Missed test means higher bail for Richard

The man charged with first-degree assault in the Adam McCloud case had his bail raised Thursday morning after allegedly violating the conditions of his release.

The state alleged Richard violated the conditions of release by failing to provide a urine sample for a random drug test after being warned earlier for forgetting to call his probation officer.

Richard’s lawyer said at the 10:30 a.m. hearing that since the initial warning, Richard called his probation supervisor daily. The lawyer added that Richard checked in with his case supervisor Monday and noted that Richard had not heard from his supervisor, so he didn’t know he missed the test. She added that after learning police were searching for him, Richard turned himself in at 5 a.m. Thursday and said he would be willing to take a drug test after the hearing. She added that he hasn’t had a failed test since he was released with these conditions.

The latest alleged missed test is reported to be the second one Richard hasn’t taken.

State Attorney Karin McCarthy said that since alcohol is Richard’s drug of choice, it would likely be out of his system at the time of the hearing and she asked that 10th District Judge Tad Jude emphasize how serious missing a random drug test is by increasing his bail to $30,000, $10,000 more than currently set.

“They’re serious charges and when you miss a test it’s very serious,” McCarthy said.

The case against Richard began after a Sept. 28 incident at Smalley’s Caribbean BBQ between Richard and McCloud. A probable cause statement said Richard and McCloud got into a dispute at the restaurant and restaurant security camera footage showed Richard punching McCloud and the victim falling backwards and hitting his head on the floor.

McCloud was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for treatment of nose, right orbital bone and skull fractures and intercranial bleeding that caused respiratory failure. McCloud later suffered a series of strokes and died Oct. 4.

Homicide charges were originally filed against Richard, but were dropped in April by the Washington County Attorney’s Office after the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office could not rule McCloud’s death a homicide due to the fact that McCloud apparently fell out of his bed at the hospital and struck his head on the floor.

Jude granted the bail request and Richard’s pre-trial hearing remains set for June 28.

Man enters plea in assault case

The Oakdale man accused of fifth-degree assault after an incident at a Stillwater real estate company made his first appearance in court Thursday.

Christopher John Lieb pleaded not guilty in 10th Judicial District Court. His lawyer, Jaime Waldon, said Lieb has been sober for three months and is being treated for schizophrenia.

The incident involved Lieb entering the victim’s office Monday and asking about properties for sale on the east side of St. Paul. The report added that the victim recognized the suspect, who had come to the office a month earlier asking the same thing. In both cases, the victim said he told the man his company does not sell properties in St. Paul, according to the report.

The victim told officers the suspect left the office, then came back, pushed the door open, began yelling and screaming and punched the victim in the face and back, the report said. The victim told officers he tried to block the punches and eventually escaped into a hallway yelling for help.

The man drove away but a witness got his vehicle license plate number.
The burglary count in the case was not charged out. Lieb was given conditions to have no contact with the victim in the case and had bail set at $2,000.

Contact Avery Cropp at avery.cropp@ecm-inc.com

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