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Articles with the Tag: Lake County Sheriff Department

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...

Wiebke honored for 10 years of volunteer service to E-911 Center  Wiebke honored for 10 years of volunteer service to E-911 Center 

POLSON — After retiring as an accountant, Rich Wiebke needed something to do.  So he talked to then-Sheriff Lucky Larson, and Wiebke began doing data entry for the county’s E-911 Center.  The Ronan resident and Charlo native said he wanted something to do after working 35 years as...

Beware of seasonal scams

News from Don Bell, Lake County Sheriff LAKE COUNTY — The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in fraud related calls recently. There are many scams taking place at this and all times of the year. Please take the time to educate yourself on these scams by visiting websites such as...

Convicted killer gets another 15 years for sexual assault Convicted killer gets another 15 years for sexual assault

By Caleb M. Soptelean Valley Journal POLSON – A 61-year-old murder convict was sentenced to 15 additional years in the Montana State Prison on Dec. 20. Donald Dean Grant, 61, was out on parole for murder when he committed sexual assault of a girl in 2006 or 2007.  Grant was convicted a...

Two women arrested following chase, shootout  Two women arrested following chase, shootout 

A shootout between two women and police on Eagle Pass Trail east of U.S. 93 and Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge last week resulted in no injuries, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.  Alta Littlelight-Threefingers, 34, of Crow Agency, and Roishell St. Dennis, 27, of Missoula, were ...

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...

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...

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 ...

Man gets 5 years for high speed chase Man gets 5 years for high speed chase

POLSON – District Court Judge James A. Manley sentenced a 40-year-old Elmo man to five years in the Department of Corrections last week for his sixth felony.  Manley rejected a proposed plea agreement that called for Boe Alan Miller to receive a three-year suspended sentence for theft.  ...

Teens gather to learn suicide intervention skills Teens gather to learn suicide intervention skills

RONAN – One of Kylei BigBow’s friends died by suicide last year. The 17-year-old Polson High School student was so overcome with grief from the loss that she decided she needed to do something about the issue. “I wanted to take that grief to help conquer this,” she said of suicide....


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