STEWARTVILLE — Three people were arrested Wednesday after the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in a home where multiple children live.

Members of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office were conducting surveillance on a residence in the 400 block of Fourth Street Northeast in Stewartville Wednesday after receiving information that a 34-year-old man wanted on a Minnesota Department of Corrections warrant was at that residence, Capt. Scott Behrns said.

Deputies learned that a second person, 32-year-old woman Anna Siegele, was also at the address and had an Olmsted County warrant. 

During the course of the surveillance, deputies saw the man, identified as Andrew Berndt, leave the residence around 1 p.m. A deputy approached Berndt and he briefly fled on foot, dropping a bag and different clothing items. The deputy was able to arrest Berndt after about a 150-yard pursuit, Berhns said.

At the time of his arrest, Berndt was wearing a backpack which allegedly contained about 1 1/4 pounds meth. Deputies then got a search warrant for the Stewartville residence where they reportedly found more meth and drug paraphernalia. Five children younger than 10 live at the residence, Behrns said.

Berndt made his first appearance in Olmsted County District Court Friday morning on felony charges of first-degree controlled substance sales, first-degree controlled substance possession, fifth-degree controlled substance possession and misdemeanor fleeing police by means other than a motor vehicle. Judge Christina Stevens set conditional bail at $20,000 and unconditional bail at $40,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 23.

Siegele was charged with felony third-degree possession and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Judge Christina Stevens set unconditional bail Friday morning at $30,000. Siegele's next court appearance is Oct. 23. 

Alyssa Larson, 28, made her first in appearance in court Friday morning as well. She is charged with felony counts of third-degree controlled substance possession and store methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child as well as a petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge. Her next court appearance is Oct. 23. Larson was not home at the time deputies executed the search warrant nor were the five children who live there.

Public Safety Reporter

Emily is the Post Bulletin's public safety reporter. A Minnesota native, Emily worked at two newspapers in New England before returning to the Land of 10,000 Lakes in July 2018.