Sunday, July 26, 2009

Law and Order in the Ozarks (Part XXXII): "Adjudcated circuit court criminal cases reviewed"

The July 16, 2009 issue of the Newton County Times features that headline, the only front-page story of a law and order nature.

The cases adjudicated range from traffic violations, to residential burglaries (televisions and a gun) and a Class C theft of property (a horse), to domestic battery, terroristic threatening, and carrying a weapon following a domestic disturbance. In one burglary, the defendant was sentenced to 120 days in jail, 60 months probation, and was ordered to pay $500 in court costs and $100 in restitution. In the other, the defendnat was sentenced to two days in jail, 60 months of probation, and 100 hours of community service. He was ordered to pay a $250 fine and more than $1,250 in restitution. The defendant who stole the horse pleaded guilty and was placed on 36 months probation. He was also fined $250 plus court costs and ordered to pay restitution of more than $1,307. In the final case, arising from domestic violence, the charges were dismissed at the request of the victim, the defendant's wife.

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