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POLICE BLOTTER (08/31/2011)
Winona Police

August 17

•At 8:18 p.m. police received a call from a 22-year-old Winona woman reporting her driver side mirror was broken off while parked in the 450 block of Dakota Street. Police said there was a shoe print on the mirror.

Friday, August 26

•At 10:49 p.m. police observed a man urinating outside at Fifth and Winona streets. The man, Collin Kingsley Bewley, 19, of Farmington, Minn., was cited for underaged consumption of alcohol and public urination.

•At 11:50 a.m. police received a call reporting a pink and purple child’s bike stolen from a residence on the 850 block of West Sixth Street.

•At 2:02 p.m. police went to the Maplewood Townhomes to find a 15-year-old boy with a detention order. Police said Sabrina Denise Walker, 34, of Winona, became belligerent when police would not let the boy go upstairs and change his pants again. Police said Walker got on the staircase between the officer and the boy, the officer fell onto Walker while holding the boy’s leg, and police said Walker allegedly kicked and pushed the officer. Walker was referred to the county attorney’s office for potential charges of obstructing the legal process and gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process with force. The boy was referred to the county attorney’s office for potential charges of fourth degree assault, obstructing the legal process, and gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process with force. Police used a Tazer on both the boy and Walker.

•At 10:04 a.m. police were called to the 1100 block of East Seventh Street on a report of items stolen from a self storage shed. The lock had been pried off and missing were cast iron and toy antiques.

Saturday, August 27

•At 1:03 a.m. police observed a man throw a beer bottle into the street that shattered at Second and Johnson streets. The man, Andrew Charles Hoffman, 21, of West Bend, Wis., was cited for obstructing the legal process and littering, and reportedly struggled with police when he was being cited.

•At 12:47 a.m. police received a call reporting a piece of metal thrown through a passing car window at Sixth and Mankato streets. A 51-year-old Arcadia woman was headed north on Mankato Avenue when someone threw a piece of metal through her rear passenger side window, shattering it. Police are investigating.

•At 11:13 a.m. police received a call from a 58-year-old woman reporting a 32-caliber antique pistol stolen prior to or during an auction on the 1250 block of Randall Street. The pistol had been in a box in the kitchen but was found missing when it came up for auction.

•At 11:16 p.m. police were called to a residence on the 700 block of East Eighth Street on a report of an assault. A 31-year-old Winona woman told police that a 16-year-old Winona boy shoved her into a counter at the residence, and then she fell. Police referred the boy to the county attorney for potential charges of fifth degree domestic assault causing harm.

•At 7:33 p.m. police observed a vehicle weaving on Riverview Drive and pulled it over near Westfield Golf Course. The driver, Sally Jo Lince, 38, of Winona, was referred to the city attorney for potential charges of driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .27 percent.

•At 6:01 p.m. police received a report from a 17-year-old Stockton boy who said he went outside on the 350 block of Cummings Street at 1 or 2 a.m. that morning and took his shirt off. When people started yelling and calling him names, he said he told them he didn’t want to start anything. He said one man hit him in the face knocking him down, then another struck him three or four more times. Police said he received two stitches to his chin and had a black eye, along with several cuts requiring stitches to his hand after he allegedly punched a wall and window out of frustration after the assault.

•At 9:03 a.m. police received a call from a St. Mary’s University student reporting that items from his dorm room were stolen over the summer. He said he locked his door at Waters Hall and turned in his key for safekeeping, then returned to find the room ransacked and an Apple and a Dell laptop missing, along with some loose change.

•At 1:25 a.m. police were called to Sixth and Main streets on a report of an intoxicated male vomiting. An ambulance took the man, Phillip Thomas Kurtz, 21, of Dallas, Wis., to Winona Health. Police were later called to the hospital on a report that Kurtz was threatening to punch medical staff in the face. When an officer arrived, Kurtz was allegedly screaming and threatening staff there, and refused to give his name. He was cited for disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process and taken to detox.

Sunday, August 28

•At 2:06 a.m. police were called to 11th and Huff streets on a report of people carrying beers in the street. Alejaundro Morales Lara, 18, of Soldiers Grove, Wis., was cited for minor consumption of alcohol and fleeing police on foot.

•At 1:50 a.m. police cited Michael Edward Coverdale, 42, of Winona, for fifth degree domestic assault after he allegedly punched a sleeping man in the face at a residence on the 650 block of West Fifth Street.

•At 11:16 a.m. police received a report from a resident on the 600 block of Wilson Street who said he was in the basement with another person when the two heard someone upstairs. Fifteen minutes later the two went upstairs and discovered a cell phone valued at $100, a Playstation 3 and an HP Pavilion laptop were missing.

Monday, August 29

•At 10:28 a.m. police received a report of items stolen from a storage unit on the 100 block of Gould Street. A 30-year-old Winona woman told police her lock had been cut off and replaced by a new one. When the unit was opened, she told police a GE washer and dryer set, along with a GE upright freezer, had been stolen, along with a men’s mountain bike. Police said there were several plastic tubs of items found there that did not belong to the woman. Police are investigating.

•At 11:05 p.m. police were called to the Maplewood Townhomes on a report of a woman making threats. A 48-year-old resident said she had been assaulted in the past by Melanie Lashanna Buckner, 26, of Winona. She said on Monday that Buckner approached her in the parking lot and yelled that she would beat her up, then followed her to her apartment making threats. Police said they tried to speak with Buckner about the incident, and that she would not leave the other woman alone while police spoke to her. Police referred Buckner to the county attorney’s office for potential charges of fifth degree assault causing fear and obstructing the legal process. Buckner was taken to detox.

•At 6:03 p.m. police were called to an apartment on the 150 block of East Third Street on a report of a burglary. A neighbor told police that the occupants of the apartment were on vacation but it was clear that a flatscreen TV, Playstation 3, Xbox and games were missing. The evening before, a neighbor had noticed that the shared hallway door had been propped open over night. It appeared as though the door had been kicked in.

Winona County

Tuesday, August 23

•At 6:04 p.m. police were called to a residence in Minnesota City on Winona Road on a report of damage to property. A woman said Steven Hall Neurer, 54, of Minnesota City, came to the residence and began arguing with people there. When he was asked to leave he allegedly threw an end table off a deck, breaking it. Police cited him for disorderly conduct and property damage.

Friday, August 26

•At 4:59 p.m. police received a report of an accident on County Road 114 in Norton Township. A vehicle driven by Maria Delosangeles Cavazos, 21, was traveling on the road near County Road 26 when she lost control of the vehicle on a corner, sliding on the gravel into one guardrail, then swerving and striking the other guardrail. Police said she was taken to the hospital with a head injury.

Sunday, August 28

•At 3:14 a.m. an off duty Lewiston Police officer noticed a vehicle turn behind several businesses in Lewiston and turn its lights out. The officer followed the suspect car and called in for back up, then approached the four occupants and tried to speak with them. The officer said their stories did not make sense and observed a passenger trying to hide several burglary tools. Back up arrived and officers noted four small airport bottles of alcohol in the vehicle along with several bigger bottles. After speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, a 17-year-old girl from Stockton admitted she broke into the liquor store in St. Charles the night before and stole the airport bottles. Police said Jose Manuel Beccerra, 19, of Stockton, admitted he broke into the nearby Lewiston liquor store several hours prior, stealing about four bottles, then returned to reenter the store. Police arrested Beccerra and both he and the 17-year-old girl were referred to the county attorney for potential charges of first degree burglary. Police said they found two hammers and a screwdriver inside the vehicle believed to have been used to gain entry to the stores, as well as a portion of the broken lock from the Lewiston liquor store. Police said they are still determining whether an 18-year-old St. Charles man and a 20-year-old Stockton man will be charged in the incidents.

•At 10:36 p.m. police were called to a residence in Stockton on a report of a domestic disturbance. A 51-year-old woman said she went to see Gary James Oevering, 48, of Stockton, and the two went to a bar. When they returned home to his residence, the woman said she tried to leave and he grabbed her by the arms and blocked her exit. When the woman tried to use the phone to call police, he allegedly unplugged it and grabbed her by the arms again. She said he cornered her and hit her in the arm, grabbed her by the waist and picked her up, flinging her backward. The woman said she eventually got away from him, plugged the phone in and attempted to call police, but he smashed the phone, grabbed her by the hair and jerked her backward. Eventually the woman said she made it out to her car and locked the door, when Oevering allegedly struck her car with a garden gnome causing a dent in the driver side door. Police went to talk to Oevering, who denied the attack. He was arrested on charges of domestic assault causing fear and domestic assault causing harm, false imprisonment, interference with a 911 call and criminal damage to property.

•At 10:39 p.m. police were called to Green Terrace on a report of a domestic disturbance. When police arrived, Joshua Jeffrey Steinfeldt, 38, of Winona, told police that the woman who lived there who police wanted to speak to was sleeping. When police spoke to the 34-year-old victim, she said she had a friend over earlier in the night, and when Steinfeldt came home he punched her in the face and “tossed her around like a rag doll,” according to police. Police said the woman refused medical attention and that she had a swelling face and cut on her arm. The woman later said he also threw her on the ground outside and punched her repeatedly, and that when she locked him out, he climbed in a window to continue the assault. Steinfeldt allegedly told police that he came home and was locked out, climbed through a window and that she hit him first. He was arrested on charges of domestic assault causing harm. Police later found a pipe and small amount of marijuana on him and cited him for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Monday, August 29

•At 9:23 p.m. police received a report of a laptop stolen from a residence on Pine Tree Lane. The Dell laptop was reportedly valued at $500.

Tuesday, August 30

•At 1:53 a.m. police were called to a residence on County Road 18 south of Lewiston on a report of a home invasion. A 42-year-old resident there said she heard a noise and opened her bedroom door to find two people in the process of stealing her flat screen TV. She said the two people ran by her, and had moved her couch and removed the TV from its stand to take. The woman told police she did not hear a car, and K-9 units were unable to locate anyone. All doors and windows except one window were locked, police said, and it appears the two crawled in the window. Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand said to keep homes locked tight and be aware. “Continue to keep your house locked up, and if you hear a noise or anything suspicious at night, call 911,” he said.

 

 

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