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Articles with the Tag: DUI

Charlo gets 5 years for DUI hit and run incident Charlo gets 5 years for DUI hit and run incident

A St. Ignatius man accused of driving drunk and striking a bicyclist causing his death last May near St. Ignatius was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for a total of 10 years with five years suspended.  Nick Herak, 73, was riding his bike May 21, 2017 when he was struck by a vehicle. While ...

Ghost Out event drives home consequences of drunk, distracted driving Ghost Out event drives home consequences of drunk, distracted driving

RONAN – By 8:33 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the Ronan High School, Ronan Police officer Trevor Sheridan had notified his first class of a “fatality” from a mock crash that claimed the life of a fellow classmate caused by an alcohol-impaired driver.  Officer Sheridan performed his u...

Ronan man sentenced for his part in woman’s death Ronan man sentenced for his part in woman’s death

POLSON — A Ronan man was sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections last week with 10 years suspended for a drunk driving incident that resulted in a woman’s death.  Roland James Brown, 40, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal endangerment stemming from an Aug. 20, 2017, i...

Pierre gets five years in DOC for 8th, 9th DUIs

POLSON — Patrick Allen Pierre was sentenced for his eighth and ninth DUIs earlier this month.  Missoula District Court Judge John W. Larson sentenced Pierre, a Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal elder and Plains resident who turned 89 on Jan. 28, to four years and one month in the Departme...

No charges for shooter in local man’s death No charges for shooter in local man’s death

POLSON — Lake County Attorney Steve Eschenbacher has decided not to charge Ryan Black for the shooting death of Johnny Thomas McKeever.  Black, 28, was initially arrested on suspicion of deliberate homicide and served two days in jail before being released with a GPS-monitoring device following...

Man ordered to pay $32K in restitution

POLSON – A 31-year-old man who was responsible for a vehicle accident in which a woman passenger racked up some $32,000 in medical bills was sentenced in district court last week. Judge Kim Christopher gave Waylon James Deroche, 31, a two-year deferred sentence to the Department of Corrections for c...

Olson clarification

To clarify a portion of last week’s court news – Judge James A. Manley gave Nicholas Ayers Olson, 31, of Polson, a three-year suspended sentence to the Department of Corrections for his fourth DUI, a felony, under the condition that Olson completes Lake County Drug Court. Olson also received susp...

Pablo woman charged in grandson’s death Pablo woman charged in grandson’s death

A 54-year-old Pablo woman has been charged in the death of her 2-year-old grandson.  Lorraine Ramirez was charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence and is being held on a $125,000 bond in the Beaverhead County Jail following a one-vehicle crash that took the life of Bakersfield, Calif...

Woman faces two child criminal endangerment charges Woman faces two child criminal endangerment charges

POLSON –A 30-year-old Browning woman faces criminal child endangerment charges following two separate incidents.  Rena Diachell Ladd was charged following a Sept. 8, 2016 incident in which a vehicle crossed Montana Highway 35 and struck a utility pole. Minor children aged 2 and 4 were in the ve...

Man with 10 DUIs gets 10 years in prison  Man with 10 DUIs gets 10 years in prison 

POLSON – A 53-year-old man with 10 DUIs was sentenced to 10 years in the Montana State Prison last week for violating his probation.  Harlan Gerald Vaska of Missoula was sentenced by Judge Kim Christopher.  Prosecuting attorney James Lapotka said Vaska was cited for engaging in a bar fi...


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