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Rosemount man charged with domestic assault

A 36-year-old Rosemount man faces charges of domestic assault, making terroristic threats and interfering with a 911 call following an Aug. 20 incident at a Rosemount home.

According to a complaint filed this week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Michael John Richter pushed his wife into a wall, slapped her alongside the head, then put his hands on her throat and squeezed until she couldn't breathe. He also reportedly told the woman she should sleep well that night because she would not wake up.

Eventually the family's dogs became aggressive and scared Richter away.

The woman's mother tried to call police, but according to the complaint Richter grabbed the phone away from her and threw it against the wall. He then gathered several other cell phones and threw them into a glass cabinet.

According to the complaint, Richter admitted getting so angry he "saw red," but denied any physical assault.

If convicted on a charge of making terroristic threats Richter could face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $10,000. A charge of interfering with a 911 call has a maximum sentence of one year and a maximum fine of $3,000 and two domestic assault charges each have a maximum sentence of 90 days and a maximum fine of $1,000.

Driver says distracted, cops say drunk

Brett Rosario told police he was distracted by some bikers when he swerved across the centerline on July 25. Police suspect alcohol might have had something to do with it, too.

A Dakota County Sheriff's deputy arrested Rosario shortly after 8 p.m. after receiving reports of a white pick-up truck that was "all over the road."

Another driver was forced to drive off the road to avoid Rosario, according to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office.

Farmington police stopped Rosario at about 8:10 on Aspen Court. According to the complaint, Rosario admitted swerving across the road and said he'd had "a couple" of beers.

Rosario failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. A breath test given at the Dakota County Attorney's office indicated a blood alcohol content of .13.

Rosario was convicted of driving while intoxicated in May of 2009. If convicted this time on either of two third-degree DWI charges he could face up to a year in jail and fines of up to $3,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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