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Woman accused of shooting bottle rockets at Pocatello home charged with stalking

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Mari Coleen Anthony | Bannock County Jail

POCATELLO — A local woman who allegedly fired bottle rockets at the home of an ex-boyfriend has been charged with felony stalking.

Mari Coleen Anthony, 49, of Pocatello, was also charged with misdemeanors for violating a no-contact order and malicious injury to property, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Officers from the Pocatello Police Department responded to the home around 3 p.m. on May 1 after the owner, who has PTSD, said that a woman against whom he had a no-contact order was seen continuously driving past the home.

Officers confirmed a no-contact order was issued against Anthony in March after the two ended a relationship.

The man told officers he had seen a red Dodge Durango matching one owned by Anthony drive past his home every hour for about four hours. A neighbor confirmed that they had also seen the vehicle, adding that the vehicle was traveling at high speeds down the residential street.

The neighbor also told officers that they witnessed Anthony firing bottle rockets at the home as she drove by.

Officers found a “Coconut Tree Rocket” in front of the home. The victim told officers he could not confirm that Anthony had thrown that particular rocket, but it was consistent with the ones she had been throwing.

About three hours later, officers located Anthony’s Durango and noted a bottle rocket matching the one found at the victim’s home in the vehicle.

“(Anthony) made it seem like she knew why I was there,” the police report reads.

When asked if she had been near the home of the victim that day, Anthony told officers that she was in the neighborhood, and had fired off bottle rockets but not in the direction of the home.

Police reports also show that two separate warrants had been requested for Anthony regarding violations of the no-contact order.

Anthony was placed under arrest for stalking, which carries a penalty of one to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Anthony pleaded guilty to both misdemeanors on May 12 and was scheduled to be sentenced on May 18.

On May 14, Anthony’s attorney filed a motion to dismiss the stalking charge. She is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on May 24.

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