Police Blotter


(6/27/2018)

Winona Police

Thursday, June 22

• At 12:56 p.m. police received a report from an adult female that a package was stolen from her porch on the 200 block of East Ninth Street. The package had a value of $300.
• At 5:01 p.m. police cited a 17-year-old Stockton boy with theft by shoplifting after he reportedly took a protective cell phone case from Wal-Mart.

Friday, June 23


• At 1:17 a.m. police received a report that someone was shining a red laser into traffic at Third and Market streets.
• At 1:59 p.m. police received a report from an adult female that the passenger window of her vehicle was smashed while it was parked on the 500 block of East Eighth Street.
• At 5:56 p.m. police received a report that a royal blue Cannondale bicycle with a value of $500 was stolen from the 150 block of East Fourth Street.
• At 10:25 p.m. police received a report that the windshield was smashed and gear shifter ripped from a vehicle parked on the 300 block of Olmstead Street.

Saturday, June 24

• At 12:02 a.m. police arrested Antonio Gale Shorter, 45, of Winona, and he was charged with gross-misdemeanor domestic assault causing fear and gross-misdemeanor domestic assault causing harm after he allegedly hit an adult female and pushed her to the ground at Fifth and Mechanic streets.
• At 6:20 p.m. police received a report from an adult male that he had left his billfold at a car wash on the 400 block of Ronald Avenue and when he returned for it, $40 in cash was missing.

Sunday, June 25

• At 10:51 a.m. police received a report from an adult male that his billfold had been stolen and a $48 charge was made at Wal-Mart with one of his cards.
• At 3:11 p.m. police received a report from an adult female that her purse had been stolen from her porch on the 300 block of West Seventh Street. It contained cash, cards, and an iPhone.
• At 5:15 p.m. police made contact with two people asleep in a running vehicle parked on the 300 block of East Third Street. Upon learning the vehicle was not insured, officers had it towed. Inside the vehicle officers later reportedly discovered a trace amount of methamphetamine and hypodermic needles, and referred James Robert Sorenson, 40, of Winona, to the county attorney for charges of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of hypodermic needles.
• At 6:21 p.m. police received a report from an adult male that a weed-eater was stolen from the 250 block of East 10th Street.
• At 9:09 p.m. police received a report of the theft of a Macbook Pro and Fitbit from a residence on the 250 block of South Baker Street.

Tuesday, June 26


• The Winona County Attorney’s Office charged Austin John Presson, 23, of Rollingstone, with third-degree driving while under the influence of a controlled substance. According to the criminal complaint, on April 1, 2018, officers found Presson asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle in Winona. He reportedly showed signs of impairment and officers found ground marijuana on the floor of the vehicle. A blood test later showed the presence of Alprazolam and THC in his blood.
• The Winona County Attorney’s Office charged Teresa Lynn Berg, 41, of Winona, with third-degree driving while intoxicated. According to the criminal complaint, Berg was stopped on June 8 after crossing the center line at Fifth and Hilbert streets. She reportedly showed signs of intoxication and her blood-alcohol content was measured at .26 percent.
• The Winona County Attorney’s Office charged Robert Louis Dunn Jr., 27, of Winona, with fourth-degree driving while intoxicated and third-degree test refusal. According to the criminal complaint, Dunn was stopped on May 4 after an officer observed him turning his lights on and off and he reportedly made a wide turn into a car port and drove onto a lawn in Winona. He reportedly showed signs of intoxication and a preliminary breath test measured his blood-alcohol content at .149 percent. He then allegedly refused a breath test at the Law Enforcement Center.
• The Winona County Attorney’s Office charged Paul Gerard Ayotte, 60, of Winona, with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, ineligible person in possession of a firearm, and dangerous weapons violation. According to the criminal complaint, officers were seeking Ayotte on June 22 on a report that he assaulted another man. Police stopped his vehicle and later searched it, and reportedly found 2.42 grams of cocaine, a revolver, ammunition, several pairs of brass knuckles, a machete, a face mask, an ASP trifold, and zip handcuffs in the vehicle.

Winona County Sheriff

Friday, June 23


• At 12:26 a.m. deputies stopped a vehicle on Huff Street for an equipment violation and after reportedly noticing reported poor driving. The driver, James Allen Steiner, 56, of Alma, was cited with driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content measured at .14 percent.
• At noon deputies received two calls reporting mailboxes had been damaged on County Road 26. They appeared to have been struck by something, and one was located 1/4 mile down the road.
• At 8:03 p.m. deputies responded to several reports of a domestic disturbance at a residence on Sunset Avenue in Altura. Jeffery Lee Winegar, 55, of Altura, was arrested and referred to the county attorney for potential charges of domestic assault causing fear, domestic assault causing harm, second-degree assault with a weapon, and making terroristic threats. He allegedly broke into the home and assaulted a 35-year-old man with a chisel and told him he was going to die.
• At 11:09 p.m. deputies stopped a vehicle in Stockton for reportedly speeding. The driver, Kyle Lee Rhoden, 44, of Peterson, Minn., was arrested and referred to the county attorney for charges of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and driving while under the influence of a controlled substance after deputies reportedly found trace amounts of methamphetamine in a container in the vehicle. A warrant was issued for a blood sample to determine whether Rhoden was under the influence of the drug.

Saturday, June 24

• At 6:57 p.m. an inmate was released from the Winona County Jail and reportedly kicked the front door of the Law Enforcement Center, shattering the glass. Investigators are reviewing video footage to pursue charges.

 

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