Court Proceedings

Brown County District Court

• A gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation-inimical to public safety charge was filed Nov. 16, 2023 against Chad Edward Brandrup, 44, 236 Adams Ave. N.E., Madelia.

According to court documents, at 11:06 p.m. Sept. 8, 2023, New Ulm Police observed a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot, “ran” the vehicle’s plat and noticed they were revoked and the registered owner was Chad Edward Brandrup with a cancelled-inimical to public safety driver’s license status. Police stopped the vehicle, arrested Brandrup and transported him to the Brown County Jail.

• A gross misdemeanor DWI charge was filed Nov. 16, 2023 against Bethany Jai Barrett, 50, Mankato. According to court documents, Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Fairbairn was eastbound on CR 20, west of CR 13, Linden Township at 12:34 a.m. Oct. 29, 2023 when he noticed a vehicle parked partially on the road shoulder and partially on the road with a female slumped over the driver’s seat while the car was running.

The driver was identified as Barrett who said she thought she was near Mankato, but was 30-33 miles away. She failed a horizontal gaze nystagmus test and blew a .223 preliminary breath test. She provided a breath sample at the Brown County Law Enforcement Center that recorded a .19 blood alcohol content at 2:34 a.m.

• Thomas James Campbell, 40, 24 1/2 N. Minnesota St., New Ulm was charged with felony theft Nov. 20, 2023. According to court documents, New Ulm Police talked to Campbell about a theft on Aug. 31, 2023. Campbell said someone broke into his vehicle and stole $300 in cash from his center console and bank deposits were stolen on the night of Aug. 30, 203 or early a.m. hours of Aug. 31.

Campbell said he had about $6,000 to $7,000 in cash in work bank deposits stolen from the vehicle.

Police officer Lyons talked with a restaurant general manager on Sept. 1, 2023 who said it was standard protocol to take bank deposits straight from the safe to a bank.

New Ulm Police Senior Investigator Jeff Hohensee met with Campbell at the police department on Sept. 12, 2023 and explained to him that he believed he stole the missing money from the restaurant where he worked. Campbell admitted he stole the money and blew it on on E-tabs.

Investigator Hohensee got restaurant spreadsheets showing missing deposits for $15,182.52 in cash and $3,548.47 in cash for a total of $18,730.99.


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