Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

12/28/23: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Couple charged with child endangerment

Two Hartley residents are accused of using marijuana in the presence of a child. The criminal complaint states that Johnathan Peters, 26, and Victoria Barnes, 25, were arrested on Dec. 18 after a child tested positive for THC metabolite, indicating that marijuana may have been used in the home. The adults reportedly admitted to using marijuana daily, but not in the presence of the child.

Peters and Barnes were charged with Neglect or Abandonment of a Dependent Person, a class C felony, and a misdemeanor charge of Child Endangerment. The preliminary hear...

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