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Articles with the Tag: Crime

Supreme Court

HELENA – The Montana Supreme Court has granted permission for a Missoula man convicted of stalking a Lake County woman in 2014 to appeal his sentence.  The high court granted the out-of-time appeal for Brandon Bagnell, 46, because confusion in the public defender’s office led to a timely ...

Man charged in bear deaths

MISSOULA – A Bigfork man who lives in the Ferndale area of Lake County has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that resulted from him allegedly shooting and killing a grizzly May 2014.  Dan Calvert Wallen, 54, pleaded not guilty Jan. 27 to three counts of unlawful taking of a threatened speci...

Hawk pleads guilty to negligent homicide Hawk pleads guilty to negligent homicide

POLSON – A Ronan man pleaded guilty yesterday to negligent homicide charges resulting from an Oct. 22, 2014 shooting death of a 3-year-old.  Galen Hawk, 26, kept his eyes downcast and answered in one word answers of “yes” to questions posed by his defense attorney about the events t...

Suspects arrested on Melita Island Lane Suspects  arrested on Melita Island Lane

BIG ARM — A manhunt on Melita Island Lane Jan. 15 netted James Rand Hernvall, 34, and Jessica Erin Taylor, 37. Both were wanted on warrants — Hernvall in Montana and Idaho and Taylor in both Flathead and Lincoln County. Law enforcement was alerted when a resident called Lake County dispatch at...

Mathewson guilty of criminal endangerment

A  Polson man accused of rape and kidnapping has plea-bargained for lesser offenses. Robert Mathewson, 32, changed his plea to no contest for two amended offenses of criminal endangerment, both felonies. Per the plea agreement, Mathewson was released and ordered to not make contact with victims. Cour...

Ronan businessman sentenced for illegally disposing of sewage

News from the United States Attorney’s Office  MISSOULA — James Leslie Vaughan, 48, of Ronan, was sentenced today to two years of probation for illegally disposing of domestic sewage. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy after the defendant’s October 201...

Man accused of stabbing pleads not guilty

POLSON — A Ronan man accused of a brutal stabbing last December denied the charges in Judge Christopher’s district courtroom Thursday.  Marcus John Azure, 25, pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of assault with a weapon.  According to court documents, on Dec. 22, 2014, a woman r...

St. Ignatius Neighborhood Watch sets meeting date

    ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Neighborhood watch meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the St. Ignatius Senior Citizens Center. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend.    

Bell shares strategies, concerns as new Lake County Sheriff Bell shares strategies, concerns as new Lake County Sheriff

It had been a whirlwind between when Lake County Sheriff Don Bell and Undersheriff Jim Atkins took office at one minute after midnight on Jan. 1 and when they came to speak to the Pachyderm Club on Jan. 9.  During the last nine days, Bell and Atkins have put in more than 110 hours each, going to work...

Convicted kidnapper appeals Supreme Court again Convicted kidnapper appeals Supreme Court again

HELENA — A man serving a 50-year sentence for the May 27, 2006 kidnapping of an 18-year-old Whitefish woman at a Bigfork festival has asked the Montana Supreme Court for a fourth time to overturn his conviction.  In a petition filed Jan. 5, Chuck Devlin claimed the court misrepresented his acti...


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