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Articles with the Tag: Courts

Lichte sits in jail while awaiting sentencing Lichte sits in jail while awaiting sentencing

A former Polson property manager, Douglas Dennis Lichte, 42, pleaded guilty at District Court in Polson on Jan. 3 to 16 felony and three misdemeanor charges of theft, according to charging documents. The plea came without the benefit of a plea agreement, meaning Lichte will be at the mercy of the judge at...

Judge Christopher takes oath Judge Christopher takes oath

Deborah “Kim” Christopher was sworn in by Mike McGrath, Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court, for her fourth term as State District Court Judge for the 20th Judicial District, Lake and Sanders counties on Jan. 2 in Helena. The ceremony was held in Helena at the Montana Supreme Court.  ...

Myrick convicted of criminal endangerment

A Former Wolf Point man who now resides in St. Ignatius has entered into a plea agreement convicting him of felony criminal endangerment. Chris Allen Myrick, 36, pleaded guilty to the charge during a change of plea hearing at District Court in Polson Dec. 20. According to court records, on Aug. 31, multip...

Lake County officials sworn into office Lake County officials sworn into office

POLSON – Seven recently elected and re-elected Lake County officials were sworn in for their new terms and took their oaths of office Wednesday afternoon. Dec. 19, in the main courtroom of the Lake County Courthouse.  Montana’s Twentieth Judicial District Judge James Manley presided over ...

Property manager skips town

A former Polson property manager who skipped town with hundreds of thousands of dollars in security deposits is now wanted for skipping court. District Judge Deborah Christopher issued a warrant in the amount of $150,000 for the arrest of Douglas Dennis Lichte, 42. The warrant was issued after he faile...

Auld enters plea agreement on second car theft

Peter James Auld, 31, of Elmo entered a plea agreement on Dec. 12 before District Judge James Manley that calls for him to be committed to the State Department of Corrections for six years with four years suspended for attempted robbery.  According to court records, a Polson woman looked out her home...

Sherwood gets deferred sentence for testimony Sherwood gets deferred sentence for testimony

One of four people charged with a role in the death of Cassandra Harris, 24, had his sentence deferred for three years based on the condition that he testify in matters related to the case.  Nineteen-year-old Donovan Anthony Sherwood’s guilty plea was part of an agreement that calls for his sen...

Judge rejects bus driver’s plea agreement, lets jury decide

After receiving numerous complaints by concerned citizens through social media postings and calls made to the Lake County Clerk of District Court, District Judge Kim Christopher rejected the plea agreement for a former St. Ignatius school bus driver and bus owner who was charged with dealing methamphetamine....

Men charged with stealing gold Men charged with stealing gold

A pair of Bigfork men are accused of stealing more than $300,000 worth of gold bars, coins, artwork and guns from a self-storage unit then using some of the proceeds from their heist to buy a race car, trailer and other items. Robert Earl Staudenmayer, 32, and Richard Gordon, 49, appeared at District Cour...

Wilson pleads not guilty to knocking car off road Wilson pleads not guilty to knocking car off road

A Lake County man is charged with running his partner or family member off the road after a heated argument. Daniel Joseph Wilson, 39, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to felony counts of assault with a weapon, tampering with physical evidence, criminal endan...


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