Court Proceedings

Brown County District Court

• Felony charges including 1st-degree drug sale-17 grams or more containing cocaine or methamphetamine, 5th-degree drug possession-not small amount marijuana and storing meth paraphernalia in presence of child were filed March 28, against Ashley A. Walls, 30, 616 6th S. 6th Street, New Ulm.

According to court documents, officers of the New Ulm Police Department, Brown County Sheriff’s Office and BLRR (Brown Lincoln Redwood Renville) Drug Task Force searched the Wall’s residence with Walls, her daughter and an adult male with a warrant to search for controlled substances on March 26, 2023.

New Ulm Police K9 Officer Andrew Kuester searched the residence with his K9 partner Hank. Items found in the residence included a Ziploc style bag with 20.3 grams of a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine on top of a digital scale inside a gnome. Another 2.17 grams of meth was collected from a trash can. Also found were 6.86 grams of leafy marijuana that field-tested positive for THC, glass pipes and rubber tubing with meth residue, 1.72 grams of cocaine that field-tested positive and boxed Narcan, but no opioids found at the time.

Walls was arrested and taken to the Brown County Jail. She was convicted of a 2nd-degree controlled substance crime on May 9, 2014 in Brown County Court and of a 1st-degree controlled substance crime in Hubbard County.

• Felony charges of 2nd-degree burglary-dwelling; receiving stolen property and possession of burglary/ theft tools were filed March 27, 2023 against Fernando Augusto Miranda, 25, 608 Park Street, Fairfax.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police contacted the owner of Source Comics & Games of Roseville March 1, 2021 in an investigation related to comic books from a New Ulm Police Dept. case.

The store owner said he bought comic books from Miranda, another male an a younger male believed to be a juvenile on Feb. 8, 2021 that matched comics believed to have been stolen from a New Ulm residence. The store owner said he bought about $1,845 worth of comic books from the males for $738. He said Miranda was paid $353 of the total amount.

On June 26, 2021, New Ulm Police were dispatched by radio alarm to a residence. A K9 unit was dispatched and two individuals identified as Miranda and Tremaine Randall Wurtzberger-Krienke, were found in the residence and arrested.

Miranda told police he tried to hide upstairs in the residence during the burglary but gave up when he heard a K9 unit. Miranda told police he sold comic books stolen from the residence and the St. Cloud comic book store “ripped them off” as the comic books were worth way more than he and the Wurtzberger-Krienke were paid for them.

• A felony charge of 5th-degree drug possession-not small amount marijuana was filed March 30, 2023 against Stacey L. McGinnis, 52, 626 1/2 Minnesota Street South, New Ulm.

According to court documents, BLRR (Brown Lincoln Redwood Renville) Drug Task Force Agent Mullenbach and New Ulm Police investigators and officers executed a search warrant for McGinnis at 626 Minnesota Street South on Dec. 21, 2022.

McGinnis was detained during a New Ulm traffic stop and brought to her residence. New Ulm Police Investigator Tara Martin searched McGinnis and found a small Ziploc-style baggie with a clear, crystalline substance that field-tested positive for meth and weighed about 2.32 grams.

Officer Erik Byro and K9 partner Dino soon arrived and Dino “hit” on locations in McGinnis’ bedroom and in a separate bedroom. Items found field-tested positive were .47 grams of meth, 9 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, 22 Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate.

• A gross misdemeanor charge of driving after cancellation-inimical to public safety was filed March 27, 2023 against James R. Hillyer, 45, Madison Lake.

According to court documents, Minnesota State Trooper Brase saw an SUV with headlights off after sunset at 7:39 p.m. March 14, 2023. Brase stopped the SUV and identified the driver as Hillyer, who had a cancelled-IPS driver’s license. He was arrested.


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