- Jacob Toole, 34, of Deer Lodge pleaded not guilty to DUI fourth offense plus, a felony, and failure to give notice of a crash by quickest means, a misdemeanor.
Court records indicate that on April 17, Toole allegedly hit a bridge pier under Interstate 90 off the south frontage road and left the scene. Responding officers stopped his vehicle at Sager Lane, and during the investigation Toole failed field sobriety tests; his blood alcohol content was .146.
He is free on $2,500 bond with conditions, including sobriety treatment, pending further court proceedings.
- John M. Zachary, 18, of Deer Lodge pleaded not guilty to felony charges including two counts of burglary, attempted intercourse without consent, and stalking.
Zachary is accused of stalking his former girlfriend and mother of his child. On April 9, she sought and obtained a protective order to keep him at least 300 feet away from her, the child and her residence. He is accused of entering her home while she was sleeping at 1 a.m. on that and attempting to rape her. She was able to resist and called the police. On April 14, the victim reported Zachary entered her home and woke her. He allegedly threatened her boyfriend who was not there and then left before police arrived. The responding officer observed Zachary driving 38 mph on Main Street (25 mph zone). He was given a warning for speeding but arrested for violating the restraining order.
Zachary is on house arrest with conditions, pending court proceedings.
- Nichole Cheyenne Dyer, 24, of Drummond pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of transfer of illegal articles — tobacco and cell phone — at Montana State Prison.
According to court records, Dyer was a correctional officer at MSP on June 17, 2016 when fellow officers found a cell phone in an inmate’s cell in High Side Unit 2. The inmate worked in the laundry with other inmates. There allegedly were numerous reports made prior to the incident that Dyer spent an inordinate amount of time with the man. During the investigation and search of her vehicle, investigators found a love note that indicated an ongoing romantic relationship between Dyer and the inmate.
Dyer is free on her own recognizance with conditions that include no contact with parolees or probationers.
- Jonathan Lee Guthrie, 26, of Deer Lodge pleaded not guilty to felony stalking and misdemeanor criminal mischief.
Between March 15-19 Guthrie allegedly contacted Jane Doe with text messages to her cell phone. The victim told him not to contact her, her friends or family.
Guthrie then allegedly spray-painted messages on the overpass, road signs and power boxes on the routes she would take home or to work. On another occasion in March, the defendant allegedly followed Jane Doe’s husband home and threatened to harm the man.
A protection order was issued on March 30. Guthrie is accused of violating the order by texting her and by driving past the victim’s place of work at the time she was going to or from work and taking her child to school. He is free on $10,000 bond with conditions.
- Dean L. Pearson of Anaconda pleaded guilty to an amended charge of stalking, a misdemeanor. He admitted that on Nov. 18, 2017, he called his estranged wife’s sister in order to contact his wife, which was a violation of a restraining order. Per a plea agreement, two other charges of stalking were dismissed.
Judge Ray Dayton sentenced Pearson to one year in Powell County jail, suspended, with credit for time served. He must abide by conditions outlined by the court.
- Deanna Johnson, 46, of Kalispell pleaded guilty to driving 101 mph on Interstate 90 and criminal possession of dangerous drugs — methamphetamine — a felony. She is free on $10,000 bond.