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Articles with the Tag: Lake County Sheriff's Office

Wreck involving sheriff’s deputy deemed not criminal

A coroner’s inquest was held in Polson on April 29 for the death of Adriana Johnson, 17, of Charlo.  Johnson was killed June 2, 2018, after she pulled off U. S. Highway 93 south of Ronan. She attempted to make a U-turn in front of Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Corey White’s moving ve...

Judge calls incident frightening Judge calls incident frightening

A Lakeside man has been sentenced to Montana State Prison for a total of 20 years with 10 years suspended for breaking into a Polson woman’s home, pouring gasoline on her and threatening to set her on fire. The incident happened on July 5, 2018. On Feb. 6, a Lake County jury convicted Dustin Hayes K...

Emergency responders thanked for service Emergency responders thanked for service

POLSON – Lake County-based first responders from various agencies enjoyed a free lunch provided to them during the First Responder Appreciation Lunch on Saturday at the Search and Rescue Building in Polson. “It’s just a little thank you letting everyone know they are appreciated,” ...

Phone records lead to charges in Sanders County homicide Phone records lead to charges in Sanders County homicide

POLSON – A woman charged with the deliberate homicide of Matthew LaFriniere – in Thompson Falls almost a year ago – was arrested on the morning of Wednesday, March 20, in Polson.  Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Danielle Jeanette Wood after receiving the arrest ...

Law enforcement officials speak on local drug activity, solutions Law enforcement officials speak on local drug activity, solutions

POLSON – Community members got answers last week to a wide range of questions on drug use in the county directly from those who enforce drug laws - from which drugs are used to what is being done to treat addiction.  The event featured a panel of officers from the Confederated Salish and Kooten...

Former school bus driver receives deferred sentence Former school bus driver receives deferred sentence

A former school bus driver and owner of a bus company who was caught in possession of methamphetamine had his sentence deferred for three years in accordance with a plea agreement on March 14 by District Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher. Scott William Johnson, 55, pled guilty to a single count ...

One man killed in Pablo shooting

PABLO – Matthew Adam Posey Darnell, 30, of Polson, was shot several times and killed in Pablo on Thursday night, Feb. 28, around 10 p.m.  Daniel Chance Blixt, 29, of Pablo, was charged with deliberate homicide in the shooting death, according to Lake County Sheriff Don Bell.  Bell said ...

Drugs found during residential search in Polson Drugs found during residential search in Polson

POLSON – On the afternoon of March 1, your Polson Police Department executed a residential search warrant as part of a short-term drug investigation. The warrant was executed at the Boettcher Terrace Apartments in the 800 block of 10th Avenue East. Evidence found during the search included methamphetam...

Knox awaits sentence for pouring gas on a woman with lighter in hand Knox awaits sentence for pouring gas on a woman with lighter in hand

It took a Lake County jury less than three hours of deliberations before finding a Lakeside man guilty of four of five felony charges. Dustin Hayes Knox, 42, was accused of pouring gasoline on a woman after breaking into her Lake Vista Court home on July 5, 2018.  The trial began Monday, Feb. 4,...

Lake County officials sworn into office Lake County officials sworn into office

POLSON – Seven recently elected and re-elected Lake County officials were sworn in for their new terms and took their oaths of office Wednesday afternoon. Dec. 19, in the main courtroom of the Lake County Courthouse.  Montana’s Twentieth Judicial District Judge James Manley presided over ...


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