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■ Court date reset

again in stabbing case

The 39-year-old St. Paul man accused of stabbing another man in a vehicle on Jan. 27, 2011, in Nisswa, will next appear in court on July 29.


Jon Martin Johnson, charged with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in Crow Wing County District Court, is accused of stabbing Timothy Porter three times while the two were in a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 371 and Crow Wing County Road 13 in Nisswa.

Johnson’s court hearings have been reset since Aug. 31, 2011, with his last court date May 8.

■ Jury trial set

for Erskine man

A jury trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 28 for a 56-year-old Erskine man in Crow Wing County District Court on several drug charges, including possession of 34.3 grams of hallucinogen mushrooms and 16.3 grams of methamphetamine.

Dana James McEachern, who was arrested July 18, 2012, by the Breezy Point Police Department, pleaded not guilty in March to all six drug charges which include felony first-degree sale of 10 grams or more cocaine/heroin/meth within 90 days; second-degree possession of six grams or more of cocaine/heroin/meth; second-degree sale of 10 grams/50 doses of amphetamine, phencyclidine or hallucinogens within 90 days; third-degree possession of 50 or more dosages of narcotic mixture; and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance; and not guilty to two misdemeanor traffic charges.

■ Contested hearing

set for Okerman

LITTLE FALLS — A 45-year-old Little Falls man, charged with third-degree murder in connection with the death of a woman he confessed to providing methamphetamine to the night she died, recently appeared in Morrison County District Court.

Judge Conrad I. Freeberg scheduled a contested omnibus hearing for July 26 for Warren John Okerman.

According to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner, Leslie Ellyn Peterson died June 2, 2012, in Little Falls Township of a methamphetamine overdose. The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office arrested Okerman on July 9, 2012.

■ New jury trial

date for Townley

The jury trial for Latisha Townley — the 23-year-old woman who was renting a home in Merrifield with her mother that was lost to fire on Jan. 30 and who faces felony drug charges, including storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child — has been rescheduled in Crow Wing District Court.

Townley’s jury trial will be held at 9 a.m. May 28. Townley who was charged with fifth degree possession of schedule 1, 2, 3, 4 — not small amount of marijuana. Townley also was charged with storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child.

Townley and her mother Kellie Townley were arrested Feb. 2 by Baxter police at the Rodeway Inn after a report of a disturbance. The mother and daughter were staying at the hotel through assistance from the Red Cross.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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