Butte Justice Court
Kenneth R. Wheeler Jr., 43, of Anaconda was charged Monday with felony partner of family member assault, third offense. He’s accused of punching a female while in his vehicle in the 300 block of West Front Street. Justice Bob Lee set Wheeler’s bond at $10,000 and remanded him to jail.
Gladys Soult, 55, of Buttte was charged Monday with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor negligent endangerment. She’s accused of being in possession of hydrocodone. Charging documents allege Soult gave three of the pills to a 17-year-ol d female on July 15, 2010, on the campus of Montana Tech.
Anaconda police reports
A resident on North Fir Street reported Saturday that items were stolen from her garage within the past three weeks. The woman stated she saw her golf bags, clubs and push cart at a local pawn shop, according to the initial police report. Police have a suspect and are investigating.
Brian Miller, 18, of 519 Birch St., was arrested early Sunday and charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft. Police also arrested a 17-year-old juvenile in connection with the same incident, charged with one count of misdemeanor theft. Miller pleaded not guilty in justice court and is free on recognizance. A trial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Aug. 11.
Judge Kambich courts
Wayne Partin, 50, of 1019½ Woolman to having a syringe and was fined $555. He also pleaded guilty to driving without a valid driver’s license (two offenses), speeding, traveling the wrong direction on a one-way street and stop sign violation, and was fined an additional $810.
Joshua Gray, 22, of 822 N. Main, pleaded guilty Feb. 28 and was fined $555. According to court documents, Gray took Mike’s Hard Lemonade from Town Pump. Also, he was fined an additional $790 for driving with a suspended driver’s license, failure to yield and no vehicle registration.
Cassandra LaTray, 19, of 901 S. Washington, pleaded guilty March 3 to disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, and was fined $740. According to court documents, LaTray was using profane language and used physical force against a police officer.
Criminal possession of dangerous drugs and/or drug paraphernalia
Zackariah Mickens, 19, of 3132 Keokuk, pleaded guilty to having marijuana and a pipe. Mickens was fined $1,110.
Partner or family member assault
Dean Brown, 26, of 632 S. Dakota, pleaded guilty March 3 and was fined $1,095. According to court documents, Brown shoved another person. In addition, he pleaded guilty to tampering with a communication device (telephone) and was fined $555. Brown must also donate $50 to Family Victims and attend anger management class.
Michael Dubray, 22, of Sacramento, Calif., pleaded guilty March 7 and was fined $1,095. According to court documents, Dubray slapped a female family member and threw her to the ground. Dubray must also donate $50 to Family Victims and attend anger management class.
Gary Rubusch, 32, of 1018 Maryland, pleaded guilty March 10 and was fined $1,055.
Driving under the influence
Logan Dudding, 25, of 145 Larkspur, pleaded guilty March 10 to his second DUI and for careless driving, and was fined $965. He must also attend alcohol awareness class.
Ricky Griffis, 25, of 2107 California, pleaded guilty Feb. 11 to a DUI, driving without liability insurance and reckless driving, and was fined $1,180. He must also attend alcohol awareness class and received a 10-day jail sentence.
Matthew Emmett, 32, of 321 S. Excelsior, pleaded guilty March 7 and was fined $555. According to court documents, Emmett took Spark’s Beer from Albertson’s.
September Brown, 19, of 3218 Evans, pleaded guilty March 3 and was fined $555. Brown took markers, mascara and nail polish from K mart. In addition, Brown was fined $285 for being a minor in possession and was fined an additional $285. She must attend alcohol awareness class and perform 20 hours of community service.
Stephanie Lehti, 24, of 1929 Reynolds, pleaded guilty March 8 and must make restitution for $300. According to court documents, Lehti took American and Canadian coins from another person.
False reports to law enforcement
Cody Gavin, 20, of 436 S. Main, pleaded guilty March 10 and was fined $555.
Minors in possession
Two people recently pleaded guilty to the above offense. Each person was fined $285, must attend alcohol aware class and perform 20 hours of community service. They are:
Zachariah Mickens, 19, of 727 Maryland
Mariano Lopez, 16, of 3401 Sherman
Tara O’Donnell, 26, of 452 N. Idaho, pleaded guilty March 1 and was fined $185. According to court documents, O’Donnell was using threatening language.
Leslie Champagne, 22, of 1617 Warren, pleaded guilty March 3 and was fined $185. According to court documents, Champagne was quarreling with others on the corner of Platinum and Colorado.
Thirty-one people recently pleaded guilty to driving without liability insurance. The fines totaled $14,810.
Ten people recently pleaded guilty to driving without a valid driver’s license. The fines totaled $2,350.
Twelve people recently pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license. The fines totaled $6,360.
Fifteen people recently pleaded guilty to driving without vehicle registration. The fines totaled $1,950.
Three people recently pleaded guilty to a stop sign violation. The fines totaled $390.
Three people recently pleaded guilty to speeding. The fines totaled $390.
Two people recently pleaded guilty to a stop sign violation. The fines totaled $260.
Deer Lodge courts
DEER LODGE — Three Deer Lodge residents appeared in district court recently charged with nine counts of fraudulently obtaining dangerous drugs and one count of theft, all felonies.
Donald Close, Krystina Close and Marika Hansen Tice, Dr. Michelle Corbin’s nurse, each pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to court records, Krystina Close conspired with Donald Close and Marika Tice to obtain nine prescriptions for dangerous drugs. The prescriptions allegedly contained false, incomplete or misleading information and were made in the name of Donald who was the insured, but not the patient, and therefore, not entitled to the prescription. The cash amount of the nine prescriptions was more than $3,000.
Each is free on recognizance, with conditions.
In other recent court activity:
John Domenik Hollander, 24, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with a bodily fluid. He admitted to the court that on two occasions during August and September 2009, while incarcerated at Montana State Prison, he threw feces on correctional officers.
Judge Ray Dayton said the problem with this “vile crime” is that the Legislature limits courts to a maximum one-year sentence.
“I take the health and safety of correctional officers very seriously,” Dayton said.
He sentenced Hollander to the maximum of one year at the prison on each count, to run consecutively. Dayton did not impose a fine but assessed court fees saying he hoped the sentence would deter Hollander from committing crimes, and yet allow opportunity for rehabilitation.
Melinda A. Gwin, 33, of Deer Lodge pleaded nolo contendere to felony assault on a peace officer, and a misdemeanor charge of assault. Gwin said she does not have memory of the incident on Jan. 24, 2010, but after reviewing the evidence believed there was a risk of conviction.
According to court records, Gwin resisted arrest after assaulting a man at the Montana Bar. She allegedly struggled with and yelled obscenities at law enforcement officers during her arrest and ultimately kicked Deputy Kim Micu in the head as he attempted to remove her from a squad car.
Judge Dayton ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Gwin is free on bond with conditions.
Douglas Wade Peeples, 37, was sentenced in the stabbing of Jerry Johnson during an altercation behind the Montana Bar on May 5.
According to court records, law enforcement responded to a report of a fight behind the bar. At the time Peeples said that Johnson had been threatening the defendant’s girlfriend. When Johnson made a rude remark to her, Peeples and Johnson argued and then “got into it,” during which Peeples pulled a knife and stabbed Johnson.
Johnson was treated at Powell County Medical Center and then transferred to St. James Healthcare in Butte for treatment of an abdominal wound.
Peeples was sentenced to five years in prison, all suspended but will be under supervision of the adult parole and probation bureau. He must pay $9,053 restitution of medical expenses, court fees of $130, must compete anger management classes, obtain a chemical dependency evaluation and remain in after-care treatment, attend behavior modification and self-help classes. Credit was given for two days served in jail.
In Deer Lodge justice court:
Joseph Anthony Crossman, 46, of Deer Lodge pleaded guilty recently to a reduced charge of operating a vehicle while having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater, first offense, and driving without liability insurance. He was fined $670 and must complete alcohol and chemical treatment program.
Eric Vernon Campbell, 24, of Deer Lodge pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children by having a party and supplying or encouraging the use of intoxicating substances by children. He was fined $385.
William Jack Fox III, 25, of Deer Lodge pleaded guilty to failing to give notice of an accident by quickest means after he had an accident U.S. Highway 12 that resulted in more than $500 damage. He was fined $235.
— Compiled by Pat Hansen for The Montana Standard