Court Report

Woman ordered into drug treatment after conviction

A Marine on St. Croix woman was ordered to treatment after being found guilty on a first-degree drug charge.

Amber Lynn Smith was sentenced to 80 days in jail with credit for 51 days served, the service was deferred for six months if Smith complies with treatment. A court motion can be made to review the necessity of service after treatment. Smith also was fined $200, ordered to complete 20 hours of community service, not use drugs and submit to random testing.

According to court documents, the charges against Smith stemmed from her participation in a January drug sale. Court documents said a confidential informant contacted Smith’s boyfriend, Stephan William Krongard, and arranged to buy methamphetamine at the couple’s residence. On Jan. 17, 2013, the informant paid Smith and then was handed the drugs by Krongard. A search warrant was executed on the residence and Smith was seen leaving the residence. Slightly more than two grams of methamphetamine were found on Smith during the search.

Inmate sentenced in assault case

A Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater inmate was sentenced to 30 concurrent months in prison in connection with a third-degree assault that occurred in September 2012.

Court documents said the inmate, Ryan Paul Howard, was seen by corrections officers at the Bayport prison circling, kicking and hitting another inmate.

The victim told officers the fight occurred because other inmates “kept after me for some more canteen and I wouldn’t give it to them.”

The victim, who said he was punched and kicked around the head, was treated at a St. Paul Hospital for lacerations on his face and head. The victim is unable to see light from his left eye.

Man accused of violating order

An Oak Park Heights man faces two charges of violating a no-contact order with an ex-girlfriend following an incident in June.

Court documents allege Vaughn Radley Isker contacted his ex-girlfriend via social media and made statements that alarmed the woman. Documents said some of Isker’s statements to his ex-girlfriend included a comment reportedly saying she should let her cat into her room because she looked lonely. The woman feared Isker was looking into her windows.

Court documents said Isker has two prior domestic violence-related convictions in Washington County. One is interference with a 9-1-1 call and the other is violation of a no-contact order effective until February 2015. A warrant was requested for Isker’s arrest.

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