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Man charged with making threats at New Year's Eve party

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Rosemount, 55024
Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Thomas Miller got a little to rowdy at a New Year's Eve party. Now he could spend at least part of 2009 in jail.

According to a complaint filed this week in the Dakota County Attorney's office Miller, 19, of Apple Valley, went to a New Year's Eve party at a Rosemount apartment complex and used a knife to threaten one of the people throwing the party.

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When police arrived around 2 a.m. they found crowds of people having difficulty breathing. They could smell some kind of irritant in the air.

The girlfriend of the man Miller reportedly threatened told police Miller got angry at her boyfriend and took a knife from the kitchen. She said he flipped the knife and threatened to kill her boyfriend. The woman told police she was frightened and sprayed Miller with pepper spray, causing him to run.

Miller denied threatening anyone. He said someone named Joe made the threats.

If convicted on a felony charge of making terroristic threats Miller could spend up to five years in jail and could face fines of up to $10,000.

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