Husband killed, wife injured in Dixon home invasion

2012-12-08T14:00:00Z 2013-09-17T11:11:43Z Husband killed, wife injured in Dixon home invasionBy JENNA CEDERBERG of the Missoulian missoulian.com
December 08, 2012 2:00 pm  • 

A Dixon man is dead and his wife is in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a brutal home invasion Thursday night.

Doug Morigeau was killed at his home on Montana Highway 212 outside Dixon on Thursday evening. His wife, Cheryl Morigeau, was listed in serious condition Friday night and remained in the intensive care unit at Harborview.

Nathan Lee William Calvert of Missoula is in custody in connection with the incident, according to a news release from Sanders County Sheriff Tom Rummel.

Sanders County officials refused to release further information about the incident Friday, saying only in Rummel’s brief news release that deputies from Lake and Sanders counties, as well as Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes law enforcement, responded to a home in the Dixon area just before 8 p.m. Thursday.

Calvert was in custody and one person was dead and one was hospitalized, the release said.

A detention center employee confirmed that Calvert remained in custody at the Sanders County jail Friday afternoon and said Calvert had been seen by a judge. A Sanders County District Court clerk would not give information on any charges or hearings. Sanders County Attorney Robert Zimmerman did not return calls for comment.

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Tom Sheridan lives on Highway 212 just half a mile from the Morigeaus. He confirmed it was his lifelong friend Doug Morigeau who was killed.

“We’ve always fished together, and worked together. We were very close friends,” Sheridan said, adding that the Morigeaus were “very well liked” and the community was “pretty upset.”

Neighbors began hearing about the incident around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

That’s when Harley Hettick got a call from Sheridan, saying police were searching for a “nut job or a crazy man” who was “running around.”

“He said that Doug got killed and his wife was stabbed and they didn’t know the condition of her. We turned the lights on in the yard, then locked the doors. We about half the time don’t lock the doors. I don’t think a lot of people do,” Hettick said.

An hour later, the Hetticks were notified the suspect had been caught. Neighbors told Hettick only knives were used during the incident, not guns.

“It is a horrible thing. Doug and Cheryl are really good people and good neighbors, and good community people. As far as I know, they just got along with everybody and were really peaceful kind of folks,” Hettick said.

Calvert is listed as a violent offender on the Montana Department of Corrections website.

He is on probation after being convicted in Missoula of partner or family member assault in December 2010. Calvert appeared before Missoula County District Court Judge John Larson on Thursday afternoon for a status update on court-ordered penalties in that assault case.

Court records say Calvert was charged with felony assault after “punching (his partner) in the head and body with his fists.” It was a “third or subsequent offense,” court records said.

The Morigeaus are listed in an online directory as staff members at Two Eagle River School in Pablo.

Two Eagle River is not having class Monday to mourn the loss of a staff member, said Rob McDonald, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes communications director. However, members of the Two Eagle staff have been asked to report to work.

Reporter Jenna Cederberg can be reached at 523-5241 or at jenna.cederberg@missoulian.com.

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(31) Comments

  1. SamWell07
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    SamWell07 - December 10, 2012 1:52 pm
    Our Father who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name.
    Thy kingdom come.
    Thy will be done
    on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread,
    and forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those who trespass against us,
    and lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.

    I will miss my uncle Doug very much! Thank God my aunt is doing better!
    I have been praying that I can find the goodness in my heart to forgive the man that did this.

    Thank you all for your prayers and support!


  2. startingover
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    startingover - December 10, 2012 6:52 am
    The statistics weren't for the Morigeaus, they were for walter12, the comment after the statistics comment was meant for the Morigeaus. Or did you read that far?
  3. oldcowgirl
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    oldcowgirl - December 09, 2012 9:06 pm
    What a Horrific tragedy in our small community....Doug & Cheryl are the nicest people you would ever want to meet.. I have known Doug & Cheryl for over 40 yrs and they would give the shirt off their backs for anyone....I can't believe this has really happened to these very nice people.

    My Heart goes out to the rest of the Morigeau Family...and to Cheryl ; heal physically first and then to heal mentality, its going to be a tough road but you are a strong person and with family supporting you. You will be OK.....
    Doug you will be missed very much....RIP

    To the home invader !!! Your day in court is coming......and justice will be served !!! Doug will not die in vain.......
  4. Tracker
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    Tracker - December 09, 2012 8:46 pm
    You're missing the part that says "per capita." Crime stats are usually reported in numbers of crimes per 100,000 residents, so population charges are included in the results. There are pretty smart people who calculate these things.
  5. Roger
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    Roger - December 09, 2012 1:57 pm
    So what? Persistent felony offenders need to be removed from the free population, because they are dangerous. However, you point about filling the prisons with drug offenders is well-made. The felony laws need tweeking.
  6. Alan Johnson
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    Alan Johnson - December 09, 2012 1:48 pm
    Every offender goes to court in the county where the crime was committed. Sanders county is joined with Lake County in the 20th Judicial districts. Both judges reside in lake county, which is by far the most populous of the two counties in the district. Of course every defendant has the right to to one substitution of the judge, but has no ability to pick who that substitute will be.
  7. Alan Johnson
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    Alan Johnson - December 09, 2012 1:44 pm
    Montana has never had a "three strikes and you're out" penalty. You must be thinking of California. Actually, Montana has a "Two strikes and you're out" scheme in which a prosecutor can notice up "persistent felony offender" on a second felony. A Judge can then add anywhere from five years to life to the sentence for the second offense.
    As far as Sukey's mention of "third or subsequent offense," it's not the same thing as three felonies. Simple assault (without a weapon) is misdemeanor assault, except when the victim is a partner of family member. Then the penalties increase for a second offense and a third or subsequent offense is charged as a felony.

    As far as whether this guy should have been still in custody, it's easy to say in hindsight that it was a mistake to release him. If we were to keep everyone indefinitely incarcerated who committed a violent offense on the supposition that they might offend again, we would need a prison system several times larger and several times more expensive than we have now. Who is ready to pay for that?

    The US has more people incarcerated than any other developed country, yet we have a higher crime rate than most. Keeping more people locked up is clearly no solution.
  8. sofaking tired of the GOP
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    sofaking tired of the GOP - December 09, 2012 11:43 am
    I support the death penalty in some cases, and would this one. The problem with the 3 strikes is that if someone has 2, any future small crime and they know they'll be going for life and therefore much more likely to try and kill a cop to get away. Also a guy in California got his 3rd strike, 25-life for stealing golf clubs. If we decriminalize drugs we have much more room for dangerous dirtbags like this guy.
  9. live and let live
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    live and let live - December 09, 2012 9:37 am
    So sorry for this tragic event. Such a loss for the community.
  10. Roger
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    Roger - December 09, 2012 7:51 am
    However, an individual's average chance of being a crime victim has diminished, because violent crime per capita has been falling for years.
  11. Sukey
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    Sukey - December 09, 2012 4:45 am
    to: sofaking tired of the GOP No, the article near the bottom talks about "third or subsequent offense". He's been out on probation since 2010. Clearly has anger management problems, lots of domestic violence problems.
  12. burrhead
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    burrhead - December 09, 2012 3:28 am
    Thanks for the statistics reply. I think we can agree that there literally are more people today than there were in the past can't we? The likelihood of a violent crime being committed today is greater just because of sheer numbers. A higher population will have larger numbers of crimes reported as a function of the higher population. You're right about crimes falling per capita but there are indeed more violent offenders in the world running around than any time in history....because of the higher population. I'm sure your statistics will make the Morigeau's feel much better.
  13. sofaking tired of the GOP
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    sofaking tired of the GOP - December 08, 2012 9:02 pm
    A guy in California got 25 years to life for his 3rd strike of stealing golf clubs.
  14. sofaking tired of the GOP
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    sofaking tired of the GOP - December 08, 2012 8:59 pm
    How do you know the guy was a three time offender, the article only mentions one before this.
  15. sofaking tired of the GOP
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    sofaking tired of the GOP - December 08, 2012 8:58 pm
    The three strikes and your out rule has filled our prisons with drug offenders, taking up space and making other offenders be set free early.
  16. kcell
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    kcell - December 08, 2012 10:26 am

    Is the Missoulian going to allow slanderous comments to remain on this page? This is simply outrageous!


    Kcell: The offensive comments by "wiseone" have been removed.

  17. startingover
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    startingover - December 08, 2012 10:02 am
    Actually, that is incorrect. Statistically violent crimes per capita is falling, and has been for a long time. There is just much more exposure to the reports of violent crime thanks to our nightly news, and the internet. There are not more violent crimes being committed per person, just more access to national or world coverage of the ones that do. It is a tragedy that this has occurred, and I hope that the survivors see justice done, though it may do little to lessen the pain they are feeling, it may provide some closure for them in dealing with this senseless act.
  18. pl
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    pl - December 08, 2012 9:24 am
    Once again the Montana "justice" system fails to protect law abiding citizens and errors on the side of the convicted. This guy was a third time violent offender. WHY was he on the street and allowed to kill and critically injure two MORE innocent victims? LEGISLATORS WHEN WILL YOU WAKE UP?
  19. elkguy
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    elkguy - December 08, 2012 8:46 am
    What ever happened to 3 strikes and you're out? If it weren't for bleeding heart liberal judges this kind of thing would quit happening. If this isn't a prime reason to support the death penalty i don't know what is.
  20. RPT
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    RPT - December 08, 2012 8:27 am
    Let’s hope that when this comes to trial their able to hold the trial some where in Sanders county.
    The courts and judges in Missoula seem to have little or no concern whatsoever for any form
    of justice for the victim, their family or friends . And seem to put all their efforts towards protecting the rights of the criminal.
    Even when their found guilty of murder by a jury some are allowed to walk out of court and remain free. Never serving a day in jail or prison.
  21. montanamuralist
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    montanamuralist - December 08, 2012 7:56 am
    The Morigeau's are a huge family in that area and very respected and well liked. Friendly and nice folks. Such a tragedy anytime but especially at Christmas. I am so sorry for the family and for Cheryl in particular. Hopefully this scum who did this will never see the light of day again.
  22. walter12
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    walter12 - December 08, 2012 7:14 am
    When the criminal insane are running around, it is always the good and innocent that suffer. The state and the nation today are full of wackos running around loose. Much more than ever before in our history.
  23. Sukey
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    Sukey - December 08, 2012 6:27 am
    I'm so sorry for the family and the community. Dixon always looks so sad when you drive through it. Feels like lots of poverty and despair. This will make it worse. And wiseone, you are correct, we shouldn't prejudge anything. The defendant is "innocent" until a jury says otherwise.
  24. Roger
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    Roger - December 08, 2012 6:24 am
    Yep - you really should change your name - you are sick.
  25. Joemt
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    Joemt - December 08, 2012 5:16 am
    Thank God we kept all those dangerous pot smokers in jail and let this animal out on the streets.
  26. labmom
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    labmom - December 07, 2012 4:48 pm
    Maybe we all need to step back a little. We are from this community and this a huge tragedy on a wonderful caring family. This has not only devastated a family but has shaken the security of a close knit community. The family and our community need your prayers. I personally want to thank all law enforcement that was there for risking your own lives to keep us safe. We will be praying that you will be able to find the answers to the questions this family needs
  27. Larry
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    Larry - December 07, 2012 2:29 pm
    Oh wise one, you are so full of it! What a crock you are peddling, no sympathy for the person who was murdered nor the survivors! You make me sick!!!!!!!!1
  28. watcingfromafaf
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    watcingfromafaf - December 07, 2012 2:01 pm
    wiseone, it is obvious that you are anything but. How can you defend someone who brutally, and apparently randomly, attacks and MURDERS people in their own home? You have a problem with Jacko22 feeling anger toward a violent criminal but defend a murderer? You need mental health intervention. What about 'Thou shall not murder?" Good grief, find help with your problems.
    To the victims, their family, community and all those whose lives have been affected by this sensless act of violence, my prayers for your peace of mind and ability to find peace. This horrific event has traumatized so many people in a wide walk of lives, bless you all. My very best wishes for the healing of the victim who still fights for her life.
    Be good to each other.
  29. jimira
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    jimira - December 07, 2012 1:49 pm
    Although, I do not agree with parts of Jacko22's emotional outburst, the victims were one of the nicest people you or I will ever meet, wiseone... I worked with my man who was killed back in our Flathead Post & Pole days. So self proclaimed "wiseone" maybe you need to "Watch your words and hold your tongue..."
  30. smalls
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    smalls - December 07, 2012 1:43 pm
    First of all "wiseone", you really need to change your username. Unless of course, you are using this being facetious. No, there are not a lot of facts available to the public as of yet, which is how it should be in the beginning stages of investigating this tragedy. However, the facts we do know are someone lost their life @ the hands of another and that both victims worked @ Two Eagle River School. So, kids will be affected. Unless you have absolute proof that the victims “molested his children” or committed some other crime that would warrant this type of violence, then please kindly SHUT UP!
  31. Jacko22
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    Jacko22 - December 07, 2012 11:31 am
    These were some very nice people that he attacked. I hope this piece of trash suffers greatly before the state puts him to death. I will gladly go witness the needle being stuck in his arm.
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