September 19, 2002

Sheriff's Department Reports Busy First Half Of September

The Scotland County Sheriff's Department reported a busy start to September with a half dozen arrests during the first two weeks of the month.

Lyle V. Hopper and Mary B. Knecht, owners of Lone Pine Canines of New Cambria were taken into custody on charges of fraudulently stopping payment on a check (class D felony) and stealing (class C felony). The couple allegedly purchased dogs from a kennel in Scotland County and then stopped payment on the check while also failing to return the purchased animals.

Chris Armstrong, 17, of Gorin was taken into custody following an altercation with a juvenile at the Scotland County R-I High School September 10. Because the fight occurred on school grounds Armstrong automatically faces class D felony assault charges. Armstrong was taken to Scotland County Jail before being released on $500 cash bond.

The department arrested 19-year-old Aaron Hamner following a dispute at a residence in Memphis. Hamner was taken to the Scotland County Jail where he was held for a 20-hour investigative period. He was charged with third degree assault and was released after being given a September 24 court date.

His mother, Leanna K. Probst, 37, was ticketed for supplying liquor to a minor and is scheduled to appear in court the same day.

Nancy Mohan, 45, of Ft. Madison, IA was arrested September 14 at the Scotland County Jail. She was charged with delivering prohibited items to the jail and is scheduled to appear in court October 8.

Justin Cowell was ticketed on September 9 for driving while intoxicated, second offense. The ticket stemmed from an August 11 accident.

The department reported charges are pending after the recovery on September 16 of stolen items including two sets of golf clubs. One suspect is in custody and additional leads are being followed up on in the case along with assistance from the Memphis Police Department.

The department is investigating a theft that occurred August 31 at the Scotland County Fairgrounds during the races. Several compact discs and two cellular phones were taken from the vehicle. Anyone with information should contact the sheriff's office at 465-2106.

Officers are also reviewing cases of theft and vandalism of campaign signs in Scotland County. The department is reviewing several leads and reminds the community that such activity is criminal property damage.

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