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Fillmore County District Court - August 17


Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
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Sentencing

On August 10, 2009, Ricky Lee Pottebaum of Lanesboro, appeared before Judge Robert R. Benson for sentencing. Pottebaum was charged with theft by check for the issuance of a bad check to the Fountain Building Center for merchandise in the amount of more than $1,000 but less than $5,000. Pottebaum pled guilty to this charge, which carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or $10,000 or both. Pottebaum was sentenced to 15 months to the commission of corrections with two-thirds of those 15 months to be served in prison and one-third of the time on supervised release. He is to serve 90 days in the Fillmore County Jail, with credit for 30 days and must pay $1,090 in fines and fees. Futhermore, the defendant must also pay restitution to Fountain Building Center in the amount of $3,564.89 to be paid in weekly installments of $50 towards said restitution. In the meantime, if the defendant's house is sold or transferred, he shall apply the proceeds first toward restitution and then toward his fines and court expenses. The defendant shall possess no credit card or bank accounts unless approved by his probation officer.

Appearances

On August 10, 2009, Mick James Carranza, a 22-year old Mapleview, MN, man appeared before Judge Robert R. Benson facing two counts revolving around alleged drinking while impaired, one count of driving without a valid license, and one count possession of an open bottle. If convicted on all four counts, Carranza could face the maximum penalty of up to 15 years and 90 days of prison time and fines amounting to $32,000. According to Court documents, the defendant has had three previous DUI's dating back to 7/4/04, 4/2/06 and 9/26/08. The defendant has been detained in the Fillmore County Jail. Judge Benson has set Carranza's unconditional bail at $25,000 and conditional bail at $5,000. The defendant's next court appearance is scheduled for August 24, 2009.

On August 10, 2009, Nickola Tracy Peterson, a 43-year old Harmony female, appeared before Judge Robert R. Benson facing one count of exploitation of a vulnerable adult and seven counts of theft that carries with it a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, $20,000 or both for four counts and 5 years imprisonment or less for the other four counts, along with a fine of up to $10,000 for three of those counts and $3,000 for the last count. Peterson allegedly stole money and property from a vulnerable adult residing at the Good Samaritan .....
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
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On August 3, 2009, Samuel Douglas Miland, a 20-year-old Spring Valley man, appeared before Judge Robert R. Benson, facing 16 counts revolving around two separate incidences. Miland commissioned Zachary C. Bauer, a Rochester attorney, to represent hi ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - August 3

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
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Appearances

Garrett Ray Ballinger, age 18, appeared before Judge Robert R. Benson on July 27, 2009 for three counts relating to possession of marijuana. On June 5, 2009, Ballinger, along with Dylan Douglas Hanson, age 19, and Dusty Lee Gregor ..... 
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Nissalke trial controversy

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
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A murder trial resulting in the conviction of Jack Willis Nissalke commenced from May 18, 2009 until Nissalke's sentencing on July 8, 2009, sparking quite a bit of conversation amongst locals.

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Nissalke convicted and sentenced

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
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By Jason Sethre

A Winona man Jack Willis Nissalke, age 43, represented by defense attorney Charles A. Ramsay, plead not guilty throughout his entire trial, concluding a nine week Fillmore County courtroom appearance with a conviction of four ..... 
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Criminal sexual misconduct trial by jury

Thu, Jul 2nd, 2009
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On June 8, 2009, a Caledonia man, Tyler Evertt William Weber, age 19, appeared before Judge Nancy Bostrack in the Fillmore County District Court, facing four felony charges all revolving around criminal sexual misconduct.

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Verdict expected soon

Thu, Jul 2nd, 2009
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The streets of Preston have been buzzing with vehicles and people since the beginning of the May 18 trial, now in its eighth week, focused on a Winona man, Jack Willis Nissalke, age 43, who was indicted on July 1, 2008 on four charges: two counts re ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
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Felony Appearances

Dylan Douglas Hanson, of Stewartville, age 19, appeared in court on June 8, 2009, facing four counts revolving around the January 2009 theft of a hood from a 1998 Arctic Cat ZR 600 valued at $1,196, a hood from a 1997 Arcti ..... 
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Pretrial and jury selection

Fri, May 29th, 2009
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Since pretrial proceedings began on the morning of Monday, May 18, with 48 motions filed, the Fillmore County District Court #23, located in Preston, Minn., has been occupied with a jury trial relating to a murder that occurred in 1985.

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