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Court is Now In Session

By Staff | May 1, 2015

Court Cases heard and

disposed of April 28th

Sheila Marie Swain pled guilty to class B Misdemeanor, Driving While License Was Suspended or Revoked. MS. Swain was fined $350.00 including court cost and sentenced to 10 days at the Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center that was suspended. Ms. Swain was placed on one year probation.

Michael John Nelson, Jr. pled guilty to class B Misdemeanor, Driving While License Privilege Was Suspended. Mr. Nelson was fined $250.00 including court cost and sentenced to 30 days at the Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center that was suspended. Mr. Nelson was placed on one year probation.

Jillian Mariah Maddock pled guilty to class B Misdemeanor, Driving While Under the Influence of Liquor or Drugs. MS. Maddock was fined $750.00 including court cost and sentenced to 10 days at the Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center that was suspended. Ms. Maddock was placed on one year probation.

Christopher Scott Ovitt pled guilty to 2 counts of class A Misdemeanor, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Mr. Ovitt was fined $550.00 including court cost and sentenced to 30 days at the Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center 27 that was suspended., and 40 hours of community service. Mr. Ovitt was also placed on eighteen months probation.

Mason Vale Headlee pled guilty to 2 counts of class A Misdemeanor, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Mr. Headlee was fined $350.00 including court cost and sentencing was deferred until April 28th, but was ordered to serve 25 hours of community service.

Jonathon Brower was a no-show to court, he was initially charged with DUS: Possession of Drug paraphernalia. His bond was revoked and a Bench Warrant was issued.

FRIDAY, APRIL 24 CASES

Judge John C. McClintock, Jr., presided over five cases in Northeast Judicial District Chambers late last week in Rugby.

Anthony Olson made an initial appearance on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, schedule II, both class C felonies (punishable by five years’ imprisonment and up to $5,000 in fines); possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, a class B misdemeanor (punishable by up to 30 days’ imprisonment and up to $1,000 in fines) ; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor (punishable by up to one-year imprisonment and up to $2,000 in fines). A $5,000 cash/surety bond had been previously set for Olson, who is awaiting a preliminary hearing on June 16, 2015 at 9 a.m.

Joshua Lehman made an initial appearance on a charge of theft of property, a class C felony. A preliminary hearing has been set for June 16.

Michael Opperman made a second appearance on a charge of physical obstruction of a government function, a class A misdemeanor. Opperman entered a plea of not guilty. A pre-trial conference has been set for June 16.

Andrew Johnson made an appearance on a second petition to revoke probation. Johnson was found to have violated conditions of his probation, admitting to not completing 40 hours of community service; to not completing a chemical dependency evaluation; to failure to pay the Department of Corrections for supervision fees, on which a $675 balance remained; and to failure to pay fines, fees and restitution, of which $1,973.59 remained. Johnson denied that he failed to check in with his probation officer and inform of change of residence.

Court-appointed attorney Coral Mahler questioned as to why he denied the failure to check in condition. Johnson testified that after his release on Dec. 23, 2014, he called probation officer Rod Sanderson’s cell phone and received no reply. Johnson then called Sanderson’s office and left a message saying he had been in Rugby but moved to Balta in January 2015. Due to being unemployed, with no transportation and three children, Johnson testified to having difficulties in payments as well as completing chemical dependency evaluation. Pierce County States’ Attorney Galen Mack then questioned why Johnson failed to complete his community service, to which Johnson testified that he overlooked it. Mack then questioned when did Johnson attempt to contact law enforcement, and noted that Johnson tested positive for marijuana while on probation.

Johnson was ordered to serve 18 months with the Department of Corrections and to undergo a chemical dependency evaluation.

Heaven Decoteau appeared on a pre-trial conference on the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs accompanied by a minor, a class A misdemeanor to which she entered a guilty plea. Decoteau had been pulled over by the N.D. Highway Patrol for going 89 mph in a 65 mph zone. The NDHP administered a field sobriety test and found Decoteau’s blood alcohol level at a 0.13. Decoteau was sentenced to 30 days in jail with two days credit, a $500 mandatory fine, $250 in fees and 25 hours of community service.

– Tribune Staff Report

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