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Court Proceedings

Brown County

District Court

• Charges of felony fifth-degree drug possession-not small amount of marijuana, gross misdemeanor obstruct legal process-interfere with police officer, misdemeanor trespass were filed April 27 against Jesse J. Barnhart, 31, 406 Broadway, Hanska.

His bail was set at $10,000 without conditions Tuesday. An omnibus hearing was set for 8:30 a.m., June 1.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police were dispatched to a report of a person breaking into a residence at on the 900 block of N. Garden St. at 2:24 a.m. Police saw Barnhart walking south on Garden St. sidewalk near 8th North. Barnhart said he was staying with a friend down the road, went for a walk, the next thing he knew, he woke up in a house he didn’t recognize.

A woman in the house Barnhart entered told police she heard a loud noise, went downstairs and found a man in the basement who fell into an antique wooden chair, damaging it.

The woman said Barnhart had a glass container with him that held marijuana that he said held medical marijuana, which he took with him when he left.

Barnhart told police he was drinking earlier in the day and appeared to be under the influence of something. Police administered a preliminary breath test that read zero alcohol content. He allowed police to look in his pockets.

Police saw small while items fall out and a brownish/maroon pill. Police escorted Barnhart to the ground on the grass, handcuffed and arrested him. Police noticed a white pill had Xanax and Xan on them. Xanax contains alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance.

Barnhart was convicted of a controlled substance offense Jan. 15, 2019.

• Two felony issuing dishonored check counts were filed April 26 against Jeremy P. Samstad, 37, 54 3rd Ave, St. James. A Minnesota arrest warrant was issued.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police received paperwork regarding two non-sufficient funds (NSF) checks Samstad offered at Menard’s in New Ulm in September 2000. Checks were for $593.07 on Sept. 7, 2020 and $1,200.67 on Sept. 8 were drafted on a TCF National Bank account.

Menard’s offered law enforcement security surveillance video footage for Sept. 7, 8, 2020 that matched Samstad’s DVS photo.

Samstad hasa multiple Minnesota arrest warrants and his whereabouts are unknown.

• A gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault-within three years of previous conviction charge and Minnesota arrest warrant were filed April 26 against Jason R. Bejarano, 38, 17 Broadway.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police were dispatched to 1011 Minnesota St. N. on March 21, 2021, where a a man reported he was assaulted at his residence. The man and a witness said they were sitting in the living room watching television when Bejarano came into the house and got into a verbal arguement with the man, before Bejarano back-handed the man in the face, then took a laptop, charger, dog, and left the residence.

Bejarano was convicted of domestic assault in Brown County on Nov. 18, 2019, and his whereabouts are unknown.

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