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Three arrested for manufacturing meth
One man escapes during arrest, felony warrant issued

By DAWN SLADE
Mille Lacs County Times
Posted 1/15/03

Mille Lacs County Deputies Bill Hawley and Jason LeSart knew of an active warrant for Gerald James Nohner, 33, whom the deputies learned was residing in Onamia.

Just after midnight Friday, Jan. 10, the officers went to 31412 130th Avenue, Onamia and upon arriving met Nohner as he was walking out the front door.

Nohner, upon being informed of the warrant for his arrest, asked to place some items in his truck that he would not need in jail.

As Nohner did this, LeSart noticed a vial of a suspected controlled substance in the truck and asked Nohner if it was methamphetamine (meth).

Nohner replied, "Yeah, thatís meth."

When asked if there was anything in the house the officers should know about, Nohner said there was some paraphernalia.

Inside the house was Dana Lynn Toberman, 32, of Onamia, whom Nohner identified as his girlfriend.

Nohner showed the deputies glass pipes with burnt residue on them. The officers also noticed a pill bottle with tinfoil bindles inside them, which had a white powdery substance inside.

Toberman then gave two purses to the deputies to search. Inside one was another aluminum bindle with a controlled substance, which later tested positive for meth.

Nohner signed a consent form giving the deputies permission to search the residence and the outside area around the home.

Within the residence were several items related to the manufacture of meth, including vials, syringes, scales, butane torches, glass pipes, batteries, tinfoil bindles, and pseudophedrine.

Police also discovered a night vision device.

In a refrigerator outside the residence, a three-gallon cylinder was located.

Both Nohner and Toberman were arrested and transported to the Mille Lacs County Jail by LeSart where they both tested positive for meth.

Hawley remained at the residence and contacted investigator Jim Osowski to assist.

Later, during the morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 11, Mille Lacs Tribal Officer Jeff Schaefer also arrived at the scene and as he was leaving, officers observed a blue vehicle speeding in and then parking on the property.

Hawley saw the driver, Kirt Jerome Wildhirt, Jr., 24, jump out of the vehicle.

Hawley suspected Wildhirt of being on drugs based on Wildhirt being very excited, active and sweating. Hawley asked Wildhirt if there was anything in his car Hawley should be aware of and Wildhirt said no.

Wildhirt informed Hawley he could look in his car, but could not dig through his stuff. Wildhirt told the passenger, Amber Jean Marie Kent, 21, of Onamia, to open the trunk.

After some words were exchanged, the trunk opened - apparently by an automatic switch inside the car.

In the trunk was a Tupperware tub and a cooler. Hawley got his K-9 dog Taz who signaled narcotics in the area of the cooler and Tupperware.

As this was happening Kent and Wildhirt began arguing and Kent said she was leaving. She put the car in drive and drove into officer Schaefer.

Hawley attempted to open the driverís side door, but Kent closed it, locked the doors and rolled up the windows.

Hawley then took out his baton and told the girl to open the door or heíd break the window. She then swore at the officer and after another attempt to get her to open the car, Hawley broke the window and pulled Kent out of the vehicle.

Kent then began to fight with Hawley and Schaefer. While they struggled with Kent, Wildhirt drove off.

Schaefer then pursued Wildhirt until Wildhirt crashed the vehicle, got out and took off on foot.

Officers, the K-9 dog and a helicopter were all unsuccessful in locating Wildhirt.

Later that morning, Osowski returned to the house with a search warrant for the residence, shed, outside refrigerator and vehicles located at the property.

Inside the residence, officers recovered a two-way hand-held radio, two shotguns,three rifles, drug paraphernalia and a surveillance camera. They also found a scanner tuned to the Mille Lacs County law enforcement frequency.

Sheriff Brent Lindgren, a certified clandestine laboratory specialist, confirmed the three-gallon cylinder found earlier inside the refrigerator contained anhydrous ammonia.

A search of Wildhirtís vehicle revealed toluol, acid, anhydrous ammonia, coffee filters, baking soda, acetone, a hot plate, tubing and other materials related to the manufacture of meth.

Nohner, Toberman and Kent have all been charged with the following:

ïConspiracy to manufacture meth, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and/or a $1,000,000 fine.

ïControlled substance crime in the first degree - attempted manufacture of meth, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and/or a $500,000 fine.

ïUnlawful containment, tampering, theft, or transport of anhydrous ammonia, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.

Toberman was also charged with a felon in possession of a firearm, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

She was also charged with a controlled substance crime in the fifth degree, possession, which was her second offense. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, with a mandatory minimum of six months.

Toberman was previously convicted of a controlled substance crime in the fifth degree in July, 1999 in Mille Lacs County.

Toberman was also charged with use of police radios during commissions of crime, which carries a maximum penalty of three years and/or a $5,000 fine.

Toberman has a total of six separate charges against her.

Nohner was also charged with a controlled substance crime in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

Nohner, too, was charged with use of police radios during commissions of a crime, which carries the same penalty as Tobermanís charge.

Nohner has a total of five charges against him.

Kent was also charged with obstructing legal process, a gross misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.

Kent has a total of four charges against her.

Kent, Nohner and Toberman are currently in the Mille Lacs County Jail.

Judge Stephen Ruble set bail for Toberman at $120,000 unconditional and $60,000 conditional.

Nohnerís bail was set at $80,000 unconditional and $40,000 conditional.

Kentís bail was set at $50,000 unconditional and $25,000 conditional.

A felony warrant for arrest has been issued by the Mille Lacs County District Court for Wildhirt.

Wildhirt, who remains at large, was convicted of a controlled substance crime in the fourth degree in July, 2002 and has a pending case regarding the manufacturing of meth in the first degree - both in Mille Lacs County.

An omnibus hearing has been scheduled Jan. 24 for Wildhirtís pending case.

Editorís Note: The information was obtained from the criminal complaint.


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