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PoLICE BLOTTER (05/18/2011)
Winona Police

Saturday, May 7

•At 1:30 a.m. police responded to a report of an assault at the Freedom gas station on Fifth Street. Police said Benedict William Beinborn, 22, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., was in line for a sandwich when he punched another man in the face. Police cited him for fifth degree assault.

Thursday, May 12

•At 9:45 a.m. police responded to a bicycle and vehicle accident at Sixth and High Forest streets. A bicycle ridden by Brian Michael Mulvey, 61, of Winona, was eastbound on the north sidewalk and entered the intersection without slowing down or looking, police said, and struck the front passenger side of a vehicle driven by Ida Marlene Blum, 50, of Winona, who had just pulled out from a stop sign on High Forest. He was taken to the hospital via ambulance.

Friday, May 13

•At 3:49 p.m. police received a report of a potential burglary on the 150 block of East Eighth Street. A 19-year-old Winona man told police he had moved out of a rental property there and still had possessions in a garage. He went there and noticed his motorized bicycle was loaded into the back of a truck. The driver of the truck said a man at a bar had sold him the bicycle for $100. Police spoke to the man and told him he could not sell property that didn’t belong to him.

Saturday, May 14

•At 11:08 p.m. police cited a 15-year-old Winona boy for minor consumption of alcohol after a tracking program test showed he had consumed alcohol.

•At 3:09 p.m. police responded to a report from Menards of a man who had switched price tags on pine stair treads and risers. The man, Corey James Schanhoffer, 34, of Sparta, then checked out with the merchandise. He was referred to the county attorney on charges of theft.

•At 11:43 p.m. police observed a man urinating on the 100 block of West Third Street. The man, Adam Thomas Nyseth, 31, of Minneapolis, tried to run when the officer approached, and ran straight into a parked car, denting it. Police cited him for public urination and fleeing police on foot and said potential damage to property charges may be pending.

•At 8:19 a.m. police received a report of stolen aluminum door frames from Glass Replacement on the 1600 block of West Fifth Street. An employee reported eight or nine door frames stolen from the east side of the building.

•At 10:39 a.m. police received a report of a chair on a porch broken and a screen torn at a residence on the 500 block of West Eighth Street.

Sunday, May 15

•At 1:11 a.m. police spotted a man urinating on the 500 block of East Third Street and cited him for public urination. The man, Todd William Hanson, 29, of Winona, then allegedly threw the citation on the ground and was also cited for littering.

•At 6:35 p.m. police received a call reporting a vehicle crossing the Interstate bridge was driving erratically. Police stopped the vehicle and the driver, Ehren Frederick Doerr, 39, of Winona, was cited for fourth degree driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .19 percent, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

•At 4:56 p.m. police responded to a one motorcycle accident on Highway 14 near Knopp Valley Drive. Dean Forest Hanson, 19, of Winona, was southbound on Highway 14 when he lost control of the vehicle and laid it down. Passenger Brittany Mercedes Autry, 19, hit her forehead on the pavement and was transported to the hospital via ambulance.

Monday, May 16

•At 3:17 p.m. police received a report of the theft of a purse at Target. An 80-year-old Winona woman was sitting at a table in the Starbucks part of Target when she got up to do some shopping. She remembered a few minutes later that she had forgotten her purse at a table. When she went back and looked for it, a witness said a man and a woman had pointed at the purse, taken it and left. Police reviewed video and identified the woman, who had made a credit card purchase before leaving. After questioning the woman police cited Ivan Nathaniel Irons, 28, of Winona, for theft. Police said he threw the purse in a nearby shopping cart after removing approximately $300 in cash. Police recovered the cash.

Tuesday, May 17

•At 12:52 a.m. police received a call from Jimmy Jams on East Third Street reporting an attempted burglary. An employee had returned to the store to do some work and found a man at the back door who appeared to be attempting to gain entry through a broken window covered in plastic. The man was described as a white male in his 30s wearing a gray sweatshirt, jeans and a black stocking cap. Police said he did not gain entry and nothing was missing.

Winona County

Monday, May 16

•At 3:30 p.m. police responded to a motorcycle accident on County Road 15 near Hokah. Police said a motorcycle driven by Richard King, 61, of Winona, hit some gravel at the bottom of a hill near a corner and went over a culvert, was airborne about 20 feet, then hit the ground and rolled three times. King was transported to the hospital via ambulance with serious injuries. Police said he was not wearing a helmet.

•At 5:45 p.m. the Winona County Rural Crime Unit and the Southeast Minnesota Drug Task Force were working on a drug investigation south of St. Charles, and preparing to pull over a Ford Taurus with suspects inside on County Road 74. When officers attempted to pull over the vehicle, it sped to about 100 mph, police said. The vehicle traveled to Chatfield and onto Highway 52. As the vehicle approached Olmsted County, police called off the pursuit for safety concerns and the Minnesota State Patrol put stop sticks on the roadway at Highway 52 and I-90. The suspect vehicle continued at high speeds, entering the wrong lane to avoid the stop sticks, police said. The vehicle traveled approximately one more mile before the engine died and the four occupants fled on foot through a farm yard. The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Department and Rochester Police assisted in the search. The driver, Renee Jeantee Wimbish, 29, of Rochester, was arrested and taken into custody on charges of fleeing police in a motor vehicle. A 35-year-old Rochester man, who had been a passenger, was questioned and released. A 39-year-old passenger was arrested and is being held in Olmsted County Jail and it is unclear if a fourth suspect had been located. Police are still investigating the incident and say drug charges may also be pending.



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