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Articles with the Tag: Lake County Jail

Detention Center demands to be reduced

Lake County has been chosen to participate in a pilot project aimed at reducing the demand on detention centers while ensuring criminal defendants make their court appearances. Lake County Chief Deputy Attorney James Lapotka says the 2017 Legislature established an evidence-based risk assessment program for ...

Wylie, Sorrell sentenced for drug possession

POLSON – A Pablo woman convicted of criminal possession of dangerous drugs stemming from a heroin smuggling incident had her sentencing deferred for three years. Ishan Adalin Wylie had served 48 days in the Lake County jail before being sentenced by District Court Judge James Manley on March 7. Acco...

Commissioner to discuss jail, courthouse

POLSON — County Commissioner Bill Barron will speak at the Pachyderm meeting on March 23 about the possibility of a private party building the jail on private property to meet federal, state, county, and ACLU specifications. He will discuss expansion of the courthouse on the westside and other possibil...

Man gets suspended sentence for theft of $28K in gold coins, ingots Man gets suspended sentence for theft of $28K in gold coins, ingots

POLSON — A man complicit in the theft of more than $28,000 in coins and precious metals from a Ronan man in 2015 received a five-year suspended sentence last week. Michael Paul Furbush, 28, was sentenced by Judge Kim Christopher for his part in the theft. He was given credit for 92 days served in th...

Bagnell gets 20 years for second stalking conviction Bagnell gets 20 years for second stalking conviction

PABLO — An Arlee man was sentenced last week to 20 years in the Montana State Prison for his second stalking conviction.  Brandon Bagnell, 48, was sentenced by Judge James A. Manley as a persistent felony offender. Manley had previously sentenced Bagnell to five years with the Department of Cor...

Jail, justice system assessment released

POLSON — The National Institute of Corrections recently issued a jail and justice system assessment for Lake County.  According to the assessment, the jail has numerous significant building-related issues that impact staffing and operations, safety and security, manageability, welfare of staff ...

Sheriff reports 60 people released from jail in three weeks Sheriff reports 60 people released from jail in three weeks

POLSON – Lake County Sheriff Don Bell wants the community to see just how many people are being released from jail each week that would have remained incarcerated if it weren’t for a lack of space. “We want to be transparent about the problem and show people how badly we need a new deten...

Jail needs discussed at town hall meeting Jail needs discussed at town hall meeting

POLSON — The need for a new jail was the main topic of discussion at a town hall meeting on Friday, but what to do about it was largely left unanswered.  Lake County’s 45-person jail is frequently over capacity and many arrestees are not incarcerated because there is no room. Sheriff D...

Holiday gift bags bring smiles to those in jail

POLSON — For the second consecutive year, Lake County Jail inmates will be getting a little something extra for the holidays.  May Simmons is organizing an inmate holiday gift bag distribution.  Last year 55 inmates received a gift bag on Christmas Eve and something sweet with their Chr...

NIC to present jail observations at town hall meeting

News from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office POLSON – Beginning on Nov. 29 and continuing through Nov. 30, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) will be on-site at the Lake County Courthouse and jail to conduct a Jail and Justice System Assessment. NIC has distributed surveys to various ...


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