• Isaiah M. Lacina, 18, 22529 Lynx Road, Mankato, was charged with felony simple robbery and fifth-degree drug sale plus misdemeanor assault and theft charges Jan. 2. According to court documents, Lacina agreed to sell about 14 grams of marijuana to a man in New Ulm Nov. 11.
New Ulm Police responded to a reported theft and assault involving a gray car with black rims. An alleged male victim told police he contacted Lucina who agreed to come to New Ulm to sell him some clothing Nov. 11. The man said he gave Lacina $110 for the clothing but Lacina drove away without providing him the clothing.
In addition, the man said Lacina hit him in the face as he was driving away but he had no marks or pain from it.
During a phone call from police, Lacina said he never touched the alleged victim but that the man wanted to buy something from him, came to his vehicle window, handed him money and he drove off with the money. Lacina later told police the transaction was for about nine grams of “pot” and that he still had the money.
• Andy J. Cardin Jr., 28, 215 Water St., Sleepy Eye, was charged with felony violating a Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) Jan. 2. According to court documents, Springfield Police took a report of a possible HRO violation Sept. 30. An alleged victim told police she received a Facebook friend request from Cardin, whom she had a current HRO against. The HRO was filed Aug. 14.
A review of Cardin’s criminal history showed domestic-related convictions within the last 10 years: fifth-degree assault on April 30, 2012 in Redwood County Court; and domestic assault-subsequent violation Oct. 26, 2015 in Brown County Court.
• Carlena E. Olson, 25, 509 1/2 Center St., New Ulm, was charged with felony aiding an offender to avoid arrest Jan. 2. According to court documents, New Ulm Police received information on Nov. 14 that Daniel J. Hutchins, 31, had two active arrest warrants and was staying at 509 1/2 Center St. in New Ulm. One warrant was for felony financial transaction card fraud. In addition, further information given was that it was believed Hutchins was living in an apartment recently involved in a fire.
At the apartment, police contacted Olson who said Hutchins was her ex-boyfriend but she had not seen him and thought he was living in Le Sueur. Olson agreed to allow police to walk through the residence. Hutchins was not found.
Leaving the apartment complex, police heard footsteps moving around in the apartment. Police knocked on the apartment door again and noticed an open door down the hall, where they contacted Hutchins and a ServiceMaster cleaning employee. Hutchins was arrested.
Hutchins told police he was clearing apartment rooms when police earlier visited the building and that Olson was aware he left the residence. Olson told police she didn’t know there was a warrant for Hutchins.
• Derek D. Dustin, 18, 205 1st Ave. S.E., Fairfax, was charged with felony fifth-degree drug possession-not small amount of marijuana and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. According to court documents, New Ulm Police observed an older Ford Taurus whose driver was not wearing a seat blet on Oct. 21. Police stopped the vehicle and identified as passenger as Dustin. Police smelled a mild marijuana odor in the vehicle and occupants exhibited clues of recent drug use including dilated pupils and lethargic appearance.
Police questioned the driver about narcotics in the vehicle and she denied that there were any. Dispatch radioed police that Dustin had an arrest warrant from Renville County.
Police searched Dustin and found a small marijuana pipe with burnt marijuana residue in his pants pocket. Dustin was arrested.
Searching the vehicle, police found a digital scale, a baggie with a green, leafy substance with a perfume odor believed to be Spice/K2. Dustin said the items were his. Police also found a broken glass meth pipe and broken bulb with a burnt residue and a white, powdery residue inside plus a large, blue torch. Dustin said the broken meth pipe was his.
Police used a dobber-style field test kit on the broken pipe that tested positive for methamphetamine. Dustin was convicted of drug paraphernalia possession in Renville County Court on June 30.