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Fillmore County District Court


Fri, Dec 12th, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

Wayne Selmer Grant, 43, of Harmony, has been charged with child neglect endangerment, malicious punishment of a child, and domestic assault related to an incident on November 3. According to the criminal complaint, when Grant’s daughter arrived home fifteen minutes late from school, Grant choked her and threw her against the vehicle striking her head on the window.

The case was referred to the Fillmore County Social Services Crisis Unit which referred the matter to law enforcement. A temporary order for protection has been issued for the minor.

Grant posted $20,000 bail bond. His next court appearance is on December 15.

Felony Dispositions

•Jeffrey Michael Sampson, 23, of Ferryville, WI, pled guilty to felony criminal vehicular operation related to an incident on April 18, 2002, near Mabel. According to the complaint, Sampson was the cause of a three vehicle accident at 5:00 a.m.

A good samaritan, who responded to the accident, was injured when another vehicle hit the man. The man recently died from his injuries.

Judge Robert Benson sentenced Sampson to 12 months and one day to the Commissioner of Corrections, with a stay of execution for three years. Sampson must serve 90 days in jail, pay a $500 fine, and undergo chemical dependency treatment. Restitution was reserved for 120 days.

•Claire Orlando Johnson III, 24, of Kasson, pled guilty to felony violation for an order of protection. According to the criminal complaint, Johnson violated a March 7, 2003 order for protection for a Chatfield woman.

Judge Robert Benson sentenced Johnson to 21 months in prison, with a stay of execution for five years. Johnson must serve 90 days in jail and was ordered to pay a $500 fine and perform 100 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay $200 to the Public Defender Fund.



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Home for the Holidays

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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"Driving around in the city, the kids seem real upbeat. They’ve got no shoes and ragged clothes but they’re still smilin’. If they can persevere, anyone can do it."   Specialist E 4 Tim Bisek,   NaJaf ..... 
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Fabian orders city of Preston to issue building permit to Mausts

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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On Wednesday, December 3, Houston County District Court Judge James Fabian ruled that the city of Preston must issue a building permit to Robert and Elaine Maust. The Mausts are the developers proposing to build the Heartland Energy & Recycling plant ..... 
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Judge Wieners hears arguments in MPCA suit

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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ROCHESTER - Judge Joseph Wieners listened to more than two hours of arguments from attorneys on Tuesday in a suit brought against the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency by an environmental group. Orig-inally scheduled for courtroom #6, the hearing ha ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

Wesley Duane Alden, 35, of Preston has been charged with two felony counts of first degree driving while impaired following his arrest on November 26 in Fountain. He is also charged with driving without a license, ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: New police officer sworn in

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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At the regular meeting of the Preston City Council Monday evening, Blaise Sass was sworn in as the newest member of the Preston Police Force. Officer Sass will start on Wednesday, December 3.

Truth in Taxation

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Spotlight on Lanesboro’s Chamber of Commerce

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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“$1.5 million comes into Lanesboro each year through tourism.” This is just one of the facts Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce representatives Joan Ruen, Carla Noack, Lori Bakke, and Julie Kiehne shared with the Lanesboro City Council at their regular me ..... 
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County Board approves sand and rock quarry permits

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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As the board reviewed the resolutions, the issues of sites stockpiling supplies in road right-of-ways, dust control, and a growing trend of abandoned automobiles accumulating at the sites, was visited several times. The dust control issue appeared to ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Driver’s License Department -Where should it go?

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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When discussing ways to save money and still maintain efficient departments, the county board has been looking into the possibility of letting the Driver License Department move out of the courthouse to the private sector.

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