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POLICE BLOTTER (09/09/2012)


Saturday, Sept. 1

At 1:02 a.m. deputies ticketed Katrina Gavin, 28, of La Crescent, for possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after a deputy pulled Gavin over for speeding on County Road 12 in Dakota. When the officer made contact with Gavin, the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana. Upon inspection of the vehicle, the deputy found a glass pipe and a glass jar with less than 1 gram of a green, leafy substance.

Tuesday, Sept. 4

At 3:39 p.m. deputies responded to a damaged property complaint at a residence on County Road 129 near Minnesota City. The complainant said a vehicle was traveling toward the Hidden Valley mobile home court when the vehicle drove into the yard, through a ditch and smashed into a neighbor’s mailbox. The driver continued on, entering the mobile home court. Shortly after the deputy arrived on the scene, a vehicle matching the complainant’s description drove by. When the deputy made contact with the driver, an 83-year-old woman, the woman said she did not recall hitting a mailbox but did remember driving into the ditch. No tickets were issued and no one was injured during the incident.



Saturday, August 25

At 3:44 a.m. police ticketed Kollin Benjamin Johnson, 20, of Winona, Andrew Jeffrey McGrory, 19, of Winona, and Blake Richard Wilcox, 20, of Andover, for underage consumption of alcohol and fleeing police on foot, and ticketed Brett Joseph Hall, 20, of Winona, for fourth degree driving while intoxicated, gross negligence criminal vehicular operation, leaving the scene of an accident and falsely reporting a crime, after the four males were involved in an accident near Mill and Wilson streets. When police arrived on the scene, all four males ran. Shortly after the accident, the law enforcement center received a call from Hall who was reporting the theft of his vehicle. When officers made contact with Johnson, McGrory and Wilcox, they confirmed Hall was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident and that it was not stolen. Dispatch instructed Hall to report to the law enforcement center, and when he did, officers detected a strong odor of alcohol. Hall had a blood alcohol content of .24 percent and is being referred to the county attorney’s office.

Tuesday, Sept. 4

At 11:37 p.m. police ticketed Briana Marie Skufca, 18, of Burnsville, for underage consumption of alcohol after receiving a report of an intoxicated female in Lourdes Hall in the 450 block of Gould Street.

Thursday, Sept. 6

At 12:14 a.m. police arrested Richard John Breza, 39, of Winona, for third degree possession of a controlled substance and fifth degree possession of a controlled substance after intervening on a possible drug deal at Levee Park. According to the report, police received a tip earlier in the day detailing a possible drug deal to happen at Levee Park around midnight. When police arrived on the scene, they saw a vehicle pull into the parking lot and saw Breza hiding in a dike near the river. Breza then tried to leave in a flat-bottom boat. When police made contact with and searched Breza, they found several knives on his person, more than $200 in cash in a front pocket and a bag containing a white, rock-like substance and white powdery substance. A field test on the contents of the bag determined the rock-like substance was .43 grams of methamphetamine and the powdery substance was 2.6 grams of cocaine. Police took Breza into custody and he is being referred to the county attorney’s office. 


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