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Articles with the Tag: Montana Highway Patrol

Arlee man pleads guilty to criminal endangerment

POLSON — An Arlee man admitted to his part in causing a traffic crash that injured three others. Jacob Riley Santos, 32, entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Oct. 7 to felony criminal endangerment. According to court records, on March 20, just before noon, Montana Highway Patrol T...

Briefs for Sept. 15, 2021

Man who died in Arlee structure fire identified as Leroy Houle News from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office ARLEE — Pursuant to an autopsy conducted by the Montana State Forensic Lab, the Lake County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who died as a result of the Aug. 28, 2021, ...

Judge demands professionalism in courtroom

A Polson man is facing what prosecutors say could be his fifth driving while under the influence conviction. Richard Sherm, 57, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on July 28 to felony DUI and misdemeanor counts of failure to use a seat belt, disorderly conduct, driving with a revoked or...

Polson commission addresses housing crisis

POLSON — Housing – or lack of it – was at the forefront of a Polson City Commission meeting last Monday, July 19. City manager Ed Meece and community development director Juan Escano gave the commission a rundown of efforts to address what city government is calling a “housing cris...

House arrest included in 20-year sentence

A St. Ignatius woman has admitted to causing a traffic accident that killed another motorist. Darlene Lesage, 67, pleaded guilty at District Court in Polson on July 15 to vehicular homicide while under the influence.  The plea was entered as part of an agreement that calls for Lesage being sentenced ...

Suspect grazed in shooting, charges denied

A Ronan man appeared at District Court in Polson on April 28 on a number of charges, stemming from a pursuit with a Montana Highway Patrol trooper. Billy Washburn, 41, entered pleas of not guilty to assault on a peace or judicial officer, criminal endangerment and criminal mischief, all felonies. Accor...

Woman receives sentence after a no-contest plea to negligent homicide

Lake County District Judge James Manley deferred the imposition of sentencing for three years for a Ronan woman convicted of negligent homicide on March 10. Lindsay Elizabeth Castrillo, 36, entered a no-contest plea to the charge as part of a plea agreement that was reached on Jan. 20. She was initially c...

Officer uses force against vehicle attack

A Ronan man received minor injuries after being “grazed” by a shot fired from a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper during a high-speed pursuit on Tuesday, March 2. Billy Washburn, 41, is facing charges of driving while under the influence and felony criminal endangerment. More charges could be add...

Attorneys to debate sentencing in Lozeau case

A Ronan man admitted to causing a crash that killed his passenger. Kenneth Lozeau Jr., 27, pleaded guilty, at District Court in Polson, on March 4, to felony vehicular homicide while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. According to court records, on May 23, emergency personnel responded to a rollover...

Drone pilot photographs bridge accident Drone pilot photographs bridge accident

POLSON — Local filmmaker David W. King was taking aerial video of the North Lake County Library on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 3:55 p.m. when he heard a loud crash. “I looked over and saw a big dust cloud,” King said. With his drone already in the air, King flew it over the scene of an aut...


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