Court proceedings

Brown County District Court

• A felony violate no contact order within 10 years of the first of two or more convictions charge was filed Monday against John Everette Lutgen-Bernatz, 26, New Ulm.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police were dispatched to Walgreen’s at 8:09 p.m. April 12 for a theft report by a Walgreen’s employee. New Ulm Police Cpl. Mathew Rasmussen knew the parties involved, Lutgen-Bernatz, and a victim, whom he had a domestic abuse no contact order (DANCO) with. Lugen-Bernatz was arrested for that offense March 26. Dispatch stated the DANCO was still active.

Lutgen-Bernatz was reported to have walked to the BP gas station just east of Walgreen’s and entered the restroom. Officers went to the gas station while patrol officer Greg Miller talked with the victim and a Walgreen’s employee on the north side of the Walgreen’s parking lot.

Dispatch advised that Lutgen-Bernatz had a Scott County arrest warrant for disorderly conduct. Lutgen-Bernatz exited the restroom and Cpl. Rasmussen advised him of the warrant, handcuffed and arrrested him. Lutgen-Bernatz was convicted of criminal sexual conduct Feb. 22, 2017 and violating an order for protection Feb. 8, 2017.

A remote Zoom hearing was set for 8:30 a.m. April 23.

• A felony 5th-degree drug possession-not small amount marijuana and misdemeanor driver must carry proof of insurance when operating vehicle charge was filed against Zachary Ryan Borth, 18, Willmar.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police Cpl. Mathew Rasmussen was on patrol at 5:12p.m. April 12 near 7th North Street and Broadway when he noticed a dark blue Pontiac Grand Prix with a male driving holding a cell phone in front of his face/chin and appeared to be engaged in a phone call.

Cpl. Rasmussen stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Borth who provided an expired proof of insurance card. Cpl. Rasmussen smelled a marijuana odor coming from the vehicle interior, asked Borth how old he was and heard him say 18 years old.

Cpl. Rasmussen noticed a small glass bottle on the vehicle floor full of a dark liquid inside it. The label on the bottle was Black Oak Cabernet Sauvignon.

Borth admitted he had drugs/weed in the vehicle including a few grams of marijuana, a pipe and “molly and ketamine.”

In a vehicle search, Cpl. Rasmussen recovered a glass jar of a green, leafy/bud substance that smelled like marijuana and a small clear baggie containing a crystal-white substance. Officer Greg Miller noted several yellow-colored pills around the vehicle, some cut in half, that he collected.

Cpl. Rasmussen tested the suspected methamphetamine. It tested positive for amphetamine/ecstasy and weighed about 4.5 grams. The green leaf substance tested positive for THC and weighed 10.7 grams plus 2.4 grams of it in the center console.

A remote Zoom hearing was set for 8:30 a.m. April 23.


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