On September 11, Dustin John Severson, 36 of Spring Valley, appeared before District Court Judge Matthew J. Opat. Severson is charged with three felonies; Possess Ammo/Any Firearm – Conviction for Crime of Violence, Assault – 2nd Degree – Dangerous Weapon, and Terroristic Threats – Reckless Disregard Risk. The first carries a maximum criminal penalty of 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine, the second seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine, and the third five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. On or about September 10, within the city of Spring Valley, a Fillmore County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched regarding a man with a gun. Allegedly Severson had grabbed a .410 shot-gun, loaded it, and said “goodbye” to his girlfriend (who had fled to a neighbor’s house and feared for being shot). The deputy staked out the residence. Multiple officers convened on the home. A bit later, Severson allegedly exited the house, lifted his shirt to show he was unarmed, and put his hands in the air. Officers arrested Severson. He alleged to not having a gun. Officers allegedly discovered a stock, forearm, and barrel of a .410 shot-gun in a crawl space in the residence. Severson allegedly blew a .13 with a P.B.T. He has been previously convicted of two felony controlled substance violations in Winneshiek County.
On September 21, Kayla Cherie Jones, 30 of Spring Valley, appeared before District Court Judge Jodi L. Williamson. Jones is charged with three felonies; Assault – 2nd Degree – Dangerous Weapon, Damage to Property – 1st Degree – Foreseeable Risk Bodily Harm, and Damage to Property – 1st Degree – Value Reduced Over $1,000. The first carries a maximum criminal penalty of seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine, the second two carry maximum criminal penalties of five years in prison and/or $10,000 fines. On or about September 18, a Fillmore County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Spring Valley regarding a domestic dispute. The defendant had allegedly assaulted another person by throwing dishes, had broken a car windshield, and had a baseball bat. The defendant allegedly admitted to breaking the windshield. The deputy allegedly observed a Ford Ranger with three windows broken or damaged. Two parties alleged Jones did the damage by throwing plates and wielding a bat, and that Jones had gone after her ex-boyfriend, physically assaulting him. The second party alleged Jones had gone after the first party with a baseball bat. A second officer arrived. Based on the statement of the parties and the visible evidence, it was determined that Jones was the aggressor and the assaulting party. The estimated damages were $1,700.