A man appeared in Clay County District Court Monday morning for a first appearance in a case involving the death of a horse.

Thomas Cannizzo III is being charged with permitting dangerous animals to be a large, a misdemeanor, for allegedly allows two vicious dogs at large who fatally injured a horse on Aug. 23. According to the complaint filed against Cannizzo, he was warned by law enforcement several times to not let his dogs run at large.

Cannizzo was appointed an attorney to represent him and set for a status hearing on Oct. 10.

District Magistrate Judge Bill Malcolm set hearings and, in some cases, appointed attorneys for:

• Christopher Troy, charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without liability insurance and driving with an expired registration in one case and misdemeanor theft in another case, was set for preliminary hearing and a status hearing on those cases on Oct. 24.

• Jonathan Graham, charged with felony criminal threat, and several misdemeanors including harassment by telephone, criminal restraint, battery, domestic battery and criminal damage to property, was set for a hearing on Nov. 7.

• James D. Schulze, charged with first offense driving under the influence of alcohol, was set for a status hearing on Sept. 19.

• Clinton Davies II, charged with failure to register as an offender, was set for a hearing on Nov. 27.

• Nick Hackerman, charged with misdemeanor possession of MDA, otherwise known as ecstasy, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and minor in possession/consumption of alcohol, was set for a status hearing.


Four fail to appear in court

In other first appearances, Timothy Holle failed to appear for a first appearance in a traffic case. Judge Malcolm revoked his $2,000 bond, issued a bench warrant for his arrest and set the bond for $10,000 cash or surety after noting that Holle has failed to appear in this case two times before.

Tracey Frink failed to appear for a first appearance in a traffic case in which he is charged with misdemeanor muffler violation and driving while suspended. Judge Malcolm issued a warrant for his arrest and placed a bond $1,000 cash or surety on that warrant.

In other recent hearings:

Auston Korszeniewski failed to appear for a hearing on Sept. 12. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

Ashlie Wendt failed to appear for a bench trial on Sept. 10, and was set for a new hearing Oct. 15 after she was arrested Sept. 13 on a bench warrant and the court released her on a bond of her own recognizance.

Four sentenced, two bound over

Brydon Shoemaker, who pleaded to operating an ATV without a helmet on Sept. 10, was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $108 in court costs.

Julia Winslow, who was adjudicated as a juvenile in sentencing on Sept. 10, was placed on three months of unsupervised probation and ordered to $56 in juvenile court costs for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

In a preliminary hearing on Sept. 12, Judge Malcolm found sufficient evidence for probable cause to believe that James Coffman had committed felony possession of methamphetamine after hearing testimony from Sheriff’s deputy Keith Myers. Malcolm bound over Coffman on that charge and set arraignment for Nov. 15.

In a preliminary hearing on Sept. 12, Judge Malcolm found sufficient evidence for probable cause to believe that Halea Bentley had committed making a false information after hearing testimony from Ashley Schow and Clay Center Police officer Tiffany Dalquist. Malcolm bound her over on that charge and set arraignment for Nov. 15.

On Sept. 12, Judge Malcolm sentenced Daniel Clemons, 17, to supervised probation for three months and ordered to $50 in court costs for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Sept. 12, Judge Malcolm sentenced Alysia Cameron, to five days in jail deferred, placed her on six months of supervised probation, fined her $100 and ordered her to pay $158 in court costs.