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Two area teens in court on felony charges

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Two area teens waived their rights May 7 to formal arraignment on unrelated felony charges in Oregon County Circuit Court.

Christopher Alan Laponsie, 18, of rural Thayer is charged with Class D felony assault on Couch School property, in a Dec. 2, 2011, incident.

Laponsie appeared with his attorney before 37th District Associate Circuit Court Judge Harvey Allen in Alton. Laponsie entered a not guilty plea and is set for a motion hearing June 18. He is free on $2,500 bond.

Scott Allen Ford, 19, is accused of helping accomplice Russel Spence, 20, of West Plains, steal at least $1,000 worth of prescription drugs from Myers Pharmacy in Alton last September. Then, while out on $25,000 bond on March 25, Ford allegedly threatened to stab his sister and her boyfriend with a knife during a family argument at the Ford home in rural Alton.

Judge Allen ruled during an April 25 preliminary hearing that enough evidence exists to proceed with the cases against Ford.

Also on May 7, Ford pleaded not guilty to felony theft and five misdemeanor charges: Operating a vehicle without a license, two counts of minor in possession of alcohol and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Ford, who appeared with Poplar Bluff public defender Dori Jean Drummond, pleaded not guilty to all charges and is set for motion hearings on June 18. He is free on $25,000 bond.

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