• Travis D. Lux, 27, 1204 Garden St. N., New Ulm, was charged with gross misdemeanor domestic assault-subsequent violation Monday. According to court documents, New Ulm Police got a phone call from the alleged victim about concern for Lux, asking for help in bringing him to the hospital for his drug addiction. The victim said Lux is addicted to methamphetamine and acting paranoid.
Police told the victim that they would not be able to force Lux to go to the hospital unless certain criteria were met. Police offered to do a welfare check on Lux. The victim said they’d try to get Lux into the hospital. Police told the victim to call police if their help was necessary.
The victim called Brown County Dispatch and asked for help at Lux’ residence. Police arrived and saw Lux and the victim on the ground in front of the residence and observed Lux punching the man three or four times while he was on top of him.
Another officer saw Lux standing above the victim, stomping and kicking him in the head. Police said Lux appeared very agitated and red from yelling, then began spitting and yelling for police to “come on.”
An officer drew his Taser and give Lux verbal commands to put his hands on the garage, then behind his back before he was handcuffed.
The victim showed police a basement roof where he said Lux smashed a hole in the ceiling a couple weeks ago, then showed them door damage done several months ago.
At the Brown County Jail, Lux told police the victim told him he needed to go to the New Ulm Medical Center, he tried to leave on his bicycle but the victim grabbed him and prevented him from doing so, and they fought. Lux denied punching the victim.
Lux was convicted of misdemeanor fifth-degree assault on Aug. 1, 2019 in St. Louis County. The conviction is a qualified, domestic violence-related offense. The victim is Lux’s family and a household member. They live together and are related by blood.
• Courtney M. Gardner, 21, Danbury, Wi., was charged with two counts of gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI and misdemeanor no proof of insurance. According to court documents, New Ulm Police responded to a call when his attention was drawn to a vehicle that turned left onto 20th South Street from Minnesota St. at 12:37 a.m., Oct. 5.
The suspect vehicle traveled east int he westbound lane, causing police to activate emergency lights. Police identified the driver as Gardner and observed intoxication signs. She admitted drinking and failed a preliminary breath test. She was arrested for DUI. A breath sample for analysis showed an alcohol concentration of .19 grams per 210 liters of breath.