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Fillmore County District Court - 2/21/11

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
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On Monday, February 14, 2011, Jonathan James Juneau, a 20-year old male from Delano, MN, appeared before Judge Gerald Wolf in District Court facing three counts of theft and three counts of receiving stolen property. If convicted on all six counts, Mr. Juneau could face up to a maximum of 65 years in prison and fines amounting to $250,000. From about July 12 - August 1, 2010, the defendant allegedly was involved in taking and receiving stolen property from a family member. Upon investigation by the Fillmore County Sheriff's office, many of the missing items were discovered at a pawn shop. The defendant has petitioned the court for a hearing demanding the charges against him be dismissed on the grounds that there does not exist probable cause to believe he committed the charges that have been brought against him.

On Thursday, February 10 and Monday, February 14, 2011, Adam Richard Laine, 28, and Heather Melissa Laine, 37, of Lanesboro, appeared before Judge Gerald Wolf in District Court facing one count of first degree drugs - the manufacture of methamphetamine, one count of possessing precursors with the intent to manufacture meth, one count of the manufacture, or attempt to manufacture, meth, and two counts of endangerment of children during the possession and sale of meth. If convicted on all five counts, both defendants could face a maximum of 55 years in prison and fines amounting to over $60,000 each. In late January Fillmore County Sheriff's Investigator David Dyke conducted a controlled buy of a controlled substance using a confidential reliable informant (CRI). After several of these buys from Heather Laine, the authorities were able to obtain a signed search warrant from Judge Fabian to search the couple's house in rural Amherst Township. The Laines allegedly cooked methamphetamine 22 times in the space of 30 days with children present during some of those times. Investigators said the stench from the chemicals used to process the drug was very strong, forcing them to step outside and get some fresh air during the search. The defendants are being held in the Fillmore County Jail, and Judge Wolf set conditional bail at $100,000 and unconditional bail at $1,000,000. An omnibus hearing for both defendants has been set for March 7, 2011.

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