Court Proceedings

Brown County

District Court

• Matthew W. Luepke, 25, 48252 501st Lane, Courtland, was charged with felony threats of violence, gross misdemeanor stalking-intent to injure and misdemeanor domestic assault Monday.

According to court documents, Sleepy Eye Police on duty Dec. 29 were informed of a phone call from a woman who wanted to report a domestic assault that happened earlier in the day.

The alleged victim told police she got into an altercation with the father of her children she identified as Luepke. She said she told him he shouldn’t be drinking because he is on probation and that he could go to prison.

In addition, she said Luepke suddenly snapped, saying she was cheating on him among other things and the next thing she knew, he had her on the floor and was kicking her with his boot, repeatedly in the face and chest, then punched her numerous times on the ride side of the head.

Police observed a cut near the woman’s right eye and could feel small bumps and scrape marks behind her right ear. The woman said Luepke told her he would kill her if she called her father.

Police contacted Brown County Dispatch and had them put an Attempt to Locate (ATL) for Luepke on probable cause arrest for domestic assault. Luepke was later arrested.

• Lucas J. Zanke, 22, 1301 State St. S., New Ulm, was charged with felony possession of ammunition/any firearm-conviction or adjudicated delinquent crime of violence, gross misdemeanor possession ammo/any firearm-previous felony conviction and misdemeanor hunting-illegal transport firearm in motor vehicle Monday.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police got a phone call from a family member of Zanke at 7:07 p.m., Nov. 30. Police learned Zanke wanted to shoot himself in the head. Officers tried to locate him but were not successful. Police had Brown County Dispatch enter an Attempt to Locate Zanke to check his welfare. Police obtained vehicle registration for a red 1998 Chevy S10.

Police observed a small, red truck traveling east on 3rd North toward Valley Street at 8:20 p.m. that failed to signal when the driver turned south onto Valley Street. Police caught the vehicle and identified it as the one Zanke should be operating.

Police activated emergency lights and stopped the vehicle at 2nd North Street. Approaching the vehicle from the passenger side, police observed a gun barrel near the passenger side door and recognized the driver as Zanke from past contacts. Police opened the door, removed the rifle and placed it in the truck bed.

Police advised Zanke of the reason for the stop which he disputed. Police told him they also needed to conduct a welfare check on him. Zanke said the rifle, a Ruger .22, belonged to him and he was hunting rabbits. In addition, he said the rifle was not loaded and had no clip. The rifle was uncased and no case was visible in the truck.

Zanke was transported to the New Ulm Medical Center Emergency Department. He was adjudicated for 4th degree felony assault on Aug. 19, 2013 in Brown county and convicted of felony criminal damage to property on Nov. 5 in Brown County court. He was summoned to appear at 8:30 a.m., Jan. 22.

• Holley Boney, 18, 113 N. Washington Ave., Springfield, was charged with felony threats of violence, gross misdemeanor stalking-intent to injure and misdemeanor disorderly conduct Monday. According to court documents, Springfield Police were asked to answer an harassment call on the phone at 11:30 p.m., Sept. 2. Police spoked to an alleged victim regarding a threatening/harassing Facebook message received from Boney.

The victim said she got a message about 30 minutes ago from Boney saying “stay away from Kya because I am someone with nothing to lose. I will gut you like a deer. Don’t tempt me.”

Police arrived at the victim’s residence to see the text message and interview the victim who said she was very scared and feared for her life because of the message. The victim said there were ongoing issue with Boney.

Police arrived at Boney’s residence and were told by Boney that she did not mean anything serious about the message and only meant to scare or get the victim to “back off.” Boney said she regretted the message immediately after sending it. She was summoned to appear in Brown County District Court at 8:30 a.m., Jan. 22.

• Jennifer J. Hanson, 24; and Jacob A. Madson, 26, 509 Summit St. S.E., Sleepy Eye, were charged with gross misdemeanor 5th-degree drug possession-not small amount of marijuana and petty misdemeanor drug possession-small amount of marijuana-no remuneration Monday.

According to court documents, Sleepy Eye Police got a call from a Brown County Human Services child protection worker at 4:22 p.m., Oct. 4.

Police said a child protection worker was at 509 Summit St. S.E., the home of Hanson and Madson and found drug paraphernalia. Child protection workers on a residence check said they found a pipe/bong used to smoke marijuana wax on the kitchen counter. The item had dirty water inside and what appeared like and smelled like marijuana wax residue.

Police later found more drug paraphernalia items including a green container that appeared to have green residue inside and smelled of marijuana. Madson said he used the container to store marijuana.

Other items found included a multi-colored handheld vaporized used to smoke THC oil and THC oil inside. Madson confirmed it was THC oil. The small container with a black cap labeled THC had a label that read 1.0 G, total THC 82.25 percent. The container had waxy residue. Madson confirmed it was marijuana wax he bought in Colorado.

Madson was convicted of drug paraphernalia possession on April 17, 2017 in Brown County Court. He was summoned to appear in court at 10:45 a.m., Jan. 8. Hanson was summoned to appear at 9:30 a.m., Feb. 12.

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