Winona Police

Thursday, Dec.26

• Shortly after 11:00 a.m. officers responded to a report of a stolen 1996 Cadillac Eldorado at 226 Mankato Avenue. The victim said that the car was stolen sometime between midnight and 11 a.m. on December 26. It is described as a four-door, white Cadillac Eldorado with missing passenger-side trim and license plate number VLW154. Police do have a suspect and believe the individual walked into the house, took the keys to the car and then drove away.

Friday, December 27

• At 4:47 p.m. police responded to a report of a violation of an order for protection at on the 1000 block of West Mark Street. According to the reporting party, Mara Harding, 20, of Sparta, Wis., violated the order of protection against her when she pounded on the door of a residence on the 1000 block of West Mark and asked to be let in to collect her license tabs. A woman inside initially opened the door but saw it was Harding and promptly closed it; Harding eventually left. While at the scene police noticed the mailbox was broken off of its post, which, according to the reporting party, was not damaged before Harding showed up. Police were unable to contact Harding and charged her with violation of a restraining order and damage to property. There was no damage estimate on the mailbox.

Saturday, Dec.28

• At 2:19 a.m. police were dispatched on a report of a domestic disturbance at 1731 West Seventh Street. A female victim reported that Howard Devon Lovelady, 20, of Winona, had stayed at the apartment with her for the “last several months” and had shown up to retrieve his property. According to the female victim, Lovelady exchanged words with a male inside the apartment and then headed upstairs and threw a key at the female victim and pushed her before confronting the same male again, downstairs. The female victim said Lovelady got his property and left. Officers then went to an apartment on the 1700 block of West Seventh Street where Lovelady allegedly was and knocked on the door. According to the report, Lovelady looked out the door and walked away when he saw the officers. The officers were finally able to get in contact with Lovelady at 5:45 a.m., and he admitted to going to the victim’s apartment and throwing a key and yelling, but denied pushing the female victim. Lovelady was placed under arrest for domestic assault causing fear and harm. He is currently in custody.

Sunday, December 29

• At 1:02 a.m. police responded to a report of an assault near Broken World Records on Third Street. According to the report, a female was hitting an unknown male outside of the bar. When police arrived they found a female matching the description of the suspect. Brittany Kate Peplinski, 21, of Winona, was arrested and ticketed for fourth-degree assault, obstruction of justice with force, and disorderly conduct. Police reported that an officer asked Peplinski what her name was multiple times and she responded by asking the officer what his name was, swearing at him, trying to shake his hand and asking him if he was going to arrest her. When the officer escorted Peplinski to the rear door of the squad car, she reportedly began flailing and swinging her arms allegedly kicked the officer in the knee. The officer then ordered Peplinski down on the ground, put her in handcuffs and placed her in the back of his squad car. The officer suspected that she was intoxicated and possibly under the influence of something else. While in the squad car, Peplinski kicked the door several times, causing it to “blow out.” She was taken to jail.

Winona County

Saturday, Dec.28

• At 8:21 a.m. deputies were dispatched to a reported hit-and-run accident that occurred on County Road 25 near Highway 14. The caller, who was a witness to the accident, told deputies that he was driving westbound on Hwy. 14 behind a van when a car entered the intersection at County Road 25 and Highway 14 near the Kwik Trip in Lewiston. According to the witness, the van hit the car and did not stop. The witness told deputies that he followed the van for a brief time and later found the van parked in a parking lot at a church about a quarter-mile away from the accident. The witness said that there was damage to the van, including a missing front plate, which was found at the accident scene. One deputy went to inspect the van, while another deputy stayed behind at the scene to interview the female victim who was driving the car struck by the van. The woman said that she stopped at the stop sign and then crossed, and that the van was “traveling too fast.” She told the deputy that she was hit and her car spun around. The woman and her passenger were not injured in the accident. The deputy at the church parking lot found the van and noted that there was front-end damage consistent with it striking a vehicle. The deputy then talked to a man at the church who claimed that he had owned the van, but recently sold it to his brother. He asserted that he was supposed to meet his brother at the church at 8 a.m. for work, and when he got there he found the van already parked, but his brother was nowhere to be seen. The deputy found the man’s pickup truck, which he drove to the church, parked in the parking lot near the van. The deputy proceeded to look for the brother inside the church and then at his residence, but did not find him at either place. Deputies made additional attempts to find the brother but were unable to locate him. The van is still registered to the first man. Deputies continue to look for the brother, who is 44 years old and has a Goodview address.

• At 11:06 p.m. at River and Washington streets in Dresbach, deputies pulled over a tan Buick after seeing it drift left of the fog line and momentarily drift all the way over the fog line on Interstate 90. Deputies had previously noted that the vehicle had stopped at a stop sign and turned right onto Interstate 90 without signaling. The driver, Karen Mae Kerns, 55, of Dakota, allegedly displayed signs of intoxication and had a blood alcohol content of .12 percent. She was arrested and ticketed for fourth-degree driving while intoxicated.


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