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Fillmore County Court Report - 11/28/11


Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Court

On Monday, November 21, 2011, Joey Jerome Bigelow, 40, of Rochester, appeared before Judge Robert Benson at the Fillmore County Courthouse. Bigelow was charged with two counts of drugs for allegedly possessing cocaine, with a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail, $20,000, or both. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, which carries a maximum fine of $300.

Bigelow was in a vehicle in Spring Valley that was pulled over for having expired tabs. When police searched the vehicle they found a small container with a white powder in it that later tested positive for cocaine. They also found some metal pipes that had been used for drugs. It was discovered that Bigelow had a warrant out, as he had previously been charged with allegedly storing methamphetamines paraphernalia in the presence of a child.

Bigelow was released on his own recognizance, with $20,000 in unconditional bail. His next court appearance will be December 5, 2011.

Also appearing before Judge Benson on November 21 was James Carl Grell, 40, of Lewiston, Minn. Prosecuting attorney was Brett Corson, and Frederick Suhler was the defense attorney. Grell was charged with two counts of theft, with a maximum penalty of five years in jail, $10,000, or both. He was also charged with two counts of receiving stolen property. All of this came after an incident in which he allegedly stole several tools, some cash, and coins from a home he was staying at. Police traced the stolen items to a nearby pawnshop where Grell had allegedly pawned them. He was released on $10,000 unconditional bail. His next court appearance is December 5, 2011.

Michael Paul Zeller, 48, of Ostrander, appeared before Judge Benson on November 21. He was charged with two counts of burglary, with a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail, $35,000, or both. He was also charged with making terroristic threats and fifth degree assault. These charges came from an incident in which Zeller allegedly went to someone's house, kicked the door in, threatened the people there with a baseball bat, and assaulted one person there. Zeller denied assaulting the person.

Zeller was released on $20,000 unconditional bail, and he must not enter the victim's house. His next court appearance will be December 12, 2011.

Isaac James Crawford, 18, of Mabel, appeared before Judge Benson on November 21 for sentencing. Brett Corson was the prosecuting attorney, and the defense attorney was Michael Murphy. Crawford was found guilty of Felony Criminal Damage to Property in the first degree, as well as a DUI with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. All other charges were dismissed.

The imposition of sentence was stayed for five years, and he was given supervised probation. He was given 120 days in the Fillmore County jail, with credit given for two days already served. He will be released for educational and treatment purposes. He was given a fine of $500, a $75 surcharge, and a $15 law library fee. He must not use any alcohol or drugs, write a letter of apology to the victim, and pay restitution of $11,010. For the DUI, he was given a fine of $1,000 and 90 days in jail, which is stayed for one year on the condition he pay a $300 fine and a $25 alcohol assessment surcharge.

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