UnionHerald crime briefs for edition of May 16

Guilty plea to receiving stolen property charge

A suspicious vehicle found at a Coon Rapids storage business has resulted in a guilty plea in Anoka County District Court to a felony receiving stolen property charge by a 52-year-old man.

Robert Todd Howe, no permanent address, will be sentenced May 13. He remains free on his own recognizance.

While Coon Rapids Police Det. Bill Steiner was investigating an unrelated matter July 22, 2013 at Dot Mini Storage, 9900 Vale St. NW, the facility manager pointed out a suspicious Ford pickup truck parked in the outdoor storage area.

According to the complaint, a customer, identified as Howe, asked to store the truck in the outdoor area July 15, 2013 and was told he could do so next to a vehicle he already had there, but when the Ford pickup truck arrived the manager became suspicious because it appeared similar to a truck Howe already had stored at Dot that had a blown transmission.

The manager became even more suspicious July 22 when the truck had a canvas cover over it, which he thought was strange because it was not in very good condition, the complaint states.

Steiner ran the license plates of the Ford pickup and found they had been stolen in New Brighton, then when he ran the truck’s VIN number, it showed that the truck had been stolen in New Brighton July 15 or 16, according to the complaint.

A warrant was issued for Howe’s arrest on the charge Oct. 29, 2013; he was arrested and arraigned in court Nov. 15, 2013.

~ Peter Bodley

Sentencing in Coon Rapids mail theft case

One of two men who pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to a felony mail theft charge, filed following a series of mail theft incidents in Coon Rapids in October 2013, has been sentenced.

The court stayed a 19-month prison term for Craig Allen Smith, 45, Coon Rapids, and placed him on probation for three years. He was also given credit for 81 days spent in jail. A felony possession of stolen checks charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Probation conditions included chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, random urinalysis and breath testing, no use of mood-altering chemicals and alcohol, and undergo a mental health assessment.

Co-defendant Lamonte Terrell Powers, 41, St. Paul, is scheduled for sentencing July 15.

~ Peter Bodley

Coon Rapids man sent to prison for second felony DWI conviction

A Coon Rapids man has been sent to prison for 66 months following his second felony DWI conviction.

Sentencing in Anoka County District Court took place April 17 for Bobby Lee Hamm, 46, after he had entered a guilty plea in March to one of two felony DWI charges following an incident in Coon Rapids April 20, 2013. He was given credit for 204 days served in jail.

Based on past DWI-related offenses, Hamm had been charged in Aitkin County in August 2009 with two felony DWI counts.

According to court records, Hamm pleaded guilty to one of the charges in October 2010 and the court stayed a 46-month prison term in placing him on probation for seven years. He was given credit for 246 days spent in jail.

In addition, Hamm was charged in Anoka County District Court with two more counts of felony DWI Oct. 2, 2013. These were dismissed April 17 as part of his sentence on the conviction related to the April 2013 felony DWI charge.

~ Peter Bodley

Guilty plea for man with history of convictions

A Coon Rapids man with a history of domestic violence convictions has pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to another in the wake of a New Year’s Day incident.

Jamar Pierie Mullins, 29, entered a guilty plea March 24 to a felony domestic assault charge and will be sentenced May 21 when a felony domestic assault by strangulation, gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process and misdemeanor domestic assault counts will be dismissed.

Mullins remains in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail and a no contact order is in effect.

He is currently on probation for a 2011 felony domestic assault conviction in Hennepin County when an 18-month prison sentence was stayed. Previous domestic violence-related convictions include a 2005 Hennepin County conviction for felony-second degree assault, according to court records.

~ Peter Bodley

Man gets probation on terroristic threats plea

A Coon Rapids man has been put on probation for five years after pleading guilty in Anoka County District Court to a felony charge for an incident in which he barricaded himself in the driveway of his home with an assortment of weapons and held police at bay.

Ryan Bradley Spicer, 41, entered a guilty plea to a terroristic threats charge, while a felony reckless discharge of a firearm within an municipality charge was dismissed at sentencing April 4.

The court did not sentence Spicer to any jail time, but probation conditions include no use of mood-altering chemicals or alcohol, no use or possession of firearms, random urinalysis and breath testing on demand at his own expense, and attend AA.

About 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13, 2013, Coon Rapids Police were called to an Ibis Street address on a report of a male behaving erratically and wanting to commit suicide by police officer, according to the complaint.

The 911 caller identified the suspect as Spicer and as officers approached the home on foot, they heard a gunshot and saw that Spicer had barricaded himself in his driveway behind an SUV and other items, prompting officers to tell neighbors to stay in their homes.

Spicer said that he had in his possession two swords, a pistol and a rifle and told police to put down their weapons so no one would get hurt, but he eventually voluntarily surrendered his weapons and allowed police to detain him, the complaint states.

In a post-Miranda statement, Spicer admitted to twice firing a firearm.

According to the police report of the incident, Spicer was an Iraq war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and he was initially taken to Mercy Hospital for a mental health assessment before being transferred to the Anoka County Jail Aug. 15, 2013.

~ Peter Bodley

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