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Articles with the Tag: Courts

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on June 14:

Willie Pablo , 31, of St. Ignatius, had a previous sentence revoked and was sentenced to four years in the Department of Corrections with no time suspended. He was given credit for 55 days in jail and recommended for the Missoula Assessment and Sanction Center (MASC) and mental health or chemical dependency...

Man faces multiple charges after alleged break-in Man faces multiple charges after alleged break-in

POLSON – A 41-year-old man faces charges of aggravated burglary, theft and misdemeanor criminal mischief for allegedly stealing a vehicle and iPhone from an area residence.  Robert James Matt, city unknown, was arrested following a traffic stop in Ronan on Feb. 10 after he allegedly used an axe...

Shourds Sr. files civil suit for child’s death

POLSON – The father of a 3-year-old boy who was killed on Thanksgiving Day last year has sued the young man who took responsibility for the child’s death.  Phillip Shourds Sr. and the estate of Phillip Shourds Jr. filed suit on May 26 in Lake County District Court and alleged that Chasen ...

Polson man defeats third rape charge in six years  Polson man defeats third rape charge in six years 

By Caleb M. Soptelean/Valley Journal POLSON – For the third time since 2011, Vaughn David James has defeated a rape charge.  James, 44, of Polson, won at trial last week when a 9-woman, 3-man jury voted 10-2 in favor of conviction, resulting in a hung jury and a mistrial. Jury trials require...

Loss of Kerr Dam results in property tax increases, complaints, officials say

POLSON – Lake County residents have seen an average increase of 8 percent or so in their property tax bills during Fiscal Year 2016-17, primarily due to the removal of the former Kerr Dam from the county’s property tax rolls. That’s the word from county finance director Scott Beggs. This...

Father, son facing charges

POLSON – A father and son are facing charges for separate incidents in Lake County. Richard Shawn Twoteeth Jr. faces a rape charge stemming from September 2015, while Richard Sr. faces his fourth DUI charge from June 2015. Twoteeth Jr., 20, of Pablo, allegedly had sexual intercourse with an extre...

Bagnell convicted at trial of second stalking offense Bagnell convicted at trial of second stalking offense

POLSON – An Arlee man was convicted of stalking for the second time against the same woman following a one-and-a-half -day trial last week. Brandon Bagnell, 48, was unanimously convicted by a jury on Tuesday, June 6. Sentencing is scheduled for July 26. County Attorney Steve Eschenbacher asked for a pe...

Great Falls man faces at least two forgery charges Great Falls man faces at least two forgery charges

POLSON – A 32-year-old Great Falls man faces at least two forgery charges after allegedly trying to cash numerous stolen checks in Lake County. Levi Morin was arrested following a May 11 traffic stop near Finley Point when a police officer found 78 pieces of mail from 34 different people in Morin&rs...

Curley gets six-year deferred sentence for child’s death Curley gets six-year deferred sentence for child’s death

POLSON – An 18-year-old was given a six-year deferred sentence on May 24 for causing the death of a three-year-old boy last Thanksgiving. Chasen Curley, who was originally charged with negligent homicide and pleaded guilty to an amended charge of criminal endangerment, was sentenced by Judge James A...

Man convicted of stalking faces trial for another charge Man convicted of stalking faces trial for another charge

POLSON – An Arlee man convicted of stalking in 2014 faces a June 5 trial for another stalking charge against the same woman.  Brandon Bagnell, 48, was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections with no time suspended on Nov. 6, 2014. According to a court document, Bagnell called t...


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