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POLICE BLOTTER


(1/7/2009)

Winona Police

Friday, January 2

•At 5:35 p.m. police cited David Michal Tilton Smith, 18, of Houston, Minn., and Kevin Patrick Christian, 19, of Rushford, Minn., for theft by shoplifting after the two allegedly tried to steal a pair of gloves valued at $11.99.

Saturday, January 3

•At 12:35 p.m. police cited two 15-year-old Winona girls for theft by shoplifting at Shopko. Police said one girl tried to steal one pack of socks valued at $11.99, the other tried to steal two packs of the same value.

Sunday, January 4

•At 5:32 p.m. police responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Riverview Drive near Fastenal. The driver, Sean William Nichols, 43, Winona, appeared to be trying to drive his vehicle from the ditch, according to police. Police said he appeared intoxicated and was cited for driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .23 percent.

•At 6:55 p.m. police were called to Wal-Mart on a report of a shoplifter. Andrew Hansen Andersen III, 18, was cited for theft by shoplifting after he allegedly tried to steal an Xbox 360 controller and game valued at $74.27.

Monday, January 5

•At 12:49 a.m. police observed a vehicle swerving on Huff Street and nearly striking the guard rails at the tracks at Riverview Drive. The vehicle was stopped and the driver, Shannon Lynn Grotjahn, 26, of Goodview, admitted to drinking and was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Her blood alcohol content was measured at .21 percent.

•At 2:20 p.m. police recieved a report from a Winona man that an $81 check had been written from his account without his authorization. Police said the man had a witness and the incident is under investigation.

Winona County

Friday, January 2

•At 9:49 p.m. police observed a vehicle drifting over the center line at County Road 27 and Highway 248. Andrew Mullenbach, 31, of Plainview, Minn., reportedly smelled of alcohol and was cited for driving while intoxicated. His blood alcohol content was measured at .13 percent.

•At 12:34 p.m. police responded to a one-vehicle accident at Riverview Drive and Dixon Road near Dakota. Police said that Jacob Deschaine, 27, of Holmen, Wis., failed to stop at a stop sign at the T intersection and ran through the T, striking a sign. Police said he was not arrested but a urine sample was obtained to determine whether he was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Saturday, January 3

•At 7:54 a.m. police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in Dakota. A 52-year-old woman told police that Melvin Earl Jacobson, 52, of Dakota, had pushed her up against the kitchen cupboards and that she feared for her safety. Police arrested Jacobson on charges of domestic assault.

•No time - Police arrested Francis Wilkemeyer, 23, of St. Charles, for failure to report a change in address as a violation for a predatory offender. Police said he moved from Oakview Court to Richland Avenue, both in St. Charles, without notifying law enforcement officials.

District court

Scott Alan Parker Jr., 46, of Winona, was charged with two counts of third degree controlled substance crime stemming from two June incidents in which he allegedly sold Hydrocodone pills, a prescription narcotic, to a police informant. According to the complaint, he sold five pills to the informant for $5 each on one occasion and “several pills” the following day. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Parker has a previous drug conviction from 2006. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 3.

Mary Louise Salisbury, 43, of Minnesota City, was charged with four counts of criminal vehicular operation and one count of reckless or gross negligent operation stemming from a boating accident in July. According to the criminal complaint Salisbury admitted to driving a 1995 Sea Ray boat on the Mississippi which struck a pontoon, causing injuries to several occupants. She told police that she was looking back at a family member who was being pulled on a tube from her boat and didn’t see the pontoon. Several witnesses said that the bright sun made it difficult to see. The most serious injury caused in the crash was a victim whose back got caught on a tie down cleat on the boat, causing a 15 centimeter laceration on his back and requiring “multiple sutures,” according to the complaint. Her next court appearance is scheduled for February 10.