Court Proceedings

Brown County District Court

• A felony threats of violence charge and misdemeanor domestic assault and disorderly conduct charges were filed Aug. 11 against Leon J. Kral, 48, 609 S. Minnesota St., New Ulm. Bail without conditions was set at $10,000; no bail with conditions.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police were called to a domestic in New Ulm. Sgt. Brady Murphy was allowed into the residence and found Kral in the kitchen. A victim appeared upset and confirmed Kral put his hands on her face, raised his hand with a closed fist and said he would kill her and himself.

The victim said she asked a witness to call a friend for help and that she told law enforcement she was scared when Kral raised his fist. She said he grabbed each side of her head and demonstrated a shaking motion with his hands and he punched a door out of frustration.

Kral was arrested and a preliminary breath test was administered, resulting in a .067 reading.

• A felony methamphetamine sale charge was filed Aug. 8 against Amanda N. Rivera, 30, 400 Remmele St. S.W., Sleepy Eye. A court appearance was set for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 6.

According to court documents, Brown Lincoln Redwood Renville Drug Task Force Agent Mullenbach was contacted March 31 by a cooperating individual who said they contacted Rivera and she would sell three eight-balls (10.5 grams) of methamphetamine for $500 at her residence in Sleepy Eye.

The CI was provided with $500 in pre-recorded task force buy funds and made the transaction. The purchased substance field tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 11.5 grams including packaging on a non-certified, digital scale.

• A felony fifth-degree drug charge was filed Aug. 8 against Jacob G. Kuykendall, 1010 N. Washington St., New Ulm. An arraignment was set for 10 a.m. Sept. 16.

According to court documents, New Ulm patrolman Tyler Forrest was driving southbound on North Broadway at 8:12 p.m. June 2 when he saw a gray 2006 Toyota Corolla traveling 41 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Forrest contacted the driver, Kuykendall, who said he did not have his driver’s license with him, the vehicle was not his and he did not know where the proof of insurance was. Forrest learned Kuykendall’s driver’s license was suspended.

Later, Cpl. Dustin Fleck learned of a THC cartridge in Kuykendall’s possession that tested positive for THC. Kuykendall’s criminal history showed a fifth-degree controlled substance possession conviction Nov. 8, 2018.

• A felony drug possession charge was filed Aug. 11 against Jacob J. Garcia, 18, 720 Water St. S.W., Sleepy Eye. Bail without conditions was set at $3,000. A court appearance was set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 23.

According to court documents, Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Bauer assisted Brown County Probation Agent Jane Schmid at the probation office for taking Garcia into custody for a probation violation.

Searching Garcia, Bauer found a dollar bill rolled up into his jeans coin pocket that contained a clear, crystal-like substance. Based on training and experience, Bauer believed the substance to be methamphetamine.

An NIK test on the substance showed a positive result for methamphetamine and weighed .11 grams.

• A gross misdemeanor issue dishonored check charge was filed Aug. 8 against Robert D. Bauer, 41, Cottage Grove. A court appearance was set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 30.

According to court documents, Sleepy Eye Police Investigator Shawn Bohnen met with the owner of Schutz Family Foods who said he received multiple checks from Bauer totalling $436.63 that came back due to non-sufficient funds.

The store owner said he saw Bauer in the store and was told he would get a bonus when he started a new job and would pay him after he got the money. After learning Bauer had a new address, the store owner sent demand letters to it but received no payment.

Bohnen showed Bauer a copy of the checks. Bauer admitted to writing the checks.


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