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MC woman arrested on probation violation just weeks after guilty plea

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman who received a lenient plea deal just weeks ago in a theft and drug case is already accused of contempt of court and a probation violation, prompting her arrest Friday.

Erin Elizabeth Hanson, age 31, appeared in court Friday morning as she had been wanted on an arrest warrant for a week on an accusation from the Department of Corrections for violating her probation in a theft and drug case. On October 24, she had pled guilty to drug possession and a third degree theft charge was dismissed as part of that plea. A contempt of court charge was also dismissed. However, on November 7, she was accused of the probation violation and an arrest warrant was issued. She finally attempted to turn herself in Friday at the Cerro Gordo courthouse but was instead arrested and taken to jail.

Hanson is being held on $2,000 cash-only bond as she awaits a hearing on December 17.

Hanson was arrested on November 6, when police were called to Hy-Vee East at about 5:34 AM after Hanson was in the store with another woman causing a loud disturbance. A source told NIT that the women seemed to be intoxicated and were laughing loudly, bumping into things, and were suspected of trying to shoplift, prompting employees to call police.  She was arrested on a number of charges, including fifth degree theft, public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of meth, possession of hydromorphone, and possession of hydrocodone, prompting the probation violation report.

Hanson, Erin Elizabeth INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY
Hanson, Erin Elizabeth
INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY

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