Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - The Missoula County Attorney’s Office charged 15 new criminal complaints this week, which is two more than last week and right around the new weekly average. According to County Attorney Kirsten Pabst, her office has already filed 823 cases this year. 

“We have already surpassed the about 800 that we filed last year,” Pabst said, “Obviously, that's going to keep on ticking up through the end of December where I'm gearing up to look at my numbers again and do a deep dive and put together an annual report for you.” 

Of the 15 new cases this week, four were violent crimes and three of those were intimate partner violence. 

“In one, there was an assault with a weapon,” Pabst said. “The defendant allegedly hit his girlfriend with a cane and attacked another victim as well at the Poverello Center. In another, there was an alleged strangulation at the Johnson Street Shelter. In another one, there was an assault with a weapon charge. The defendant allegedly hit his roommate multiple times with a wooden stool.” 

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In the endangerment category, there were two felony DUIs and two child endangerment cases. 

“In one, the allegation was they were swerving and driving under the influence with two small children in the car,” Pabst said. “In the other, there were similar facts but there was an infant in the vehicle as well. We charged two new theft cases and two new drug cases, although there were more drug charges than that that were tacked on to some of the violent crimes I told you about earlier.” 

The drug cases that they charged included heroin, meth, and fentanyl. They also charged two people with disorderly conduct for fighting at a bonfire near Clinton. 

The Missoula County Attorney’s Office provides a weekly crime report every Friday morning at 9:00 on Talk Back. You can listen to Pabst’s full report below: 

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