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PoLICE BLOTTER (09/04/2011)
Winona Police

Wednesday, August 31

•At 9:55 a.m. police received a report of a van stolen that had been seen at Midtown Foods. Police stopped the vehicle a short time later at Second and Walnut streets. The driver, Melissa Sue Rogers, 28, of Winona, was referred to the county attorney for a potential charge of motor vehicle theft. Police said the owner of the vehicle reported that he had loaned it to a friend in La Crosse, but that Rogers took the van without permission, and that she was believed to be headed to the East Coast. She was taken into custody.

Thursday, September 1

•At 2:29 a.m. police were sent to the 350 block of West Mark Street on a report of an assault. A 21-year-old Winona woman said she walked to Hardee’s from a downtown bar and was trying to find a group of friends. The woman said she called out to a group that looked like her friends, who played along as if they were. When she got closer to the group, the woman said she realized they were the wrong group, and threw sand in their direction. The woman said the group followed her to Fifth and Johnson and one woman tackled her and hit her in the face, then tried to choke her. She later noticed her wallet and cell phone were missing.

•At 2:55 p.m. police responded to a report of an accident in the JC Penny’s parking lot. A 19-year-old Winona driver told police the driver of a blue Cadillac pulled out and struck her car while she was driving southbound on Pelzer Street. The driver waved her over to him, his passenger reportedly left because he said he had marijuana and did not want to see police. The driver then drove off, and the woman said he appeared intoxicated. Police found the vehicle at 3:26 p.m. parked on the 1700 block of West Seventh Street and made contact with two men who matched the descriptions of the driver and passenger. Meanwhile, police got a call from the vehicle’s owner who said it had been stolen from his home. Police arrested Desmond Maurice Matthews, 30, of Winona, and referred him to the county attorney’s office for potential charges of theft of a motor vehicle, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, hit and run in a property damage accident, no insurance, second degree driving while intoxicated and driving with a revoked license. Police said he refused alcohol tests but appeared intoxicated.

Friday, September 2

•At 1:25 a.m. police received a report of an assault on the 100 block of West Third Street. A 29-year-old Winona man said he took the trash out when a white male in his mid-20s, about 5’11”, 160 pounds, wearing a dark shirt and khaki shorts and white low top tennis shoes approached him and asked where his money was. The victim reportedly said he didn’t have any money and that he did not recognize the man. The man reportedly took a swing at the victim, who avoided the man’s fist but was cut above the eye by something the attacker was holding. A second swing also cut the man before the suspect ran away. Police said the victim received stitches.

Winona County

Wednesday, August 31

•At 4:55 p.m. police received a call reporting a boating accident near the Dresbach rest area in which the boat was sinking. Houston County Boat Patrol reportedly pulled the two occupants out, who were uninjured. Police said the boat operator, Anthony James Racich, 31, of Trempealeau, Wis., allegedly showed signs of intoxication and was cited for driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .10 percent.



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