Greene County district court, week ending Aug. 31

In Greene County district court Johnathan Dale Laue, 40, of Grand Junction was sentenced Aug. 25 to 30 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to a charge of operating while intoxicated- first offense. All but two days of the jail time was suspended and he was placed on probation for one year. He must pay sheriff’s room and board fees for the time he serves. He must complete the recommendations of a substance abuse evaluation he has already undergone and he must complete a community college drinking driver’s school.

Laue was fined $1,250 with a $437.50 surcharge and a $10 surcharge for drug abuse resistance education (DARE). He must pay restitution for his court appointed attorney’s fees to be determined. A charge of driving while license barred was dismissed. Court costs were $100. (Sentencing: Honorable Adria A. Kester

Jose Trinidad Hernandez, 28, of Grand Junction was sentenced Aug. 28 to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while license barred. The prison term was suspended and he was placed on probation for two years. Hernandez was fined $625 with a $218.75 surcharge. A charge of possession of marijuana was dismissed. Court costs were $100. In a companion case a charge in magistrate court in which Hernandez was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia was dismissed. Court costs were $60. (Sentencing: Kester)

Persons pleaded not guilty at arraignment as follows: David Michael Cannon, 37, of Grand Junction, driving while license barred; Matthew Seth Losee, 42, of Paton, possession of marijuana- first offense; Jesus M. Zuniga Jr, 18, of Jefferson, distributing drug to minor, and in a separate case, burglary- third degree, motor vehicle; Michael Dean Correy, 58, of Story City, possession of marijuana- first offense; Amanda Fay Lawrence, 32, of Scranton, willful injury, assault while participating in a felony (two counts), and burglary- first degree; and James Hubert Exline Jr, 46, of Jefferson, sex abuse- second degree- second or subsequent offense, and sex abuse- third degree. Trial dates were set for Oct. 31 in every case. The Iowa assistant attorney general who will prosecute the case against Exline has already filed a motion for a different date.

Cases were initiated in district court as follows: Craigg Michael Smith, 40, of Jefferson, assault on person in certain occupation; Mikael Goran Winblad, 36, of Scranton, child endangerment; and Christopher David Spaulding, 50, of Jefferson, possession of marijuana- third or subsequent offense.

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