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Articles with the Tag: Lake county courthouse

Olson clarification

To clarify a portion of last week’s court news – Judge James A. Manley gave Nicholas Ayers Olson, 31, of Polson, a three-year suspended sentence to the Department of Corrections for his fourth DUI, a felony, under the condition that Olson completes Lake County Drug Court. Olson also received susp...

LCSO receives grant to supply deputies with defibrillators

News from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from a local family foundation to supply each sworn deputy with an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Additionally, the grant supplied an AED to be installed in the main Lake...

Suicide victim discovered outside courthouse

News from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office At about 4 p.m. on Sept. 26 Lake County Dispatch received a radio call from the captain of the jail that there was a male with a gun at the west side parking lot of the courthouse on First Street in a car. Deputies who responded from inside the court appr...

County budget passes, plans for court annex, jail begin County budget passes, plans for court annex, jail begin

POLSON – The Lake County Commissioners passed a budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 last week.  Planning for a new court annex and jail are included in the $29.8 million budget, County Finance Director Scott Beggs said.  The previous budget was $27.2 million. He said the difference lies in...

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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