Thursday, March 11
•At 5:30 p.m. police responded to a report of shoplifters at Walmart. Phillip Edward Edmunds, 21, of Minnesota City, and Kelly Renee Becker, 22, of Winona, were both cited for theft by shoplifting after they allegedly tried stealing two DVDs valued at $28.
•At 11:10 a.m. police received a report of items taken from an unlocked truck. The vehicle owner reported that two kinds of prescription pills were taken from the truck between 8:20 a.m. and 9 a.m. while it was parked at the Kwik Trip on East Broadway.
Dustin Anthony Grossell, 25, of Winona, was charged with fleeing police in a motor vehicle, fleeing police on foot and two counts of driving while intoxicated. The charges allege that Grossell refused to stop the vehicle he was driving when a Goodview officer turned emergency lights on after observing Grossell nearly drive into a snowbank in January. Then, according to the criminal complaint, Grossell pulled over on Highway 61 between 54th and 44th avenues and ran into the woods. Police used a K-9 to locate Grossell, who was taken to the hospital. Tests showed his blood alcohol content at .17 percent.
Maxim Taylor Acosta, 19, of Winona, was charged with second degree burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. According to the criminal complaint, police were called to a Winona residence in January on a report of a burglary. A window was broken providing access, an iPod was missing and footprints were clear in the new snow leading away from the scene. While investigating another burglary at a local pawn shop, according to the complaint, a witness told police he’d been with Acosta when he was trying to pawn other items, and that he had given an iPod to a friend in exchange for borrowing a car. Police found the iPod along with shoes that matched the prints found at the scene. The most serious charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. He is expected to appear in court on the charges on May 3.
Ronald Wayne Langowski, 47, of Winona, was charged with false imprisonment with intentional restraint and domestic assault by strangulation. The charges stem from a February 2010 incident in which he allegedly assaulted a 42-year-old woman inside her home. According to the criminal complaint, the woman called Langowski’s mother a name after the two had been at a bar and returned to her home. The two argued and the woman went to bed, assuming Langowski had gone home. She then sent him a text message, according to the complaint, saying she wanted to see other people. Langowski then ran up the stairs and sat on the woman’s chest, according to the complaint, then pressed his thumb against a pressure point in her neck, making it hard for her to breathe. The woman told police he then head-butted her, causing her eye to be visibly swollen and red. Langowski reportedly threatened to ruin the woman’s career if she told police. During an interview with investigators, Langowski admitted to sitting on the woman and pushing the pressure point, but said that she head-butted him. The most serious charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Charles David Sackett was sentenced to 96 months in prison following a conviction for a second degree controlled substance crime. He was originally given a stay of adjudication in March 2008. On December 17, 2009, Sackett agreed to entry of conviction after being found to have committed a number of probation violations. Sackett also demanded execution of his prison sentence in two fifth degree controlled substance crime cases and was sentenced to 17 months in prison on each charge. He was also sentenced to 90 days in jail on a misdemeanor violation of a domestic abuse no contact order. All sentences are to run concurrent with each other and with the 63-month sentence he is currently serving for burglary in the second degree and false imprisonment.