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Butte man sentenced for trafficking meth in Lake County

News from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Montana MISSOULA  — A Butte man who admitted to trafficking methamphetamine in the Lake County community was sentenced on Dec. 1 to 66 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said. Gary David Conan, 42, pleaded guilty in August to distribution of meth. U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy presided. The government alleged in court documents that in April 2020, officers with the Northwest Drug Task Force stopped Conan’s vehicle after he distributed meth and recovered approximately 94 grams of additional pure meth. Conan was indicted for this conduc...

Labissoniere pleads guilty to possession Labissoniere pleads guilty to possession

POLSON — District Judge Molly Owen set a sentencing date of Jan. 18 for a Spokane man who admitted to possessing fentanyl and methamphetamine that made its way into the Lake County jail. Thomas Labissoniere, 44, entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Nov. 30 to two counts of felony cri...

Montana VA reports shooting incident at Fort Harrison campus

News from the Montana VA Health Care System HELENA — A shooting incident occurred at the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center campus at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 17. The situation has been cleared and the incident is currently under joint investigation by the VA Police and the Lewis & Clar...

Challenge filed to state-sanctioned sex, marital status discrimination in insurance ratemaking

News from Upper Seven Law Firm HELENA — Several individuals and organizations filed suit Wednesday to invalidate House Bill 379, a law that allows insurance companies to discriminate on the basis of sex and marital status when setting insurance premium rates for Montanans.   For nearly 40 ...

Ohara pleads guilty to burglary

POLSON — A Bigfork man has admitted to breaking into a state-owned building for the purpose of committing a theft. Colby Glenn Ohara, 32 entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Nov. 2 to one count of felony burglary. Ohara was initially charged with three counts of burglary, but two ...

Breese sentenced for impersonation

POLSON — A Polson man was committed at District Court in Polson on Nov. 3 to the Montana Department of Corrections for three years with all that time suspended for impersonating a public servant during the Boulder 2700 fire on Aug. 1, 2021. In addition, Donald Stephen Breese, 49, was sentenced to a six...

Cleveland sentenced for possession

POLSON — A Lolo man was committed at District Court in Polson on Nov. 2 to 10 years with the Montana Department of Corrections with all but time served suspended. Jay Le Cleveland, 46, had entered a “no contest” plea to one count of criminal possession with intent to distribute during an...

Salisbury pleads guilty to assault

POLSON — A Polson man has admitted to his involvement in a domestic disturbance that occurred in September. Shawn Allen Salisbury, 46, entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Nov. 2 to partner or family member assault. Salisbury also admitted that he has two prior convictions for partne...

Environmentalists challenge Montana wolf regulations in state court Environmentalists challenge Montana wolf regulations in state court

MONTANA — Environmental groups WildEarth Guardians and Project Coyote are asking a Lewis and Clark County District Court judge to toss out Montana’s current wolf-hunting regulations and declare four hunting laws passed by last year’s Montana Legislature unconstitutional. In a lawsuit fil...

Johnson pleads not guilty to sex abuse

POLSON — A Polson man is accused of attempting to solicit a 13-year-old girl, allegedly for sex, as she was walking home from school recently. Scott William Johnson, 59, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Oct. 26 to felony sexual abuse of children. According to court reco...

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