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Man charged with terrorizing to go to trial

Mark Synnes, 51, of South Heart, will go to trial for his charge of Class C felony terrorizing following a pretrial conference Tuesday. Synnes was charged after allegedly threatening himself and his wife on Sept. 7. The criminal complaint for the...

Mark Synnes, 51, of South Heart, will go to trial for his charge of Class C felony terrorizing following a pretrial conference Tuesday.

Synnes was charged after allegedly threatening himself and his wife on Sept. 7.

The criminal complaint for the incident states Synnes had been locked out of the couple’s shared residence by his wife after an argument, at which point Synnes sent his wife text messages threatening to kick down the door and referring to a loaded firearm and possible violence to either or both parties.

A proposed deal would have reduced that charge to a Class A misdemeanor of menacing, but Southwest Court District Judge William Herauf found the factual basis of the charge to be lacking.

A two-day trial is set to start Dec. 30.

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Dickinson man receives suspended sentences for drug offenses

Jeremy Armstrong, a 31-year-old Dickinson man, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Tuesday in Southwest District Court after being found guilty on multiple drug charges.

Armstrong was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of meth paraphernalia, both Class C felonies, after a small amount of meth, syringes and a spoon with meth residue were discovered at his apartment July 21.

He was also charged with the Class A misdemeanor of fraudulent practices in urine testing when authorities discovered real or artificial urine, which Armstrong admitted was intended to defeat a drug test, stored in his refrigerator.

In addition, Armstrong was charged with possession of marijuana paraphernalia stemming from an earlier arrest in June.

Armstrong accepted an agreement at a pretrial conference Tuesday at the Stark County Courthouse to plead guilty to the meth possession and a lesser charge of Class A misdemeanor meth paraphernalia possession. The charges of fraudulent practices and possession of marijuana paraphernalia were dismissed.

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