Thursday, April 28
•At 11:32 p.m. police were called to Hardee’s on a report of a fight. Police met a suspect leaving the scene who said he was ordering food when his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend began yelling at him, put his hand on his shoulder and pushed him. The suspect then punched the man in the face. Police said the victim, a 22-year-old Winona man, suffered a split lip that will require stitches and leave a scar. The incident is under investigation.
•At 12:15 a.m. police were called by WSU security to a fight at 11th and Huff streets to which a large and unruly crowd had gathered. It appeared as though a fight between two women inside a car had spread into the street, eventually drawing a crowd of about 100. An officer allegedly observed Candace Denise Buckner, 25, of La Crosse, fighting with another officer and went to assist. Police said she was twisting and struggling and police had trouble containing her, eventually using mace to bring her to the ground and handcuff her. She was cited for obstructing the legal process. William Darrell Mitchell, 29, of Winona, allegedly trying to push past officers, was forced back and then rushed an officer. Police reportedly told him he was under arrest and he resisted efforts to handcuff him and was taken to the ground. He was cited for obstructing the legal process and arrested on a probation violation. An officer also reportedly struggled to subdue Melanie Lashanna Buckner, 26, of Winona, then used a Taser against her. She was cited for obstructing the legal process and disorderly conduct.
Friday, April 29
•At 11:13 p.m. police on foot patrol at Fourth and Olmstead streets observed some suspicious activity between two vehicles and believed a controlled substance sale had just occurred. An officer asked one of the men, Devin Bernard Bryson, 23, of Winona, to stop, but he walked to his vehicle and made a motion like he was throwing something into the vehicle. Police approached and Bryson was handcuffed. Another officer asked a second man, Michael Warren Pinkerton, 28, of Winona, to show him his hands, but Pinkerton allegedly refused, dug into the center console of his vehicle, tried to roll up the driver’s window and was seen throwing something out the passenger window. Police allegedly found his cell phone and a small amount of marijuana on the boulevard near Pinkerton’s vehicle, along with a small amount of cocaine on the floor of his vehicle and two open containers of alcohol in the console. Police also allegedly found a cigarette cellophane containing nine prescription narcotic pain killers believed to belong to Bryson. A third man, Marcus Surrilus Hayes, 32, unknown address, allegedly gave police a false date of birth and false middle name, and had one prescription narcotic pain killer in his jacket. Hayes was referred to the county attorney for charges of giving a false name and date of birth to police and fifth degree possession of a controlled substance. Bryson was referred to the county attorney for potential charges of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance, obstruction, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pinkerton was referred to the county attorney for potential charges of fifth degree possession of cocaine, obstruction, open bottle of alcohol in a motor vehicle and possession of a small amount of marijuana in a motor vehicle.
•At 7:50 a.m. police received a report of rocks thrown through a door on the 200 block of East Third Street.
Saturday, April 30
•At 8:46 a.m. police received a report of damage to a back window overnight at Baker’s Shoes on East Third Street. The caller said it appeared as though a piece of a tree branch had gone through the back window.
•At 1:48 p.m. police received a call reporting pizzas stolen from a freezer in a garage on the 450 block of East Fourth Street.
Sunday, May 1
•At 12:50 a.m. police received a report that a man had run over two other men in the parking lot of Taco Bell. The victims reported that they had just been at Walmart, where a truck with three males inside approached and the occupants began yelling at them. The victims then drove to Taco Bell and the truck followed. When the victims pulled into a parking stall at Taco Bell, they observed someone inside the truck throw something at their vehicle. The two victims got out of the vehicle and approached the truck to see why they threw the object at the car. The two victims allegedly tried to get the truck to stop, which then revved its engine and struck the two victims, then sped away. Police said one victim complained of abdominal pain but refused to go to the hospital in an ambulance, and the second victim complained of leg pain but also refused the ambulance. The incident is under investigation.
Friday, April 29
•At 7:50 a.m. police received a report from a woman that William Clifford Murphy, 26, of Winona, against whom she had a restraining order, was ringing her doorbell over and over at her apartment in downtown Winona. She walked to the Law Enforcement Center, and ran into Murphy who said a few words to her twice in front of law enforcement officials. He was arrested and referred to the county attorney for potential charges of violating a restraining order.
•At 7:30 p.m. police were called to a motorcycle accident on County Road 25 near Minneiska. Police found two men who had driven the motorcycles and Connie Faye Mueller, 52, of Altura, lying in the roadway. She was taken to the hospital via ambulance with serious injuries. Police said her husband, Ronald Joseph Mueller, 56, of Altura, had been driving the motorcycle she was riding, and had lost control in some sand and struck a guardrail. Police said he appeared intoxicated and are awaiting toxicology reports. The second motorcycle driver, Douglas Everett Hill, 42, of Eyota, was arrested on potential charges of driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .08 percent.
Saturday, April 30
•At 6:11 p.m. police received a report of a possible drinking party with minors that evening at 25098 County Road 9. Police went to the home at 11:21 p.m. and found several young people standing outside who said they had just arrived. A deputy spoke with a young man who agreed to help find a person who lived inside the home. As police were being led around the home they observed through a window a case of beer and a young man drinking a beer inside. When police entered the residence they reportedly noticed the odor of marijuana and saw a pipe and a small amount of the drug on the kitchen counter. Police cited Brett Joseph Hall, 19, of Winona, for underaged consumption of alcohol; Kollin Benjamin Johnson, 19, of Winona, for underaged consumption of alcohol; Christian Joseph Holien, 18, of Winona, for underaged consumption of alcohol; Luke Christopher Strobush, 18, of Winona, for possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; and a 15-year-old Winona girl for minor consumption of alcohol.
Sunday, May 1
•At 8:31 a.m. police received a report of a stop sign and a streets signs for Nascar Road and County Road 27 had been stolen. Police said the posts had been broken off and the value of the signs was estimated at $250.
•At 7:03 a.m. police contacted the registered owner of a 2000 Chevy Impala found in a ditch on Highway 248 near County Road 31. The owners said the vehicle had been stolen and was last seen parked in front of their Rollingstone house at 10 p.m. the prior evening.
Tuesday, May 3
•At 3 a.m. police were called to a residence on County Road 35 southeast of St. Charles on a report of a home invasion and assault. A 34-year-old woman reportedly woke up several times prior to 3 a.m. and believed her children might be awake and making noise. But when she woke again at just before 3 a.m., she noticed a man in her bedroom. Her 41-year-old husband fought with the man, who then fled out a rear door headed southeast into a pasture area. St. Charles officers along with members of the State Patrol, Winona County Sheriff’s Department, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Department and Rushford Police, setting up a perimeter and using a K9 to try to track the man. The man was described as a white male, about 5’6”, 175 pounds, in his mid-20s and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and a black ski mask and jeans. Police located a gray sweatshirt during the search but did not find a suspect. Police believe the man cut a screen on a window and used a crowbar to pry the window open, and that the home was locked. A crowbar was found at the scene. The husband reportedly suffered from a minor injury to his hand in the struggle. The incident is under investigation.