Two union managers made initial appearances Tuesday in Douglas County Circuit Court in connection with an Aug. 8 fight at Jimmy's Saloon involving two Superior city councilors.
Jeremy Richard Browen, 42, of Foxboro, faces misdemeanor charges of battery and disorderly conduct. Conditions of his bond - no contact with the city councilors, Jimmy's Saloon and a $1,500 signature bond - were continued.
According to the criminal complaint:
Browen and Adam Troy Johnson, 38, of Duluth were inside Jimmy's Saloon into early Aug. 8, using profanity and harassing the councilors and the bartender, a non-union carpenter. The two were asked to leave the bar on several occasions.
When they did leave, witnesses reported the two returned to the sidewalk outside the bar five minutes later.
Surveillance video from the business showed the two yelling profanity and insults through the window of the business. Craig Sutherland, councilor for the city's 8th District, met with them on the front porch of the bar. The three talked for two minutes, using exaggerated arm movements close together. Browen then reportedly pushed Sutherland, who pushed Johnson. Blows were exchanged among the three.
When Sutherland backed away from the other two, Browen grabbed him and pushed him backward against the rail of the porch.
The bartender pulled Browen off Sutherland and a woman who heard Browen threaten to hit Sutherland again punched Browen twice in the face.
City Council President Keith Kern and the bartender walked behind Browen as he left the front porch of Jimmy's Saloon. Browen punched Kern, placed his arm around him in a headlock and pushed him into a "No Parking" sign, causing the sign post to bend.
Superior Police officers called to the scene reported that both Browen and Johnson were heavily intoxicated.
According to the complaint, citations for disorderly conduct were issued to Sutherland and the female who punched Browen.
Johnson is facing a non-criminal city ordinance violation for disorderly conduct and was scheduled for a status conference Sept. 26 with City Attorney Frog Prell. Conditions of his bond were rescinded because he's facing a non-criminal charge.
Browen's next court appearance is set for Sept. 28.