Court Proceedings

Brown County

District Court

• Sarah E. Berkner, 18, 30318 State Highway 68, was charged with two counts of felony 2nd-degree assault-dangerous weapon and gross misdemeanor domestic assault April 13. According to court documents, a Brown County Deputy was dispatched to a disturbance at 30318 State Highway 58, Sleepy Eye at 4:38 p.m. April 11.

At the scene, the deputy saw a scratch on the left cheek of one alleged victim. It was explained that at 4 p.m., one victim saw Berkner making oatmeal in a microwave and tried to take it away from her because of her dietary restrictions.

The victim said Berkner charged her and tried to tackle her but restrained Berkner somewhat. The other victim came in at this oint and tried to hold down Berkner who was thrashing about when she got a screwdriver and chased the two other victims who barricades themselves in a bedroom.

Berkner told the deputy the victim tried to take it away from her and they fought over it. When a deputy reached for his camera to photograph the screwdriver, Berkner grabbed it before deputies secured it from her. Berkner was arrested for domestic assault.

• Brandon S. Kuehn, 25, 1922 German St. N., New Ulm, was charged with felony threats of violence April 13. According to court documents, New Ulm Police were dispatched to Washington Learning Center (WLC), 910 14th North Street at 2:47 p.m. April 12 for a male party arguing with staff about getting into the building. Law enforcement later learned adults were fighting and one of the males presented a gun and threatened another. They later learned that the party that showed a gun took off in a truck.

Police talked with three people about the incident. An alleged victim said she came to pick up her child at the school when a male, later identified as Kuehn, approached her and threatened her. She said she went to her vehicle when a witness and Kuehn pulled up by her vehicle and began yelling and threatening her and her passenger. At one point, Kuehn threatened to shoot one victim and made a motion to his waistband like he was going to pull out a gun.

The second victim gave a similar statement before 911 was called. When Kuehn and a witness knew police had or where being called, they took off. All parties said they never saw a gun. The victims kept mentioning a prior car crash earlier in the day which seemed to be a lot of what caused the incident.

Later, Kuehn and a witness walked around the side of the school building and law enforcement shouted for him to put his hands in the air and not move. He complied. Police handcuffed him and put him in a squad vehicle, arresting him for threats of violence. Kuehn said he went to the school to confront one of the victims about making threats toward a witness a day earlier. Officers searched vehicles and an apartment for weapons and found no firearm.

Kuehn said he heard about a car crash that took place that morning and that a witness and victim apparently showed up at an apartment he shared with a witness and threatened to shoot her and the kids. Kuehn said he and the witness decided to meet the Victim 2 at WLC when the kids are picked up to make sure the kids are safe. He admitted to driving and that his driving status was revoked.

Kuehn said an argument ensued as he walked to WLC and a teacher told him not do it there. He said he walked back to his truck and began to drive away when Victim 2 stood in the street. Kuehn said he got out of his truck and they verbally argued but he never mentioned having a gun or threatening Victim 2 and did not make a threatening movement with his hands.


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