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Drug charges filed against Rosemount couple

An informant's tip has led to felony drug possession charges against a pair of Rosemount residents.

Dakota County Drug Task Force agents got the tip around 8:15 a.m. Sept. 27. The caller told task force agents Michele Lisa Sosnoski, 36, and Eric Matthew Huerta, 31, would soon leave their Rosemount home and drive to St. Paul to buy drugs, possibly including methamphetamine, heroin and ecstasy. Task force agents set up surveillance outside the couple's home and when they left followed them to St. Paul, where Huerta met briefly with another individual.

Task force agents stopped the car, which Sosnoski was driving, as it exited eastbound 494 to Dodd Blvd. During a search agents found methamphetamine, ecstasy and heroin.

Huerta now faces two controlled substance charges. Each carries a potential sentence of up to five years and fines of up to $10,000. Sosnoski faces one drug possession charge and one charge of driving with a revoked license. That charge carries a potential sentence of up to 90 days and a fine of up to $1,000.

Student charged with stealing from DCTC

A 21-year-old Cannon Falls man faces felony theft charges after employees at Dakota County Technical College told sheriff's deputies he stole welders and other equipment worth close to $6,000.

A Dakota County Sheriff's deputy spoke with DCTC employees April 23 after the student, Edward Clement Behnke, reportedly admitted stealing the welders. The deputy interviewed Behnke the next day. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Sheriff's office, Behnke admitted taking the welders after finding unlocked doors at the school earlier in the month. There is surveillance video of the theft.

If convicted, Behnke could face up to 10 years in jail and fines of up to $20,000.

Man charged with choking girlfriend

The Dakota County Attorney's office has filed felony domestic assault charges against a 29-year-old Rosemount man who police say choked his girlfriend last summer.

Rosemount police got a call June 28 reporting a domestic assault. When they showed up they found a woman who seemed to be gasping when she inhaled and who appeared to have been crying. The woman told police her boyfriend, Jesse Thomas Bursch, had choked her when she came home and discovered she planned to leave him. She told police Bursch grabbed her and threw her around the home, and that she eventually hit her head on a chandelier. Bursch reportedly left after another individual called 911.

The victim had a scratch on her neck and two of her necklaces had been broken.

If convicted on a felony domestic assault charge Bursch could face up to three years in jail and fines of up to $5,000.