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PoLICE BLOTTER (04/03/2011)
Winona Police

Tuesday, March 29

•At 10:33 a.m. police received a report that Samuel Natha Ricketts, 22, of Winona, had left a message for a woman with a domestic abuse no contact order against him. Police mailed him a citation for violating the order.

Wednesday, March 30

•At 4:38 p.m. police received a call reporting a cell phone stolen from the Winona Middle School. The 13-year-old student had lost the phone at about 10:20 a.m., and a relative had reportedly gotten text messages from the phone since it went missing. Police later recovered the phone at the Maplewood Townhomes and are reviewing phone records as part of the investigation.

•At 12:29 p.m. fire and ambulance personnel responded to a request to check the welfare of a resident on the 150 block of East Fourth Street. When they arrived, the man, Stephen Anthony Blum, 53, of Winona, became agitated, grabbed two steak knives and chased the workers out of the residence. Police arrived and kicked down the door when he would not answer it. When the man wouldn’t comply with police orders, police used a Taser against him and took him into custody. He was referred to the county attorney for potential charges of second degree assault.

•At 1:08 p.m. police were called on a report of a hit-and-run accident. A vehicle driven by Kevin Paul Hagan, 20, of Winona, allegedly struck a parked vehicle while trying to park in the lot at Southeast Technical College, then drove away. A witness took the license plate number down and left a note on the vehicle that had been damaged. Police later found Hagan’s vehicle parked in another part of the lot. He was cited for failing to report a property damage accident.

Thursday, March 31

•At 1:42 a.m. police received a call reporting a person attempting to break into a residence on the 300 block of East Fourth Street. While police were in route to the residence, dispatch informed them that the caller could hear a man inside the home asking for a person named Jessica. When police arrived they found a door open with a shoe print on it, appearing as though the man had kicked the door in. The man, Gabriel David Muller, 25, of Winona, was taken into custody and referred to the county attorney for charges of first degree burglary, disorderly conduct, and third and fourth degree criminal damage to property. A preliminary breath test showed his blood alcohol content at .228 percent. The two female residents said they didn’t know the man, nor anyone named Jessica he might be looking for.

•At 11:27 p.m. police observed two men walking at Broadway and Center Street carrying open beers. One man took off running when he saw police and was apprehended after about three blocks. Police said the man, Dylan Adrian Spaeth, 18, of Clear Lake, Minn., wouldn’t comply with police orders and an officer struck him with his knee in the leg area several times to subdue him. He was cited for minor consumption of alcohol and fleeing police on foot.

•At 9:27 a.m. police received a call reporting a burglary at a residence on the 1050 block of Country Drive. The resident said that all the doors were locked except a service door to the garage. A Gateway laptop valued at $900 and a Samsung cell phone valued at $200 went missing overnight. Police are investigating.

Friday, April 1

•At 1:36 a.m. police observed a vehicle with a loud exhaust that traveled in the wrong lane at Fifth and Hamilton streets. The vehicle then pulled over and the officer pulled up behind it and activated the squad lights. The driver, Dustin Boe Jertson, 21, of Winona, ran. One officer caught him and the two fell to the ground and Jertson allegedly ran again and was tackled by the second officer. He was cited for third degree driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .22 percent and fleeing police on foot.

Winona County

Sunday, March 27

•At 9:48 p.m. police received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked on Gopher Road. When police arrived the vehicle began to drive off and was pulled over. The driver, Devin Lee Polus, 24, no permanent address, initially gave police his brother’s name and date of birth. He was later cited for giving a false name and date of birth to police and for driving after revocation.

Tuesday, March 29

•At 6 p.m. police were called to Apple Blossom Drive on a report of a stray dog. The white terrier was taken in but refused by the Humane Society due to aggressive behavior. Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand said the dog was nice to him and appears to be well cared for, asking that the owner come forward to claim the animal. The dog is a white terrier with a bit of black on the face. Call the Sheriff’s Department for more information at 457-6368.

Wednesday, March 30

•At 9:46 p.m. police stopped a vehicle on County Road 11 south of Ridgeway for speeding. The driver, Jaime Faye Arnold, 19, of La Crosse, was cited for underaged drinking and driving and underaged consumption of alcohol. The following passengers were also cited for underaged consumption of alcohol: Angela Beth Graf, 19, of La Crescent; Ally Kay Sheehan, 20, of Caledonia; Adam Richard Wolfert, 19, of La Crosse; and Jessica Leigh Gerke, 19, of La Crosse.



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