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Articles with the Tag: Lake county courthouse

Retrial results in rape conviction for Vaughn James Retrial results in rape conviction for Vaughn James

POLSON – They finally got their man. The Lake County Attorney’s Office won a rape trial last week when a seven-man, five-woman jury voted unanimously to convict Vaughn James. James, 44, had defeated a rape charge at a June 12-14 trial when the jury split 10-2 in favor of conviction. That wa...

Shourds Sr. files civil suit for child’s death

POLSON – The father of a 3-year-old boy who was killed on Thanksgiving Day last year has sued the young man who took responsibility for the child’s death.  Phillip Shourds Sr. and the estate of Phillip Shourds Jr. filed suit on May 26 in Lake County District Court and alleged that Chasen ...

Polson man defeats third rape charge in six years  Polson man defeats third rape charge in six years 

By Caleb M. Soptelean/Valley Journal POLSON – For the third time since 2011, Vaughn David James has defeated a rape charge.  James, 44, of Polson, won at trial last week when a 9-woman, 3-man jury voted 10-2 in favor of conviction, resulting in a hung jury and a mistrial. Jury trials require...

Great Falls man faces at least two forgery charges Great Falls man faces at least two forgery charges

POLSON – A 32-year-old Great Falls man faces at least two forgery charges after allegedly trying to cash numerous stolen checks in Lake County. Levi Morin was arrested following a May 11 traffic stop near Finley Point when a police officer found 78 pieces of mail from 34 different people in Morin&rs...

Dixon man faces multiple charges Dixon man faces multiple charges

POLSON – A Dixon man faces a stalking charge and three counts of violating privacy in communications after he allegedly sent more than 700 lewd and threatening emails to a woman over the course of 10 months.  Charles Thies, 54, was arrested May 8 and is being held on $100,000 bond. He also face...


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