On June 14, Malachi Irishsoldier O’Meara, 44, of Mabel, appeared before District Court Judge Christopher A. Neisen. O’Meara is charged with four felonies: 1) Terroristic Threats – Disregard Risk, 2) Domestic Assault – By Strangulation, 3) Domestic Assault – Commits Act With Intent to Cause Fear, and 4) Domestic Assault – Intentionally Inflicts or Attempts to Inflict Bodily Harm. The first, third, and fourth offenses carry maximum criminal penalties of five years in prison, $10,000 fines, and or both. The second offense carries a maximum criminal penalty of three years in prison, a $5,000 fine, or both. On or about June 2, a woman allegedly showed up to a residence north of Mabel showing signs of domestic abuse. She was taken to Rushford. Authorities went to the residence there, allegedly finding the woman bruised, scratched, and emotionally upset. The victim allegedly confessed that she wanted to end a relationship with the defendant. He allegedly then pushed her down, punched her with a closed fist at least twice, choked her three different times, while threatening to do harm to her family if she went to the police. O’Meara has two prior qualified domestic violence-related convictions, Felony Threats of Violence in Winona County from 2015, and Simple Misdemeanor Domestic Abuse Assault in Wright County, Iowa from 2018.
On June 14, Brandon Wayne Buss, 30, of Chatfield, appeared before District Court Judge Christopher A. Neisen. Buss is charged with three felonies: 1) Drugs – 4th Degree – Sale – Schedule 1,2,3 (but Not Marijuana), 2) Drugs – 4th Degree – Possess Schedule 1,2,3 (except Marijuana) With Intent to Sell, and 3) Drugs – 5th Degree – Possess Schedule 1,2,3,4 – Not Small Amount Marijuana – Prior Conviction. The first two offenses each carry maximum criminal penalties of 15 years in prison, $100,000 fines, or both. The third carries a maximum criminal penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. On or about June 12, police surveillance was taken up at a residence in Chatfield in regards to criminal subject J.E.H. A search warrant was executed on the property. J.E.H. and the defendant Buss were two of three individuals located in the residence. While clearing the dwelling, a sheriff’s deputy observed drug paraphernalia, a crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine in an open safe in a downstairs bedroom, and a digital scale. Buss’s Minnesota driver’s license was on top of the safe, leading to his arrest. J.E.H was arrested for failing to update his POR registration. A second search warrant was applied. Among the items further found was a Honeywell lock box with small zip-lock bags (commonly used to package controlled substances), the working scale (commonly used to weigh controlled substances), three zip-lock bags containing the white crystalline substance (14.4 grams of tested-positive methamphetamine), U.S. currency totaling $315, drug paraphernalia commonly used to smoke meth and marijuana, multiple green dot and vanilla bean gift cards and debit card (commonly used to place drug proceeds on to avoid being forfeited), working security camera system, and more zip-lock bags with white crystalline substance (3.9 grams tested-positive methamphetamine). Upon being interviewed at jail, Buss allegedly denied any of the items were his and that he lived at the residence. The defendant entered a plea of guilty to 5th Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance in 2018 in Mower County, receiving a Statutory Stay Adjudication, getting placed on five years’ probation.