Tuesday, December 23
•At 6:51 p.m. police responded to a hit-and-run at Jefferson and Sanborn streets. A witness gave police a license plate number for a truck that had reportedly struck a tree and then driven off. Police went to the registered owner’s residence and spoke with Rocky Paul Lund, 23, of Winona, who admitted he’d driven the vehicle. Police said he appeared intoxicated and was cited for careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. He was referred to the county attorney for potential charges of driving while intoxicated. His blood alcohol content was measured at .16 percent.
•At 10:08 p.m. police responded to a report of a domestic assault on the 250 block of Mankato Avenue. An 18-year-old woman told police that Eric Ordell Johnson, 28, of Winona, had assaulted her. She said they’d been arguing all day and that Ordell was very intoxicated. According to the victim, Ordell slapped her, broke a bathroom mirror and punched her repeatedly in the face. She told police that he also strangled her for about 30 seconds and told her that he’d kill her if she called police. He was arrested and referred to the county attorney for charges of domestic assault, domestic assault by strangulation and terroristic threats.
Wednesday, December 24
•At 12:49 a.m. police stopped a vehicle driven by Christopher Heath Sozio, 32, of Winona, at Third and Lafayette streets after he was observed running a stop sign. Police said he failed field sobriety tests and was cited for driving while intoxicated, no proof of insurance and a stop sign violation. His blood alcohol content was measured at .16 percent.
Thursday, December 25
•At 2:42 a.m. police responded to a report of an assault with a knife on County Road 19 in Wilson Township. A 17-year-old female victim told police that she’d gotten a call from a relative asking if a friend could stay at her residence. She told police that the man, Raymond Gene Rodgers, 30, of New Hope, Minn., had woken her up by yelling on his cell phone. When she asked him to stop she said he shoved her to the ground, grabbed her arm and threw her into the coffee table and couch. She said that she would call police, and Rodgers reportedly went into the kitchen and grabbed a knife. The victim reported that he waved the knife and threatened to kill her and her one-year-old child, who was also present. The woman left the residence and went to a neighbor’s home to call police. Police arrested Rodgers and he was referred to the county attorney’s office for charges of second and fifth degr–ee assault and terroristic threats.
•At 1:26 a.m. police responded to a report of a snowmobile theft from a residence in Rollingstone. A 46-year-old man told police that he’d heard one of his snowmobiles start up and looked out the window to see it being driven away westbound on the trail along Highway 248. Police followed the tracks of the green 1997 Arctic Cat snowmobile to County Road 41, where tracks show it appears to have been loaded into a vehicle, which then traveled toward Beaver, Minn. Police are working with the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Department to find the snowmobile, which was valued at between $1,500 and $2,000. The victim told police that the keys were not inside of the ignition.
Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department
Wednesday, December 24
•At 8:12 p.m. police responded to a two-vehicle accident on State Road 93 about a half-mile north of County Road E in Hale. A southbound truck collided with a northbound car on State Road 93. Two people were transported to Tri-County Hospital with non- life-threatening injuries. One of the injured parties was later transferred by Mayo-One helicopter. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by Independence First Responders, Independence Fire Department, Independence Police Department and Tri-County Ambulance. The accident is still under investigation.