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Contested omnibus set for Okerman

■ Another hearing set for Clark

Another hearing was scheduled for Dec. 31 for the 20-year-old Brainerd man charged June 26 for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman and attempting to strangle her at their Brainerd home.

Joseph Alan Clark appeared last week in Crow Wing County District Court for a hearing, who was charged with third-degree felony criminal sexual conduct, felony domestic assault by strangulation and a misdemeanor domestic assault-with the intention to inflict bodily harm on another.

Clark also is on the schedule for a jury trial for 9 a.m. Jan. 2, 2013.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Clark, the woman advised Brainerd police that Clark slapped her in the face repeatedly, made her punch herself with her own hands and he tied her wrists together with a jump rope. The woman went on to say that Clark had put a sock in her mouth, pinching her nose closed and applied pressure to her neck to prevent her from screaming.

■ Sentencing set for Nyland

Sentencing was scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 7 for the 18-year-old Brainerd man charged June 19 with two felony counts of second-degree burglary and three felony counts of third-degree burglary in connection with breaking into five different residences in the Breezy Point and Nisswa area.

Amir Nyland appeared Thursday for a plea hearing in Crow Wing County District Court in front of judge Kristine DeMay.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Nyland, he allegedly forced entry into two seasonal residences, a garage and two outbuildings at five locations in Crow Wing County: Three on Pelican Lake Road in Breezy Point, one on Sandy Shores Lane in Nisswa and one of Blake Road in Nisswa. Items stolen included tools, tool boxes, alcohol, lighting and power equipment. Two juvenile males also were arrested in the incident.

■ Contested hearing set for Okerman

LITTLE FALLS — A contested omnibus hearing was set for Feb. 20, 2013 for a 44-year-old Little Falls man charged with third-degree murder in connection with the death of a woman he confessed to providing methamphetamines to the night she died.

Warren John Okerman appeared for his hearing Monday in Morrison County District Court, where there was a request for a continuance.

According to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner, Leslie Ellyn Peterson died June 2 in Little Falls Township of a methamphetamine overdose. The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office arrested Okerman on July 9.

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