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Report: Superior woman who got into scuffle with cop may have charge reduced

SUPERIOR, WI (WTAQ) - A woman from Superior who's accused of getting into a scuffle with a police officer might have her felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor.

28-year-old Natasha Lancour has a preliminary hearing scheduled this afternoon on a felony count of battery to a police officer.

However, defense lawyer Rick Gondik tells the Duluth News-Tribune the charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. She also faces a second misdemeanor in Douglas County for disorderly conduct. For now at least, that won't change.

Prosecutors have not confirmed the reduction of Lancour's felony count. Both charges are connected with a January 5th incident outside the Keyport Lounge in Superior.

Video from a squad car showed that officer George Gothner punched her in the face. The officer said Lancour had scratched him, and was resisting arrest at the time.

The State Justice Department is investigating the officer's conduct.

Gondik said he hopes the investigation will be finished before an expected hearing on the status of the woman's court case. He expects that proceeding in April.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)