Court Proceedings

Brown County District Court

• Two felony theft charges were filed Sept. 9, 2021 against Troy S. Martin, 37, 84182 280th St., Madelia. A court appearance was set for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 12. According to court documents, Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Shaffer got a call from dispatch at 2:03 p.m. May 6, 2021 about a possible stolen trailer in Hanska.

The victim showed him where the trailer, a white 2005 Carr RL, cargo-made, 16×6.5 foot enclosed trailer was parked behind his residence and said it was stolen sometime late in the night of May 5, 2021 or early morning on May 6, 2021. The man said there were four padlocks on the trailer, which was valued at $2,500 to $3,000.

On May 6, 2021, Brown County Deputy Fairbairn got a call from Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office deputies about a trailer located in their county on property where Martin lived and that he was currently in Mankato. Deputies said the trailer appeared undamaged with hunting equipment inside it.

Fairbairn talked about the case with Martin who said he intended to return the trailer and stole it to see how much he could pull with his Chevy Trailblazer. Martin said his Trailblazer overheated so he couldn’t return it.

The victim said the only things he noticed missing on the trailer were locks on the doors and that it was damaged.

• A gross misdemeanor charge of violating a Harassment Restraining Order was filed Sept. 9, 2021 against Franz M. Huss, 41, 26 Jefferson St. S., New Ulm. A court appearance was set for 8:30 a.m., Oct. 5, 2021.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police wre dispatched to 2526 Bridge St. S. at 10:58 p.m. Aug. 8, 2021 for a report of an order for protection violation. The alleged victim told police she took her dog outside her trailer and saw Huss standing next to the garbage can next to the garage at her residence. She said Huss left the area on foot.

Police viewed the order for protection and learned Huss must not go to or enter the residence or be within 100 yards of it. Huss was convicted of gross misdemeanor domestic assault on June 11, 2012 in Blue Earth County Court, which is a qualified, domestic violence-related offense.

• A felony threats of violence charge was filed Sept. 9, 2021 against Gregory R. Reinarts, 67, 2201 N. Broadway, New Ulm on Sept. 9, 2021. A court appearance was set for 8:30 a.m., Sept. 28, 2021.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police were dispatched to 2201 N. Broadway at 7:02 p.m. July 23, 2021 for a threatening phone call report. Reinarts told police his lawn was cut by a business about a week earlier and he was not pleased with it. Reinarts said the business owner told him he was going to kill him. Reinarts’ story changed several times and his was intoxicated.

Law enforcement called the victim who said Reinarts phoned him and said something like “you’re a bad lawn cutter and he was going to cut him in half and called him a red Russian.”

The victim said he was alarmed by the comments, which he interpreted as terroristic threats. The victim said he didn’t say anything to Reinarts, who admitted making the statements to the man.

• A felony escape from custody charge was filed Sept. 10, 2021 against Dylan J. Zeitz, 22, 623 German St. N., New Ulm. A first appearance was set for 10 a.m., Sept. 16, 2021.

According to court documents, Brown County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jeremy Reed received information on the furlough of Zeitz and all information for an escape from custody charge on Aug. 31, 2021.

On March 10, 2021, Brown County District Court Judge Robert Docherty issued a stipulation and order in the State of Minnesota vs. Zeitz in four court files.

The order read that Zeitz shall be furloughed to in-patient at North Star Regional Treatment Centers for treatment. Any deviation from the authorized purpose will result in furlough revocation and may result in criminal charges.

Zeitz went to to North Star Treatment on March 10, 2021. A discharge summary showed intake on March 10, 2021 and program discharge March 11, 2021. Reason for discharge is without staff approval, client left and did not turn himself into the Brown County Jail after he decided to leave the treatment facility.


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