Ishpeming landlord assault case bound over to circuit court
Robin Baird’s preliminary hearing and pre-trial were rescheduled following an objection from the defense
MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE August 9, 2021
The Mather Inn Owner’s felony assault case is headed to circuit court. Robin Baird was in Marquette County District Court for a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon.
During the hearing, the victim of the alleged assault, who was an employee of Cognition Brewing Company, took the stand. He says around midnight May 25, Baird cut off a generator they were using to power the brewery. He said when he went to investigate, Baird choked him and hit him in the face with a flashlight.
“Felonious assault is, I believe, any level of assault when there’s something that could be considered a weapon that is being used, flashlights often times are used as weapons, so there’s sufficient evidence to find probable cause that the defendant did in fact assault this gentleman with the flashlight,” Judge Roger Kangas said.
Baird’s arraignment was set for August 20 in Marquette County Circuit Court. She remains free on a personal recognizance bond.
UPDATE July 13, 2021
Robin Baird’s pre-trial and preliminary hearing were adjourned today. According to Marquette County District Court, it was because a witness appeared on Zoom and defense objected, wishing for the individual to show up in-person. An in-person preliminary hearing and pre-trial is scheduled for August 9 at 1:30 p.m.
An ongoing landlord-tenant dispute in Ishpeming has boiled over.
The owner of the Mather Inn is accused of assaulting an employee at Cognition Brewery late Monday night. Robin Baird was arrested Tuesday and charged Wednesday with one count of felonious assault less than murder.
The employee says Baird squeezed and grabbed his neck and hit him in the face with a flashlight after she shut off a Cognition generator. Baird and the brewery’s owner are fighting again about an unpaid electric bill.
At an arraignment hearing Wednesday afternoon, Marquette County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jill Simms requested that Baird have no contact with anyone employed at Cognition Brewery, citing concern for employee safety. Judge Roger Kangas agreed to grant a PR bond for Baird, with conditions.
“I’m looking at reducing your bond and letting you out but I do not want to do that if there’s gonna be any type of trouble between you and the owners of Cognition,” Judge Kangas said.
Any communication for tenant-landlord issues must be made through a third party. Her bond was set at $10,000. Baird was also arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of destruction of property less than $200. That charge stems from a separate incident with Cognition in January when she allegedly destroyed a tarp. She entered a not guilty plea to that charge.
A preliminary hearing is set for June 8.
Baird has not responded to TV6′s request for comment about the charges.
Cognition remains closed indefinitely as power has been off since Thursday.
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