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Articles with the Tag: Crime

Arrests made in connection to red dot incident

POLSON – Marlo Aldia Tonasket, 36, was placed in custody Wednesday, Dec. 9 for his alleged involvement with an incident where an officer believed he was about to be shot. A Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy was getting ready for work on Sunday, Nov. 22. At around 5 a.m. the deputy walked out to his...

Charlo man gets 60 years for killing wife Charlo man gets 60 years for killing wife

POLSON — A Charlo man was sentenced to Montana State Prison for a total of 60 years for killing his wife, 29-year-old Raelynn Charlo, last year at their Charlo residence. On Dec. 1, Adrian McElderry, 33, originally pleaded not guilty to felony deliberate homicide and tampering with evidence, both fe...

Understanding crime statistics, comparisons Understanding crime statistics, comparisons

LAKE COUNTY — Two of the most dangerous places in Montana are reported to be right here in Lake County. On Nov. 22, RoadSnacks released their list of “The Ten Most Dangerous Cities in Montana.” Polson was number two on the list, and Ronan was number five.  RoadSnacks’ report i...

Montana launches criminal justice system review

News from the office of Governor Steve Bullock HELENA — On Nov. 17 Governor Steve Bullock, Montana state senate member Cynthia Wolken and District Judge Ingrid Gustafson announced the start of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative in Montana, a comprehensive examination of the state’s crimi...

Polson man gets 40 years for killing father-in-law in case of mistaken identity Polson man gets 40 years for killing father-in-law in case of mistaken identity

Tension and tears were both present in Lake County’s district courtroom Thursday morning as Desmond Mackay of Polson was sentenced to Montana State Prison for 40 years for “accidentally” killing his father-in-law, 67-year-old John Barrows, in March 2014. The sentence for mitigated homici...

Jackson pleads ‘not guilty’ to assault Jackson pleads ‘not guilty’ to assault

POLSON — A man allegedly involved in the Oct. 7 attack on a Ronan day care provider pleaded not guilty in Lake County District Court Wednesday, Oct. 28. Francis Jackson, 31, of Arlee, entered his plea in Judge James Manley’s court in response to charges of felony assault with a weapon. He&rsqu...

Driver pleads guilty in cocaine bust Driver pleads guilty in cocaine bust

POLSON — In District Court Thursday, Oct. 29, Miguel Douglas Miranda, 22, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, changed his plea to guilty of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute. He is being held on $1 million bail. Court documents state that drugs were discovered June 4 when ...

Progress made on burglary arrests, but stay vigilant

POLSON — Lake County law enforcement has seven individuals in custody who are allegedly involved in a string of burglaries motivated by illegal drug use, but are warning residents to continue to be vigilant about securing their homes. The men are being held on a stockpile of charges for burglarizing...

Woman says ‘not guilty’ of attack on day care provider

POLSON — A woman allegedly involved in the Oct. 7 attack on a Ronan day care provider pleaded not guilty in Lake County District Court Oct. 21. Tashiana Schlensker, 21, Charlo, entered her plea in response to charges of felony assault with a weapon in Judge James Manley’s court . She’s s...

Outpouring of support offered to day care provider after attack Outpouring of support offered to day care provider after attack

RONAN – An attack at Martha’s Mini Daycare left Martha McClure seriously injured on Oct. 7.  Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said McClure was working at a daycare she owns in her Ronan home with a small staff when Francis Joseph Jackson, 31, showed up. Bell explained that it was reported tha...


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