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Ronan woman pleads not guilty to weapon assault

by Jeff Smith/For the Leader
| March 28, 2024 12:00 AM

A Ronan woman is accused of firing two rounds from a firearm during a domestic dispute. Lucy Laryn Smith-Cluff, 26, entered a plea of not guilty in Polson District Court March 20 to two counts of felony assault with a weapon.

According to court records, Polson Police were dispatched to the parking lot of the Kwataqnuk Resort Feb. 24 on a weapons complaint. At the scene, security staff of the resort led the responding officers to a man and woman, identified only by their initials, who indicated they were the victims of the complaint.

The man, W.D., stated Smith-Cluff had followed them to the resort and drove through landscaping to cut the pair off in the parking lot. He said she was upset because he did not want to be with her anymore.

Video surveillance at the resort shows Smith-Cluff fire two rounds into the hatchback of the vehicle W.D. had driven there. W.D. and the woman, K.F., can be seen in the video ducking when the shots were fired. Officers documented two bullet holes in the hatch of the car and in the back seat.

Smith-Cluff then fled south to Pablo where she was stopped by a deputy with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. While en route back to the Lake County Jail, Smith-Cluff allegedly admitted to law enforcement to firing the two shots at W.D. and K.F.

Judge Molly Owen set the case for trial on Sept. 16. Smith-Cluff is at liberty after posting $100,000.