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Articles with the Tag: Crime

Judge, deputy county attorney discuss drug problem, solutions Judge, deputy county attorney discuss drug problem, solutions

POLSON — Of the 30 cases on District Judge Jim Manley’s June 10 docket, all but two involved drugs — mostly methamphetamine, or alcohol, or both.  “I was like most people and didn’t realize what a problem we have in this community, on this reservation,” Manley said...

State responds to trial relocation request

POLSON — Lake County Attorney Steven Eschenbacher entered a state’s response to Harry Lozeau’s attorney’s request for a change of venue for his trial, currently set for Sept. 14. Lozeau was charged with deliberate homicide in the June 2014 shooting death of his brother, and admitte...

Accused rapist to go to trial on bail jumping, drug charges Accused rapist to go to trial on bail jumping, drug charges

RONAN – A man accused of rape in summer 2014 will go to trial later this year for felony bail jumping and drug charges, and attorneys will wait to see if he needs to be tried for the sex offenses that are unresolved after a jury couldn’t reach a verdict in the case.  According to court do...

Jury trial set for man accused of father-in-law’s murder

POLSON — Desmond MacKay, 36 of Polson, who was charged with deliberate homicide in the death of John Barrows, appeared in District Judge Deborah Kim Christopher’s court on June 18 for sentencing. Instead, Judge Christopher rejected MacKay’s plea agreement, which would drop the charge fro...

Bigfork man pleads guilty in bus crash Bigfork man pleads guilty in bus crash

POLSON – A man who crashed into a Polson school bus on May 11 while drunk may face some jail time and fines. Daniel George Fellows, 19, of Bigfork, pleaded guilty before Judge James Manley to two felony counts of criminal endangerment and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcoh...

St. Ignatius man convicted of child abuse appeals

GREAT FALLS — Attorneys for a St. Ignatius native convicted of child abuse admitted he severely beat his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son so badly the child had to be flown via helicopter to Spokane from Great Falls in January 2013. The attorneys argue in a brief filed in Montana Supreme Court in late...

Man held on $1 million bail in cocaine drug seizure

RONAN — A Calgary, Alberta man remained behind bars in Lake County on Monday after a routine drug stop last week ended in one of the largest drug seizures in the county in recent memory.  Miguel Douglas Miranda, 22, was being held on $1 million bond, after being pulled over by a Montana Highway...

Lozeau asks for new venue in homicide trial

On June 3, Randi Hood, public defender for Harry Lozeau, filed a motion in district court for a change of venue for Lozeau’s trial, to guarantee a fair and impartial jury, and effective assistance of counsel. The motion requests a county other than Lake. In June 2014, Lozeau was charged with deliber...

Whitford sentenced to 60 years for Pierre murder Whitford sentenced to 60 years for Pierre murder

POLSON — Judge James Manley on Wednesday sentenced Makueeyapee Whitford to the Montana State Prison for 60 years with none suspended for the 2013 stabbing death of John Pierre, Jr. of Polson.  A jury had found Whitford guilty of deliberate homicide after a weeklong trial in December 2014. ...

Hammer killer pleads guilty

POLSON — Desmond MacKay, 36, Polson, charged in March 2014 with deliberate homicide in the death of John Barrows, appeared before Judge Deborah Kim Christopher Thursday and pleaded guilty to mitigated deliberate homicide. The charge drew discussion due to the court’s “significant reserva...


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