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Preston man charged with shooting


Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in Preston Police Reports

Roger Bergmann

Friday December 21, 2012, Roger James Bergmann, 39 of Preston, shot a woman at her home in Preston and fled the police. During the pursuit, there were 40 minutes when the police didn’t know where he was, but he was later apprehended in Winona County after a 30-minute standoff.

While the police were pursuing Bergmann, Fillmore Central Schools were put on lockdown as a precaution. The students were released after receiving an all clear from the Sheriff’s Department.

The 49-year-old woman was shot in the neck. She was taken to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester and treated for her injuries. After the shooting, Bergmann allegedly called a friend and told him what happened. There was another man at the home, Eric Newman, who witnessed the shooting. He told police Bergmann held a gun to his head and threatened to kill him.

Bergmann appeared before Judge Robert Benson at the Fillmore County Courthouse on Monday, December 24. He faced two charges of kidnapping to commit great bodily harm/terrorize, which has a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, $50,000 or both. He also faced charges of assault in the 1st degree- bodily harm, and assault in the 2nd degree- with a dangerous weapon, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, $35,000 or both. There were charges of attempted murder in the 1st degree, 2nd degree, and 3rd degree, as well as assault in the 2nd degree, terroristic threats, drugs in the 5th degree- schedule IV possess controlled substance mix, and possess schedule 1,2,3,4- not a small amount of marijuana, fleeing a peace officer, and possession of a pistol with a previous felony charge.

There was a woman who saw the victim running out of her house holding her neck, which was bleeding, and she helped the woman and called an ambulance.

Bergmann allegedly admitted to having shot the woman. Police allegedly found methamphetamines in Bergmann’s truck and at his residence. He had previously been convicted of domestic assault charges, and the gun and ammunition were found in his truck.

Bergmann’s next court appearance will be on December 31, 2012. His bail was set for $500,000 conditional and $1,000,000 unconditional.



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Rushford man accused of illegally taking trophy buck

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in All Police Reports

The Houston County Sheriff's Department, acting on a report of a stolen trophy Whitetail buck from a deer farm in rural Houston, is proceeding with a formal investigation of a 19-year old Rushford man.

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State tops 300 traffic fatalities for year as Toward Zero Deaths conference convenes in Duluth

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - Minnesota preliminary traffic deaths passed the 300 death mark this past weekend, but the 303 road fatalities in 2011 are well below the 357 at this time in 2010.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic S ..... 
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Sheriff's News Release October 21, 2011 From: Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Police Reports



A Fillmore man died as the result of a logging accident in Carimona Township. Kenneth 'Kent' Erding, age 60, was operating a chainsaw when a tree fell on him at around 11:40am on Thursday (10-20-11).

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Chatfield accident

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

Wednesday, September 14 at 9:44 am there was a head-on collision between two vehicles on Highway 52 near County Road 7, just north of Chatfield. Cheryl Jankiewicz, age 52 of Chatfield, was driving an Oldsmobile, which was southbound on Highway 52, w ..... 
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Police car chase near Rushford

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

Preston/Lanesboro Police Chief Matt Schultz and Fillmore County Deputy John DeGeorge were called to a scene in Rushford for a domestic assault incident on Monday, September 12. Suspect Kyle Gilow, age 21 of Winona, fled from Rushford Police Chief Sa ..... 
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Harmony man dies from fall

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

According to Fillmore County Sheriff's Captain John DeGeorge, a 67 year old Harmony man died Tuesday after a fall from a ladder in the town of Granger in Fillmore County.

Gary James Pratt sustained injuries when he fell from a ladder while ..... 
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Police car chase near Rushford

Tue, Sep 13th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

Preston/Lanesboro Police Chief Matt Schultz and Fillmore County Deputy John DeGeorge were called to a scene in Rushford for a domestic assault incident on Monday, September 12. Suspect Kyle Gilow, age 21 of Winona, fled from Rushford Police Chief Sam ..... 
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Make Room for "Move Over" Enforcement, Aug. 31

Wed, Aug 31st, 2011
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - Statewide law enforcement agencies will increase enforcement of the Ted Foss Move Over law, Aug. 31, to educate motorists that emergency responders need room on the road to conduct their work safely. The Minnesota Department of Pub ..... 
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