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POLICE BLOTTER (09/22/2010)
Winona Police

Tuesday, September 14

•At 10:56 p.m. police were called to Cotter High School on a report of paintballs fired at the building and a band trailer parked there. An employee saw a green Ford Explorer, police said. Damage and clean up expenses were estimated at over $550.

•At 1:42 p.m. police received a report of a burglary at a residence on the 1100 block of West Mark Street. A resident there said that on July 14 she had gone to the hospital and had left some jewelry in the living room on the floor. She asked her daughter to go there and move the jewelry to a safer place the following day but the jewelry was gone. Missing include a half-carat diamond ring valued at $2,000, a one-carat anniversary ring valued at $1,200, a gold ring with a half-carat of small diamonds valued at $120, a sapphire ring valued at $125, a fake sapphire bracelet valued at $200, a cocktail ring valued at $200 and a DVD player valued at $29.

•At 12:03 p.m. police received a report of 30 DVDs valued at $413 stolen from a residence on the 250 block of Center Street.

Wednesday, September 15

•At 9:47 p.m. police were called on a report of paintballs thrown at Cotter High School at the overpass, building and band trailer parked there, as well as a suspicious green Ford Explorer in the area. Police pulled the vehicle over at Tenth and Vila streets and found three men and three paintball guns. They eventually admitted to firing paintballs at the school. Joshua David Beier, 18, of Winona, Ryan Michael Eichman, 18, of Winona, and Kyle Joseph Florin, 19, of Winona were all referred to the county attorney for charges of felony damage to property. Police said that the damage estimate was $1,878.

Friday, September 17

•At 8:43 a.m. police received a call reporting a hit and run accident on the 250 block of Vila Street. A resident there said he heard a crash at about 1:30 a.m. and woke to find damage to his vehicle and white paint transfer. •At 12:33 p.m. police received a report of a Macbook rented from Winona State University stolen from a residence on the 100 block of West Mark Street during a party.

Saturday, September 18

•At 12:33 a.m. police were called to Third and Market streets on a report of a fight. When police arrived they were approached by two women who said that Jonathon Daniel Wilson, 22, of Melrose, Wis., had pushed one of them and punched her in the face. Five or six men who saw the incident reportedly grabbed Wilson and beat him on the street. Police found Wilson at Hardee’s and arrested him on charges of domestic assault causing fear.

•At 9:28 p.m. police were called to the 600 block of West Fifth Street to remove an unwanted person from a residence there. A 23-year-old Winona man told police that Justin Dean Schultz, 25, of Winona, Mark Alan Schultz, 27, of Winona, and Brent Lee Williams, 25, of Winona, had entered his residence, sat down and began drinking beer. He felt unsafe and asked police to remove the three. When police arrived they asked the three to leave, and they did, but the resident said he feared they would return. Three minutes after police left the resident called police again, stating the three had returned and were trying to break down the door, also reporting he suspected one had a gun. Police arrived and found Justin Dean Schultz and ordered him to the ground. The other two were not found, although police did set up a perimeter. All three were referred to the county attorney for charges of terroristic threats, liability for the crimes of another, disorderly conduct and trespassing. The victim told police the three men said they would kill him and his children.

•At 12:59 a.m. an officer on patrol on Second Street near Schyde’s Bar noticed two people at the rear door who appeared to be engaged in a sexual act. The officer turned his squad car around and noted the two appeared to be engaged in another sex act. Police cited the two, Melissa Ann Wynia, 26, of Winona, and Mantrel Lee King, 27, of Winona, for indecent exposure. King was also brought in on a violation of the terms of his probation which require he abstain from alcohol use. Police said his blood alcohol content was measured at .24 percent. Both denied exposing themselves.

Sunday, September 19

•At 1:20 p.m. police cited Samantha Lee Wibstad, 26, of Baxter, Minn., for running a red light at Highway 61 and Vila Street and colliding with another vehicle.

•At 6:39 p.m. police responded to a call reporting a person looking into a window on the 100 block of East Sixth Street. The caller reported that the suspect had broken a window and cut himself on the glass, then left in a blue convertible Jeep. Police found the vehicle at Seventh and Franklin streets and pulled it over. The passenger was bleeding profusely from his right arm and police called for medical assistance. The passenger, Bradley Michael Suchla, 20, of Winona, became combative and punched a firefighter in the chin, then had to be restrained and taken to the hospital via ambulance. The driver said that he was just trying to help his friend, who had become upset and smashed things in his home, then hit a window nearby and cut himself. Police referred Suchla to the county attorney’s office for charges of criminal damage to property, fourth degree assault, minor consumption of alcohol and obstruction with force.

•At 12:24 a.m. police received a call from a cab driver about a belligerent customer. Jesse Paul Benson, 28, of Rochester, took a cab from downtown to the area of 12th and Mankato streets. On the way he asked the driver to switch the radio station to country music. When the driver would not, Benson reportedly said he would not pay the full cab fare. Another passenger said she would go inside a nearby house and get the rest of the cab fare, and the driver asked that Benson stay with the cab to ensure she would return. Benson reportedly grabbed the cab driver’s glasses and broke them, then ran from police when they arrived. He was referred to the county attorney for charges of damage to property, theft of services and fleeing police on foot.

Monday, September 20

•At 1:49 p.m. police arrested Halley Marie Thomsen, 19, of Winona, for felony domestic assault after she allegedly choked and scratched a man at a residence on the 1200 block of Gilmore Avenue.

Winona County

Friday, September 17

•At 11:32 p.m. police stopped a vehicle driven by John Ralph Oelke, 54, of La Crescent, Minn., after observing it cross the center line several times on County Road 5 near Echo Valley Drive. He appeared intoxicated and was arrested for driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .27 percent.

Monday, September 20

•At 8 a.m. police received a report of stolen items from a 45-year-old Nodine man. He told police that he had purchased two farm tractor radiators, two farm tractor front wheel caps, one farm tractor engine block and one set of farm tractor wheel weights from an auction on County Road 16 on the 18th. When he went to retrieve them on the 20th, they were gone. Police are investigating.

•At 9:15 a.m. police received a call reporting damage to Rollingstone Elementary on Main Street in Rollingstone. Eight glass window panes were broken and three screens were damaged. The damage was estimated at $500. 


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