Thursday, March 17
•At 10:09 p.m. police were called to the Winona Pastoral Center on a report of a person who had gotten into the vestibule there, was locked in, then broke a window to get out. When police arrived they found Brett Casey Mueller, 20, of Winona, running away. He was cited for fleeing on foot and minor consumption of alcohol. Police said a witness confirmed he was not the one who broke out of the Winona Pastoral Center. Police were unable to locate a suspect in that incident.
Friday, March 18
•At 2:33 a.m. police were called to a residence at Eighth and Huff streets on a report of a man on a deck trying to get into a house. When police arrived, they found a resident holding Alex Dennis Kroells, 20, of Winona, suspected of trying to get into the house. Police said Kroells was intoxicated and agitated, flailing and spitting at officers. Police said he became so aggressive they had to hold him down while waiting for an ambulance, and that he kicked an officer in the nose in the process. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation with a blood alcohol content measured at .204 percent and referred to the county attorney for charges of fourth degree assault on a police officer, obstructing the legal process with force and minor consumption of alcohol.
•At 12:59 a.m. police were called to Winona Health on a report of a man who had been attacked and was suffering from a partially severed ear. Police arrived and found that a 1” by 1.5” upper section of his left ear was missing. He told police he’d been at a party at 10th and Laird streets and a black male, 6’2” and 170 pounds wearing jeans and a light shirt who he didn’t know gave him dirty looks. He said he left the party and the man followed, and that he ran east on 10th Street for about 2 and a half blocks before the man tackled him and bit a section of his ear off. Police spoke with a man who said he had been with the victim when he was assaulted, and that he was also assaulted. The witness told police the two had been at a party at 10th and Lafayette streets, then left, and three to four males ran toward them and assaulted them. He called 911 at 10th and Olmstead streets reporting the assault, but when officers arrived they didn’t find anyone there. Another set of witnesses told police they picked up the victim at the Huff and Sarnia Kwik Trip and brought him to the hospital. Police looked in several locations where the assault may have occurred but did not find the missing portion of the victim’s ear. Police are investigating the incident.
Saturday, March 19
•At 3:24 p.m. police received a report of a laptop stolen from the bowling alley at the Winona Athletic Club. The manager of the alley told police he left his Hewlett Packard laptop, valued at $1,200, at the bowling center bar when he locked up at 11:30 p.m. on the 18th. When he returned at 3:15 p.m. the following day, the alley was not locked and the laptop was missing. Police are investigating the incident.
Sunday, March 20
•At 1:52 a.m. police were flagged down by Winona State University security at Ninth and Winona streets and said they were called to a reported fight there. Police noted one man tried to walk away when they arrived. The man initially gave police an ID of a 24-year-old Wisconsin man, then became “disruptive” and slapped an officer’s hand. He was placed under arrest and another person at the scene asked officers if they had figured out who he really was. Police then learned that the man had given them the ID of another, and his real name was Dustin Joe Lee Engel, 20, of Friendship, Wis. He was referred to the county attorney for charges of gross misdemeanor giving a false name and date of birth to police, disorderly conduct and minor consumption of alcohol.
Friday, March 18
•At 9:51 p.m. police arrested two people on possession of cocaine charges following a sale of cocaine to the men from a confidential informant. Fredrick Riser, 19, of Winona, and Erwin Darrell Beckom, 34, of Milwaukee, Wis., allegedly gave the informant $600 for cocaine, then met at the Belleview East Apartments. The informant allegedly gave the two men 13 grams of the drug. Police arrested the two immediately after receiving the drugs, which were found on the passenger side floorboard of the vehicle they were in. The two were referred to the county attorney for potential charges of second degree controlled substance violations.
Saturday, March 19
•At 2:09 a.m. police received a call reporting a fire at Red’s Kitchen in Altura, along with two apartments in the back of the building. Police arrived and found three residents who lived in one apartment. Although they did not speak English police learned that no one else was inside the building. Altura and Rollingstone Fire Department fought the blaze.