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Articles with the Tag: Courts

Man charged with impersonating an officer

POLSON – A 33-year-old Polson man faces three counts of impersonating an officer after multiple reports of him “patrolling” Flathead Lake.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said Ryan Lowden was cited following an Aug. 10 search of his home that revealed Coast Guard clothing.&n...

St. Ignatius man faces assault charges St. Ignatius man faces assault charges

POLSON – A 34-year-old St. Ignatius man faces charges of assault with a weapon, stalking and violating an order of protection multiple times following separate incidents earlier this year.  James. J. McGuire also faces revocation of a sentence for misdemeanor partner family member assault and c...

Pablo woman charged in grandson’s death Pablo woman charged in grandson’s death

A 54-year-old Pablo woman has been charged in the death of her 2-year-old grandson.  Lorraine Ramirez was charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence and is being held on a $125,000 bond in the Beaverhead County Jail following a one-vehicle crash that took the life of Bakersfield, Calif...

Montana meth cleanup laws lag behind Montana meth cleanup laws lag behind

It was a perfect home for their growing family. James and Josephine Slack had purchased a small house in a rural neighborhood on Mill Road just north of Helena, Mont. The home had a big yard surrounded by mountains in the distance, ideal for the Slacks’ two young daughters and soon-to-be born son. ...

Nelson charged with assault Nelson charged with assault

POLSON – A 23-year-old Pablo woman faces an assault with a weapon charge after she allegedly struck a woman in the face with a metal pipe on Dec. 19, 2016.  According to a court document, Tabatha Nelson used an 18-inch black metal pipe to strike the nose of a woman who had complained about tras...

Michel faces assault with weapon charge Michel faces assault with weapon charge

POLSON – A 38-year-old Pablo woman faces an assault with a weapon charge and a parole violation after she allegedly beat up a man on May 20.  Dawna Mae Michel got into an argument with the man and then forced her way into a bedroom where the man was, according to a court document.  Mich...

Charlo man gets 3 years, faces more charges Charlo man gets 3 years, faces more charges

Valley Journal POLSON – A Charlo man was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections last week for criminal possession of dangerous drugs. Daniel Olin Rosa, 32, was sentenced by Judge James A. Manley as part of a plea agreement. Rosa originally faced a possession with intent to dist...

Dixon man gets 8-year suspended sentence for threatening emails Dixon man gets 8-year suspended sentence for threatening emails

POLSON – A 54-year-old Dixon man who sent well over 700 threatening and lewd emails to a former girlfriend was given an eight-year suspended sentence last week. Charles Theis of Dixon pleaded guilty to four counts of violating privacy in communications. A stalking charge and 57 privacy in communicat...

Meth addict finds new hope in drug court Meth addict finds new hope in drug court

The courtroom exudes formality. An ornate chandelier looms in the space over Bella Dally. Above it is the intricately detailed ceiling of Judge John Larson’s court.  For Dally, this intimidating room with its gold columns and rich wood is a place where she feels welcomed and respected.  ...

Retrial results in rape conviction for Vaughn James Retrial results in rape conviction for Vaughn James

POLSON – They finally got their man. The Lake County Attorney’s Office won a rape trial last week when a seven-man, five-woman jury voted unanimously to convict Vaughn James. James, 44, had defeated a rape charge at a June 12-14 trial when the jury split 10-2 in favor of conviction. That wa...


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