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Articles with the Tag: Crime

Accused Polson man set to go to trial in September

 MISSOULA – A Polson man has until Sept. 10 to reach a plea agreement with federal officials who say he used investors’ money for personal use instead of investing it in his fireworks business as promised. If an agreement is not reached he will go to trial on felony wire fraud and money laun...

Judge substitution denied for accused killer

POLSON – A man is set to be tried before a judge in Polson this September for allegedly killing his father-in-law in a vicious March 2014 attack with a claw hammer.  The Montana Supreme Court on Aug. 7 denied a request for a judge substitution made by public defenders on behalf of Desmond Alan ...

Fraudulent cattle broker sentenced

RONAN — A Ronan man who took money for the sale of cattle and land but never delivered received a suspended sentence of 10 years and was ordered to pay $191,920 in restitution. In Lake County District Court on July 30, Andrew Jackson, 29, was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for felony dec...

Briefs for July 29, 2015

Shooting under investigation  RONAN — A juvenile was airlifted from St. Luke Community Hospital with serious injuries Saturday evening after being shot in the abdomen.  Sheriff Don Bell couldn’t release further details pending an ongoing investigation, but he said that the Ro...

10-year prison verdict given for toddler’s killer 10-year prison verdict given for toddler’s killer

RONAN — A Ronan man was sentenced to 10 years in the Montana State Prison on July 29 for killing a toddler last year.  Galen Hawk, 26, was also ordered to serve 13 months in the Montana Department of Corrections after the first punishment was complete, with an additional three-year suspended se...

Wrestler’s charges dismissed

POLSON – The Lake County Attorney’s Office has dropped felony distribution of dangerous drugs and sexual abuse of a child charges that were made against a Ronan High School wrestler.  Authorities claimed Cole Snyder, 18, was selling Lortab to other students and manipulated an underage gir...

McElderry pushes for plea bargain

POLSON — Attorneys for a man facing homicide charges argued Thursday that the court did not have authority to reject his plea bargain after initially accepting it, nor authority to reinstate deliberate homicide charges. Adrian McElderry, 32, is accused of killing his wife, RaeLynn Charlo, 29, on Nov...

Illegal campfire burns five acres on Wild Horse Island Illegal campfire burns five acres on Wild Horse Island

WILD HORSE ISLAND — An illegal campfire is the cause of a five-acre fire that burned on Wild Horse Island State Park last week. The fire started Wednesday, July 22, at about 4 p.m. on the west side of the island.  Several agencies responded to fight the fire from both the water and air. No indi...

Teen sentenced in school bus DUI case Teen sentenced in school bus DUI case

RONAN — A Bigfork teen sobbed and thanked the judge for giving him a second chance after he was sentenced for hitting a Polson school bus filled with 10 children and one driver in May.  On July 22, Daniel Fellows, 19, after previously pleading guilty to two counts of felony criminal endangermen...

10-year prison verdict rendered for toddler's killer 10-year prison verdict rendered for toddler's killer

  RONAN — A Ronan man was sentenced to 10 years in the Montana State Prison on July 29 for killing a toddler last year. Galen Hawk, 26, was also ordered to serve 13 months in the Montana Department of Corrections after the first punishment was complete, with an additional three-year sus...


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