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Mount Vernon man pleads not guilty to taking $400K in grain

Nov 15, 2016 at 07:13 PM CST
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A Mount Vernon man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of grand theft in which he is charged with taking more than $400,000 worth of grain.

Merle Northrup, 46, pleaded not guilty during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. He is charged with selling corn and soybeans belonging to two Mount Vernon-area farmers to Poet Biorefining and CHS Farmers Alliance under his own name for approximately five years.