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POLICE BLOTTER (01/16/2013)


Thursday, January 10

At 2:14 a.m. deputies arrested Samuel Maurice Wotzka, 23, of Weaver, Minn., for fourth degree driving while intoxicated after a deputy pulled him over for a broken taillight on Highway 61 near Highway 248. The deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Wotzka, and detected the odor of alcohol. Wotzka denied drinking any alcoholic beverages, but then said his last drink was approximately four hours ago. The deputy conducted a field sobriety test and took Wotzka into custody. At the law enforcement center, the deputy administered a preliminary breath test. Wotzka had a blood alcohol content of .09 percent.

Saturday, January 12

At 9:36 p.m. deputies assisted the Goodview Police Department on a call of an individual disturbing patrons at the Elks Lodge on Service Drive, during which Goodview police officers ticketed Cole Jeffery Schellhammer, 20, of Kasson, Minn., for underage consumption of alcohol.

Winona Police

Saturday, January 12

At 3:43 a.m. police arrested Pete Jonathan Dienger, 19, of Winona, for fourth degree driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident, and referred Brandon James Zaborowski, 19, of Winona, for second degree assault after the two were involved in a physical altercation at a residence in the 250 block of East Fourth Street. According to the report, Dienger was drinking with several people at the residence earlier in the evening. Around 2:15 a.m., the report said, Zaborowski, who was sleeping in the residence, woke up to loud noises coming from the party inside the house. Dienger alleges Zaborowski was upset and grabbed a 1.75 liter bottle and hit Dienger on the left side of his head. When several people tried to step in, Zaborowski allegedly went into the kitchen, grabbed a knife, and began swinging it around. Dienger managed to wrestle Zaborowski to to ground and sustained several cuts. One person trying to break up the fight was allegedly stabbed in the stomach and another was allegedly bitten by Zaborowski. After the fight subsided, Zaborowski left the house, and Dienger proceeded to drive to a female’s house in the 1100 block of East Eighth Street. Shortly after leaving, Dienger lost control of his vehicle, hit a utility pole near Eleventh and Louisa streets, and fled the scene. When Dienger arrived at the female’s house, she called police. Officers then took custody of Dienger and administered a preliminary breath test. Dienger had a blood alcohol content of .14 percent. Attempts to get in contact with Zaborowski have been unsuccessful, however, police have referred his case to the county attorney’s office for formal charges.

At 7:48 a.m. police referred Travis Lee Schultz, 28, of Winona, for theft of a motor vehicle after he allegedly stole a truck belonging to the owner of a local construction company. According to the report, the owner called police shortly after 6 a.m. and reported missing a company vehicle that was parked in an alley near the construction company. The owner said he suspected Schultz, who was an employee. Police discovered Schultz was in detox in Rochester and secured a statement in which Schultz admitted to taking the vehicle. The company truck was found undamaged in a parking garage in Rochester.

Monday, January 14

At 9:09 a.m. police ticketed Zarna Marie Polus, 33, of Winona, for domestic abuse causing harm and fear after she was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with a 28-year-old female. According the report, the victim said she was gathering some of her belongings from a residence in the 100 block of High Forest Street earlier that morning when Polus became upset. The victim said as she was leaving, Polus followed her. Polus allegedly pushed the victim into the fence and slapped her across the face. Both females left the residence and police were unable to make contact with Polus. Police subsequently mailed Polus a ticket.

At 12:52 p.m. a Winona resident reported the theft of his 1999 blue Dodge Caravan from the corner of Third and Franklin streets. The man said he went inside a residence around 10:30 a.m., and when he came back out, he discovered his van was missing. The man said the doors were not locked and the keys were in the center console.

Tuesday, January 15

At 1:22 a.m. police arrested Jared Miguel Mitchell, 23, of St. Louis, Mo., for fourth degree driving while intoxicated after he was pulled over for expired registration. According to the report, a caller in the 850 block of West Broadway reported a hit and run accident earlier in the evening. Police in the area of Huff and Sarnia observed a vehicle suspected of being involved in the hit and run drive by. The officer made contact with the driver, identified as Mitchell, and observed the vehicle had front end damage and expired registration. The officer asked Mitchell if he had been in an accident earlier in the evening, and Mitchell denied it. The officer discovered Mitchell was not the suspect. However, the officer did detect the odor of alcohol and conducted a field sobriety test. The officer then took Mitchell into custody and administered a preliminary breath test at the law enforcement center. Mitchell had a blood alcohol content of .08 percent. 


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