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Articles with the Tag: Lake County Sheriff Department

Caution urged on winter roads Caution urged on winter roads

LAKE COUNTY ­— As new arrivals continue to move into Big Sky country from warmer climates, officials remind residents to be safe behind the wheel this winter. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell commented on some common issues he sees on the road. “The biggest thing I see is that people are in a ...

Ronan man pleads guilty to dealing heroin

POLSON — A Ronan man has admitted to dealing heroin in Lake County. Jose Anders Gonzalez, 30, entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Sept. 9 to one felony count of criminal possession with intent to distribute. The guilty plea came as part of an agreement that will dismiss at sentencin...

Breese pleads not guilty to impersonation charge

POLSON — District Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher set a trial date of Jan. 24, 2022, for a Polson man accused of posing as a firefighter at the Boulder 2700 fire this summer. Donald Stephen Breese, 48, entered a plea of not guilty on Aug. 26, to felony impersonating a public servant and ...

Man pleads not guilty to DUI

A Flathead Valley man is accused of an eighth driving while under the influence charge. Earl Dean Eystad, 55, appeared at District Court in Polson on June 24. Eystad was wearing an orange Flathead County jumpsuit when he entered a plea of not guilty to fourth or subsequent felony DUI in Polson, as he was ...

Human remains found near Ronan

RONAN — Human remains were found at the base of the Mission Mountains in an area southeast of Ronan on the morning of Tuesday, March 30. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said a report came in to Lake County 911 that a person who was not identified to the public had found what appeared to be human remain...

Fire burns People’s Center, suspect found deceased inside Fire burns People’s Center, suspect found deceased inside

PABLO – Flames engulfed the People’s Center on Sunday night where the rich cultural artifacts of the Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai people were housed. “We lost a room full of the stories and belongings of our ancestors, but they are still in our hearts, and we will pick up th...

Man dies after falling in GNP, fires under investigation

News from Glacier National Park  MONTANA – A climbing accident resulted in a fatality when a 20-year-old male fell from a ridge known as the Dragon’s Tail in Glacier National Park on Tuesday, July 22. The Dragon’s Tail is a steep, off-trail climbing route southwest of Mount Rey...

Lake County Sheriff’s Office: don’t call 911 over mask-wearing compliance

LAKE COUNTY – After Governor Steve Bullock issued a mask directive in Montana, people started calling 911 to report noncompliance in the county.  “Our 911 Dispatch Center has been overloaded with calls from the public regarding citizens and businesses that they feel are not complying with...

Ronan man dies after incident on Timberlane Road

RONAN – Aaron Thiel, 35, of Ronan, was identified by Lake County Sheriff Don Bell as the man who died following an altercation with a vehicle while holding a fake gun. Bell said law enforcement responded to Timberlane Road, about 1.5 miles from U.S. Highway 93 in Ronan, to a shirtless man who was sa...

Local organizations sponsor training against sex trafficking

PABLO – Local law enforcement professionals and members of the public learned how to prevent and investigate instances of sex trafficking at a training sponsored by Salish Kootenai College and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The Feb. 11 event featured five hours of training exclusively for l...


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