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Fillmore County Court Report


Mon, Feb 6th, 2012
Posted in All Court

On Monday, January 30, 2012, Nicole Marie Pearson, 31 of Goodview, Minn., made a first appearance in front of Judge Robert Benson at the Fillmore County Courthouse. Pearson was charged with four counts of check forgery, with a maximum penalty of five years in jail, $10,000, or both. She was also charged with two counts of theft by check.

Pearson allegedly wrote several checks to Pam’s Corner in Rushford and Rushford Foods, totaling $1,143.28. The checks were registered to Keith Allen Butler, Pearson’s ex boyfriend, whose account is closed because he is in prison. Pearson allegedly forged his name on the checks. She was released on her own recognizance, with $10,000 unconditional bail. She must not use any credit cards or checks. He next court appearance is February 27, 2012.

Also appearing before Judge Benson was Zachary Ryan O’Connell, 23 of Spring Valley. O’Connell was charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, which has a maximum penalty of five years in jail, $10,000, or both. He was also charged with violating the terms of a limited license, reckless driving, and speeding.

Police attempted to pull over a truck that was allegedly driven by O’Connell that was driving without headlights, when it passed a car and fled. The pursuit went on for eighteen minutes and 7.7 miles, with top speeds reaching 69 miles per hour before it ended. O’Connell was released on his own recognizance with $10,000 unconditional bail. He must not drive a vehicle without a valid license or insurance. His next court appearance is April 12, 2012.

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