Police Blotter


(7/31/2019)

Winona Police

Saturday, July 27

• At 8:48 a.m. officers arrested Steven Edward Taverna, 25, of Winona, and referred him to the county attorney for potential charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and driving after suspension; and arrested Dominic Joseph Stanley, 21, of Winona, and referred him to the county attorney for a potential charge receiving stolen property. Officers recognized Taverna driving, knew he didn’t have a valid license, and stopped him near East Fifth and Chestnut streets, according to the report. The vehicle Taverna was driving was reported stolen from a residence on the 600 block of West 10th Street, according to police. Officers allegedly found a stolen laptop in Stanley’s possession and allegedly found a vape pen with marijuana oil in Taverna’s possession.

• At 8:20 p.m. officers detained a 17-year-old Winona boy on a Department of Corrections apprehension and detention order and referred the boy to the county attorney for potential charges of fleeing a peace officer on foot after the boy allegedly tried to run from police at West Seventh Street and Druey Court.

Sunday, July 28

• At 1:05 p.m. a woman reported that an external hard drive was stolen from her vehicle on the 150 block of East Second Street.

• At 10:29 p.m. a woman reported that someone stole items from her car in the municipal parking lot outside the Winona 7 cinema.

Monday, July 29

• At 12:50 a.m. officers arrested Terry Allen Oldham, 53, of Winona, and referred him to the county attorney for a potential charge of third-degree driving while intoxicated and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance after stopping him for a stop-sign violation near Fourth and McBride streets. Officers alleged Oldham had slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. A breath test measured his blood alcohol content at .15 percent and a search during booking at the county jail allegedly revealed .65 grams of a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine in his billfold, according to police.

• At 6:29 a.m. officers arrested Randy James Russell, 46, of Dakota, and referred to the county attorney for a potential charge of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance after a citizen report of an erratic driver. Officers contacted the driver near the 950 block of Mankato Avenue. The driver was fine, but during the encounter officers reportedly noticed Russell, a passenger in the vehicle, making furtive movements inside the car. Officers searched the car and allegedly found Alprazolam pills.

• At 8:15 a.m. police ticketed James Lee Palmer, 67, of Winona, with careless driving after he reportedly reversed out of traffic and crashed into another vehicle on the intersection of Pelzer and Fifth streets.

Winona County Sheriff

Friday, July 26

• At 7:13 p.m. deputies assisted the Minnesota State Patrol and Dakota Fire and Rescue with a collision on Highway 61 near Dakota. A 50-year-old La Crosse, Wis., man suffered non-life threatening injuries when his Dodge Ram went off the road, into the median, and rolled, trapping the man inside. Responders freed the man and transported him to Gundersen Health System for treatment.

• At 11:56 p.m. deputies arrested Jamie Schultz, 36, of North Liberty, Iowa, and referred her to the county attorney for a potential charge of driving while intoxicated after stopping Schultz for allegedly speeding at Highway 76 and County Road 17 southwest of Ridgeway. Schultz reportedly had a blood-alcohol content measured at .12 percent.

Sunday, July 28

• At 1:49 a.m. deputies cited Garrett Matthew Folkert, 20, of Plainview, for underage drinking and driving after stopping him for a stop sign violation near Highway 76 and County Road 12 west of Ridgeway. Folkert reportedly had a blood-alcohol content measured at .078 percent.

• At 8:30 p.m. deputies arrested Blake Charles Dahl, 29, of Lewiston, and referred her to the county attorney for a potential charge of third-degree driving while intoxicated after a driving complaint. Someone reported Dahl’s vehicle weaving across the road on Highway 14 near The Arches. Deputies contacted Dahl at his residence in Lewiston, and he allegedly admitted to driving and failed a field-sobriety test, according to the report. Dahl reportedly had a blood-alcohol content measured at .11 percent.

Monday, July 29

• At 7:21 a.m. an Altura woman reported that someone had smashed her mailbox with a baseball bat at her residence on the 21000 block of County Road 33. Three empty Bud Lite beer bottles were found next to the mailbox.

Winona County Attorney

Friday, July 26

• Prosecutors filed charges against and a summons for Joshua James Couch, 38, of Sioux Falls, S.D., for two counts of violating a harassment-restraining order. According to a Winona Police Department investigation, Couch allegedly attempted to contact, via social media, a Winona resident in violation of a restraining order. Because of a prior conviction, the charges are gross misdemeanors.

 

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