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Woman pleads not guilty to assault

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A Lake County woman is facing a revocation hearing for violating the terms of her probation on two convictions of assault with a weapon. She is also facing a new charge of assault with a weapon and possessing drugs. 

Dawna Mae Michel, 48, of Pablo, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on May 27 to felony charges of assault with a weapon and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

According to court records, on May 1, Lake County dispatch received a report about a physical altercation between family members. 

At the scene, a man reported that the mother of his daughter had come after him with an orange-handled machete and threatened to kill him. The daughter was able to deescalate the situation. Responding officers found an orange-handled machete in Michel’s vehicle.

Michel is also accused of being in possession of methamphetamine, and the charge stems from being a passenger in a vehicle that was the subject of a drug investigation resulting from a traffic stop on March 31.

Her first assault with a weapon charge involved a gold minivan used to strike a woman in August of 2012. She received a three-year suspended sentence in that matter. She was later convicted of using a desktop air conditioning unit to injure the alleged victim of the new assault case.

Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher set the revocation hearing for July 29. A trial date for the new charges was set for Jan. 24, 2022. Jail records show Michel’s bond set at $50,000 as of May 27.

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