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Fillmore County District Court


Fri, Aug 18th, 2006
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Felony Charges

• Chriss Slabaugh, 22, and Noah Swartzentruber, 17, both of Canton, were charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 14, with multiple felony counts of burglary related to an incident on May 15, 2006.

According to court records, it is alleged that Slabaugh and Swartzentruber broke into a rural Canton house, while the family was home, damaging windows and a door. It is further alleged that Swartzentruber punched the owner of the house in the head when the man grabbed the team of horses the two men were using.

Slabaugh and Swartzentruber were both charged with three felony counts of burglary, as well as gross misdemeanor charges of criminal damage to property and trespass. Swartzentruber was also charged with misdemeanor assault.

Judge James Fabian released Slabaugh on his own recognizance on the condition that he have no contact with the victims. His next court appearance is scheduled for September 11, 2006.

Because Swartzentruber is a minor, his case is being handled in the juvenile courts. Public Defender Fred Suhler, Jr. has been appointed to represent Swartzentruber.

• Michael William Hahn, 54, of Spring Grove, was charged in District Court on Monday, August 14, with felony theft by check.

According to the criminal complaint, it is alleged that on November 11, 2005, Hahn deceived the Hyland Motor Company when he wrote a check for $3872.93 to pay for a tractor payment. Hyland Motors, in turn paid the New Holland Company. Hahn's check was returned for non-sufficient funds.

Judge James Fabian released Hahn on his own recognizance, pending his next court appearance on September 11, 2006.

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