Avoiding barricade leads to charges

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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 6:07 pm

Two Oregon residents faced the Honorable Donna Taylor in Knox County Court last week, on charges stemming from a traffic stop on a closed road.

Ted Lohrberg of Pierce is serving as special Knox County prosecutor in both cases.

Virginia Burnett, 51, of South Beach, Ore., is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, alleged March 20.

Burnett requested court-appointed counsel. After holding an indigency hearing, Taylor appointed Rodney Smith of O’Neill. The judge also lifted a travel restriction from terms of bond filed March 22, in the amount of $20,000, 10% cash.

A preliminary hearing is set April 18.

Jerry Kotrous, 70, of Waldport, Ore., is charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor count of obstructing a peace officer, alleged in the same incident.

He was granted continuance of arraignment in order to consult an attorney.  Arraignment is set April 18, with bond in the amount of $20,000, 10% cash, filed March 21, continued as well. Terms of his bond were also amended to allow him to leave the state of Nebraska.

Lohrberg filed charges in both cases April 1.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, Burnett was the alleged driver and Kotrous, a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over after going around a barricade on 531 Avenue, by a Santee Tribal Police officer.

The case was subsequently turned over to the Knox County sheriff and both defendants were transported and booked into the Knox County Jail.

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