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Police Blotter (08/05/2012)


Tuesday, July 31

At 9:20 p.m. deputies arrested Dylan Michael Bartsh, 27, for fifth degree domestic assault causing fear and harm after an altercation with a 28-year-old female and her friend turned physical. According to the incident report, Bartsh was at a bar in Altura when he and the female began arguing. The female went back to the Greenview Apartments to gather her things when the fight escalated. A neighbor called deputies when she heard two females fighting with a male. The friend of the 28-year-old female said she was pushed down by Bartsh. Upon arrival, deputies confirmed Bartsh had an active warrant for arrest and took him into custody. Bartsh is being referred to the city attorney’s office.

Friday, August 3

At 1:04 a.m. deputies responded to a call at 214 West Main Street in Utica of a house fire. Chris Seefeldt, his wife, and three children were uninjured and said the smoke alarm woke everyone up. Earlier in the evening, Seefeldt said he noticed the plug-in to a freezer on the porch had melted and unplugged it. The state fire marshal, Lewiston Fire Department, St. Charles Fire Department and Altura Fire Department all assisted in the incident. According to Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand, the house did not completely burn but smoke damage is excessive. No cause of fire has been determined yet as the incident is still under investigation.

Winona Police

Tuesday, July 31

At 4:18 p.m. a Winona resident reported the theft of his Yamaha moped. The man said he parked his moped, with the key in it, near the corner of Second and Kansas streets around 12:30 p.m. When he returned around 4 p.m. the moped was gone. It was recovered an hour later on Eighth Street, just east of Franklin Street. The moped did have a scratched bumper, broken light and the key was missing.

At 5:29 p.m. police arrested Benjamin Jeffrey Knuesel, 22, of Winona, at the St. Charles Street Boat Landing for fourth degree driving while intoxicated and third degree test refusal. Department of Natural Resources officials called police after seeing a male stumbling around and slurring his words, and watched Knuesel walk toward his vehicle.

At 10:27 p.m. police ticketed Scott Allen Ciszak, 46, of Winona, for loud music and disorderly conduct after officers responded to a noise complaint at Ciszak’s apartment in the 650 block of West Sarnia. According to the report, Ciszak began yelling and swearing at officers after he received a citation.

Wednesday, August 1

At 11:55 a.m. police arrested Austin Nicholas Hawkings, 19, no permanent address, for first degree burglary after he allegedly broke into two houses near Vine and East Front streets. A Winona resident living in the 50 block of East Vine Street came home and saw an unknown male in her kitchen. She chased him down an nearby alley until he was out of sight. Officers set a perimeter around the area and found the suspect, identified as Hawkings, running down a flood control dike behind RTP Company. During an investigation of the area a neighbor in the 500 block of East Front Street confronted officers saying her home had also been entered. She said pry marks were on the back door and missing was a bucket of change, Gateway laptop, two credit cards from a wallet, Garmin GPS system and a white iPod Shuffle. All items, except the two credit cards, were recovered in a duffle bag left at the scene.

At 4 p.m. police ticketed Katie Marie Hokenstad, 19, of Altura, and Erica Lynn Koenig, 19, of Lewiston, for theft by shoplifting at Shopko after the girls allegedly stole a combined total of $250.89 worth of clothing.

Court news

A criminal complaint has been filed against Michael Joseph Anderson, 54, of Winona, for charges of second degree criminal sexual conduct and fifth degree criminal sexual conduct nonconsensual contact after a complaint was filed with Winona County Human Services. On January 14, 2011, the 13-year-old victim was interviewed and said in the summer of 2010 she went over to Anderson’s home to clean. The two were watching television on a couch that turned into a bed. Then Anderson began touching the victim inappropriately. The victim then kicked Anderson and began to leave when he told her not to tell anyone what happened. The victim told her mother, and the mother, who was dating Anderson, told the victim not to go to his house anymore. Anderson wrote in a letter that the victim was “all over him” but the victim’s mother said that was not true. Anderson’s hearing date is September 11, 2012, at 11 a.m. 


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