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Pair face felony charges for generator thefts

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KOOSKIA – Preliminary hearings are set next week for two Montana residents for alleged involvement in property thefts along Selway Road last Friday.

Charles W. Thompson, 18, of Arlee, and Michaeleen R. Herron, 43, of Lolo, were both charged with possession of stolen property and are set for Nov. 2 preliminary hearings in Magistrate Court. Also arrested was a 15-year-old Lolo male; however, his case file is closed pending an admit/deny hearing in juvenile court.

Charges resulted from incidents reported Oct. 20 at 7:35 a.m. According to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office and District Court records, Jason Freeze reported a Honda 1000 generator and gas can were stolen from his hunting camp on Race Creek, and as he drove in search of the suspect vehicle he saw prior to the theft’s discovery, he stopped at a construction site to inquire whether the car may have been spotted. At that location, David Galli then discovered he was missing a Coleman 1750 generator.

At Kooskia, ICSO Lt. Doug Ulmer stopped the suspect vehicle, driven by Thompson, and noticed a generator in the back seat area matching the description of one of those involved in the theft, and took the three into custody. A subsequent vehicle search found the second generator and gas can.

Ulmer was assisted on the search by ICSO Undersheriff Jim Gorges.

Hudson sentenced on high school, purse thefts

GRANGEVILLE – Thousands in restitution was ordered for a Lewiston man convicted last week on felony charges related to thefts from Prairie High School (PHS) and a Grangeville couple earlier this summer.

At his Oct. 17 sentencing hearing in District Court on charges of possession of forged checks and grand theft, Sean Michael Lee Hudson, 26, was ordered to pay restitution of $5,640 to PHS and $178 to Archie and Linda Junes, as well as $245.50 in court costs. Judgement was withheld in the matter and Hudson was placed on unsupervised probation for three years, after which if he fulfills the terms of his sentencing the case will be dismissed.

Charges resulted from two separate incidents that took place while Hudson served as a driver for City Parcel Delivery out of Lewiston. On May 12, Hudson, while delivering a parcel to the Junes’ residence, took cash from Linda’s purse that was inside the home. A month later on June 17, Hudson, again while delivering parcels, was caught on PHS surveillance video taking seven checks from an office printer, five of which were cashed in subsequent weeks in the Lewiston area.

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office investigated both incidents.

Hudson was represented by Vicki Olds. District Judge Gregory FitzMaurice presided over the case, handled by deputy prosecuting attorney Adam Green.


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