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Police Blotter (01/11/2012)


September 27

•At 5:29 a.m. police stopped a vehicle at Highway 61 and Mankato Avenue for swerving. The driver, Christine Lynn Spiten, 52, of Minnesota City, was later cited for driving while under the influence after blood tests showed the presence of a controlled substance in her blood.

Sunday, January 1

•At 2:02 a.m. police conducted a traffic stop at Ninth and Minnesota streets and all of the occupants of the vehicle fled on foot. Police later determined the driver was Trent Joseph Meyer, 20, of Brownsville, Minn., who was cited for fleeing police on foot.

Saturday, January 7

•At 12:09 a.m. police responded to a report of a domestic assault at a residence on the 250 block of Lafayette Street. Police said Daniel Joseph Mohan, 51, of Winona, went to the victim’s apartment, and when they argued over his desire to examine her cell phone, he allegedly pushed her into a chair, put his knee into her chest and covered her mouth and nose, preventing her from breathing. When the victim was able to remove his hand she reportedly screamed for help, and Mohan fled. Police could not find the man but he was referred to the county attorney for potential charges of domestic assault causing fear, domestic assault causing harm and felony domestic assault by strangulation.

Sunday, January 8

•At 1:33 a.m. police responded to a report of an altercation at the Handy Corner bar on East Fifth Street. Police said April Fay Lewis, 32, got into an argument with a 26-year-old Winona woman. When the woman walked down the sidewalk away from the bar, Lewis allegedly got into her vehicle and allegedly struck the woman with her car at the alley at St. Charles street between Fourth and Fifth streets. Lewis then reportedly fled the scene. Police later found her vehicle parked near her home, and officers allegedly detected the odor of alcohol on her breath. She was arrested and referred to the county attorney for potential charges of third degree driving while intoxicated, second degree assault, criminal vehicular operation and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. Her blood alcohol content was measured at .12 percent.

•At 1:32 a.m. police observed a vehicle fail to stop at the stop sign at Fourth and Winona streets and tried to pull the vehicle over. The driver allegedly pulled into the Freedom gas station and ran into the store, refusing to stop. The driver, George Spartak Awada, 22, of Winona, was referred to the county attorney for potential charges of driving while intoxicated and obstructing the legal process. His blood alcohol content was measured at .17 percent.

•At 5:59 a.m. police cited Fils Kigali Mwizerwa, 23, of Winona, for theft by shoplifting after he allegedly ate a breakfast sandwich at the Kwik Trip at Huff and Sarnia streets, failed to pay for it, and then tried to put the uneaten portion back on the heating rack.

Monday, January 9

•At 1:12 p.m. police were called to the 500 block of East Eighth Street on a report of a violation of an order for protection. A woman told police that Terry Scott Smith, 50, of Winona, attempted to force his way into her home, got in, and pushed her onto the couch. Police later found him and arrested him for violating the order.



Wed., January 4

•At 4:15 p.m. police were asked to stand by and assist a woman who was attempting to pick up her truck from a home in Wiscoy Valley. The woman told police she and a friend had attempted to pick up the truck earlier and the man she had borrowed it to, Justin LaVern Heyer, 31, pointed a long gun at her friend. Police arrested Heyer on potential charges of ineligible person in possession of a firearm, second degree assault, violating an order for protection, and gross misdemeanor domestic assault causing fear.

Thursday, January 5

•At 1:27 p.m. deputies were called to County Road 26 near Korona Drive on a report of a pickup that had entered the dead end road with a TV in its cab, then exited without the TV. The large TV was found down a steep embankment on the roadway. Police later stopped the vehicle and the occupants, Dale Curtis Marks, 39, of Altura, and Christopher Charles Dahl, 42, of Winona, admitted to dumping the TV. The two told police they had found the TV on the side of the road but it didn’t work and they were trying to get rid of it. Police made them go down the embankment and haul the TV back up, then bring a receipt showing they had properly disposed of it. They were both cited for illegal dumping.



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