Saturday, December 1
At 5:20 p.m. deputies arrested Adam Wencl, 18, of Goodview for fifth degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana in a vehicle, and possession of drug paraphernalia. They also ticketed a 16-year-old Winona male for the same three charges, as well as not having a Minnesota driver’s license, traveling left of the center line, and speeding. According to the report, an investigator in the area pulled up on the vehicle traveling westbound on Highway 14 at approximately 45 miles per hour near Farmers Park. The investigator then observed the vehicle rapidly increase speed to more than 65 miles per hour. The investigator pulled the vehicle over near Lewiston-Altura High School and observed the passenger of the vehicle bending over as if to place something under the seat. When the investigator made contact with the driver, he asked why the passenger was bending over. The passenger, identified as Wencl, said he was passing cigarettes to a third occupant in the back seat. The investigator noticed two bags on the floor between Wencl’s feet and asked about them. All occupants denied knowledge of the bags. A Lewiston Police officer arrived on scene and assisted in the traffic stop. Both law enforcement officials searched the occupants and found an aluminum and brass marijuana pipe in Wencl’s front sweatshirt pocket. The investigator then searched the first bag and found a plastic box containing a bag of a brown, leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana and three brownies that also field tested positive for marijuana. Wencl admitted he owned the first bag. The investigator then searched the second bag and found 42 tablets of an amphetamine in a pill bottle, a bag of a brown, leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana, and an inhaler prescribed to the driver. Tuesday, December 4
At 1:39 a.m. police arrested Timothy Allen Reichert, 46, of Holmen, Wis., for fourth degree driving while intoxicated after Reichert got his vehicle stuck on train tracks north of Minnesota City. According to the report, Reichert drove his vehicle into the parking lot of Lock and Dam 5 on Highway 61 north of Minnesota City thinking it was a bridge crossing. His vehicle became stuck on the train tracks and was later hit by southbound Canadian Pacific train. No injuries were reported. Reichert had a blood alcohol content of .09 percent.
Wednesday, Dec. 5
At 11:30 p.m. a deputy was dispatched to St. Marys hospital in Rochester on a report of a Utica man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the hand. According to the report, Shane Matzke, 41, of Utica, was cleaning his handgun and accidentally shot himself in the left hand when he was taking the slide off the top of the gun. A 115-gr bullet traveled through is hand, into a nearby bathroom, and hit a water line.
Thursday, Dec. 6
At 3:29 p.m. deputies arrested Richard Lee Montgomery, 36, of Winona, for failure to update his predatory offender registration with law enforcement. A deputy was performing a random compliance check at the residence Montgomery listed as his permanent address, but was unable to locate Montgomery. According to the report, Montgomery had not lived at that address since October and had not worked at the job listed on his registration since early November. When the deputy got in contact with him, Montgomery he said he didn’t think he had to update his registration because he thought he wasn’t on the register anymore. Montgomery met with the deputy at the law enforcement center where he was subsequently arrested.
At 11:38 p.m. deputies arrested Lindsey Rebecca Blaskowski, 28, of Winona, for fourth degree driving while intoxicated after a deputy pulled her vehicle over for failing to stop at a stop sign near Second and Main streets. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol and observed Blaskowski standing with poor balance. The deputy took her into custody and administered a preliminary breath test at the law enforcement center. Blaskowski had a blood alcohol content of .12 percent.
Monday, December 3
At 10:21 a.m. police arrested and referred Ryan William Jensen, 30, of Winona, for violation of a domestic abuse no contact order that was filed with Stearns County. According to the report, the female complainant returned home from work to find Jensen and two other males in her backyard. The female was under the impression that the no contact order forbid Jensen from being at her house. Police obtained a copy of the order and affirmed that Jensen was only to be at her residence with a police escort to obtain personal belongings. Police later took Jensen into custody for violating the order.
Wednesday, Dec. 5
At 9:14 a.m. police ticketed a 15-year-old Winona male for disorderly conduct after he allegedly made threats using a baseball bat at a greenhouse near Southeast Technical College. According to the report, the juvenile was upset because a bag he left at school the day before was now missing and supposedly in a locked cabinet. The male took a baseball bat from the gymnasium and was threatening to break open the cabinet. When officers arrived, the male was calm and did not have the bat.
At 4:45 p.m. police arrested David Joseph Ready, 40, of Winona, for violation of a harassment restraining order after he was allegedly calling and texting the female with the restraining order against him.
At 5:55 p.m. police ticketed Kristine Elizabeth Sovell, 18, of Utica, with theft by shoplifting after she allegedly tried to steal $76.78 worth of undergarments from ShopKo.
At 6:11 p.m. police arrested and referred Nicole Allyson Portillo, 28, of Rochester, for fifth degree possession of a controlled substance, driving with a revoked license, and obstructing the legal process after she was pulled over near Broadway and Market streets. An officer on patrol in the area ran the plate of a vehicle that came back as belonging to Portillo. With the revoked license information, the officer also learned that Portillo had a warrant for her arrest in Olmsted County. The officer initiated a traffic stop and the driver matched the description provided on the officer’s squad computer. When the officer made contact with Portillo, she provided the name of her sister. The officer found a long, cylindrical object used to smoke marijuana on Portillo and a brown vial containing a white powdery substance on her leg. The white powdery substance field tested positive for cocaine.
At 8:28 p.m. police arrested Dennis Lee Sharpe, 20, of Winona, for two counts of fifth degree domestic abuse causing harm after he was involved in a physical altercation with two females. According to the report, the complainant said she and Sharpe were arguing about a phone when he became angry. Sharpe allegedly placed his hands around the her throat as if to choke her, but did not constrain her breathing. When the other female intervened, he pushed her back onto the couch. Sharpe then went into the first woman’s purse, grabbed the phone, and went to the door to leave. The female was in the doorway when Sharpe allegedly punched her in the forehead and kicked her in the groin. The other woman once again tried to intervene but Sharpe swung and hit her in the ribs. The second female was transported to Winona Health via ambulance complaining of shortness of breath.