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Court Action: Alleged stabber appears in court

■ Woman who burglarized HART sentenced

The 24-year-old Pillager woman, who was charged with third-degree burglary that occurred at Heartland Animal Rescue Team (HART) in Baxter, was given a stay of imposition of five years of supervised probation and 60 days in Crow Wing County Jail on the burglary charges.

Crow Wing District Court Judge Richard A. Zimmerman sentenced Samantha Jo Martin on Feb. 7. The conditions the judge set for Martin’s probation include that she has no contact with the victims, cannot use firearms and she cannot vote. Martin’s supervised probation period will end Feb. 7, 2018.

According to the criminal complaint, Martin admitted to going to HART; stealing a dog without paying the $600 in fees owed; letting out the other dogs; spray painting the building; causing damage to locks, law enforcement door and fences; and cutting the phone lines.

■ Brainerd man who burglarized homes sentenced

An 18-year-old Brainerd man, who was charged June 11, 2012, 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, was sentenced Feb. 7 in Crow Wing District Court.

The judge sentenced Amir Nyland to 10 years of supervised probation and 90 days in jail, with credit for time served. Conditions of the supervised probation include that Nyland have a physical evaluation and chemical use test, have no contact with the victims, cannot possess or use controlled substances, cannot enter any bar or liquor establishments and no use of firearms.

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.

■ Plea hearings set for Brainerd residents involved in meth lab

Two Brainerd residents who allegedly were involved in the Oct. 15, 2012, methamphetamine manufacturing lab incident at an apartment complex in Brainerd on Tuesday appeared in Crow Wing District Court.

Daniel John Hoffman, 22, and Jade Nicole Christian, 19, were charged with two counts of first-degree of manufacturing methamphetamines. The judges set plea hearings for both Hoffman and Christian at 9 a.m. March 18.

According to the criminal complaint, Hoffman and Christian fled the scene when the couch at their apartment unit at 420 S. Seventh St. caught on fire. Authorities suspected they were manufacturing methamphetamine.

Hoffman and Christian turned themselves into authorities Nov. 26, 2012.

■ Alleged stabber appears in court

The 42-year-old Brainerd woman charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon following an alleged stabbing incident that occurred Jan. 17 in Nisswa, appeared this week in Crow Wing District Court.

The judge scheduled Carie Mello’s omnibus hearing for May 6.

Mello was arrested after allegedly stabbing Wayne Compton, 24, at his residence in Nisswa. Reports following the incident said that Mello stabbed Compton with a paring knife and then fled the scene.

Mello was captured in Merrifield shortly after the incident. Mello and Compton were both taken to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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