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Articles with the Tag: Lake County Jail

Carnahan found guilty of distributing drugs in jail

A Columbia Falls woman accused of smuggling drugs into the Lake County jail has pled guilty to criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.  Erin Elizabeth Carnahan, 24, entered her plea at District Court in Polson on Nov. 21 as part of a plea agreement that will dismiss two other charges at sentencing....

Nicolai sentenced to eight years for assault

A Ronan man was committed at District Court in Polson on Oct. 23 to eight years with the Montana Department of Corrections with four years suspended for aggravated assault.  According to court records, Justice Raven Nicolai, 24, was in the Lake County Jail awaiting trial on drug distribution charges ...

Commissioners discuss jail expansion levy Commissioners discuss jail expansion levy

RONAN — The jail expansion levy was discussed during a community outreach meeting Oct. 6 at the Ronan Community Center, which was attended by all three Lake County commissioners, representatives from the Lake County Attorney’s Office and Lake County Sheriff’s Office.  The county loc...

New date set for jail levy vote

LAKE COUNTY – Lake County Commissioners voted Thursday afternoon to move the Criminal Justice Facilities-Operations mill levy mail-in vote to Jan. 28, 2020. The vote was considered for an earlier date. The purpose of the date change is to satisfy a Montana State statute that requires an 85-day waiti...

Lake County voters to consider property tax hike to finance jail expansion

POLSON – Following months of discussions, Lake County commissioners Dave Stipe, Bill Barron and Gale Decker unanimously decided on Wednesday, Sept. 11, to move forward with a proposed ballot question this fall that will ask the voters to decide whether additional jail and courtroom space is worth a pro...

Commissioners consider putting new jail on ballot Commissioners consider putting new jail on ballot

POLSON – Lake County Commissioners are considering the development of a resolution to allow voters to decide whether a new jail should be built.   “We have gotten to a point where we have to do something, in my opinion,” said Commissioner Bill Barron. “We have reached a point ...

Snyder pays restitution in elder abuse case

In an elder exploitation case, a Lake County man had his imposition of sentencing deferred for three years and was ordered to pay restitution of $10,980 to the victim. Merlyn James Snyder, 37, pled guilty to exploitation of an older person in an earlier appearance at District Court in Polson. In exchange ...

Law enforcement makes multiple drug busts

LAKE COUNTY – Four unrelated drug busts in a 24-hour period kept the Lake County Sherriff’s Office extra busy last week.     The criminal activity started early on Monday, June 3, at 6:25 a.m. when 28-year-old Seth Williams, of Polson, was arrested in Ronan. Lake County Sheriff Don B...

Phone records lead to charges in Sanders County homicide Phone records lead to charges in Sanders County homicide

POLSON – A woman charged with the deliberate homicide of Matthew LaFriniere – in Thompson Falls almost a year ago – was arrested on the morning of Wednesday, March 20, in Polson.  Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Danielle Jeanette Wood after receiving the arrest ...

Law enforcement officials speak on local drug activity, solutions Law enforcement officials speak on local drug activity, solutions

POLSON – Community members got answers last week to a wide range of questions on drug use in the county directly from those who enforce drug laws - from which drugs are used to what is being done to treat addiction.  The event featured a panel of officers from the Confederated Salish and Kooten...


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