• A Clear Lake man has received a deferred sentence after pleading guilty to one count felony forgery-fraud of a lottery ticket in Hancock County District. Elliott Ray Kessler, 29, was placed on supervised probation for three to five years, which requires him to pay $750 in fines. He was originally charged with two counts of felony forgery-fraud of a lottery ticket. The second count of forgery was dismissed. According to court documents, Kessler used a stolen check to purchase multiple lottery tickets from Casey’s General Store in Britt on Jan. 12, 2017. He took the checkbook from an individual he helped move into an assisted-living residence.

• A Garner man has been sentenced on an amended trespassing charge in Hancock County District Court. Zayne Elliot Eakins, 20, pled guilty to simple misdemeanor trespassing, which requires him to pay a $100 fine and attorney fees. He was originally charged with felony third-degree burglary. According to court documents, Eakins, with the assistance of his girlfriend, broke into a garage, stole a filled gasoline can and ran away when the property owner arrived home on Sept. 26, 2017.

Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.

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