Police Blotter


Winona Police

Wednesday, June 20

• At 3:09 p.m. a man reported that a subwoofer and amp were stolen out of his car while it was parked at the Dahl Auto campus on Highway 61 in Winona. The theft occurred sometime between May 29 and June 19, according to the report.

• At 6:58 p.m. a woman reported that two UPS delivery boxes were stolen off her porch on the 250 block of East 10th Street just moments after they were delivered. The woman told officers she saw and heard a delivery person drop off the boxes at 2:15 p.m. When she went out to get them at 3 p.m., they were gone, according to the report.

• At 11:08 p.m. officers arrested Caleb Shane Melloy, 19, of Cambridge, Minn., for fourth-degree driving while intoxicated after he was stopped for driving with a broken headlight at Huff Street and Highway 61. A preliminary breath test measured his blood-alcohol content at 0.14 percent, according to the report.

Thursday, June 21

• At 9:33 a.m. officers cited Christopher Daney K. Harris, 31, of Winona, for driving without a Minnesota driver’s license after he reportedly swerved to avoid a speeding car at Main and 11th streets as he was pulling onto Main Street, then drove onto the boulevard and his vehicle struck a street sign.

• At 10:01 a.m. officers received a report from an adult female of the theft of a red and gray Gary Fischer bicycle with a value of $250 from the 600 block of West Seventh Street.

• At 6:02 p.m. officers received a report from an adult male of the theft of a Milwaukee cordless drill from the 1700 block of West Fifth Street.

Friday, June 22

• At 1:39 a.m. officers arrested Brian Matthew C. Bublitz, 32, of Winona, for third-degree driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content measured at .17 percent and failing to move over for an emergency vehicle. Bublitz allegedly nearly struck a squad car at Broadway and Vine Street.

• At 1:49 a.m. officers received a report of an assault with a baseball bat on the 950 block of West Third Street. Paul Gerard Ayotte, 60, of Winona, was arrested and referred to the county attorney’s office for a potential charge of second-degree assault after he allegedly assaulted another man, striking him in the shins and knees with a baseball bat.

Winona County Sheriff

Wednesday, June 20

• At 9:12 p.m., a 16-year-old boy was transferred to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after crashing his moped on County Road 105 in East Burns Valley. The boy was traveling southbound when he hit a patch of gravel, lost control, and was ejected from the moped, according to the report. Deputies, the Winona Ambulance Service, and the Wilson Township Fire Department responded to the accident.

Thursday, June 21

• At 6:41 a.m. a man reported that his tan 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck was stolen from his residence on Meadow Brook Lane in Pleasant Valley sometime between 9 p.m. the previous night and 6 a.m. that morning. The vehicle was subsequently recovered, unoccupied, in rural Houston County, according to deputies.

• At 7:54 a.m. a woman reported that someone broke into her vehicle and stole $20 in cash. The vehicle was parked at a residence on County Road 104 outside Dakota, according to the report.

• At 12:28 p.m. deputies arrested Brett John Dennis, 31, of Winona, on a warrant and referred him to the county attorney’s office for potential charges of tampering with a motor vehicle, theft of a motor vehicle, and theft. Deputies received several calls reporting vehicles had been tampered with on County Road 12 and that a truck had been stolen from a residence on Meadow Brook Lane. Officers recovered the stolen truck near Money Creek and attempted to locate Dennis, who reportedly had been arrested for motor vehicle theft in the past and was believed to be at a residence in Money Creek. When officers arrested Dennis he reportedly had cash and a piece of paper believed to have been taken from one of the vehicles.

• At 6:48 p.m. deputies received a report that a gas barrel had been emptied on County Road 104. Approximately 60 gallons had been taken.

• At 7:59 p.m. deputies arrested Travis Lee Schultz, 34, of Winona, and referred him to the county attorney’s office for potential charges of theft and a probation violation. Deputies were called to a residence in Stockton on a report of a burglary. Residents there said they hired Schultz to do flooring work in their home, and when they returned, prescription medication was missing from the home along with jewelry and possibly a cellphone. Schultz was reportedly in the garage and fell over, seemingly impaired, and when he got up the residents noticed a green military compass fell from his pocket, which they believed belonged to them. When deputies found Schultz he reportedly seemed impaired, and was arrested for allegedly stealing the medication.


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