•At 1:25 p.m. police were called to a residence where a man who admitted to using plant food was behaving strangely, and had killed a cat. Police said the house had been trashed, and the man, Arlyn Alvin Groth, 46, said burglars who had come through the ceiling had done it. Police said he kicked a cat, causing it to die. He was referred to the county attorney’s office for potential charges of animal cruelty.
Friday, August 12
•At 3:15 p.m. police received a report of two wallets stolen from two purses at Steak Shop Catering on East Mark Street. One wallet contained $260 in cash and a Benchmade knife. The other included about $30 in cash and various cards.
Sunday, August 14
•At 7:07 a.m. police were called to the 400 block of Grand Street on a report of a man who had broken into the residence and appeared intoxicated and confused. The resident was able to get him out of the house and told police he had walked toward the lake. Police found the man, Cody James Salo, 20, of Cloquet, Minn., at Fourth and Huff streets and cited him for underaged consumption of alcohol.
Monday, August 15
•At 4:54 p.m. police were called by a Rochester man complaining that items at his storage unit on the 1100 block of East Seventh Street had been burglarized. The unit contained furniture, dishes and other household items.
Tuesday, August 16
•At 10:45 p.m. police were called to the 200 block of East Fourth Street on a report of a man threatening two people with knives. A woman told police she had been speaking with David William Ranzenberger, 24, of Winona, in a common area at the apartment building when he told her he had gotten a knife to kill her new boyfriend. When the boyfriend entered the room, Ranzenberger allegedly grabbed two steak knives and advanced toward the two, threatening to kill them and slice their faces. The two ran to their apartment, where Ranzenberger allegedly kicked and stabbed the door. Police arrested him on charges of second degree assault, domestic assault causing fear and terroristic threats.
•At 7:43 a.m. police were called to the 350 block of West Sixth Street on a report of a woman asleep on a porch. Holly Rose Edelburg, 19, of Winona, was cited for underaged consumption of alcohol.
Thursday, August 18
•At 12:37 a.m. police on patrol observed a man outside Cheater’s Bar grab a hanging tree branch, kick it down and use it to strike a car. The officer approached the man and confronted him. When the man became unruly, police used pepper spray on him, and said he spit on an officer during the ordeal. The man, Cody James Poshusta-Schmitz, 21, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., was cited for fourth degree assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, and for violating a city ordinance against injuring a tree.
•At 8:03 p.m. police responded to a report of a burglary at a residence on the 350 block of West Eighth Street. A woman reported that a Nintendo Wii along with several controllers were missing. She said her roommates heard someone turn off the television and go to the bathroom at about 4 a.m. The door was unlocked.
•At 4:08 p.m. police received a call from a man with a self storage unit on the 200 block Ben Street who was missing several items. He said the lock had been cut off and replaced with a different lock. He called the storage company, which claimed it had not put the new lock on the unit. The man then cut the new lock off and found that a radio controlled truck, class ring and several tools were missing.
•At 12:40 p.m. police were called about an unknown man passed out on a couch on the 750 block of West Mark Street. Police cited Blake Richard Cartwright, 19, of Burnsville, Minn., for underaged consumption of alcohol.
Friday, August 19
•At 1:42 a.m. police received a report of a woman passed out in a parking lot on the 150 block of West Second Street. Police found Roxy Jo Ryan, 20, of Tracy, Minn., and cited her for underaged consumption of alcohol with a blood alcohol content measured at .237 percent. Police said she was taken to detox.
•At 12:20 a.m. police saw Cole William Dierickx, 19, of Frontenac, Minn., at Seventh and Washington with two open beers and cited him for underaged consumption of alcohol with a blood alcohol content measured at .153 percent.
•At 1:15 a.m. police stopped a vehicle at 10th and Franklin streets for not having headlights on. The driver, Kayla Marie Baker, 20, of Preston, Minn., was cited for underaged drinking and driving with a blood alcohol content measured at .044 percent.
•At 1:30 a.m. police responded to a fight complaint at Schyde’s Drinks and Whatnot. Police said Shannon Peter Evans, 43, of Winona, shoved a woman there. He was referred to the county attorney’s office for potential charges of fifth degree domestic assault and felony domestic assault. Police said he has several prior domestic assault convictions.
Monday, August 15
•At 8:56 p.m. police were called by a man who said his sister was in a hostage situation at a residence in Wyattville on County Road 25. The man reported that she was staying at a residence there and had sent him text messages saying she had been threatened and feared for her life. Police called in the SWAT team and surrounded the house. The woman exited through a window, and police said it was difficult to understand what she was saying. She told police she had been staying at the home while she went through drug withdrawals. Police attempted to interview her and then took her to Winona Health for an evaluation. Police tried to get the other occupants of the residence to come outside, but could not get a response. Police went back the following day and interviewed Ricky John Schultz, 49, who lives at the home and allegedly threatened the woman. He told police he had become upset when the woman continually sent text messages to people saying he was threatening her, who then were calling him. He said he entered the bedroom where she had been staying, yelled at her, and punched a hole in the wall. Schultz agreed that he had probably frightened the woman. Police arrested him for terroristic threats.
Tuesday, August 16
•At 4:45 p.m. police were called to Ridge Hill Drive on a report of a man throwing furniture in the road. Police found Brandon Lee Thatcher, 48, of Stockton, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. Police said he was on parole and was not supposed to drink alcohol. An officer also noticed a shotgun with a flashlight taped to it at the residence, and said Thatcher is not supposed to have firearms, either. Police arrested him and referred him for a charge of felon in possession of a firearm.
Thursday, August 18
•At 7:18 p.m. police received a call reporting a burglary at a residence on County Road 17 in Wiscoy. A resident there had been gone for several days and returned to find his back door had been pried open, with a 32” television and six cases of beer missing. Police are investigating.
Friday, August 19
•At 3:14 a.m. police were called on a report of a boat that had hit something underwater that threw several people into the river and caused the boat to begin sinking. All four occupants were pulled from the river after the incident near the St. Charles Boat Landing. The boat operator, Corey Dean Hyde, 34, of Winona, was taken to Winona Health with an apparent head injury. Police are investigating the incident.