A Duluth man will spend one year on probation and two days in jail for forging a check at a Superior bank.
John Newton Hancock, 34, pleaded no contest last month in Douglas County Circuit Court to one amended count of misdemeanor forgery. Along with the probation and jail time, Judge Kelly Thimm left a six month jail sentence hanging over Hancock’s head. If he fails to meet the conditions of his probation, which include a no contact provision and payment of $389 in fines and court costs, the six-month sentence would automatically be triggered.
Hancock tried to cash a check allegedly made out to him by Bay Side Recycling Corporation. It was reported as stolen or forged by the bank, and Superior Police responded. Hancock told the officers he had been asked by friends to cash the check. While booking him at the jail, two more Bay Side Recycling checks made out to Hancock were found in his possession.