Police Blotter


Winona Police

Friday, Dec. 15

• At 3:45 p.m., officers arrested Damien Thomas Sorensen, 19, of Winona, for fifth-degree domestic assault on the 1000 block of West Ninth Street. The caller claimed Sorensen knocked her down. No medical attention was requested.
• At 5:55 p.m., officers responded to a call from MGM Wine and Spirits reporting a theft. An employee reported that two bottles of liquor with a total value of $53.98 were stolen.
• At 9:05 p.m., officers responded to the Winona Middle School on a complaint of theft. An adult male reported that he arrived to referee a basketball game and placed his pants and cellphone into an unsecured locker. After the game ended, he discovered that his wallet, cellphone, and some loose change had been stolen.

Saturday, Dec. 16

• At 2:06 a.m., officers responded to a stopped vehicle at 10th Street and Wayne Street. Officers reported the odor of marijuana and located 2.89 grams of marijuana on a juvenile. The juvenile was turned over to his or her parent’s custody.
• At 2:38 a.m., officers arrested Jordan Ray Schreiber, 24, of Winona, for driving while intoxicated. Officers identified Schreiber on a warrant, and reportedly noticed signs of intoxication. His blood-alcohol content was measured at .11 percent.

Sunday, December 17

• At 1:37 a.m. officers cited Gary Richard Lohmeier, 63, of Fountain City, Wis., with possession of a small amount of marijuana and driving after suspension. Officers stopped Lohmeier for having an object suspended from the rear-view mirror and reportedly located the drug.
• At 2 p.m. officers responded to a call from an adult male reporting the theft of a Schwinn bicycle from the 200 block of East Eighth Street.
• At 6:32 p.m., officers responded to a call from an adult male on the 200 block of East Washington Street reporting fraud. The man said he received a call from someone claiming to be with the Winona County Sheriff’s Department claiming he was going to be arrested if he did not purchase $500 in iTunes gift cards from Wal-Mart, and transfer them over the phone. The man called his father, who purchased the cards and transferred them to the caller.

Monday, Dec. 18

• At 8:37 a.m., officers responded to a call from an adult male on the 4600 block of Goodview Road on a report of a stolen Mac semi truck used for yard work.
• At 12:18 p.m. deputies executed a search warrant at a Stockton residence. Inside, deputies reportedly found one gram of a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine in a folded piece of paper, tin foil with residue that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, a pipe and light bulb that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, and a marijuana pipe. While police were there, Jason Michael Reed, 33, of Stockton, and Tammi Jean Reed, 31, of Stockton, reportedly arrived home with several children. Inside Tammi Reed’s purse, deputies reportedly found one gram of marijuana. Inside Jason Reed’s shoe, deputies reportedly found a pipe with methamphetamine residue on it. Jason and Tammi Reed, along with James Anthony Reed, 35, of Stockton, were all arrested and referred to the county attorney for potential charges of felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and methamphetamine crimes involving children.
• At 4:26 p.m. police received a report from an adult male who said he began chatting with an unknown female online who asked him to send nude photographs. He did, and then the female threatened to share the images online publicly if he did not send $200. The man sent the $200, then the woman asked for more money. The man blocked the woman and reported the incident to police.
• At 9:14 p.m. police received a report of three tires slashed on a vehicle parked on the 700 block of Terrace Heights.
• The Winona County Attorney’s Office filed charges of fifth-degree domestic assault causing harm and interference with a 911 call against Sean Michael Emmons, 34, of Winona. According to the criminal complaint, officers met with a male victim on September 10, 2017, who received five stitches to an injury to his lip that he reportedly incurred during an altercation with Emmons. Emmons allegedly put the victim into a choke hold until he couldn’t breathe, and then when he tried to call police, Emmons reportedly broke his cellphone in half, according to the complaint. 
• The Winona County Attorney’s Office filled charges of fifth-degree domestic assault causing fear, fifth-degree domestic assault causing harm, and assaulting a police officer against Sean Michael Emmons, 34, of Winona. According to the criminal complaint, on December 14, 2017, Emmons struck a female victim in the face 10 or more times, kneed her in the ribs, banged her head against the wall and tried to choke her before barricading the victim and himself in the apartment. He also allegedly choked her, broke items in her home, and threatened to kill her several weeks earlier, according to the complaint. When officers went to arrest Emmons, he allegedly tried to “reverse headbutt” an officer and struck him in the face, then kicked him in the buttocks, according to the complaint. The officer was reportedly treated for a concussion, swelling, contusion, and possible nose fracture.
• The Winona County Attorney’s Office filed charges of third-degree burglary against Shawn Albert Hawley, 40, of Winona. Police received a call from a person who reported that they were looking after a business for a friend, and upon arrival on December 12, noticed the door standing ajar and damage to the frame. The interior had been ransacked, and a DVD player, TV, and checkbook were reported missing. Video surveillance allegedly captured Hawley inside the business on the evening of December 11-12 carrying out a variety of items. A second person claimed that Hawley attempted to pass a check from the business at their place of employment on the same night but was refused, according to the complaint. During a search of Hawley’s residence, Hawley reportedly asked officers for a sweatshirt, which was then reportedly identified as the clothing worn in the surveillance footage.

Winona County Sheriff

Friday, Dec. 15

• At 8:12 p.m. deputies responded to a report of a hit-and-run car collision in Hidden Valley. The caller reported that a northbound truck backed into his driveway at a 30-degree angle, and returned the direction it had come. Deputies found debris from the vehicle at the scene. Deputies located the vehicle, and the owner indicated that the vehicle had been loaned to another individual, who claimed they had not been driving. The incident is under investigation.

Saturday, Dec. 16

• At 12:04 a.m. a report was filed with the sheriff’s department regarding credit card fraud. A 22-year-old man told deputies he received a new credit card which was then used in Ireland. The credit card company requested that the man file a report with law enforcement.
• At 6:20 p.m. deputies received a report from a 77-year-old man that a suspicious jar full of an unidentified substance was left in his vacated rental trailer on County Road 110. Deputies identified the substance as oatmeal.
• At 10:50 p.m. deputies responded to a call from an off-duty law enforcement officer regarding a reportedly intoxicated driver at Highway 17 and Homer Road. Cynthia Renae Stenzel, 48, of Winona, was reported for bumping the caller’s vehicle while waiting at a railroad crossing; there was no damage to either vehicle. Stenzel was instructed by the witness to pull over and park her vehicle. The witness then reportedly observed her continue to drive after the railroad crossing had cleared, then cross the fog and center lines. She allegedly showed signs of intoxication and was arrested for driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content measured at .19 percent.
• At 8:18 a.m. deputies responded to a call regarding a stolen 2013 Nissan taken from the Pickwick Inn. A 55-year-old woman from Wilton, Wis., reported that she heard a vehicle running at around 1 a.m., and discovered that her vehicle was missing at 8 a.m. The vehicle was located in Spring Valley, Minn., the owner was notified, and a minor from Pickwick, Minn., reported as a runaway, was turned over to parental custody as a suspect.

Monday, Dec. 18

• At 8:29 a.m. deputies responded to a report of an overturned vehicle at County Road 6 and County Road 33. A first responder contacted law enforcement from the scene and reported that he had pulled the driver from the vehicle and was providing first aid, and requested medical assistance. An ambulance was dispatched from Lewiston. The man, Luis Santiago Martinez, 35, of Utica, was uninjured and told deputies he had fallen asleep behind the wheel. He was cited with inattentive driving.


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