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Charges filed in gun-toting incident

From staff reports

A Rochester woman arrested for pointing a shotgun at homes in a southeast city neighborhood Monday evening was arraigned on criminal charges Wednesday.

Ezola Marie Jackson, 18, 1330 Second St. S.E., is charged with illegally having a pistol or other firearm, a felony; and with possession of a BB gun, rifle or shotgun in a public place, a gross misdemeanor.

Olmsted District Judge Joseph Wieners set bail at $10,000 without conditions or $1,500 with conditions attached. Assistant Olmsted County Attorney Dave McLeod had asked the judge to set bail at $20,000, pointing to Jackson's criminal record as a juvenile.

She was convicted of third-degree assault in August 2003 for assaulting a girl at Aquarius Club. In October 2002, she was charged with third-degree and fifth-degree assault for assaulting a girl. She pleaded guilty to the fifth-degree charge, and the others were dismissed.

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By law, a person convicted of a crime of violence, such as third-degree assault, cannot possess a pistol or any other firearm unless 10 years has elapsed, the person has been restored to civil rights, or the sentence or disposition has expired.

Police were sent to the 1400 block of Second Street Southeast Monday evening after getting calls from residents about a woman walking down the street carrying a rifle or shotgun and pointing it at houses. Witnesses said she was waving the gun around and moving it to various positions, not caring about where it was pointed. Witnesses said Jackson was yelling, that she cocked the shotgun, and it appeared she might start shooting at any time. They said she had two small children with her, according to the criminal complaint.

Jackson was arrested outside her residence. A 12-gauge shotgun was found in the basement.

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