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Articles with the Tag: Crime

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...

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 endangerment...

Man asks for attorney to appeal life sentence

MISSOULA – A man serving a life sentence without parole for a grisly 2004 murder has asked for a defense attorney so he can appeal the federal United States District Court of Montana.  In a self-written appeal notice James Arthur Couture, 56, asked for an attorney, but did not list on what grou...

Judge rejects plea bargain

POLSON – A Lake County man could face life in prison or the death penalty after Lake County Judge Deborah Kim Christopher rejected a plea deal.  Adrian McElderry, 32, is accused of killing his wife, RaeLynn Charlo, 29, on Nov. 18, 2014. in their Charlo residence. Christopher reviewed a pre-s...

Hawk to be sentenced

 POLSON – A Ronan man accused of shooting a child in a buzzed game of “gun tag” is scheduled for sentencing this week.  Galen Hawk, 27, could face up to 20 years in prison and a $50,000 fine after pleading guilty to negligent homicide in an Oct. 22, 2014 fatal shooting of 3-yea...

Drug bust case likely headed to federal court

POLSON – A Canadian man accused of trafficking 80 pounds of cocaine is expected to face charges in federal court.  An attorney for Miguel Douglas Miranda, 22, of Calgary told Lake County Judge Deborah Kim Christopher on July 2 that federal officials likely will take over prosecution in the case...


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