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Articles with the Tag: Crime

Polson man defeats third rape charge in six years  Polson man defeats third rape charge in six years 

By Caleb M. Soptelean/Valley Journal POLSON – For the third time since 2011, Vaughn David James has defeated a rape charge.  James, 44, of Polson, won at trial last week when a 9-woman, 3-man jury voted 10-2 in favor of conviction, resulting in a hung jury and a mistrial. Jury trials require...

Great Falls man faces at least two forgery charges Great Falls man faces at least two forgery charges

POLSON – A 32-year-old Great Falls man faces at least two forgery charges after allegedly trying to cash numerous stolen checks in Lake County. Levi Morin was arrested following a May 11 traffic stop near Finley Point when a police officer found 78 pieces of mail from 34 different people in Morin&rs...

Dixon man faces multiple charges Dixon man faces multiple charges

POLSON – A Dixon man faces a stalking charge and three counts of violating privacy in communications after he allegedly sent more than 700 lewd and threatening emails to a woman over the course of 10 months.  Charles Thies, 54, was arrested May 8 and is being held on $100,000 bond. He also face...

ERs emerge as the frontline in the meth war ERs emerge as the frontline in the meth war

Dr. Doug Melzer usually works nights in the emergency room at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He spends most of his time dealing with the usual emergency room fare: heart attacks, pneumonia, broken hips.  But about once a week he treats patients coming into the emergency room because they’re ...

Human trafficking awareness urged Human trafficking awareness urged

POLSON – As a victim of child sexual abuse, Grace Manchala has a heart for child victims of sex trafficking.  Manchala spoke about her passion to shed light on the problem before the Lake County Pachyderm Club on Friday, May 26.  Growing up in India, Manchala suffered from abuse from a ...

Curley gets six-year deferred sentence for child’s death Curley gets six-year deferred sentence for child’s death

POLSON – An 18-year-old was given a six-year deferred sentence on May 24 for causing the death of a three-year-old boy last Thanksgiving. Chasen Curley, who was originally charged with negligent homicide and pleaded guilty to an amended charge of criminal endangerment, was sentenced by Judge James A...

Man convicted of stalking faces trial for another charge Man convicted of stalking faces trial for another charge

POLSON – An Arlee man convicted of stalking in 2014 faces a June 5 trial for another stalking charge against the same woman.  Brandon Bagnell, 48, was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections with no time suspended on Nov. 6, 2014. According to a court document, Bagnell called t...

Bicyclist killed in hit and run Bicyclist  killed in  hit and run

ST. IGNATIUS – A man was killed while riding his bike during the morning hours of Sunday, May 21, according to Lake County Sheriff Don Bell. The incident occurred near the intersection of Chalwain Road and St. Mary’s Lake Road.   Sheriff Don Bell stated that Nick J. Herak, 73, died from h...

Man charged with slashing another’s forehead

POLSON – A 37-year-old Finley Point man has been charged with assault with a weapon after allegedly slashing another man across the forehead with a knife. William James Redwood was charged after Polson Police responded to St. Joseph’s Hospital on April 2 where a man was being treated for a cut...

Man faces multiple charges after alleged assault at cabin Man faces multiple charges after alleged assault at cabin

POLSON – A man with a history of violating protective orders has been charged with two more cases against two women, including aggravated assault, theft, criminal endangerment and aggravated kidnapping earlier this year.  In the latest incident, Leroy Michael Charles, 40, of Ronan, allegedly be...


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