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Man pleads not guilty in 4th of July incident at Silver Lake Park

By Janice Gregorson

gregor@postbulletin.com

A Rochester man has pleaded not guilty to a reckless driving charge stemming from a Fourth of July accident near Silver Lake that also led to charges against another man accused of pulling a gun.

Near F. Kouath, 24, pleaded not guilty Tuesday. A trial was set for Aug. 29.

Kouath also denied violating probation in another case. He had pleaded guilty in June to misdemeanor charges of having an uninsured vehicle and driving without a valid license for the vehicle class and was put on probation for one year. He has requested a hearing; no date is set.

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Kouath was charged with misdemeanor reckless driving following an accident on July 4 in an area where hundreds of people had gathered for the Post-Bulletin Charities fireworks display. He told police he was leaving the parking lot and thought he was going to be hit, lost control, went onto the boulevard and hit a telephone box. The vehicle crossed the sidewalk and hit a tree. He began to back up and said a man yelled at him and pointed a gun at him. Timothy Jay Rose has been charged with a gross misdemeanor in the case.

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