Woman charged after damages at Stutsman County Correctional Center
A 21-year-old Canadian woman is free on bond after allegedly damaging some ceiling tiles and other equipment in the Stutsman County Correctional Center Saturday night.
Libby Vanderschuit, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, was charged with criminal mischief in Southeast District Court Monday. Vanderschuit posted a $2,000 cash bond and is allowed to leave the state as long as she returns for court appointments.
Criminal mischief is a Class A misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $3,000 fine.
According to court documents, police officers responded to the Stutsman County Correctional Center at 9:51 p.m. Saturday to investigate an incident in one of the center’s non-contact visit rooms. Vanderschuit had allegedly torn down five ceiling tiles, a light fixture, a fire suppression fixture and four metal ceiling brackets. The estimated damage is $320.
The court documents said the officers talked with Vanderschuit about the incident. She allegedly told the officers she was doing fine and had what she called a “psychotic episode.”Vanderschuit allegedly said she didn’t like it in the facility and was trying to get out.
Vanderschuit was in the correctional center after the same police officers were called to Frontier Village on Friday evening to investigate the report of a suspicious vehicle parked in front of the village’s gates. Court documents said Vanderschuit was in the vehicle along with a 36-year-old Manitoba, Canada, man, and was arrested for allegedly being in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs.
No date has been set for Vanderschuit’s next court appearance.
Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at email@example.com