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Richardton man pleads not guilty to charges

A Richardton man charged with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia pleaded not guilty Monday at a preliminary hearing at the Stark County Courthouse.

Ryan Hunke, Richardton, 25, is charged with one Class C felony count and one Class A misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Aug. 29, 2011, law enforcement found a smoking device in a car registered to Hunke. The device was found to have traces of synthetic cannabinoids in it, according to the complaint.

Law enforcement were also alleged to have found a scale that had resin of marijuana on it in the kitchen area where Hunke and his brother, who has also been charged in the case, were both believed to be residing, according to the complaint.

Hunke's attorney, Garrett David Ludwig, said at least three of the four types of synthetic marijuana resin found by law enforcement were just added to the controlled substance list days before the search of Hunke's residence.

"And we don't know when the substances were last used," Ludwig said.

Judge Zane Anderson said that there was still enough evidence to bind the case over for further hearings, though.

Hunke faces a maximum penalty of six years in prison and a $7,000 fine if he is found guilty of both cases.

In other court:

Grant Gregory Maus, Golva, born 1981, will have to pay a $1,500 cash bond in order to be released from the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center in Dickinson after being charged with Class C felony failure of a sex offender to report a change of employment.

Appearing at the bond hearing Monday at the Stark County Courthouse via interactive video from the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center Maus is also required to register his new employment with law enforcement upon his release.

Stark County Assistant State's Attorney Rhonda Ehlis asked Anderson to require that Maus stay away from a residence on 10th Avenue Southeast in Dickinson.

Ehlis said Maus' car was reportedly parked in front of the residence which is being built and it sparked someone to call law enforcement.

Matthew Ridl, Dickinson, born in 1993, entered a not guilty plea to charges of Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Ridl was released on his promise to appear for future hearings.