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Lake County District Court news for Aug. 16, 2017

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on Aug. 9:

Patricia R. Gonzalez was given a six-month deferred sentence for misdemeanor assault with all of it suspended as part of a plea agreement. She was given credit for one day in jail and ordered to pay some $250 in fees. She was originally charged with two counts of assault on a police officer related to a Nov. 20, 2016, incident at St. Joseph’s Hospital in which an officer went there to talk to her about an alleged assault against her. According to a court document, Gonzalez got into an altercation with a nurse in the emergency room, pushed a Polson Police officer and kicked him and then kicked another officer in the face.

Vincent Lewis Sarff, 50, of Kalispell, was sentenced to four years and one month in the Department of Corrections with three years suspended for his fourth DUI. Sarff was charged following a March 25 traffic stop at 2 a.m. on Montana Highway 212 near U.S. Highway 93. Sarff had a blood alcohol content of .117, according to a court document. He was ordered to pay $5,660 in fines and fees.

Julius Dominic Whitegrass, 37, of St. Ignatius, was given a twoyear deferred sentence for criminal possession of dangerous drugs stemming from a Jan. 27, 2015 incident. A bail jumping charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Whitegrass was given credit for 26 days in jail and ordered to pay an $800 public defender fee.

Caitlyn Marie Markovich, 26 of Ronan, was given a three-year deferred sentence for criminal possession of dangerous drugs for a Feb. 17, 2016, incident in which police found marijuana, methamphetamine, a pipe and hydrocodone, morphine and clonazepam during a traffic stop. She was ordered to complete a chemical dependency evaluation.

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