Brother charged for alleged choke hold incident

Published 12:06pm Thursday, August 16, 2012

After an alleged domestic dispute on Aug. 12, an Austin man faces five criminal charges in Mower County Court.

Verne Olson, 25, was charged Tuesday with felony domestic assault by strangulation and gross misdemeanor domestic assault for subsequent violation. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for possession of synthetic marijuana and petty misdemeanor charges for small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia.

According to the court complaint, police responded to a call at about 12:15 p.m. that one man had been put in a choke hold and nearly went unconscious. When police arrived, they arrested Olson and spoke to the 23-year-old victim and a woman who was at the home during that time. According to the complaint, the victim and woman were with a child who began laughing, which woke Olson. The complaint adds the woman intervened in the fight, and she, the victim and child went to a separate room and called 911.

Olson asked an officer to retrieve his prescription pills from his bedroom after the arrest; however, the officer then found synthetic marijuana, a small amount of marijuana, a marijuana pipe and digital scale, according to the complaint.

Olson’s next court appearance is set for Aug. 23.

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