November 20, 2011
•Police received a report from a former Winona resident who had moved out of the country and suspected that about $2,300 in government checks that had been sent to her old address had been cashed. Following an investigation, police referred Benjamin Wayne Blaschka, 35, to the county attorney for potential charges of offering a forged check.
December 26, 2011
•At 6:08 p.m. police were sent to remove an unwanted person from a residence on the 350 block of East Mark Street. A 22-year-old woman told police Luke Andrew Russell, 27, of Brookfield, Ill., attempted to take a child from the residence, pushed her to the ground, then threw and broke her phone when she tried to call police. Police were unable to locate Russell, and referred him to the county attorney’s office for potential charges of domestic assault causing harm, interference with a 911 call, theft and damage to property.
Sunday, January 8
•At 3:11 p.m. police received a report of a Star Wars collectors edition game stolen from outside an apartment door on the 1500 block of Homer Road. The victim told police he had ordered the game online and it had been delivered but was taken from his doorstep. The victim said he noticed the same game being sold on Facebook by one of his neighbors, who he suspected of stealing it. Police referred the neighbor, Eric James Burfeind, 32, of Winona, to the county attorney’s office for potential charges of misdemeanor theft. Burfeind denied stealing the game, valued at $150.
Tuesday, January 17
•At 11:08 p.m. police received a report of threats made to a resident on the 300 block of West 10th Street. Steven Kent Lindeman, 54, of La Crosse, Wis., allegedly cut the power to the victim’s apartment and told him he would kill him in his sleep. Police referred him to the county attorney’s office for potential charges of disorderly conduct and terroristic threats.
•At 7:47 a.m. police received a call reporting a 19-year-old woman had been bitten by a dog at a residence on the 50 block of West Belleview Street earlier that morning, and had gone to the hospital for treatment. Police spoke with the owner of the dog, Justin Gregory Elfering, 21, of Winona, and told him because there were no records of a rabies vaccination on the animal, that it would have to be quarantined for 10 days, and that an animal control officer would contact him later to make arrangements. When the animal control officer contacted the man, he first told her he had given the dog to a friend. When police contacted the friend, he admitted the two had shot the dog, then burned its body. Elfering told police he didn’t have the funds for the test or to have the dog euthanized. The victim had to begin rabies treatments. Police referred Elfering to the county attorney’s office for potential charges of failing to secure a rabies vaccination, failure to secure a rabies quarantine and failure to license a dog.
Wed., January 18
•At 3:20 p.m. police received a report from a resident on Country Drive of checks and a credit card stolen from her vehicle, believed to have occurred while the vehicle was parked in front of Erbert and Gerberts. Unauthorized charges to the card included three transactions in Winona for just over $100.
Thursday, January 19
•At 9:05 p.m. police were called to Cheater’s Bar on a request to remove an unwanted person. Police said West Newton Charles Davis, 33, of Winona, was told multiple times to leave the bar and refused, then “tensed up” when officers grabbed his arm. He was taken to the ground and police used a Taser against him, and he was later taken to detox. He was cited for obstructing the legal process.
•At 11:59 a.m. police received a report of a wallet stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on the 500 block of Huff Street.
Sunday, January 15
•At 10:15 p.m. police stopped a vehicle for speeding on Huff Street near Highway 61. The driver, Mitchell Paul Kreidermacher, 19, of Rollingstone, allegedly showed signs of intoxication and was cited for fourth degree driving while intoxicated, under 21 drinking and driving and underaged consumption of alcohol. His blood alcohol content was measured at .12 percent.
Thursday, January 19
•At 2:11 a.m. police responded to a vehicle roll-over on County Road 28 near County Road 31. Police said the driver left on foot and all three occupants were injured. The driver, Victor Tepole Quechilpa, 19, was transported to Winona Health, as was passenger Fernando Salas, 30. Passenger Jesus Tepole-Ayohua, 23, was airlifted to a regional hospital. Police followed footprints to find the driver, and said alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash. The incident is under investigation.