Court Proceedings

Brown County District Court

• Felony fifth-degree drug possession-not small amount marijuana, misdemeanor dangerous weapons and petty misdemeanor liquor possession by person under 21 and drug paraphernalia possession charges were filed June 20 against Osiel Carrera, 18, 411 Water St. S.W., Sleepy Eye. A court appearance was set for July 12.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police Cpl. Tara Martin was on patrol at 1:26 a.m. June 1 when she noticed a vehicle traveling north on Garden Street near 10th North that appeared to be moving faster than the 30 mph posted speed limit. Martin activated opposite lane radar that showed 40 mph.

Martin stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Carrera. She asked him if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and he handed her a clear, glass, marijuana pipe with brown and burnt residue, a SMOK brand vape device. Martin also found Muha Meds brand Indica THC cartridge.

The suspected marijuana later tested positive for THC and weighed about 1 gram. Martin also found a knife with a push-button assist and a blue and white cooler with seven unopened, 12-ounce cans of Bush Light beer.

Carrera was convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia April 27 in Brown County.

• Charges including felony third-degree burglary, gross misdemeanor escape from custody and disrupting a 911 call were filed and a warrant was issued against Anthony J. Brock, 22, 424 Elm Ave., Westbrook.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police officers Sara Pruett and Tyler Forrest, Sgt. Brady Murphy and Brown County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Brown County Evaluation Center, 510 N. Front at 11:03 a.m. May 28.

Dispatch said the escapee was Brock, last seen wearing grey shorts and shirt and black flip flops and was on hold for warrants.

A detox employee said Brock, who previously tried to escape detox, was placed on a hold for a Blue Earth County warrant. The complainant said Brock tried to enter an office and she told him he would have more charges if he tried to escape.

Brock ripped a phone line out of the back of a phone after the detox employee said she was calling police. She said he opened a window and jumped out of the building. He is currently in Blue Earth County custody with an active Cottonwood County warrant.

• A felony register to vote as an ineligible voter charge was filed June 24 against Markell A. Cruz, 22, 2526 S. Bridge St., New Ulm. A court appearance was set for July 12.

According to court documents, Cruz registered to vote with his driver’s license/state ID application April 11. On May 9, 2022, his voter status changed to “challenged felony” prompted by a report that interfaces with the Minnesota Department of Corrections site.

Cruz did not vote but registered and would have signed a driver’s license application oath swearing to his eligibility to vote/register. He can’t vote because he is still on parole from an out-of-state felony.

Cruz talked to a Brown County officer about his case and said he went to a driver’s vehicle services station to get a state ID. He said he didn’t know he was ineligible to vote due to a felony conviction.

• A felony stalking charge, two counts of gross misdemeanor harassment and three counts of misdemeanor domestic abuse charges were filed and a warrant issued June 24 against Charles L. Blom, 49, 919 Elm St. E., Redwood Falls.

According to court documents, Springfield Police Officer Vanessa Bellmont was told by a victim that Blom contacted her May 15 on Facebook Messenger and left two voice messages. She said she felt like she’s being “watched” by Blom and seeing a therapist in response to his actions.

Blom was charged with multiple counts of violating an order of protection for incidents to have happened Oct. 23, 2021 and Oct. 13, 2021. He is to have no contact of any kind with the victim. His whereabouts are currently unknown and he has four active arrest warrants.

• Two third-degree DWI charges were filed June 24 against Tracie L. Welton, 67, 512 S. Minnesota St., New Ulm. Court was set for July 19.

According to the complaint, New Ulm Police were dispatched to Plaza Garibaldi at 4:33 p.m. May 18 for a report of a non-injury crash. A restaurant employee told police he saw a vehicle back into a road barricade.

Police approached the vehicle, saw a man standing near the driver’s side of the vehicle and a woman in the driver’s seat, identified as Welton. She told police she probably had too much to drink and backed into the restaurant patio. She refused to submit to a preliminary breath test and was transported to New Ulm Medical Center.

Police obtained a search warrant for a blood or urine test. A urine test was mailed to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) for testing. Test results were returned June 10 and indicated a result of .191 grams of alcohol per 67 milliliters of urine. The sample was provided 2 hours, 19 minutes after Welton was in physical control of the vehicle.


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