Wednesday, March 2
ĽAt 10:06 a.m. police were called to the Winona Senior High School by a probation agent requesting that a hollowed out pen be field tested for the presence of cocaine. The plastic pen component was found on a 17-year-old Winona boy who was on probation. Police said that the residue on the pen did field test positive for cocaine, but that the field test consumed all of the residue left and so he could not be charged with possession. The probation agent said that a urine test would be requested of the boy to determine if he had been using cocaine. The boy said the pen component was not his.
ĽAt 9:30 a.m. police were called by a worker for the city of Winona who had found a Toshiba laptop on a city street somewhere. The laptop appeared to have been driven over but the hard drive was intact. Police said there is a sticker on the laptop that may be used to identify the device. Anyone who thinks the laptop may belong to them may call or visit the Winona Police Department.
Thursday, March 3
ĽAt 12:10 a.m. police stopped a vehicle for speeding at Huff and Lake Boulevard. The driver, Spencer Donald Paulson, 19, of Ettrick, Wis., appeared intoxicated and was cited for driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .16 percent, no seat belt and speeding. Passenger Eric Jon Halvorson, 18, of Osseo, Wis., was cited for having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and underaged consumption of alcohol.
ĽAt 11:30 p.m. police noticed three men standing near the rear passenger door of a Dodge parked at the municipal lot at Fifth and Center streets who appeared to be rummaging through the vehicle. When the three noticed the patrol car, they quickly began walking away. One of the men was wearing a tool belt and police found that the three had about $150 in hand tools with them. Police contacted a construction company manager who was doing work on a nearby building who came and identified the tools as belonging to the company. Nicholas Michael Cliff, 18, of Crystal Lake, Ill., was cited for theft, underaged consumption of alcohol and underaged possession of alcohol. Brian Abraham Bergen, 18, of Winona, was cited for theft and underaged consumption. Dylan Jacob Hess, 19, of Winona, was cited for theft and underaged consumption. Police said Cliff had a backpack with beer inside. He was taken to detox.
ĽAt 5:45 p.m. police cited Brittany Kathleen Kalmes, 30, of Winona, for theft by shoplifting, disorderly conduct and fifth degree assault. Police are still writing reports on the incident and it is unclear what Kalmes allegedly attempted to steal. Police said she became angry when staff at Menards tried to keep her at the store while waiting for police to arrive, and she bit one of them.
Friday, March 4
ĽAt 1:35 a.m. police stopped a vehicle at Huff and Third streets for having a brake light out. The driver, Sara Jane Vansloun, 20, of Bloomington, Minn., allegedly appeared intoxicated and was cited for driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .14 percent.
Wednesday, March 2
ĽAt 10:19 p.m. police observed a vehicle driving in the center of the roadway on County Road 37 near County Road 26. The driver did not stop initially when the officer turned on emergency lights and sirens and instructed him to stop over the P.A. system. After about 100 yards the vehicle stopped and the driver ran into the woods. The deputy pursued the driver on foot and attempted to use a tazer against the man. The driver, Santiago Rojas-Gasca, 36, of St. Charles, eventually gave up and stopped. Police said he appeared intoxicated and was cited for driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .15 percent. He was also referred to the county attorney for charges of fleeing police in a motor vehicle, fleeing police on foot, driving after cancellation, giving a false name to police, obstructing the legal process and no insurance. Police said he also had several warrants for his arrest.
Friday, March 4
ĽAt 12:55 a.m. police stopped a vehicle at Fifth and Pelzer streets for having a license plate light burned out and an object suspended from the rearview mirror. The driver, Robert Charles Hanson, 52, of Winona, allegedly appeared intoxicated and was cited for driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .09 percent and driving after suspension.
ĽAt 1:50 a.m. police received a call reporting a possibly intoxicated driver leaving St. Charles on Highway 14 headed east. Police found a vehicle matching the description driving between 32 and 39 mph on the highway and observed it cross the center line. The driver, Dustin Roy Wetzel, 26, of Winona, allegedly appeared intoxicated and was cited for driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .27 percent. Police said he was taken to detox in Rochester.