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Local Resident Faces Charges Following Alleged Assault with a String Trimmer

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ST. CROIX — A discord between neighbors escalated into an alleged assault with a string trimmer, leading to the arrest of a local woman, now awaiting her court proceedings.

Court records reveal that on October 8, law enforcement officers were notified about a reported trespassing incident in La Grande Princesse. On arrival at a nearby service station, officers encountered the complainant, who narrated his ordeal. He explained that while enjoying a tranquil afternoon at home, he was disturbed by a buzzing noise around 3:00 p.m., originating from his neighbor, Karen Norton, tending to her lawn.

The aggrieved neighbor recounted that he noticed Ms. Norton trimming near a plastic bottle he had positioned to mark the boundary between their properties. When he confronted her, an exchange of heated words ensued. In his frustration, he replaced the plastic marker with a small wine bottle, only to have a portion of a tree limb broken off by him in the subsequent moments.

The situation allegedly took a dangerous turn as Norton approached the man with the string trimmer in hand, making contact with his upper left arm, inflicting injuries. It was at this juncture he dialed 911 for help.

Officers on the scene observed the wounds on the man’s arm and facilitated medical assistance. The victim described the pain akin to the sting of a centipede or a Jack Spaniard.

The investigation led officers to the victim’s residence where the wine bottle marker was found atop a steel post, signifying property demarcation. Upon interaction with Norton, she admitted to the altercation but claimed the trespass accusation and the subsequent actions were reactionary as the complainant allegedly stormed onto her property.

Despite her initial explanation, Norton ceased to answer further inquiries about the incident, shifting the conversation to property boundaries instead.

Norton now faces charges of third-degree assault, utilizing a dangerous weapon during a violent act, and disturbance of peace, as per the official documents. Following her advice of rights hearing on October 9, she was remanded into custody.

In a recent development on Monday, Magistrate Yolan Brow Ross found substantial grounds to proceed with all charges against Norton, setting her bail at $25,000. However, she was obliged to deposit only $1,000 in cash for her release, signing the rest as an unsecured bond. Details regarding other pre-trial release conditions remain undisclosed as of the last update.

The court has scheduled Norton’s arraignment for October 25, marking the next chapter in this neighborhood discord turned violent.

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