On February 27, Lacey Nicole Manuel, 29, of Preston, appeared before District Court Judge Jeremy Clinefelter. Manuel is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a felony with a maximum criminal penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. On or about February 25, a Minnesota state trooper was patrolling Fountain and came across a vehicle parked oddly on highway 52. Upon conducting a search of the vehicle, the trooper allegedly found a hypodermic needle/syringe containing a dark-colored liquid substance. The defendant allegedly admitted it was her needle and that the substance inside was allegedly cocaine or methamphetamine. Manuel has a prior conviction for Fifth Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance in Goodhue County.
On March 2, Tyler James Miller, 25 of Wykoff, appeared before District Court Judge Jeremy Clinefelter. Miller is charged with five felonies, Burglary – 1st Degree – Occupied – Non-Accomplice Present, Burglary – 1st Degree – Assault Person in Building/On Property, Burglary – 2nd Degree – Dwelling, Burglary – 2nd Degree – Building – Possess Tool, and Burglary – 3rd Degree – Steal/Commit Felony or Gross Misdemeanor. The 1st Degree Burglary charges each carry a maximum criminal penalty of 20 years in prison and/or $35,000 fines. The 2nd Degree Burglary charges each carry a maximum criminal penalty of ten years in prison and/or $20,000 fines. The 3rd Degree Burglary charge carries a maximum criminal penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. On February 24, a Fillmore County Sheriff’s Investigator interviewed a victim in regards to an incident on February 19. The victim had allegedly been awoken in the night to find the defendant in her house, which had been locked. He allegedly pushed her to the ground and smacked her head. The victim provided the investigator with pictures of a screwdriver allegedly used to break into a basement window.
On March 15, Justin James Olson, 30, of Spring Grove, appeared before District Court Judge Jeremy Clinefelter. Olson is charged three times each with Domestic Abuse – Violate Order for Protection, and Violate No Contact Order – Within Ten Years of the First of Two or More Convictions. All six offenses each carry a maximum criminal penalty of five years in prison and or a $10,000 fine. On or about March 10, within Fillmore County, a victim allegedly received calls, text messages, and a voice message from the defendant. The victim has an active Order for Protection and a Domestic No Contact Order out against the defendant, with the latter only allowing contact via text with regard to child and parenting time. Olson has been convicted for Domestic Assault by Strangulation and Terroristic Threats (both in Houston County).