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Police Blotter (02/19/2012)
Winona Police

Wednesday, Feb. 1

•At 6:13 p.m. police responded to a report of theft at the Winona Family YMCA located at 207 Winona St. A woman reported missing items that she had placed in a locker an hour prior. Among the stolen items was a pair of boots, a Coach wallet, $18 cash, giftcards and an iPhone. A 14-year-old girl from Stockton, Minn., admitted to taking the items and returned them to the owner after smashing the iPhone.

Friday, February 10

•At 10:09 p.m. police ticketed Robert John Tofstad, 19, of Minnesota City, for minor consumption after he approached an officer while carrying a bottle of vodka in his pocket. Tofstad had a blood alcohol content of .13 percent.

Saturday, Feb. 11

• At 10:05 p.m. police ticketed Veda Jean Haxton, 18 of Winona, for loud party gathering.

Wednesday, Feb.15

•At 9:12 p.m. police responded to a report of a broken window at an address located on the 200 block of East Lake Boulevard.

•At 10:26 p.m. police responded to a report of domestic assault at an address located on the 250 block of East Ninth Street where Chad Randall Evenson, 34, of Winona, threw a canister of flour on the ground and broke a television set while arguing with his wife.

•At 4:31 p.m. police arrested Steven Michael Opgenorth, 30, of Winona, after he put Pennsylvania license plates on a new car he bought in Iowa. Opgenorth has been a resident of Minnesota for the last 18 months. Opgenorth was referred to the Winona County Attorney’s office for gross misdemeanor intent to escape vehicle tax, failure to provide a Minnesota driver’s license and no proof of insurance.

•At 11:56 a.m. police responded to a report of theft at the Winhaven Court Apartments located at 104 Main St. Employees of Broadband Solutions said several hundred dollars worth of tools and a black utility belt were taken from a locked utility room at Winhaven. There was no sign of forced entry.

Thursday, February 16

•At 6:18 p.m. police cited a 17-year-old male from Albert Lea for disorderly conduct after he defecated in the upper tank of a toilet in the men’s restroom at the Bud King Ice Arena located at 670 East Front St.

Friday, February 17

•At 1:33 a.m. police cited Perry Scott Topness, 29, of Winona, for disorderly conduct and cruelty to animals after it was reported that he taunted and struck a pug-beagle mix at 662 West Fifth St. The dog’s owner said she witnessed Topness walk into her yard, put his hands in the air and growl at the dog before striking the animal in the head. When the dog’s owner confronted Topness and stated she was calling the police, Topness left the scene. Police located Topness nearby where he ran into the middle of the street and began yelling at the officers. Topness admitted to taunting the animal but denied striking it. Topness had a preliminary breath test of .14 percent.



Wednesday, Feb. 15

•At 7:39 a.m. police responded to a report of a vehicle that ran off Taylor Hill Road in Minneiska, Minn. It was reported that Zachary William Waltz, 18, of Altura, took his eyes off the road to grab his orange juice which caused his vehicle to veer into the ditch on the right side of the road where it hit trees and rocks. Waltz was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.



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