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The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during circuit court at the Davison County Public Safety Center.

• Ian Bremel-Allen, 34, of Hayfork, Calif., pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession or use of drug paraphernalia, possession of 1-10 pounds of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute 1 pound or more of marijuana, and distribute/manufacture a controlled substance. Trial is scheduled for May.

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• Emily Niemerg, 22, of Olympia, Wash., pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession or use of drug paraphernalia, possession of 1-10 pounds of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute 1 pound or more of marijuana, and distribute/manufacture a controlled substance. Trial is scheduled for May.

• Benjamin Manship, 22, of Olympia, Wash., pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession or use of drug paraphernalia, possession of 1-10 pounds of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute 1 pound or more of marijuana, and distribute/manufacture a controlled substance. Trial is scheduled for May. Judge Tim Bjorkman denied a bond reduction request from $10,000 cash surety to $500 because he felt Manship is a flight risk.

• James Holt, 23, of Matton, Ill., pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession or use of drug paraphernalia, possession of 1-10 pounds of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute 1 pound or more of marijuana, and distribute/manufacture a controlled substance. Trial is scheduled for May.

• Christopher Bonnette, 35, of Mitchell, received a four-week continuance to finish paying restitution on a 2013 forgery conviction; he committed to paying $100 Tuesday, $100 Friday and will pay the rest when he gets his tax return; he is scheduled to appear in court in April.

• Dustin Jones, 33, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to unauthorized ingestion of controlled substance, possession of 2 ounces of marijuana or less, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Trial was scheduled for May.

• Kelly Carpenter, 33, of Mitchell, admitted to a probation violation; she was arrested Feb. 28 for possessing meth and admitted to using fentanyl and methamphetamine; Judge Tim Bjorkman continued Carpenter's three-year suspended prison term on the condition she enroll in and successfully complete the James Valley Drug Court program; credit 25 days in jail, to serve 155 days which can be imposed by the drug court.

• James Normile, 22, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to simple assault third or subsequent offense, which is a felony; Normile is already serving a prison sentence for a third simple assault; Judge Tim Bjorkman sentenced Normile to two years in prison to run concurrent, or at the same time as, his current sentence; Bjorkman suspended one year of the sentence and calculated Normile will be eligible for parole in August.

• Malachi Brown, 19, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to unauthorized ingestion of a controlled substance, amphetamine; the charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine; Judge Tim Bjorkman ordered an abbreviated presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for May.

• Jamie Bowen, 35, admitted to violating his probation by being arrested and failing to contact his court services officer; He was on probation for possession of a controlled substance; Judge Tim Bjorkman scheduled sentencing for April.

• Cynthia Hansen, 37, of Bridgewater, received a three-year suspended prison sentence for a third-degree burglary conviction; Judge Tim Bjorkman ordered she serve 60 days in jail; four years of probation, find full time gainful employment, repay court costs, pay restitution and write a letter of apology to the victim.

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