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Articles with the Tag: DUI

Heavy Runner sentenced for endangerment

POLSON — A Pablo man, formerly of Browning, was committed at District Court in Polson on Sept. 1 to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of 10 years with five years suspended. Curtis James Heavy Runner, 40, entered a plea of guilty during an earlier court appearance to felony charges of cr...

Mother and son sentenced for involvement in Blackweasel death Mother and son sentenced for involvement in Blackweasel death

POLSON — A mother from St. Ignatius and her adult son were sentenced, one right after the other, at District Court in Polson on May 25 for their involvement in the death of 18-year-old Saul Blackweasel last January. Rope Kinkade Ardis, 20, was sentenced to the Montana State Prison for eight years wi...

Heavy Runner pleads guilty to endangerment

POLSON — A Pablo man accused in a hit and run crash-pursuit while intoxicated, with five prior convictions for DUI, has admitted to the allegations. Curtis James Heavy Runner, 40, entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on April 28 to felony criminal endangerment and felony DUI, sixth life...

Ghost Out event drives home the dangers of drunk driving Ghost Out event drives home the dangers of drunk driving

RONAN — On Wednesday, April 27, two mangled cars sat in the Ronan High School parking lot as a grisly reminder of the dangers of drinking and driving.  A “Ghost Out” event is held every four years at Ronan High School, always before prom. During the event, a severe car accident is s...

Hoyland-Burrington sentenced to five years all suspended Hoyland-Burrington sentenced to five years all suspended

POLSON — A Somers woman was committed at District Court in Polson on April 13 to the Montana Department of Corrections for 5 years, all suspended, after pleading guilty to the operation of a non-commercial vehicle by a person with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more, fourth or subsequent. The plea...

Mother, son plead guilty to fatal wreck charges Mother, son plead guilty to fatal wreck charges

POLSON — It was a case of back-to-back guilty pleas for a mother and her son from St. Ignatius charged with crimes stemming from a fatal car wreck last January. Rope Kinkade Ardis, 19, and Roberta Virginia Asencio, 40, appeared at District Court in Polson on April 6 for change of plea hearings. Ardis p...

Lesage’s sentence reduced

POLSON — A St. Ignatius woman who admitted to causing a traffic accident that killed another motorist has a chance to avoid prison. Darlene Lesage, 68, pleaded guilty at District Court in Polson on July 15, 2021 to vehicular homicide while under the influence. The plea was entered as part of an agreeme...

Whitworth sentenced for vehicular homicide Whitworth sentenced for  vehicular homicide

POLSON — A Polson woman was sentenced at District Court in Polson on March 24 to the Montana State Women’s Prison for 30 years with 20 years suspended for running over and killing another woman on Halloween. Sharon Lynn Whitworth, 56, pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular homicide while under ...

Matt sentenced for sixth DUI

POLSON — A Ronan man who has five prior convictions for DUIs was sentenced at District in Polson Feb. 10 for DUI number six. Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher sentenced Earl Matt Jr., 47, to the Montana Department of Corrections for five years with all but two days jail time suspended. Acc...

Ackerman sentenced for felony DUI

POLSON — A Missoula man was committed at District Court in Polson on Jan. 19 to the maximum five years with the Montana Department of Corrections for felony DUI. Buckleycole Randall Ackerman, 36, was convicted of felony DUI at a bench trial in 2021. A trial that Ackerman requested but failed to attend....


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