At 9 p.m. a resident on County Road 12 near Ridgeway reported a 47-inch flat screen television, a 36-inch flat screen television, and a laptop were missing from her residence. The complainant said the burglary happened sometime between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. She said she did not observe any signs of forced entry and believes the suspect is a man that was recently staying with her. She also said she was not sure if she locked her home before leaving earlier that day. The estimated cost of the stolen property is $1,480.
Sunday, Dec. 30
At 3:07 p.m. police ticketed Anna Maria Caballero, 22, of Albert Lea, Minn.; Lilly Ann Garcia, 25, of Albert Lea, Minn.; and Jenny Guadalupe Gutierrez, 18, of Lewiston, Minn.; for theft by shoplifting after they allegedly stole $158.93 in merchandise from Shopko.
Tuesday, Jan. 1
At 12:47 a.m. police arrested Daniel Vincent Merchlewitz, 23, of Winona, for fourth-degree driving while intoxicated and fleeing an officer on foot. According to the report, an officer in the area of Seventh and Chestnut streets observed a vehicle northbound on Franklin Street driving too fast for road conditions. The officer followed the vehicle and observed the driver allegedly making erratic turns in the neighborhood and then come to a stop on West Seventh Street near the Hei 'N Low bar. The officer then observed the driver, identified as Merchlewitz, jump out of the vehicle and begin running. The officer gave chase and caught up with Merchlewitz near Ninth and Hamilton streets. Merchlewitz admitted to having four beers and had a blood alcohol content of .11 percent.
At 2:25 p.m. police arrested Konor Joseph Schuster, 20, of Winona, for fifth-degree domestic assault causing fear after he allegedly was involved in an altercation with a 20-year-old female. According to the report, the female victim said she and Schuster were in a verbal argument the night before when Schuster allegedly grabbed both her arms and pushed her into the wall. The victim said she then kicked Schuster, but he retaliated, and he allegedly grabbed her by her hair and pushed her face into a pillow. Schuster said he did not physically abuse the victim and said he only grabbed her arms to prevent her from hitting him.
At 5:20 p.m. police ticketed Richard John Hemmelman, 48, of Winona, for disorderly conduct after he allegedly yelled derogatory statements inside Taco Bell.
Wednesday, Jan. 2
At 10:04 a.m. police ticketed Martha Mae Kottschade-Brennan, 43, of Rochester, for violating a domestic abuse no contact order after she allegedly tried to make contact with the 44-year-old male with the no contact order.
Thursday, Jan. 3
At 2:35 a.m. police arrested Brady Lee McCollum-Walterman, 23, of Winona, for domestic assault causing harm and fear, felony strangulation, and violating his probation after he was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with a 24-year-old female. According to the report, McCollum-Walterman and the victim were in a verbal argument when McCollum-Walterman allegedly choked her. When police arrived, they observed red marks on the victim’s neck, and bite marks and a scrape on McCollum-Walterman’s arm. Officers conducted a preliminary breath test and reported that McCollum-Walterman had a blood alcohol level of .001 percent. He is to abstain from alcohol as part of his probation. McCollum-Walterman was taken into custody.
Formal charges have been filed against Machelle Frisbie, 38, of St. Charles for two counts of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, and one count of intent to sell after the Winona County Sheriff’s Department assisted the Olmsted County probation department in conducting a search of her home on December 26, 2012. According to the report, deputies found more than $11,000 in cash, and 113 packages containing synthetic cannabinoids, aminopropan-1, and dihydrocodeinone inside the home. Law enforcement also found a white, powdery substance which field-tested positive for cocaine. However, deputies believed the substance to be alpha-PVP, a synthetic amphetamine. The substance was sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Frisbie is currently at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center.