The Missoula County Attorney’s Office filed 12 new felony criminal complaints this week, which is less than what we have been seeing since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. County Attorney Kirsten Pabst said that was a relief for her office and their law enforcement partners.

“Four of those fall into the interpersonal violence category,” Pabst said. “There was a strangulation, an assault with a weapon, and some partner or family member assault cases. We filed one new assault with a weapon case not involving a family member. That case involved a neighbor. There was another case that involved harming a police dog, resisting arrest, and assault on a peace officer.”

According to Pabst, her office filed one felony DUI and a handful of property crimes.

“We filed two burglary cases and a forgery common scheme case,” Pabst said. “In that case, the allegation is that the defendant took a book of checks from someone’s mailbox and wrote upwards of ten checks to various people and businesses, totaling thousands of dollars in damages to the victim.”

Pabst said her office also filed one possession of methamphetamine case and one possession with intent to distribute case.

“In that case, the officers received a tip that this defendant was in possession of meth that he brought in from California to sell,” Pabst said. “The tip was corroborated, there was a traffic stop, there was a drug dog, there was a search warrant, and the officers allegedly confiscated more than 483 grams of meth, a scale, and a vacuum sealer. Most of the meth was already prepackaged in vacuum sealed bags.”

Pabst said her office closed out the week with one obstructing a peace officer case.