Police Blotter


Winona Police

Friday, March 30

• At 6:38 p.m. officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance on the 1000 block of West Broadway. Upon arrival the officers spoke with a woman with blood on her nose. The woman claimed that Michael Perrin Staats, 46, of Winona, had struck her on the head. During the arrest the man was reportedly uncooperative and could not be searched until he was handcuffed, when police reportedly located a bag with a small amount of a substance that they believed to be marijuana. Staats was charged with felony domestic assault causing fear and domestic assault causing harm, obstruction of the legal process, and possession of a small amount of marijuana. The woman was treated at a local hospital.

Saturday, March 31

• At 11:15 a.m. officers received a report of a grey Raleigh bicycle stolen overnight from the porch of a residence on the 1000 block of West Broadway.

• At 9:13 p.m. an officer performed a traffic stop for speed at Broadway and High Street and the driver reportedly showed signs of intoxication. The driver, Morgan Eliza Whittier, 24, of Chicago, Ill., was charged with gross misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood-alcohol content measured at .142 percent.

Sunday, April 1

• At 12:34 a.m. an officer located a man slumped in the driver’s seat of a running vehicle at Fourth and Center streets. The officer attempted to wake the driver, and contacted an officer trained in drug recognition to evaluate the driver for use of controlled substances. The man was arrested and charges are awaiting the results of a blood draw.

• At 5:03 p.m. officers received a complaint of a domestic disturbance at the Freedom gas station located in downtown Winona. Osei Owusu, 26, of Winona, reportedly pushed a woman, knocked her to the ground, then took her vehicle’s registration from her car and tore it up. He fled the area and was not located. Police cited him with fifth-degree assault causing fear and fifth-degree assault causing harm.

Monday, April 2

• At 3 p.m. police received a report from a man who’s vehicle received a long scratch on the passenger side while parked on the 100 block of West Third Street.

• At  8:37 p.m. officers cited Krystal Marie Pickard, 23, of Goodview, with theft by shoplifting from Wal-Mart.

• At 9:44 p.m. police received a report of someone in the vicinity of the 500 block of East Seventh Street firing marbles from a slingshot at buildings.

Winona County Sheriff

Wednesday, January 31

• At 4:58 p.m. officers performed a traffic stop on a vehicle that reportedly crossed out of its lane of travel on County Road 12 and Highway 76. During the stop the deputy reported that the driver showed signs of intoxication. An officer trained in drug recognition arrived and a blood test reportedly showed the presence of methamphetamine and amphetamine. Lance Timothy Lidtke, 22, of Winona, was charged with third-degree driving under the influence of a schedule-two controlled substance.
Friday, March 30

• At 7:11 p.m. officers stopped a vehicle that was reportedly traveling 40 mph in a 30 mph zone. When the driver opened the door officers reported the odor of alcohol. The driver reportedly admitted that he had been drinking. Jeffery Mark Dornbusch, 49, of Rollingstone, was cited with third-degree driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content measured at .10 percent.

Saturday, March 31

• At 2:10 a.m. a sheriff’s department vehicle reported hitting a deer at County Road 12 and Highway 43. No injuries were reported.

• At 6:18 p.m. a deputy performed a traffic stop on a vehicle that had reportedly crossed the fog line on I-90. Brady Christopher Klein, 18, of Fountain City, Wis., was ticketed for underage consumption of alcohol. Mason John Geiger, 18, of Buffalo City, Wis., was ticketed for underage consumption of alcohol and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Monday, April 2

• The Winona County Attorney’s Office charged Michael Thomas Walch, 22, of Altura, with theft of items valued between $1,000-$5,000 and gross misdemeanor tampering with a witness. On December 29, 2017, deputies received a report of the theft of three power tools from a man who discovered that they were missing from their cases in Rollingstone. In January officers questioned Walch who denied the theft, but then reportedly made threats to the victim. He then reportedly admitted to stealing the items and pawning them in Onalaska, Wis.

Monday, April 2

• At 3 p.m. deputies received a report from a Rollingstone man of the theft of a COBB Accessport computer for automobile diagnostics from his vehicle on County Road 27 in the last two weeks.


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