Clinton man sentenced on meth, forgery charges

CLINTON — A Clinton man received a suspended sentence for two felony charges.

Colley D. Opheim, 32, 243 19th Place, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for sentencing for possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, third offense, which is a Class D felony, and forgery, a Class D felony.

District Court Judge Mark Cleve ordered sentences not to exceed five years on both charges be suspended. The sentences were ordered to run consecutively to one another. Opheim was placed on probation pending good behavior for a period of three years to the Seventh Judicial District Department of Correctional Services unless sooner released by the court upon recommendation by the probation officer. Specific conditions of probation were ordered to include Opheim completing the Residential Corrections Facility program and any other conditions set by the probation officer. Opheim was ordered to remain at the Clinton County Jail until bed space is available at the RCF. Charges of possession of a controlled substance, third or subsequent offense, and identity theft under $1,000 were dismissed, with costs assessed to Opheim.

According to the affidavit, at 11:27 a.m. June 26, an officer was dispatched to Paul's Discount Store, 1940 Lincoln Way, for a report of a shoplifter who was stopped by employees and was with store managers. An officer upon arrival made contact with the store manager and Opheim. The store manager indicated Opheim attempted to walk out of the store with a pair of bolt cutters and men's work gloves, at which time the store's alarm sounded at the exit door. The store manager indicated he took Opheim to the manager's office and took the property from him. It was valued at $24.78.

The affidavit states that during a search, Opheim indicated he had three capped syringes in his right front pocket. Opheim said he used the needles for methamphetamine and that he may still have some methamphetamine in one of the needles. An officer saw a clear liquid substance in one of the needles.

According to a separate affidavit, at 9:15 a.m. June 26, an officer responded to Clinton Check Cashers, 1401 N. Second St., Suite D, for a report of a check written on a closed account. An employee said that at 8:30 a.m. a white male with a beard entered the business and tried to cash a check written to Colley Opheim for $200. The employee said she called Clinton National Bank and found the account was closed in 2011 and the two individuals whose account the check was written from were deceased.

The affidavit states that at 3:11 p.m., an officer went to the Clinton County Jail to interview Opheim, who first said he did not know the person who wrote the check. He claimed a couple wrote the check to him for doing yard work. He could not give an exact address or street where the work was done. Opheim eventually admitted a male forged one individual's name on the check. Opheim said he and the male were going to split the $200 from the check.