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Articles with the Tag: drugs

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...

Drug courts offer addicts a path to get clean Drug courts offer addicts a path to get clean

Lauren Pope struggled with drug addiction for more than a decade.  In 2013, things were so bad that she thought getting arrested would be the only way to clean up, so she stole a bottle of Worcestershire sauce from a Rosauer’s in Missoula.  “I made sure that that security lady saw...

Alleged drug dealer cited for assault, criminal endangerment Alleged drug dealer cited for assault, criminal endangerment

POLSON –  Daniel Olin Rosa, 32, of Charlo, was scheduled to be sentenced for drug possession but didn’t show up to court and now faces bigger problems. Rosa had a plea agreement that called for a three-year commitment to the Department of Corrections. The plea would have dismissed a crimi...

St. Ignatius couple charged in theft of $14K from grocery store

POLSON – A St. Ignatius man and woman are facing charges related to the theft of $14,000 in cash and checks and several cartons of cigarettes from Rod’s Harvest Foods in St. Ignatius on Nov. 12, 2016.  Joshua Louis Durglo, 23, was charged theft, burglary and possession of illegal drugs, a...

Meth addiction divides Montana families Meth addiction divides Montana families

She thought he would make it.  He knew a relapse would cost him his four-year-old daughter and again and again he would tell Judy Kelly, “I love her more than anything else in the world.” Ultimately, he went back to using meth and lost custody.  “I believe that he was tel...

Woman faces two child criminal endangerment charges Woman faces two child criminal endangerment charges

POLSON –A 30-year-old Browning woman faces criminal child endangerment charges following two separate incidents.  Rena Diachell Ladd was charged following a Sept. 8, 2016 incident in which a vehicle crossed Montana Highway 35 and struck a utility pole. Minor children aged 2 and 4 were in the ve...

Few options exist for parents battling a child’s meth addiction Few options exist for parents battling a child’s meth addiction

By Callahan Peel UM School of Journalism Celes Castrol remembers that day in eighth grade when she and her friends discovered the meth pipes in one girl’s parents’ room.  Castrol and her friends decided to test them out, and from that point on, Castrol was hooked. She used on and of...

Five more years for convicted bank robber Five more years for convicted bank robber

A Ronan man who robbed a bank at age 14 was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections for probation violations last week. According to court records, Judge Kim Christopher revoked Francis Aimsback’s 10-year sentence, which include five years suspended, for criminal possession of dange...

ERs emerge as the frontline in the meth war ERs emerge as the frontline in the meth war

Dr. Doug Melzer usually works nights in the emergency room at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He spends most of his time dealing with the usual emergency room fare: heart attacks, pneumonia, broken hips.  But about once a week he treats patients coming into the emergency room because they’re ...

Meth production shifts to industrial labs Meth production shifts to industrial labs

It was a bust made to go viral.  Following a 2013 shooting between father and son, Walter White was arrested for meth distribution in Billings. White, who shares his name with the fictional meth dealer from the television program “Breaking Bad,” had been caught after the fight over a $10,...


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