Court proceedings

Brown County District Court

• Felony first and second-degree burglary, gross misdemeanor fourth-degree burglary, misdemeanor damage to property and disorderly conduct charges were filed April 4 against Steven Lyle Tauer, New Ulm. Bail without conditions was set at $100,000; $50,000 with conditions.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police were dispatched to a burglary at 4:42 a.m. April 3. Brown County Dispatch described the suspect as bald with a jacket and that the victim retrieved a firearm.

Police Cpl. Chris Davis saw an individual seated on a picnic table in the residence driveway, wearing a black jacket, later identified as Tauer, from prior contacts. The victim identified Tauer as the person trying to break into his residence. Both his hands were bleeding and he refused commands to get up.

Tauer admitted to recently using methamphetamine and appeared to be disoriented. He received treatment for lacerated hands at New Ulm Medical Center before he was medically cleared for jail.

A knife was found in his sweatshirt pocket. A bag of medications and an open liter bottle of Bacardi were found in his backpack.

The victim said Tauer kicked his storm door and repeatedly yelled “let me in” before the victim held up a fork and Tauer ran from the door. Door damage was estimated at $100 but entry was not gained, although most of the door glass was in the residence.

• Jason Louis Mangen, 51, Sleepy Eye, was charged with gross misdemeanor domestic assault-subsequent violation April 4.

According to court documents, Brown County Deputy Randee Murphy talked with a victim March 24 as a follow-up to Feb. 29 and Feb. 14 incidents with Mangen. The victim said she and Mangen got into an argument and he was drinking, pushed her into a door frame and she had huge bruises on her right arm and left thumb.

The victim said photos were taken Feb. 15 and sent to Deputy Murphy of an incident at Mangen’s residence.

Mangen was convicted of fifth-degree assault Oct. 30 in Brown County Court.

• In a separate case, two gross misdemeanor domestic assault-subsequent violations and misdemeanor reckless driving, careless driving, fourth-degree intentional damage to property and driving after suspension were filed against Jason Louis Mangen April 3.

According to court documents, Brown County Deputy Murphy responded to Evan Feb. 29 to a female reporting a previous domestic assault to a Sleepy Eye officer. Deputy Murphy listened to the woman talk before taking photos of damage to her vehicle.

The female told Deputy Murphy she lived with Mangen at his house. Deputy Murphy knew the area after going to his house to arrest him on previous domestic calls.

The woman said Mangen was drinking, they got into an argument and she began to pack up her things and he got more upset, pushed her around and she said she felt fearful before leaving the house. She said Mangen followed her, tried to pass her several times, then drove at her before she called 911.

• Felony third-degree assault-substantial bodily harm and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault charges were filed April 4 against Dalton John Kuck, New Ulm. According to court documents, New Ulm Police were dispatched to 2110 N. Broadway Feb. 29 for a fight and unknown injuries. Police saw a man at the scene laying on the ground who said another employee, Kuck, got upset with him for taking his sign and shoved him to the ground, landing on cement.

Patrolman Trevor Kruse talked to a witness who said he saw the men yelling loudly, then Kuck pushed the other man to the ground with both hands. The victim was transferred to New Ulm Medical Center by Allina Ambulance. The victim’s medical records from imaging showed an “intertrochanteric fracture with extension into the medial proximal femoral diaphysis.”


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