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Case ID: 10890
Classification: Throwing, Kicking/Stomping
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Feb 28, 2007

County: Burleigh

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Erron Roy St. Claire

Case Updates: 2 update(s) available

A man accused of killing a puppy after being asked to leave his cousin's mobile home was arrested March 8 night.

Burleigh County Sheriff's Major Nick Sevart said Erron St. Claire, 25, was placed in the Burleigh County Detention Center shortly after 11 p.m. on March 8.

Sevart did not know the details of how St. Claire was arrested. St. Claire will make his initial court appearance at 3:30 p.m. on March 9.

St. Claire, who originally was misidentified as Aaron St. Claire, 32, was charged March 1 with criminal trespass, a Class C felony, and overworking, mistreating or abandoning animals, a Class A misdemeanor.

The charges against St. Claire were amended on March 5 to criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor, overworking, mistreating or abandoning animals, a Class A misdemeanor, and terrorizing, a Class C felony.

According to court documents, the terrorizing charge stems from alleged threats St. Claire made to the 22-year-old woman who owned the puppy who was killed.

Police said the 22-year-old Bismarck woman called police on the morning of Feb. 28 to report that her boyfriend's cousin had killed her puppy during an argument.

The woman said her boyfriend, a 23-year-old Bismarck man, and his cousin, St. Claire, arrived at her mobile home in the park at 2520 E. Broadway Ave. at around 1:30 a.m. Feb. 28. The woman reported that she asked St. Claire to leave several times but he refused.

She told officers St. Claire threatened to kill her puppy, a brown, short-haired dog of mixed breeding. Then, St. Claire allegedly grabbed the puppy, slammed it on the counter and threw it on the ground.

The woman said her boyfriend tried to grab the puppy, but St. Claire allegedly stepped on its head and killed it.

The 23-year-old man and St. Claire then got in a physical altercation, and St. Claire was forced out of the mobile home.

Police were unable to locate St. Claire and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Police learned last week that they had charged the wrong man when Aaron St. Claire's ex-girlfriend told police that he had been in jail in Moorhead, Minn. for several months. After checking with the victims, police informed the public that the man they were searching for spelled his name Erron, not Aaron.


Case Updates

A man accused of killing his cousin's girlfriend's puppy no longer faces a felony charge in the case.

South Central District Judge Tom Schneider dismissed a Class C felony terrorizing charge against Erron St. Claire, 25, on Monday at the Burleigh County Courthouse.

According to court documents, Schneider dismissed the charge for lack of probable cause after a preliminary hearing. The terrorizing charge stemmed from allegations that St. Claire threatened the puppy's owner.

St. Claire still faces charges of criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor, and overworking, mistreating or abandoning animals, a Class A misdemeanor. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges and is slated to make his next court appearance on June 11.

St. Claire is accused of killing the puppy of a 22-year-old Bismarck woman after she asked him to leave her mobile home in the park at 2520 E. Broadway Ave. on Feb. 28. St. Claire is the cousin of the woman's 23-year-old boyfriend.

The woman told police St. Claire threatened to kill her puppy, a brown, short-haired dog of mixed breeding. Then, St. Claire allegedly grabbed the puppy, slammed it on the counter and threw it on the ground. The woman said her boyfriend tried to grab the puppy, but St. Claire allegedly stepped on its head and killed it.

The 23-year-old man and St. Claire then got in a physical altercation, and St. Claire was forced out of the mobile home.

Police were unable to locate St. Claire, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was arrested in Mandan on March 8.

St. Claire was charged March 1 with criminal trespass, a Class C felony, and overworking, mistreating or abandoning animals, a Class A misdemeanor. The charges against St. Claire were amended on March 5 to criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor, overworking, mistreating or abandoning animals, a Class A misdemeanor, and terrorizing, a Class C felony.

South Central District Judge Gail Hagerty said at an earlier hearing that the charge for criminal trespass had been reduced to a misdemeanor because refusing to leave after being asked to do so falls under the misdemeanor version of the law.

St. Claire has been held in the Burleigh County Detention Center on $10,000 cash bond since his arrest on May 8. Schneider approved a bond reduction for St. Claire at the Monday hearing and reset the bond for $5,000 cash or surety. St. Claire was still in custody as of 4 p.m. Monday, according to Burleigh County Detention Center records.
Source: Bismark Tribune - May 3, 2007
Update posted on May 3, 2007 - 10:54AM 
A man accused of killing a puppy and threatening its owner has pleaded "not guilty" to charges of mistreating animals and trespassing.

Authorities say 25-year-old Erron St. Claire was arrested last night in Mandan.

Judge Gail Hagerty set his bail today at ten-thousand-dollars cash.

St. Claire is accused of killing a woman's puppy during an argument on February 28th, by stomping on it, and of threatening the 22-year-old woman who owned the puppy.

Police had issued a warrant for his arrest.

St. Claire said in court today that he was in Belcourt and not know officials were looking for him.

He's also charged with terrorizing, and will enter a plea to that charge later.
Source: KXMB - March 9, 2007
Update posted on Mar 17, 2007 - 10:37AM 

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