On June 26, Juana Lashaun Walker, 20 of Chatfield, appeared before District Court Judge Christopher A. Neisen. Walker is charged with Domestic Assault – By Strangulation. It is a felony with a maximum criminal penalty of three years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine. On or about June 25, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an apartment complex in Spring Valley. Amidst a dispute, a female had allegedly been assaulted by Walker. Because of her injuries, she was taken to the hospital. The defendant was interviewed. He alleged the victim attacked him, that he was bitten. The defendant’s response was to allegedly grab the victim by the throat, and then to throw her to the ground, to get her to stop attacking. Officers determined that, since Walker had taken the victim’s keys and phone in the argument, he violated a Domestic Abuse No Contact Order. The victim was interviewed more thoroughly at the hospital. She alleged the defendant initiated contact including grabbing her by the neck, lifting her off the ground, as well as throwing her to the ground.
On July 8, Matthew Alan Onstad, 42 of Altura, appeared before District Court Judge Matthew J. Opat. Onstad is charged with 3rd Degree Assault – Substantial Bodily Harm. It is a felony with a maximum criminal penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. On or about June 14, within Fillmore County, a sheriff’s deputy met with the Harmony Ambulance. The ambulance was transporting a victim that had allegedly been assaulted two days earlier. The victim alleged Onstad hit him many times with his fists. Medical records received from Gundersen Lutheran Health System showed the victim had multiple facial fractures and several small hemorrhages. Onstad has previously been convicted for Domestic Assault Abuse with Intent or Displays a Weapon in Allamakee County.