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3 in Bowman County Court for felony charges

BOWMAN -- Travis Peters, address unknown, pleaded not guilty Thursday and waived his right to a preliminary hearing on a Class B felony assault charge for a June 3, 2009, incident stemming from his alleged fleeing from police.

Peters was one of three felony cases heard at Bowman County District Court in Bowman.

He also pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges, including fleeing or attempting to elude police, a Class A misdemeanor, and driving

while license privilege is suspended, a Class B misdemeanor.

According to a criminal complaint, Peters caused multiple bone fractures to another person when he struck another vehicle in Bowman County while in the process of trying to elude a police officer, who was pursuing Peters with lights and sirens.

Peters, who was also allegedly driving with a suspended license, tried to circumvent road spikes placed by law enforcement, according to the criminal complaint.

Bowman County State's Attorney James Gion said the state recommended that Peters be released on a $1,000 unsecured appearance bond.

Because Peters faces felony charges, Judge Zane Anderson said a preliminary hearing will be set for the case.

Also in court, Nora Midiam Ontiveros Anaya, who faced one count of felonious restraint and one count criminal conspiracy, both Class C felonies, and one count of assault and one count criminal conspiracy, both Class B misdemeanors, had the felonious restraint charge dropped by Anderson at an initial appearance.

According to a criminal complaint, she agreed with one or more person to engage in or cause conduct which, in fact, constitutes an offense or offenses.

Bowman County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Frederick, who was the only person to testify, said the three victims involved were apparently led to Ontiveros' home in Rhame, where they say they were dancing when a fight broke out between Ontiveros and two other people. Frederick said the victims weren't clear about what caused the fight.

After the fight, Frederick said the victims allege they were put into a room and were unable to open the door, but he said there is confusion about who put them in the room or for exactly how long they were in there before someone opened the door and let them out.

Ontiveros' lawyer, Judith Hope Roberts, said her client was never identified as the person who put the three people in the room, so Roberts asked for the criminal conspiracy charges to be dropped.

Anderson took a short recess to deliberate.

"After consideration of the testimony and arguments, I dismiss the felonious restraint Felony C because I did not hear enough evidence," he said when court came back in session.

Anderson let the criminal conspiracy charges stand.

Also charged with felonious restraint and criminal conspiracy, both Class felonies, in the case was Juan Antonio Rico Lopez, who did not have a lawyer to represent him in the case at his initial appearance Thursday.

Anderson asked if Lopez wanted a lawyer. Lopez, talking through a Spanish-speaking interpreter, said yes, so Anderson requested he receive an application for a public defender in the felony cases.