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Addiction recovery home opens in Polson Addiction recovery home opens in Polson

POLSON – Jay Brewer stood outside the new drug and alcohol addiction-recovery house – one of the first of its kind in Montana – on a warm spring afternoon with a smile on his face. “Everything is surreal right now,” Brewer said as he looked at the ordinary white house being u...

Max sentence given for 9th DUI

A St. Ignatius man was committed to the Montana Department of Corrections for five years with no time suspended on what Lake County Attorney Steve Eschenbacher says is his ninth DUI.  Judge James Manley handed down the sentence to Douglas Cecil Dumont, 60, at District Court in Polson on March 4. Five...

High-speed chase suspect remains in jail

Story by Jeff Smith  of Anderson Broadcasting  for the Valley Journal A high speed pursuit led to criminal charges for a St. Ignatius man. Shonko Christy-Lacounte, 22, entered a plea of not guilty in District Court at Polson February 26, to felony criminal endangerment. Christy-Lacounte...

FJBC employee indicted in federal court

MISSOULA — The Flathead Joint Board of Control’s former executive administrative assistant, Johanna Clark, was indicted on federal charges of wire fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft in United States District Court on Feb. 26 in Missoula. According to court documents, Clark is faci...

Jury finds Lake County man not guilty of burglary, assault

After about two hours of deliberating, a jury found a Lake County man not guilty on felony charges of burglary and aggravated assault. Donald Isadore Mitchell, 36, was accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house and hitting a sleeping man in the face with an unspecified object. According t...

Rossbach found guilty of assault on a peace officer Rossbach found guilty of assault on a peace officer

It took a Lake County jury less than an hour to find a St. Ignatius man guilty of felony assault on a peace officer.  The trial for William G. Rossbach, 43, began the morning of Feb. 5. Closing arguments were heard the following day and by 11:30 a.m. the guilty verdict was reached. It was the seco...

Lake County voters give jail levy thumbs down

POLSON – The Lake County jail and courthouse will remain as is for now after voters overwhelmingly rejected the Lake County Criminal Justice Center and Operations Levy request.  In a special countywide mail-in election held on Tuesday, Jan. 28, the unofficial count came in at 4,638 against the ...

McCarty sentenced for March 2019 high-speed chase case McCarty sentenced for March 2019 high-speed chase case

A Missoula man has avoided a felony charge of criminal endangerment by accepting a plea agreement at District Court in Polson on Jan. 29. Dakota McCarty, 28, was charged with felony criminal endangerment but pleaded guilty by way of a plea agreement to misdemeanor negligent endangerment for a high-speed p...

Vaska sentenced for DUI charge Vaska sentenced for DUI charge

A Polson man was committed to the Montana Department of Corrections for 13 months on a felony charge of driving while under the influence.  Brennan Keith Vaska, 27, was also fined $5,000 for the DUI, $100 for misdemeanor theft and ordered to pay $800 for the cost of his public defender. District Judg...

Judge gives man three years for criminal endangerment

A Lake County man was sentenced in District Court at Polson on Jan. 22 to three years with the Montana Department of Corrections with no time suspended on the amended charge of criminal endangerment.  Jonathan Wayne Snyder, 40, was initially charged with sexual intercourse without consent for an inci...


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