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Articles with the Tag: Courts

Former CPS worker pleads guilty to criminal endangerment

A former Lake County social worker, who was charged with raping a Polson woman, has pleaded guilty to the amended charge of criminal endangerment. According to court records on Sept. 26, 2017, Chase Joseph Ripley, 34, in his capacity as Child Protective Services agent for Lake County’s Department of...

Mahseelah sentenced for robbery, assault with a weapon, endangerment Mahseelah sentenced for robbery, assault with a weapon, endangerment

A Ronan man, who was convicted by a Lake County jury on March 6, on charges of robbery, assault with a weapon and criminal endangerment, was sentenced by District Judge James Manley on May 16 to the State Department of Corrections (DOC) for a total of 11 years. Any commitment to the DOC beyond five years lik...

Littlelight sentenced to Montana State Prison following robbery, chase Littlelight sentenced to Montana State Prison following robbery, chase

A retired special agent with the FBI who now practices law in Polson says his client was abused by law enforcement during her arrest after a high speed pursuit last December. The claim was made in a sentencing memorandum by Attorney Edward G. “Ted” Chester Jr. on behalf of his client, Alta Collet...

Two attorneys challenge Christopher for district judge position Two attorneys challenge Christopher for district judge position

Two candidates will challenge incumbent Deborah “Kim” Christopher for the position of district judge for Sanders and Lake counties. All candidates will be listed on June 5 primary ballots with the top two vote winners advancing to the Nov. 6 general election.  Deborah “Kim” C...

Candidates share views at 20th Judicial District Forum

Incumbent Deborah “Kim” Christopher, Ashley Morigeau, and Ben Anciaux are candidates for district judge. All three attended a recent public forum hosted by the Lake County Republican Women and the Lake County Democrats. The forum was held at Johnny Arlee/Victor Charlo Performing Arts Center in Pa...

Woman gets 10 years following high speed chase Woman gets 10 years following high speed chase

Roishell Elizabeth St. Dennis, 28, of Missoula, was sentenced at District Court in Polson on May 2 to 20 years in the Montana State Women’s Prison with 10 years suspended on an assault with a weapon charge. The charge stems from a pursuit with law enforcement that began in Missoula and ended in Lake...

Bigfork man gets 3 years DOC for sexually assaulting 12-year-old

A Bigfork man was committed by Judge James Manley at District Court in Polson April 25 to 15 years with the State Department of Corrections with 12 years suspended after he pleaded guilty to sexual assault in February. Scott David Curry, 49, admitted to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy on multiple oc...

Croft gets 10-year prison sentence for child sexual assault

An 83-year-old Polson man was sentenced by Judge James Manley at District Court in Polson on April 25 to the Montana State Prison for 20 years with 10 years suspended after earlier admitting to sexually assaulting two young girls. Lewis Croft was initially charged with felony counts of sexual intercourse ...

Metzger sentenced for unsafe shooting practices Metzger sentenced for unsafe shooting practices

A Ronan man was committed to the state Department of Corrections for 10 years with all time suspended during an appearance at District Court in Polson on April 18.  Allen Ted Metzger, 60, entered a guilty plea on Feb. 28 through his attorney, Lance Jasper of Missoula, to two counts of criminal endang...

Detention Center demands to be reduced

Lake County has been chosen to participate in a pilot project aimed at reducing the demand on detention centers while ensuring criminal defendants make their court appearances. Lake County Chief Deputy Attorney James Lapotka says the 2017 Legislature established an evidence-based risk assessment program for ...


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