Charges dropped in water balloon prank

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   MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Authorities have dismissed a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge filed against an 18-year-old Minot High School student accused in a water balloon prank.
   Xavier Falcon was charged in city adult court after a water balloon fight in a school lunch room in May. He pleaded not guilty to the charge that carried a possible sentence of 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine and was scheduled for trial Thursday.
The school was widely criticized for turning the matter over to the courts. An online petition asking for the charges to be dropped against Falcon and two 17-year-old boys garnered more than 1,700 signatures.
   Assistant City Attorney Stefanie Stalheim on Monday said probable cause existed to charge Falcon but that “dismissal is appropriate.”

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