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Charges amended, trial postponed in Lancour case

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Natasha Nashai Lancour, 28, was originally charged with one felony count of battery of a peace officer, and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. The battery charge was reduced to a misdemeanor resisting an officer Jan. 31 at the request of Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank.

Tuesday, Blank moved to file an amended complaint that dismisses the resisting charge altogether, leaving only the disorderly conduct charge. The new information also expands the criminal complaint to include other incidents that took place inside and outside Keyport that night leading up to the parking lot altercation with Officer George Gothner.

Lancour’s attorney Rick Gondik argued the amended complaint moves the target for the defense and prejudices his client’s right to a speedy trial. It’s the same charge, he said, but a totally different set of facts.

The amendment was no ambush, Blank said. It just offers more complete information. Lancour was there that night, he said, and she knows who was there and what happened. The theory is that if not for some of her behavior that night, it would not have gotten to the point where the altercation took place, Blank said after the hearing.

Judge Kelly Thimm allowed the amended complaint to be filed and made a finding of probable cause.

Lancour pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Gondik withdrew his client’s request for a speedy trial and told Thimm he expected to pare down a number of motions he has filed in conjunction with the case based on the new information. Thimm also upheld an injunction preventing release of the results of a state investigation into Gothner’s use of force during the Jan. 5 arrest. The information is under review by Bayfield County District Attorney Fred Bourg.

The case was taken off next week’s trial calendar. Lancour’s next appearance in court is set for June 4.

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