Jamestown woman faces vicious dog charges
A Jamestown woman faces three charges in Jamestown Municipal Court related to a dog incident last week.
Mariah Ann Bermel, 25, 1530 6th Ave. SW, is charged with failure to license a dog, a city infraction punishable by a $50 fine, and failing to inoculate the dog for rabies and keeping a vicious dog, Class B misdemeanors punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.
Bermel is scheduled to appear in Jamestown Municipal Court on Feb. 6 on the charges.
The Jamestown Police Department issued an alert for the dog on Jan. 25, saying the animal had bitten at least three people over a 10-day period. The dog bit another person before it was captured later on Jan. 25.
Bermel is facing additional charges of criminal conspiracy and aggravated assault, Class C felonies, that also occurred on Jan. 25. Co-defendants in that case are Larry Johnson, also known as Larry Gant, 41, and Arron Jacob King, 22, both who also live at 1530 6th Ave. SW.
The three are accused of assaulting a victim near Loaf N' Jug. The victim was transported to Jamestown Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Officers questioned the three regarding the dog during the investigation of the assault.
According to the JPD investigative report, Johnson said "They did not own the dog and had released the dog to be free a few weeks prior."
The report said Bermel admitted owning the dog when it bit people but had given it away. The report went on to say Bermel planned on "shooting the dog because she could not handle him biting more people."
Officers said in the report Bermel had called the dog her "service animal" in previous contacts with law enforcement officers.
Information regarding the dog's status could not be obtained from the Jamestown Police Department because officers were unavailable due to training.
Bermel, Johnson and King remain in custody at the Stutsman County Correctional Center on $5,000 cash bond each on the charges related to the assault. Bermel has an additional bail requirement of $1,050 in municipal court related to the dog charges.