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Car crash at Swan Lake

News from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office LAKE COUNTY — A fatal crash was reported to Lake County 911 at about 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27. The identity of the person involved the crash on Highway 83 at mile marker 73 is Jordan Laven, 38, of Kalispell. The Montana Highway Patrol is inves...

Mother, son plead guilty to fatal wreck charges Mother, son plead guilty to fatal wreck charges

POLSON — It was a case of back-to-back guilty pleas for a mother and her son from St. Ignatius charged with crimes stemming from a fatal car wreck last January. Rope Kinkade Ardis, 19, and Roberta Virginia Asencio, 40, appeared at District Court in Polson on April 6 for change of plea hearings. Ardis p...

Lesage’s sentence reduced

POLSON — A St. Ignatius woman who admitted to causing a traffic accident that killed another motorist has a chance to avoid prison. Darlene Lesage, 68, pleaded guilty at District Court in Polson on July 15, 2021 to vehicular homicide while under the influence. The plea was entered as part of an agreeme...

11-year-old dies in fatal ATV accident

PABLO — A tragedy occurred on Sunday, March 20 when an 11-year-old boy died in an ATV accident in Pablo.  According to the report released by Montana Highway Patrol, Edward Hamilton of Missoula had been driving a Polaris ATV northbound on Canal Road, and attempted to make a U-turn when he reach...

Christy-Lacounte sentenced to six years Christy-Lacounte sentenced to six years

POLSON — A St. Ignatius man was committed at District Court in Polson Dec. 15 to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of six years with none of that time suspended for a string of high-speed pursuits with law enforcement. Shonko Christy-Lacounte, 24, pleaded guilty in District Court in ...

Washburn accepts plea agreement Washburn accepts plea agreement

POLSON — Judge James Manley set a sentencing date of March 30 for a Ronan man convicted on felony charges of assault on a peace officer and criminal mischief. Billy Washburn, 42, entered a no contest plea to the charges at District Court in Polson Dec. 15 by way of mental disease or defect. The plea wa...

Polson woman jailed, charged for intentionally killing another woman with her vehicle

News from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office POLSON — On Oct. 31, just before 6 p.m., Lake County 911 took a report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash on Huckleberry Lane, southeast of Polson. Lake County Deputies and Montana Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene. Their investigation dete...

Identity of Ronan woman killed in single vehicle crash released

News from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office RONAN — The woman who was killed on Oct. 26, in the single-vehicle crash on Timberlane Road, east of Ronan, is 37 year-old, Emily Pinkston, of Ronan. The body of Ms. Pinkston has been examined by the State Medical Examiner to aid the Lake County She...

Mother, son accused in fatal wreck cover up

POLSON — A St. Ignatius man is accused of driving drunk and causing a fatal car wreck, while his mother is accused of arranging to have her son picked up from the crash site before law enforcement could arrive. Rope Kinkade Ardis, 19, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Nov. ...

Ronan woman dies in single vehicle crash

News from the Montana Highway Patrol RONAN — A 37-year-old Ronan woman died in a single vehicle crash in Ronan on Tuesday, Oct. 26. According to information released from the Montana Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at 3 p.m. near Timerlane Road and Grizzly Drive in Ronan when for an unknown rea...


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