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Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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- 4:56:30, May 22nd 2015 - Shame on you - "A gun is an instrument of death. It is designed for one purpose, to k ... [Read More]
- 1:35:20, May 22nd 2015 - Michael - As a Navy veteran I salute Ron Scheevel for his service and sacrifice in Vi ... [Read More]
- 12:48:16, May 22nd 2015 - Kim Wentworth - a couple of points in response. the NRA has had a long history in gu ... [Read More]
- 11:57:35, May 22nd 2015 - RogerClegg - Re felon voting: Glad this bill failed. If you arenâ€™t willing to fo ... [Read More]
- 12:15:00, May 20th 2015 - Shorty - Makes me feel pretty old when I read about people I knew. I would like to ... [Read More]
- 11:34:36, May 20th 2015 - SV80 - To Future: I can empathize with your regarding Hawkeye63. He exhibits all t ... [Read More]
- 12:49:06, May 19th 2015 - future - @Hawkeye63 My entire argument has been based on legal civil rights argument ... [Read More]
- 7:22:50, May 19th 2015 - hawkeye63 - There you have it fellow citizens, I sure hope America is paying attentio ... [Read More]
- 6:06:44, May 18th 2015 - Redhorse51 - Thank you for a great read. Like an addicting mini-series, I could not ... [Read More]
- 7:26:03, May 17th 2015 - future - @Hawkeye63 I'm going to address your post per sentence to make it clearer ... [Read More]
Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
Posted in Features
Posted in Features
The issue of courtroom security was on many minds at the Fillmore County Courthouse on Monday. At the conclusion of a sentencing hearing in a domestic assault case, the son of the victim attacked the defendant.
According to the criminal complaint, William Bruce Manhart, 22, of Harmony, grabbed Tom Laqua, took him to the floor and started punching him. Laqua, of rural Harmony, had just been sentenced by Judge Robert Benson after pleading guilty to gross misdemeanor domestic assault in an incident involving Manhart’s mother. Normally there is no law enforcement present during routine hearings unless an inmate is being accompanied to court. On Monday, Fillmore County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Webber happened to be in court with a prisoner awaiting the next hearing when the incident took place. Consequently, when Manhart attacked Laqua, Webber was able to quickly subdue Manhart and handcuff him. Manhart was alleged to have told Sgt. Webber that he was upset with the sentence Laqua received. “Tom didn’t get anything,” Manhart was reported to have told Webber. Laqua was given a $3,000 fine and 365 days in jail, with $2,100 of the fine and 185 days in jail stayed. Laqua was also ordered to go through chemical dependency treatment and attend domestic abuse classes. Manhart appeared in court on Tuesday and faces assault and disorderly conduct charges. His next hearing is May 21. According to Court Administrator Jim Attwood, some counties contract with uniformed security firms. “Winona County contracts with a firm to provide courtroom security,” Attwood said. Attwood said that courtroom security is always under review and whether any procedures need to be changed because of the incident will be discussed.