December 3, 2010
•Police received a report of items missing from a residence, including a Playstation 2, a controller and several games. The resident suspected an acquaintance. Police questioned Paul Anthony Clark, 21, of Winona, after finding several of the items had been pawned under his name. He was referred to the county attorney for charges of possession of stolen property. Clark told police he got the items from a man he knew as “Albert.”
Wednesday, April 6
•At 11:13 p.m. police were called to a residence near Fifth and Pelzer to stand by while a woman retrieved personal items from the home, suspecting she might need assistance because a man there was drinking. When police arrived they saw the man, Scott Curtis Rinn, 43, of Winona, drive away and fail to signal a turn. He was referred to the county attorney for charges of driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .09 percent and driving after revocation.
•At 6:05 p.m. police cited Tyler Wayne Brown, 23, of Rushford, for theft by shoplifting after he allegedly tried stealing from Shopko.
Thursday, April 7
•At 2:04 a.m. police stopped a vehicle at Ninth and Franklin streets after observing it fail to make a complete stop at a stop sign and noting a brake light was out. The driver, Hristofor Hristoforov Gakev, 30, of Winona, appeared intoxicated, according to police, and was cited for driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .15 percent.
Friday, April 8
•At 12:21 a.m. police stopped a vehicle on the Highway 43 bridge for having a suspended object in the rearview mirror. The driver, Tyler Wayne Brown, 21, of Rushford, was cited for driving after suspension and allowing an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Passenger Aime Jo Dewitte, 20, of Minnesota City, was cited for minor consumption of alcohol and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
•At 1:28 a.m. police observed a vehicle parked in a lot on Main Street between Third and Second streets where it appeared several people were trying to get inside the trunk. The driver, Andrew Joseph Russell, 20, of Sugarland, Texas, was cited for underaged drinking and driving with a blood alcohol content measured at .08 percent.
Wednesday, April 6
•At 10:46 p.m. police stopped a vehicle on County Road 20 near Bethany Drive for speeding. The driver, Matthew David Neumann, 21, of Altura, appeared intoxicated, according to police, and was cited for driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .12 percent.
•At 8:30 a.m. police reported a dispute injured a shift commander in the jail. Inmate in isolation Justin Michael Wnuk, 18, of Winona, asked to use the phone and was told to wait. He began banging on things in his cell and the shift commander opened the door and told him to sit down. Wnuk refused and came close to the shift commander, who pushed Wnuk back and told him to sit down. Wnuk fell back onto the bed and then jumped up again and tried to grab the shift commander, according to police. The shift commander took Wnuk down to the ground and the two scuffled, along with a second corrections officer. The shift commander suffered from scratches on his arm and Wnuk was referred to the county attorney for charges of fourth degree assault on a corrections officer.
Thursday, April 7
•At 3:59 a.m. police received a call reporting a gas drive off at the Nodine Kwik Trip. Police said a light blue semi truck driver pumped $789.41 in gas, used the bathroom, didn’t pay, and drove off. Police are investigating.
•At 8:59 p.m. police stopped a vehicle on Highway 74 near Saratoga for speeding. The driver, Anthony Wayne Klema, 31, of Dover, appeared intoxicated, according to police, and was cited for driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .11 percent, and speeding.
Friday, April 8
•At 7:26 a.m. emergency responders were called to the Lewiston Monument Company on Highway 14 after a 1,200 pound stone fell onto a man’s leg. Police said Cameron Kennedy, 29, of Altura, was moving the stone, tipping it toward him to get a cart underneath it when the stone fell on top of his leg. Two others helped move the stone from atop Kennedy and he was taken to a La Crosse hospital via the Mayo 1 helicopter.
Nichole Marie Pearson, 30, of Winona, was charged with aiding and abetting felony theft and receiving stolen property this week in district court. According to the criminal complaint, Pearson is believed to have been involved in two thefts from a bar in Winona, one on December 31, 2008 and another on February 28, 2009. In both cases cash and checks were stolen from a cash register during business hours, with $9,500 reportedly missing in the first incident and $2,200 in the second. A second suspect told investigators that Pearson was not present during the first theft but was given some of the money the day after, and that she acted as a lookout for the second theft. Both charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. She is expected to appear in court on April 26.