Couple plead not guilty in cases

A couple involved in cases of theft and drugs in Austin pleaded not guilty to all charges against them Thursday in Mower County Court.

Jose Lopez Soto Jr., 38, of Austin, pleaded not guilty to felony charges for second-degree assault, terroristic threats and fifth-degree drug possession. Erika Ashley Hall Anderson, 25, also pleaded not guilty to fifth-degree drug possession, along with felony charges for theft and mail theft.

According to the court complaint, Soto was banging on a window at an Austin home on Jan. 28 and making threats with an extendable baton toward someone inside. A homeowner called police, and Soto left and returned about 20 minutes later and continued banging a window. Police say the matter was related to another case involving a different man charged for credit card fraud.

Police found Soto within a block of that home, along with Anderson and arrested them. Anderson, who was charged for driving without a license and giving a false name to an officer, previously pleaded guilty and was fined $210. That car was later searched, and police reportedly found 2.65 grams of meth, for which both Soto and Anderson were charged.

In a previous case, Anderson was charged with mail theft in December, to which she pleaded not guilty on Thursday. That court complaint states Soto and Anderson were at the 1300 block of Oakland Place SE on Dec. 28 when Anderson stole a UPS package containing $1,772 worth of prescription medication off of a porch.

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