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Winona Police Department

Friday, March 23

• At 3:53 p.m. officers were sent to a home on the 700 block of West Sixth Street when a resident reported bullet holes in the exterior of her home. Over 15 bullet holes were located in the home, garage and a fence near a children’s playset. A neighbor, James Anthony Kutchma, 41, of Winona, denied having fired a gun in his backyard. On March 30 a search warrant was executed and the officers reportedly found a large number of firearms including a CZ .22 caliber rifle which was identified as the weapon that had fired the bullets. Kutchma reportedly told officers that he had been shooting at squirrels and had been unaware that the rounds would pass through the fence. Kutchma reportedly owned a suppressor for the gun which was not present. Kutchma had received a summons for first-degree criminal damage to property, and two charges for felony dangerous weapon violation. The cost to replace the siding and fence was estimated at $14,940.

Friday, April 20

• At 12:53 p.m. an adult woman at the 800 block of West Tenth Street reported damage to the windshield of her car that appeared to be the result of a b.b. gun. 

Saturday, April 21

• At 9:39 a.m. officers ticketed Dustin Duane Rinn, 24, of Minnesota City, with theft after he and a companion reportedly ate $29.57 in food at Perkins and left without payment. 

• At 7:19 p.m. an adult male reported the burglary of a number of tools from his locked garage at the 500 block of Dakota Street at sometime in the last two months. He also reported damage to a garage window.

• At 10:18 p.m. officers observed a party at the 200 block of West Fourth Street and cited Jacob Thomas Roers, 20, of Winona, with underage consumption of alcohol.

• At 10:52 p.m. officers responded to reports of a fight at Broadway and Main Street and ticketed Jacob Daniel Lanhart, 20, of Burnsville, Minn., with underage consumption of alcohol, and Eric James Voxland, 20, of Burnsville, Minn., for underage consumption of alcohol.

Sunday, April 22

• At 7:43 a.m. a theft of gasoline was reported at the Kwik Trip on Cottonwood Drive. The owner of the vehicle that was seen leaving with the stolen gas, Janet Lee Westberg, 45, of Winona, was cited for theft.

• At 9:11 p.m. an adult male reported damage to the trunk of his vehicle parked at the 150 block of East Third Street.

Monday, April 23

• At 1:13 a.m. at Huff Street and Riverview Drive, George Edward Thesing, 47, of Lewiston, was cited for third-degree drinking while intoxicated.

• At 7:29 a.m. officers received a report of a burglary from a vacant home on the 800 block of West Seventh Street that was being renovated. An adult male reported that at some time overnight someone had broken into the house and stolen 34 items including tools, drills, air compressors and extension cords.

• At 4:15 p.m. an assault was reported at the Winona Middle School. Parents of a student reported a fight during a game of tag and were unhappy with how it had been handled by the school.

Tuesday, April 24

• At 12:31 a.m. officers responded to a report of an explosion at the 400 block of Sarnia Street. Ticketed was Christopher Ray Bruno, 23, of Winona, for illegal burning. Bruno had been burning garbage too close to an outdoor structure, and an aerosol can exploded.

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Friday, April 20

• At 5:37 p.m. deputies received a report of a theft from the Dakota Community Center. A locked glass and wood case was damaged and a donated antique pistol from the early 1800’s was taken.

• At 11:15 p.m. on I-90 deputies arrested Javier Solano Ortiz, 23, of Rochester, after reportedly recording him driving 97 miles per hour in a 70 MPH zone. The deputy reportedly noticed signs of intoxication and the driver admitted to drinking. On asking Ortiz and his passenger to exit the vehicle deputies reportedly located empty beer cans inside the car. Ortiz was taken to the Winona County Jail for third-degree driving while intoxicated, excessive speed and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. 

• At 11:41 p.m. officers arrested Christopher Darwin Denzer, 39, of Minnesota City, with gross misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and gross misdemeanor collision with a vehicle after he left a Minnesota City bar and reportedly backed into another vehicle and left the scene. His blood-alcohol was recorded at .24 percent.

Saturday, April 21

• At 9:21 p.m. an adult woman on Old Homer Road reported a burglary from her home. She had been interviewing a job applicant in her home and had to leave and on her return found the front and rear doors open. Stolen items include three flatscreen TVs valued at $1,100, an electric guitar, a stereo and speakers, a number of jackets valued at around $600, two photo albums and personal items. No suspect is in custody.

Monday, April 23

• At 12:06 a.m. officers stopped to assist a motorist on I-90 and Highway 43 after reportedly observing two individuals walking away from a parked car. The individuals reportedly had travelled from La Crosse, Wis., to Winona to visit a McDonalds and got lost when returning to La Crosse. Then the individuals reportedly claimed to have traveled to Winona to visit an adult bookstore. Brian James Galvin, 52, of Strutevant, Wis., reportedly agreed to a search of the vehicle where deputies located drug paraphernalia and a bag containing prescription pills and a bag containing a white powder that field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Galvin reportedly claimed the medication belonged to his former partner. He is charged with felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a legend drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


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