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Articles with the Tag: Courts

Incident involving spike strips gets resolved Incident involving spike strips gets resolved

A Pablo man was committed to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of seven years with five years suspended, resolving three separate cases against him in District Court at Polson on July 3. Jonathan Austin Green, 31, was charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing an Infinity model vehic...

Snyder pays restitution in elder abuse case

In an elder exploitation case, a Lake County man had his imposition of sentencing deferred for three years and was ordered to pay restitution of $10,980 to the victim. Merlyn James Snyder, 37, pled guilty to exploitation of an older person in an earlier appearance at District Court in Polson. In exchange ...

Sentence suspended for expectant mom Sentence suspended for expectant mom

A Lake County woman has been ordered to pay $40,000 restitution as part of her sentence on burglary charges. Samantha Ness, 27, was sentenced to a total of seven years with the Montana State Department of Corrections with all of those years suspended. The sentence was handed down at District Court in Pols...

Court grants immediate restraining order against Secretary of State

News from the Office of the Governor  MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today filed suit against Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton over an unconstitutional decision to ignore the Governor’s veto of HB 132.  “The Secretary of State overstepped his authority,” ...

Schoonover’s sentence resolves four cases Schoonover’s sentence resolves four cases

James Walter Schoonover, 50, of Pablo, has been committed to the state Department of Corrections for a total of 10 years with five years suspended as part of a plea agreement that resolves four separate cases and five felony charges. In the first case, Schoonover was facing one count of assault with a wea...

Trials set for couple transporting meth in mail

A Polson man entered a “no contest” plea at District Court in Polson on May 8 to the amended charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, which is a felony.  Anthony “Tony” Friscia, 63, was initially charged with criminal possession with intent to distribute for allegedly...

Michel gets 20 years for assault

A Ronan man was sentenced at District Court in Polson on April 24 to 20 years in the Montana State Prison with none of that time suspended on an amended charge of aggravated assault. Keith Lee Michel Jr., 28, was initially charged with sexual assault but entered into a plea agreement on Jan. 2 that amende...

Drug Court celebrates successful first year Drug Court celebrates successful first year

POLSON – In an effort to keep people from continuously cycling in and out of the criminal justice system, a drug court for Lake County was a developed with a focus on helping people create a new life for themselves. On Thursday, April 11, Lake County Drug Court celebrated its seventh graduate and a ...

Judge calls incident frightening Judge calls incident frightening

A Lakeside man has been sentenced to Montana State Prison for a total of 20 years with 10 years suspended for breaking into a Polson woman’s home, pouring gasoline on her and threatening to set her on fire. The incident happened on July 5, 2018. On Feb. 6, a Lake County jury convicted Dustin Hayes K...

Phone records lead to charges in Sanders County homicide Phone records lead to charges in Sanders County homicide

POLSON – A woman charged with the deliberate homicide of Matthew LaFriniere – in Thompson Falls almost a year ago – was arrested on the morning of Wednesday, March 20, in Polson.  Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Danielle Jeanette Wood after receiving the arrest ...


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