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POLICE BLOTTER (03/20/2011)
Winona Police

Friday, March 11

•At 11:05 a.. police received a report that three doors on a rental property had been kicked in on the 50 block of East Ninth Street. The residents were out of town at the time and recently reported items missing. Reported missing was a 32” TV, a 42” flat screen TV, Bose speakers and a utility knife.

Wednesday, March 16

•At 10:50 p.m. police received a report of damage to a vehicle parked at Winona Bowl. A 20-year-old man told police his windshield and passenger window were shattered and there was a long scratch down the length of the car. The vehicle had been parked there since 8:20 p.m.

•At 11:13 p.m. police were called to the 500 block of West Fifth Street on a report of a soda machine tipped over.

•At 2:03 p.m. police were called to the Winona Area Alternative Learning Center on a report of a juvenile female found with marijuana. A counselor there had been meeting with the 17-year-old Minnesota City girl when she reportedly noticed a pill bottle on the girl. The counselor reportedly asked to see it, and found it contained marijuana. The girl was referred to the county attorney for charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Friday, March 18

•At 3:14 a.m. police were called to Morningside Terrace Apartments on a report of an assault. When police arrived, several people ran away, and police could not find anyone with information on an assault. Several people outside were identified as underaged drinkers. A 17-year-old Winona girl was cited for minor consumption of alcohol and curfew violation. Justin Dean Armstrong, 18, of Winona, was cited for underaged consumption of alcohol. Mitchell David Kronebusch, 18, of Winona, was cited for underaged consumption of alcohol. Alex Roger Volkman, 20, of Winona, was cited for underaged consumption of alcohol.

Winona County

Wednesday, March 16

•At 4:29 p.m. police responded to a rollover accident at County Road 23 just south of Highway 61. A vehicle driven by Javier Perez Barrientos, 22, of Minnesota City, was traveling westbound on County Road 23 when he struck the gravel shoulder on the right side, then lost control, spun out and entered the left side ditch and rolled. Police said he was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to the hospital via ambulance with non life-threatening injuries. Police cited him for careless driving, driving after cancellation and no insurance.

Friday, March 18

•At 2:34 a.m. police stopped a vehicle at Sixth and Harriet streets for crossing the center line. The driver, Andrew Joseph Ruben, 28, of Winona, allegedly smelled like alcohol and was cited for driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .17 percent.

•At 12:59 a.m. police stopped a vehicle at Fifth and Franklin streets for having no license plate light. Police said the driver, Chad Ahren Edel, 23, of Winona, showed signs of intoxication but alcohol tests showed his blood alcohol content at .06 percent. Police said he did not operate the vehicle improperly but also did not pass field sobriety tests, and was cited for careless driving.

District Court

Devin Lee Polus, 24, of Winona, was charged with third degree assault causing substantial bodily harm, two counts of malicious punishment of a child and domestic assault this week in district court. According to the criminal complaint, a social worker noticed a child in Polus’ care had a cast on his arm in January, 2011. An adult relative told the worker that the boy had slipped on the ice, but the boy said that Polus pushed him out of bed when he was drunk and being mean. According to the criminal complaint, Polus told the boy and a sibling to lie and say the injury was caused by a fall on the ice. The sibling confirmed it had occurred when Polus pushed the boy. The boy suffered from a wrist fracture. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Polus has several prior domestic assault convictions as well as a conviction for violating a domestic abuse no contact order.

Charles David Sackett, 27, of Faribault Correctional Facility, was charged with three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct this week in district court, alleging he had sexual contact with a child under 13. According to the criminal complaint, the victim was seen by a doctor in July, 2010, when a person caring for the child told the doctor the child had been describing sexual abuse by Sackett. The victim described various sexual acts which injured her, as well as the various places they allegedly occurred. According to the criminal complaint, the child and family lived in at least 10 different residences between 2007 and 2008, with several matching the child’s descriptions of where the alleged abuse occurred. A relative formerly charged with the victim’s care said she came home once and found the two on the bed, and that Sackett moved the victim away quickly, and that the victim may have only been wearing a diaper at the time. The relative formerly charged with the victim’s care also told police that the victim asked not to be left alone with Sackett, but that she didn’t pay attention and the child eventually stopped asking. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine and carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 144 months in prison.

 

 

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