"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
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- 8:03:53, Nov 24th 2014 - FountainFarmer - Doc, Why do people like you have to turn stories that don't have ... [Read More]
- 7:13:36, Nov 21st 2014 - FountainFarmer - doc, why do people like you think that every story needs a sense ... [Read More]
- 3:50:54, Nov 21st 2014 - Frank Wright - Does the author of this article realize it is not April 1st? ... [Read More]
- 3:03:32, Nov 21st 2014 - Roberto - That IS a stereotype on Libertarians from extreme right-wingers BTW. See ... [Read More]
- 5:10:46, Nov 17th 2014 - doc - I'm surprised conservatives aren't picketing there for their war on women. ... [Read More]
- 5:09:30, Nov 17th 2014 - doc - Is it illegal to push THEIR snow into the street though? ... [Read More]
- 4:16:40, Nov 15th 2014 - Gudrun - Ralph's burial at Arlington National Cemetery is scheduled for February 12, ... [Read More]
- 4:47:53, Nov 7th 2014 - KingslandGrad95 - Hey winters coming, why don't you take your concerns to that of the ... [Read More]
- 6:43:44, Nov 6th 2014 - winters coming - Tell Fillmore central in harmony that it is against the law to push t ... [Read More]
- 11:34:53, Nov 3rd 2014 - Tom Kaase - First of all, thank you again to Editor Jason Sethre for allowing people ... [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.