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Fillmore County District Court


Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
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Justin Michael Lyle Buss, an 18-year old male from Chatfield, appeared before Judge Robert R. Benson in District Court Monday, January 10, 2011, facing two counts of theft. If convicted, Buss could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison, 90 days in jail and $11,000 in fines. On November 7, 2010, Chatfield Police Officer Steve Schmiedeberg was dispatched to the Greenway gas station on a reported robbery that had just taken place. While investigating this complaint, another employee of the store reported to the officer that the previous day he had witnessed on the surveillance video Justin Buss allegedly reaching over the counter and taking $90.00 worth of lottery tickets. While investigating the robbery incident, Officer Schmiedeberg also questioned the defendant regarding the accusation that he had taken lottery tickets from the gas station the previous day. Eventually, the defendant did admit that he had taken the tickets. Mr. Buss was released on his own recognizance and unconditional bail was set at $5,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 24, 2011.

On Monday, January 10, 2011, Travis Eugene Gibson, a 28-year old male from Rushford, appeared before Judge Robert R. Benson in District Court facing one count of violation of election laws. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In August of last year, Fillmore County Sheriff's Investigator Sgt. Phil Whitacre was asked by the county attorney's office to investigate an allegation that Mr. Gibson, a convicted felon, had committed voter fraud by voting in the 2008 General Election. Upon questioning the defendant, Gibson stated that he had voted in that election not knowing that he wasn't allowed to vote. He was released on his own recognizance and the court set unconditional bail at $5,000. The date for his next court appearance is February 28, 2011.

Glenn Frederick Winslow, a 44-year old male from Wykoff, appeared in District Court before Judge Robert R. Benson on Monday, January 10, 2011, facing one count of assault in the third degree, two counts of assault in the fifth degree, two counts of domestic assault and one count of disorderly conduct. If convicted on all six counts, the defendant could face a maximum penalty of seven years in prison, 270 days in jail and fines totaling $19,000. On November 13, 2010, Deputy Sgt. Brian Miner was dispatched to the Winslow home to talk with the victim who reported he had gotten into an argument with Mr. Winslow a week earlier that resulted in Winslow allegedly hitting him in the face. The injury from that incident resulted in a left orbital socket fracture and loss of consciousness. The victim told authorities that Winslow did apologize for hitting him and asked him not to press charges. However, after a second argument on the 13th of November, the victim decided to tell the truth about what happened to him earlier. Sgt. Miner then questioned Mr. Winslow who stated that he acted in self-defense when the victim grabbed him on his throat and started choking him. Winslow was released on his own recognizance and court set unconditional bail at $10,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 24, 2011.

Veronica Allissa Juneau, a 22-year old female from Mabel, appeared before Judge Robert R. Benson in District Court Monday, January 10, 2011, facing three counts of theft and three counts of receiving stolen property. If convicted on all six counts, Ms. Juneau could receive a maximum penalty of 70 years in prison and fines totaling $260,000. On August 2, 2010, Fillmore County Deputy Jesse Grabau was dispatched to the home of Leonard Soukup who reported property that was missing from his residence. He told Grabau that the day before he noticed some jewelry missing. He estimated that approximately 30 to 40 gold rings were gone along with a gold wrist bracelet. The total value of these items was about $5,000. Upon closer inspection, Mr. Soukup discovered that several gold and silver coins were also missing and a 1956 Winchester rifle valued at approximately $500.00. At this point the victim had no clue as to who had taken these items from his home, but he suspected it was someone who he knew. A break in the case came on August 9 when authorities were doing a check on pawn shops to see if anyone who knew Soukup had pawned anything. This check revealed that the defendant, Veronica Juneau, Soukup's daughter, had allegedly pawned items matching the description of those taken from his home, including the rifle. When authorities questioned her, she indicated that she knew her husband had taken the items and pawned them in her name. In her statement the defendant said she had every intention of making payments to the pawn shops and getting her dad's property back to him. Ms. Juneau was released on her own recognizance and the Court set unconditional bail at $10,000. Her next scheduled Court appearance is February 28, 2011.

Derek Lee Allen, a 23 year old male from Viola, MN, appeared before Judge Robert R. Benson in District Court Tuesday, January 18, 2011, facing three counts of stalking, two counts of violation of a No Contact Order, two counts of domestic assault and four counts of assault in the fifth degree, gross misdemeanor. If convicted on all counts, Mr. Allen could face a maximum penalty of 49 years in prison and fines totaling up to $102,000. On November 28, 2010, Preston police Officer Rick Dahly was dispatched to answer a domestic call involving the violation of a No Contact court order. In the complaint, the defendant had allegedly called the victim repeatedly on her cell phone making threats to her life and abusive name calling. The criminal abuse No Contact Order is in effect until October 18, 2012, and orders the defendant to have no contact with the victim directly, indirectly, through another individual, in person, by telephone, in writing, electronically or by any other means. Mr. Allen was taken into custody and bail was set at $5,000.00 conditional and $20,000.00 unconditional. He was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court for sentencing on January 25, 2011.

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