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Articles with the Tag: Lake County Sheriff's Office

Bulls take a trailer break, walk home Bulls take a trailer break, walk home

RONAN — It was a crime of opportunity, and the “criminals” were dressed in black.  The back door on Dave Robbins’ stock trailer sprung open just as he stopped at the traffic signal on Main Street and Terrace Lake Road in Ronan, and the six black angus bulls Robbins was hauling...

Supreme Court

HELENA – The Montana Supreme Court has granted permission for a Missoula man convicted of stalking a Lake County woman in 2014 to appeal his sentence.  The high court granted the out-of-time appeal for Brandon Bagnell, 46, because confusion in the public defender’s office led to a timely ...

School staff learns to deal with armed intruder School staff learns to deal with armed intruder

ARLEE — Spending the day learning to run, hide, or fight isn’t usually what happens in Arlee schools, but Lake County Sheriff Deputies Levi Read and School Resource Officer Clay Shoemaker and Detective Rick Lenz were on hand to train educators on procedures to deal with an armed intruder on Jan. ...

Bell shares strategies, concerns as new Lake County Sheriff Bell shares strategies, concerns as new Lake County Sheriff

It had been a whirlwind between when Lake County Sheriff Don Bell and Undersheriff Jim Atkins took office at one minute after midnight on Jan. 1 and when they came to speak to the Pachyderm Club on Jan. 9.  During the last nine days, Bell and Atkins have put in more than 110 hours each, going to work...

College goes on soft lockdown

PABLO — Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 call at 8:12 a.m. Friday. The call reported a man with a shotgun outside Salish Kootenai College housing on Hewankorn Loop. Dispatchers used emergency tones so deputies responding were the only ones who could talk; everyone else just li...

High speed chase ends in arrest near middle school

News from Lake County Sheriff’s Department RONAN – A Ronan woman is in jail this weekend, after leading authorities on a high-speed chase Friday afternoon that ended in the Ronan Middle School parking lot. According to a press release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Delicia...

Charlo cafe hit by armed robber

 CHARLO — Authorities are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 7:50 p.m. at Connie’s Countryside Cafe on Monday night.  According to owner Connie Stevens, a woman entered the cafe’s back door just before closing time on Monday night, pressed a gun to on...

Arson suspected in Ronan fire

State and county officials are investigating a suspected arson fire that occurred on Pache Lane on Tuesday, Oct. 28.  According to Ronan Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Clary a report of a fully-engulfed home came in before 9 p.m. When firefighters arrived on scene, the blaze seemed to be contai...

Lake County jail, courthouse need more room

POLSON — Lake County Detention Center, the county’s jail, is so full that people who need to serve jail time have to call in daily to see if there’s room. According to Lake County Undersheriff Dan Yonkin, the jail was built by Lake County and is overseen by the county commissioners. &...

Police chief interviews begin amid crime wave

RONAN — The Ronan City Council began the interview process for police chief last week, as citizens complained about increased crime in the area amid a shortage of officers. “Saturday, my trucks got broken into,” Ronan resident Jeremy Bluemel told council members Aug. 18. “We live r...


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