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Articles with the Tag: Crime

Incident involving spike strips gets resolved Incident involving spike strips gets resolved

A Pablo man was committed to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of seven years with five years suspended, resolving three separate cases against him in District Court at Polson on July 3. Jonathan Austin Green, 31, was charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing an Infinity model vehic...

Snyder pays restitution in elder abuse case

In an elder exploitation case, a Lake County man had his imposition of sentencing deferred for three years and was ordered to pay restitution of $10,980 to the victim. Merlyn James Snyder, 37, pled guilty to exploitation of an older person in an earlier appearance at District Court in Polson. In exchange ...

Restitution pays for headstone

A 16-year-old Lake County girl will spend the next five years at the Five County Treatment and Youth Rehabilitation Center in St. Anthony, Idaho, for negligent homicide.  Whisper Jimenez admitted to the charge in youth court on June 5, 2019, stemming from a Nov. 25, 2018, car wreck that killed her pa...

Law enforcement makes multiple drug busts

LAKE COUNTY – Four unrelated drug busts in a 24-hour period kept the Lake County Sherriff’s Office extra busy last week.     The criminal activity started early on Monday, June 3, at 6:25 a.m. when 28-year-old Seth Williams, of Polson, was arrested in Ronan. Lake County Sheriff Don B...

Sentence suspended for expectant mom Sentence suspended for expectant mom

A Lake County woman has been ordered to pay $40,000 restitution as part of her sentence on burglary charges. Samantha Ness, 27, was sentenced to a total of seven years with the Montana State Department of Corrections with all of those years suspended. The sentence was handed down at District Court in Pols...

Schoonover’s sentence resolves four cases Schoonover’s sentence resolves four cases

James Walter Schoonover, 50, of Pablo, has been committed to the state Department of Corrections for a total of 10 years with five years suspended as part of a plea agreement that resolves four separate cases and five felony charges. In the first case, Schoonover was facing one count of assault with a wea...

Reintroduction of Savanna’s Act offers hope

News from Western Native Voice WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bipartisan group of congressional members reintroduced Savanna’s Act. Representatives Torres (D-CA), Newhouse (R-WA), and Haaland (D-NM), working in coordination with the offices of Senators Murkowski (R-AK) and Cortez-Masto (D-NV), crafted...

Trials set for couple transporting meth in mail

A Polson man entered a “no contest” plea at District Court in Polson on May 8 to the amended charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, which is a felony.  Anthony “Tony” Friscia, 63, was initially charged with criminal possession with intent to distribute for allegedly...

Residential drug search warrant leads to arrests Residential drug search warrant leads to arrests

News from Polson Police Sergeant George Simpson POLSON – Last month your Polson Police Department began a drug investigation involving individuals on the west side of town.  On May 10, at approximately 5:45 p.m., a team of law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at 1002 5th St. ...

Michel gets 20 years for assault

A Ronan man was sentenced at District Court in Polson on April 24 to 20 years in the Montana State Prison with none of that time suspended on an amended charge of aggravated assault. Keith Lee Michel Jr., 28, was initially charged with sexual assault but entered into a plea agreement on Jan. 2 that amende...


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