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New Rockford man bound over on 13 charges


A New Rockford man was bound over on 11 felony and two misdemeanor charges in Southeast District Court in Fessenden Monday, according to the Wells County clerk of court.

Alexander Lail, 47, appeared before Judge Daniel Narum for a preliminary hearing on four cases involving 13 charges. Carla Johnson, Wells County clerk of court, said the preliminary hearing started around 10:30 a.m. and ended just before 5 p.m. She said no arraignment has been scheduled as of Tuesday afternoon. Lail is being held at the Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center in Rugby, N.D. His bond for the four cases is set at $300,000.

Lail is accused of providing methamphetamine to former Wells County Sheriff Johnny Lawson between Jan. 1, 2016, and April 25, 2017, in exchange for Lawson not investigating a series of burglaries and break-ins around Wells County that may have involved Lail and his associates.

Of the 11 felony charges Lail is facing, five are Class A felonies - delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine, two counts of attempted murder and c r i m i n a l conspiracy.

The other six felony charges are conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, a Class B felony, and five Class C felonies: interception of wire or oral communications-eavesdropping, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances-metham - phetamine, bribery-unlawful influence of public servants, possession of a controlled substance-methamphet - amine, and aggravated assault-domestic violence. The two Class A misdemeanor charges are ingesting a controlled substance-methamphetamine and stalking.

Lawson, 41, Fessenden, is charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a Class A felony, and bribery-unlawful influence of public servants, a Class C felony. He is also charged with three Class A misdemeanors: false reports to law enforcement or other security officials, public servant refusing to perform duty and ingesting a controlled substance, methamphetamine. A preliminary hearing is scheduled at 11 a.m. on Jan.12 in Fessenden. Lawson is free on bond.

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Chris Olson

Hometown: Traverse City, MI College: Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University

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