The owner of a Albert Leav wine bar who opened a shop in opposition to government orders for COVID-19 executive Tim Waltz has been arrested in Iowa.
Clear Lake, Iowa, police arrested Melissa “Lisa” Hanson at 3:20 pm on Thursday, April 28, and she was booked into jail, Cerro Gordo County Jail Clear Lake PD told Bring Me The News she. It was released hours later after posting bail, said JD Carlson, director Albert Lea Public Safety.
The 56-year-old owns The Interchange Wine and Coffee Bistro in Albert Lea and has spoken fiercely against the governor’s executive order. After bragging that her wine bar was opened against COVID restrictions in December and January, she was charged with nine felons. (Each person has a fine of up to $ 1,000 and up to 90 days in prison)
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison also filed a lawsuit against her, for which she was fined $ 9,000.
She was given a March 10 bail trial in connection with a felony charge. But she did not appear Two arrest warrants were issued for her and she had been with her for weeks until she was arrested Thursday while strolling on the beach at Clear Lake.
Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag said Hanson was under the surveillance of the Sheriff’s and Albert Lee Police Department officials after they learned she was staying at the Airbnb she rented in Clear Lake. Iowa State Star Tribune said. She was seen leaving Airbnb, where she was arrested.
“She probably never got to this level,” Freitag told the newspaper.
Hanson called an unlawful warrant in an interview with the Albert Lea Tribune earlier this week, arguing that she did not attend the March 10 hearing because she was not properly summoned. Official She told the paper that she left the house for “Injustice could not be executed against me” and took her from work in the lawsuit filed against her.
In a live Facebook interview with Action 4 Liberty following her release from prison, Hanson called the arrest warrant “invalid” and questioned how much the state and county spent finding her.
Freitag and other officials told the media she had legally received a subpoena.
She told the Star Tribune that she plans to speak at the “Stand for Liberty” rally and raise funds for her legal expenses. The event, scheduled for Saturday at Fountain Lake Park Pavilion in Albert Lea, was planned before her arrest.
Among those planned to join are Republican state lawmakers and candidate, gubernatorial and former Senator Scott Jensen.
In March, Hanson filed a lawsuit against Albert Lea, Albert Lea, Gov. Walz and others involved in executive orders and state enforcement, the Albert Lea Tribune reported.
Hanson told Star Tribune after her release from prison on Thursday that she planned to prosecute a number of unknown people for $ 100,000 each so that she was detained for two. hour