Brown County District Court
• Jeremy J. Wirkus, 18, 111 Franklin St. N., New Ulm, was charged with felony 5th-degree drug sale-marijuana mixture except small amount of marijuana with no remuneration Jan. 3. In another case, he was charged Jan. 3 with felony 3rd-degree drug sale not narcotic to person under age 18; felony 5th-degree drug sale marijuana mixture except small amount of marijuana with no remuneration; and petty misdemeanor drug possession/sale small amount of marijuana-no remuneration.
According to court documents for the first case, New Ulm Police on patrol near the rear entrance of Minnecon Park in New Ulm saw an older, silver Ford Taurus was parked, blocking the entrance. Police saw several people in the vehicle suddenly turn around and look at them, then look the other way quickly. The park has an 11 p.m. curfew.
Police stopped alongside the vehicle and detected an overwhelming marijuana odor coming from it. From prior contacts, police identified a passenger as Wirkus. Police noted that all three vehicle occupants appeared to have recently smoked marijuana, with lethargic actions, bloodshot, watery eyes, dilated pupils and slow responses.
Police asked for any marijuana, paraphernalia and contraband. The driver handed police a sandwich baggie with marijuana buds and another baggie with green, leafy marijuana buds and a multi-colored marijuana grinder.
In addition, police found $528 in small cash bills in Wirkus’ wallet, a small, black scale commonly used for narcotic sales and many used and unused baggies, some with marijuana residue. One baggie contained 28 grams of marijuana. Wirkus told police he sells about one ounce of marijuana every two weeks to make money. Police field tested as positive 29.4 grams of marijuana.
In the second case, New Ulm Police were on duty at 1 a.m., Nov. 28 when they saw an older, white, Jeep on Broadway that turned east onto 14th North Street, then pulled into the Quick Mart parking lot very quickly. Police noticed the Jeep didn’t have a working license plate light and the driver did not wear a seat belt.
Police parked in a nearby parking lot and later saw an older, brown Oldsmobile pulled into the Quick Mart lot to the right of the Jeep. Police recognized he Olds as one commonly driven by Wirkus. In addition, police saw a female in the Jeep get out and to inside the Oldsmobile, then get out of it and go back in the Jeep.
Police saw Wirkus get out of the Olds, go into Quick Mart, then get in the Jeep that left Quick Mart. Police followed the Jeep in town before stopping it near North Park for a traffic violation. Police identified the driver and passenger as juveniles and Wirkus in the rear of the vehicle. Police detected a strong marijuana odor coming from the vehicle. One of the passengers appeared to be “stoned.”
A juvenile told police she bought a gram of marijuana from Wirkus. In addition, Wirkus told police he doesn’t sell marijuana anymore and only buys it to help with his depression. Police searched Wirkus and had him pull out a large amount of a green, leafy substance with a strong marijuana odor. Police found $79 in cash in Wirkus’ wallet. Wirkus told police the money included $15 he got from selling marijuana to a juvenile. A bag with 7 grams of marijuana field tested positive with NIK test kits.
Wirkus was summoned to appear in Brown County District Court for both cases at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 22.
• Carter J. Ibberson, 19, 26326 CR 29, Sleepy Eye, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor violation of harassment restraining orders on Dec. 21 and Jan. 2. In the first charge, New Ulm Police were dispatched to 1021 N. Washington St. at 4:13 p.m., Dec. 21. Police talked with Jaycey Hillesheim who said she just got out of court that day with Ibberson.
In addition, a harassment restraining order issued in Brown County District Court on Nov. 27 was amended, served on Ibberson and was still in effect at the date of an incident.
The order prohibited Ibberson from harassing or having contact with Hillesheim or from being within 100 yards of 1021 N. Washington St. Hillesheim, her mother and stepfather all said they saw Ibberson drive by the residence twice after court. Police talked with Ibberson by phone. He admitted being in court earlier that day.
For the second count, New Ulm Police talked with Jaycey Hillesheim who said that Ibberson violated an harassment restraining order she had against him by driving by her residence at 1021 N. Washington St. at 5:47 p.m., Jan. 2. In addition, Hillesheim said her mother saw Ibberson drive by in his truck.
Police viewed home video footage and saw a black truck drive by the residence at 5:47 p.m. that matched the description given. Ibberson was arrested by the Brown County Sheriff’s Department and brought to the Brown County Law Enforcement Center. Police talked to Ibberson who admitted driving the vehicle earlier that night, being served the harassment restraining order and admitted he knew he was supposed to stay 100 yards from 1021 N. Washington St.