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What are the requirements of diversion for the former owner of the Eldridge Hotel? He was charged with criminal threat and battering a law enforcement officer.

Prosecutors changed the charge against Rob Phillips to one count of obstruction. To avoid being prosecuted he will have to complete 20 hours of community service work, which Dist. Atty. Charles Branson's office will allow him to do at his farm, Free State Farm. Branson said his office agreed to that because Phillips regularly opens his farm to nonprofit groups such as the Girl Scouts. The hours will qualify as community service, Branson said, "as long as it's additional service to a nonprofit organization that he would not otherwise be doing." He also will have to pay $167 in costs and write a letter of apology to Sheriff's Deputy Clark Rials, who responded to a January 2005 call at Phillips' house.


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