Felony charge reduced to petty misdemeanor against Grand Meadow womanPublished 11:19am Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Charges against a Grand Meadow woman — whom authorities believed was linked to a case involving methamphetamine in Dexter — were greatly reduced earlier this year.
Laice Jo Hoffman, 34, was originally charged with fifth-degree drug possession, a felony. However, that charge was reduced to petty misdemeanor drug paraphernalia.
The case stemmed from last year when employees at a Dexter hotel received a bad check.
Dustin Niemeyer, of Spring Valley, was later arrested and convicted for fifth-degree drug possession.
Authorities received a complaint about the bad check from First Farmers and Merchants Bank and the Windmill Inn in Dexter on Aug. 21, 2012. According to the complaint, authorities were looking for Niemeyer, who opened his hotel room door for officers and was arrested. However, authorities also saw a light bulb used for smoking meth on a nightstand along with baggies that tested positive for meth residue, miscellaneous pills and a third-party check to the hotel.
Hoffman was later arrested in Grand Meadow and suspected to be in connection with the case after employees pointed authorities in her direction. Investigators later searched a vehicle in the case and said they found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine, according to the court complaint.