Police Blotter


Winona Police

Monday, Jan. 1

• At 5:57 p.m. police received a report of the theft of an iPhone 7 in a gray and blue case with the University of North Carolina emblem on it from the Winona State University Integrated Wellness Center while the owner was playing basketball.

Tuesday, Jan. 9

• The Winona County Attorney’s office filed charges of malicious punishment of a child against Jamie Lee Hinze, 33, of Winona, after he allegedly hit a six-year-old child 11 times in the head, causing a large bruise above the child’s left ear and a concussion, after officers responded to a child abuse complaint at the Winona Health emergency room.
• At 9:20 a.m. an adult male reported his .22-caliber rifle was missing from his backyard on the 600 block of East Lake Boulevard.
• At 10:49 a.m. an adult male reported the theft of three projection lights with a value of $80 from his front yard on the 1100 block of West Mark Street.

Wednesday, Jan. 10

• The Winona County Attorney’s office filed charges of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, driving after cancellation, failure to provide proof of insurance, and failure to notify an owner of damaged property against Brett John Dennis, 30, of Winona. Dennis allegedly hit a gas pump at the Sinclair on Mankato Avenue, wrecking the screen and credit-card slot, then left. Once officers located him, they reportedly found a clear glass pipe with white residue that field-tested positive for methamphetamine in his vehicle.
• At 1:39 a.m. officers cited Danielle Louise Coey, 40, of Minnesota City, with possession of hypodermic needles after a traffic stop on 12th and Mankato streets.

Friday, Jan. 12

• The Winona County Attorney’s Office filed charges of felony false imprisonment, third-degree test refusal, fourth-degree driving while intoxicated, and domestic assault causing harm against Robert Lewis Duernick, 31, of Homewood, Ill. According to the criminal complaint, dispatch received several 911 calls during which the caller sounded as though she were inside a vehicle arguing with the driver, asking to be let out at a particular gas station, but the driver refused to allow the caller to leave the vehicle. Shortly after midnight, deputies reportedly observed a vehicle swerve, then the passenger door open with a pair of feet dangling out. When deputies pulled over the vehicle, a woman reportedly ran from the passenger seat crying, then hid behind a parked car. According to the criminal complaint, Duernick was drinking with the woman and the two began arguing in the vehicle; he allegedly prevented her from leaving the vehicle, hit her head and grabbed her arm. A preliminary breath test showed his blood-alcohol content to be .14 percent; he later refused to submit to an official test at the law enforcement center.

Winona County

Monday, Jan. 8

• At 11:32 p.m. deputies cited Jonathan Skyler Skunberg, 20, of Bloomington, Minn., with minor alcohol consumption after a traffic stop on highways 61 and 43.

Tuesday, Jan. 9

• At 11:51 p.m. deputies arrested Michael Allen Hove, 27, of Sparta, Wis., for third-degree driving while intoxicated, having no valid driver’s license, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle after a traffic stop on Frontage Road in Dakota. His blood-alcohol content was reported at .12 percent.

Thursday, Jan. 11

• At 1:49 p.m. investigators were interviewing a 22-year-old male suspect in Rollingstone about a separate case when he reportedly admitted to stealing $200 in change from a 58-year-old man. Investigators are considering referring him for charges.

Friday, Jan. 12

• At 12:24 a.m. deputies responded to a one-vehicle crash in Goodview at Goodview Road and 45th Avenue. A vehicle was facing south in the northbound ditch with the driver’s door wedged against a tree. Deputies reported the driver, Michael Allen Theobald, 60, of Minnesota City, was slumped over the wheel when Goodview Police first arrived. When officers asked Theobald to get out of the vehicle using a different door, he reportedly refused. After officers removed him from the vehicle, he allegedly showed signs of intoxication and made threats. Officers reported that Theobald could not or would not submit to an alcohol breath test. He was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, test refusal, driving after cancellation — inimical to public safety, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana in a motor vehicle.


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