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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Red Lake County court: Courtroom threats, gun possession bring charges

  • Heng of RLF and Shaw of Oklee are charged.
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  •     Following are some cases of note in Red Lake County District Court:
        • At a civil hearing on Sept. 23, Steven Paul Heng, 44, of Red Lake Falls was found in contempt of court by District Judge Tamara Yon. Heng wanted to address the court, but was advised by Yon that he needed to make statements through his attorney, Kevin Duffy. According to the complaint, Heng subsequently fired Duffy and addressed the court. In his remarks, he made insulting comments and threatened others in the courtroom. Yon then directed deputies to take Heng into custody; the courtroom was cleared and Heng was arrested without incident, although he refused to assist in his removal from the courtroom.
        Heng was taken to the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston to serve the 10-day contempt of court sentence, then appeared in Red Lake County District Court on Sept. 30 on a felony terroristic threats charge, based on the comments he’s accused of making in court on Sept. 23. Heng posted $2,000 cash bond and was released from custoday on Sept. 30. While on release, he is prohibited from possessing firearms and having contact with certain family members.
        Heng is due in court next on Oct. 7.
        • On the evening of Sept. 28, RLCSO deputies were dispatched to investigate a report of loud music and possible illegal drug activity at the Southview Apartments in Oklee. A deputy, according to the complaint, was met at the door by a man attempting to conceal a shotgun under a trench coat. The firearm was seized and the man, Eddie Lee Shaw, 53, of Oklee was taken into custody without incident.
        Shaw is charged with being a felon illegally in possession of a firearm. He appeared in court on Sept. 30 and is currently in custody in Crookston. His bond is $2,000. He, too will next appear in court Oct. 7.

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