• Timothy L. Frechette, 63, 1513 N. Payne St., New Ulm, was charged with felony threats of violence and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct Friday. According to court documents, New Ulm Police were dispatched to Hillside Manor Apartments Aug. 3 after maintenance staff said someone damaged property.
At Hillside, a person told police someone saw Frechette hit a security camera multiple times with a shovel. Police saw a camera that was no longer securely fastened to the building. A shovel and pitchfork were propped up against the building underneath the camera.
Frechette told police he hit the camera because he is sick of them spying on him. Police noticed Frechette’s breath smelled of an alcoholic beverage, he had slurred speech and he swayed from side to side and repeated himself.
Police arrested Frechette for a probation violation after learning he was on probation and one Preliminary Breath Test he took read .019, then .03 but he didn’t blow into it. As police searched him, he said “I wish I had a gun so I could shoot you all.” A short time later, he told officer he was going to “take you out.” He later nodded his head towards an officer and siad “I’m going to kick that guy’s a__. Tell me where he lives so I can get him.”
At Jail, Frechette told an officer he was going to haunt them for the rest of their life twice. Several witnesses told police they saw Frechette making noise outside apartment buildings by hitting them with a crutch and trying to knock down a security camera.
• Jason A. Helget, 32, 720 N. German St., New Ulm, was charged with felony threats of violence and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct Monday. According to court documents, New Ulm Police were parked in a marked patrol car on the 700 block of North German Street on Aug. 2 when a person approached police and said they were having issues with an upstairs neighbor, Helget, at 720 N. German St. who was extremely intoxicated. The person said Helget broke her patio table and was passed out leaning over an upstairs railing. The person said they were concerned he would fall off of the roof.
Police went to the residence and tried to talk to Helget who was on his upstairs deck. He yelled and cursed at officers who were advised to leave in hopes he would calm down and go back into his residence.
Later on, a complainant told Brown County Dispatch that Helget ripped the railing off the upstairs deck and they were concerned he would fall off and that he was still yelling and cursing. Helget later fell off the roof when he tried to stand up on it. He was handcuffed and an ambulance was called. He continued to yell and curse at officers. He was transported to New Ulm Medical Center and admitted by hospital staff.
• Clifford R. Hare, 52, 1507 U.S. Highway 14, West, New Ulm, was charged with felony theft and misdemeanor driving without a license Monday. According to court documents, New Ulm Police responded to a motor vehicle crash at Westridge Road and North Highland Avenue on July 31.
Police identified the driver involved as Hare, who said he was driving his 1997 Ford van through a curve, he turned the wheel but the vehicle continued straight and he hit a light pole. Hare was transported to New Ulm Medical Center.
Police talked with witnesses who said they followed Hare as he crossed Highway 14 and turned right onto Westridge Road and hit a light pole while traveling 15 to 20 mph.
Police contacted the registered vehicle owner who said it was at Dick’s Towing. The van owned said he wanted Hare charged with vehicle theft for taking the vehicle without his permission.
• Roger J. Reichel, 45, 219 Shaubut St., Mankato, was charged with felony theft and gross misdemeanor theft Monday. According to court documents, New Ulm Police responded to the Menard’s store for a reported theft on July 12.
According to court documents, an assistant general manager said there was a shoplifting incident at the store and a suspect was detained in a security room with an employee standing with them. The suspect was identified as Reichel. He was alleged to have stolen four items including a Moen faucet valued at $199, a Delta faucet valued at $314, a Master Force coil roofing nailer valued at $169 and a Hitachi siding coil nailer valued at $349. The total value of the stolen items was $1,031.
The assistant manger told police Reichel was suspected to have been involved in a similar attempted theft a few months earlier. He said store staff watched him closely when he came into the store to return some paver blocks and buy other items. Store staff said he staged several high dollar items in the lumberyard area.
A store employee said he saw Reichel put several items that were not paid for in a truck. An employee stopped Reichel before he left the store property. Reichel voluntarily removed the stolen items and gave them to the assistant manager, admitting he took them. He was escorted to a security room and police were called. Reichel admitted to police that he had no intention of paying for the items.