POLSON — A 31-year-old Charlo woman being held in the Helena jail was given a three-year deferred sentence on Jan. 10 for criminal endangerment for her part in an incident that left an employee of the Ronan Town Pump unable to work.  Shirley Ann Felsman was also given a six-month suspended jail...


Man who robbed grocery store gets six years deferred

POLSON — A 23-year-old St. Ignatius man was given a six-year deferred sentence for his part in burglarizing Rod’s Harvest Foods in St. Ignatius and stealing $13,285 on Nov. 12, 2016. Judge James A. Manley sentenced Joshua Louis Durglo on Dec. 27, 2017 in accord with a plea agreement. He was...


Lake County District Court news for Jan. 17, 2018

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on Jan. 3 and 10: James Lee Hoskinson , 25, of Polson, had a previous sentence for drug possession revoked and he was given three years in the Department of Corrections with no time suspended for probation violations. He originally received a two-year ...


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