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Police blotter (11/07/2012)
Winona County

Saturday, November 3

At 10:13 p.m. deputies arrested and referred Eric Lee Gardner, 35, at his Stockton residence for fifth degree domestic assault causing harm and fear for alleged involvement in a physical altercation with a female the night before. The female complainant alleged Gardner hit her twice on the left side of her face and she was in fear for her life.

Winona Police

Friday, November 2

At 3:34 p.m. police arrested Mike Joseph Schell, 51, of Winona, for domestic assault causing fear after Schell was involved in a verbally abusive altercation with a female complainant at their Winona residence. According to the report, the female said Schell returned home from work and began berating her about housework. She said Schell raised his hands and began yelling at her. The female said she was scared Schell would hit her and texted her neighbor to call for help. Schell retreated to a nearby bar where officers found and arrested him. Schell was already on probation for another offense and was to abstain from the use of alcohol. Schell had a blood alcohol content of .08 percent.

Saturday, November 3

At 1:58 a.m. police ticketed and referred a 17-year-old Winona male for possession of a small amount of marijuana after an officer on patrol in the area of Winona Street and Lake Park Drive detected the odor of marijuana coming from the juvenileís parked vehicle.

At 10:49 p.m. police ticketed and referred Danielle Lea Kouba, 24, of Winona, for fourth degree assault on a police officer and obstructing the legal process with force. Police had been called to a residence in the 550 block of West Tenth Street in response to a call asking them to check on the welfare of the resident. According to the report, Kouba had ingested Adderall and alcohol and became combative with officers. Kouba accused the officers of following her and not being real police officers. The report said Kouba was screaming wildly, took several swings at officers and kicked an officer in the thigh and stomach. One officer had a red bruise on his forearm in the shape of a bite mark. Officers restrained Kouba and placed her in handcuffs. She was taken to detox and put on a 72-hour hold.

Sunday, November 4

At 12:51 a.m. police ticketed Nicholas Jon Lemaniak, 19, of Winona, for underage consumption of alcohol after Winona State University security requested assistance with an unruly male in the 450 block of Gould Street. Lemaniak had a blood alcohol content of .228 percent.

At 1:17 a.m. police arrested Mackenzie Thomas Stevens, 20, of Winona, for underage consumption of alcohol after he was observed jumping in front of Winona police squad cars exiting the police station on emergency calls. When police made contact with Stevens, he threatened to jump in front of an oncoming train. Officers detained Stevens and placed him on a 72-hour hold at detox. Stevens had a blood alcohol content of .122 percent.

At 10:03 a.m. a Winona resident reported missing a manís black Mongoose XR200 bicycle from outside of his residence at the Belleview East apartments.

At 11:35 p.m. police ticketed Joseph Barry Lamar Fried, 19, of Fountain City, Wis., for possession of a fake driverís license and seat belt violation after Fried was pulled over near Sarnia and Main streets for not wearing a seat belt. When officers asked Fried for identification, he presented a fake Wisconsin driverís license with an altered date of birth.

Monday, November 5

At 4:12 p.m. police ticketed Steven Joseph Drahos, 46, of Rochester, for public intoxication after he was involved in a disturbance at a Winona daycare facility. According to the report, police were called to the daycare center on a report of a male, identified as Drahos, being belligerent with staff members. Drahos then left and was found in the 250 block of West Seventh Street. Officers said Drahos was extremely intoxicated and refused to submit to a preliminary breath test. Drahos was carrying a styrofoam cup filled with alcohol. He was sent to detox.

At 11:56 p.m. police ticketed Travis Roger Nation, 26, of Winona, for fifth degree possession of a controlled substance, fourth degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Shannon Jean Walters, 30, of Winona, was ticketed for driving with impounded license plates and failure to change driverís license address. Christopher Dale Nation, 23, of Rushford, was ticketed for possession of drug paraphernalia. The vehicle they were riding in was pulled over near Glenview Road and Highway 43 for displaying impounded license plates. When the officer approached the vehicle, he saw a marijuana pipe and asked to search the vehicle. The officer also found a backpack containing 5.69 grams of white powder in vials, which field tested positive for APVP or plant food, an unopened fentanyl patch, several oxycodone pills, straws, tin foil squares and a scale.

Winona County


A criminal complaint has been filed against Thomas Edward McGann, 35, of Winona, for charges of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle. According to the complaint, police were called to the Winona movie theater around 10:15 p.m. on the evening of October 13, 2012, on the report of a suspicious male standing in the area. The theater at the time was under construction and the caller said the male was lurking in the area for about a half an hour. When officers arrived, they found the suspect, identified as McGann, standing near a dark Ford Explorer. When the officer approached the vehicle, it quickly drove away. Without turning on his emergency lights, the officer approached McGann and asked him for identification and what he was doing. McGann identified himself but said he did not have a driverís license on him. The officer confirmed with dispatch that there was an arrest warrant out for McGann and took him into custody. McGann was told to empty his pockets and turned over a wooden dugout container with a green leafy substance inside and a plastic container with a white powder that field tested positive for cocaine. At the law enforcement center, McGann also turned over a hypodermic needle. McGann is to appear for his initial court hearing on December 12, 2012, at 9 a.m. 


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