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Articles with the Tag: Courts

School administrators add comments to school bus case School administrators add comments to school bus case

The sentencing hearing has been continued to Nov. 29 for the former St. Ignatius school bus driver and owner charged with dealing methamphetamine.  District Judge Kim Christopher continued the sentencing after a proposed plea agreement was criticized on social media by St. Ignatius High School and Mi...

Hundahl gets caught three times

A Polson man who was busted for possessing methamphetamine three times was committed to the Montana Department of corrections for five years, with none of that time suspended, at District Court in Polson on Oct. 31. According to charging documents, on June 10, 2017, Robin Wade Hundahl, 54, was the subject...

Murphy's rape charges get reduced to negligent endangerment

A Polson apartment manager who was accused of raping a woman will spend no more than the one day in jail that he has already served.  David Thomas Murphy, 64, was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Monday, Oct. 29, to the amended charges of misdemeanor negligent endangerment and felony tamperin...

Lake County Justice Court news for Oct. 17, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases Sept. 28-Oct. 1: Trevor Alan Moss , 31, pleaded not guilty to the amended charge of driving without a valid driver’s license. He was found guilty and fined $500 with $400 suspended, charged $35 in court costs and sentenced to 180 d...

Candidates address issues at forum Candidates address issues at forum

RONAN – Seven candidates for local office spoke directly to the community they hope to lead last Wednesday. Approximately 100 community members attended the forum, held at the Ronan Community Center. The Lake County Democrats and Republicans sponsored the event. Lake County resident Elaine Meeks att...

Family support for judge

Editor,  Kim Christopher is the best candidate for District Court Judge of Lake and Sanders counties. She has excelled in this position for 18 years. She is steadfast, honest, fair and professional. How do I know? I’ve watched her in action, and I’ve seen her behind the scenes. You see, K...

Mathias serving sentence for sexual assault

A Polson man was committed at District Court in Polson on Oct. 11 to the Montana Department of Corrections for six years with two years suspended for sexually assaulting a young girl.  Brandon J. Mathias, 29, pled guilty to felony sexual assault on Aug. 23. According to court records, on Jan. 3, a...

Former bus driver might avoid jail time

The former school bus driver and owner of the bus company contracted by the St. Ignatius School District who was charged with dealing methamphetamine entered into a plea agreement at District Court in Polson on Thursday, Sept. 27. The plea agreement could keep him from being incarcerated.  Scott Will...

Kaliman sentenced for exploitation

The former Financial Coordinator of Mission Mountain Enterprises, Jessica Lynn Kaliman, 39, of Clayton, Washington, was committed to the state Department of Corrections for three years with all but one day jail time already served suspended. Kaliman had entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on...

Man who fires rifle into river at park pleads not guilty to criminal endangerment

A Polson man entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson today to felony criminal endangerment.  Marty Jay Billmayer, 45, is accused of firing multiple rounds from a .22 caliber rifle into the Flathead River at about 6 o’clock the evening of Aug. 23 while at Riverside Park in Polso...

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