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Sister charged with assaulting brother; both now say it was a misunderstanding

A 50-year-old woman and her brother, whom she allegedly threatened to kill at her Brainerd home last week, told the judge in Crow Wing District Court it was a misunderstanding.

A 50-year-old woman and her brother, whom she allegedly threatened to kill at her Brainerd home last week, told the judge in Crow Wing District Court it was a misunderstanding.

Lori Ann Tverberg appeared Jan. 6 before Judge Richard Zimmerman on charges of felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, felony terroristic threats with reckless disregard risk and gross misdemeanor of interfering with an emergency call.

Tverberg, who was in tears, told the judge she wanted to "resolve this today."

Tverberg's brother and alleged victim, Jeffery Tverberg, sat in the gallery raising his hand to get Zimmerman's attention. He told the court the whole incident was a misunderstanding. The brother said his sister has been through a lot. The brother said he lives with his sister and asked the judge to leave out the no contact with the victim with the conditions of her release.

Zimmerman told Jeffery Tverberg the charges against his sister are of a serious nature. He asked the Jeffery Tverberg if he feared for his life and he said no. After questioning the brother, Zimmerman agreed to leave out the no contact with victim in Tverberg's conditions of release.

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Zimmerman set bond at $30,000 without conditions or $1,000 with conditions. Lori Tverberg posted bond after the court hearing. Her next court appearance will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Tverberg:

• On Jan. 4, Brainerd police officers were dispatched to a residence on the 1000 block of MIll Avenue in Brainerd in regard to a disturbance between Lori Tverberg and Jeffery Tverberg. Officers went to the residence where, Jeffery Tverberg invited them into the home. Officers observed the kitchen area was in disarray having several items on the floor and wood stain dripping from the walls. The Jeffery Tverberg indicated Lori Tverberg had come after him with a knife, a pair of scissors and threatened to kill him.

• Jeffery Tverberg told officers his sister had "been off all night" and had consumed a lot of vodka. Jeffery Tverberg indicated Lori Tverberg initially approached him in the kitchen and began calling him vulgar names. She then hit him on the right side of his face with a closed fist and punched him in the back of the head with a closed fist, when he was seated at the kitchen table. He said she then began throwing items at him and at one point picked up scissors and threatened to kill him. Jeffery Tverberg said at this point he was scared for his life and he attempted to grab the telephone to call law enforcement, but she ripped the wires out of the wall saying, "You're not calling the police."

• Jeffery Tverberg said she then assaulted him with scissors, striking him several times in the right shoulder while yelling, "I'm going to kill you." Officers noted redness on the brother's shoulder and what appeared to be indents from an object being pushed into his shoulder muscle.

• Jeffery Tverberg said he pushed Lori Tverberg backwards and reached for his cellphone on the counter. Lori Tverberg grabbed the cellphone, ripped it out of Jeffery Tverberg's hands and indicated she was going to kill him if he called the cops. At that point, she grabbed a steak knife and approached him in a threatening manner and the brother believed she was going to kill him. The brother was able to locate the cellphone thrown on the floor and its battery underneath the cabinet and called 911.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl .

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