January 13, 2013
At 10:01 p.m. deputies arrested Tiffany Melinda Pruka, 33, of Stockton, for second degree driving while intoxicated after she reportedly crashed her vehicle on County Road 23. According to the report, Pruka was driving south and allegedly texting, when she went off the road, into a ditch, and rolled her vehicle at least twice before it landed on its hood. Pruka was taken to Community Memorial Hospital in Winona for injuries. A blood test taken that night indicated her blood alcohol content was .20 percent.
February 2, 2013
At 8:15 a.m. officers ticketed Ashley Lynn Dzwonkowski, 18, of Houston, for failure to report an accident and driving without insurance, after she allegedly crashed her vehicle into a telephone utility box on County Road 17 south of Highway 43, causing telephone outages for “several hundred people,” according to the report. According to the report, Dzwonkowski told officers she was traveling south on County Road 17, when she lost control on the slippery road surface, and crashed into an embankment on the left side of the road, striking the utility box.
Saturday, February 9
At 1:44 a.m. deputies arrested Justin Paul Schmidtz, 21, of Lewiston, for fourth degree driving while intoxicated after he was stopped for allegedly failing to obey a stop sign. According to the report, the arresting deputy smelled alcohol coming from the car. Two female passengers claimed it was coming from them, but Schmidtz failed a field sobriety test, and preliminary breath test indicated his blood alcohol content was .11 percent.
Sunday, February 10
At 12:50 a.m. deputies arrested Tanya Ann Bambenek, 31, of Lewiston, for fourth degree driving while intoxicated, after she was stopped in Stockton for swerving, according to the report. A preliminary breath test indicated her blood alcohol content was .08 percent.
At 6:13 p.m. deputies arrested Ryan Patrick Kroening, 32, of St. Charles, for driving after cancellation of his license inimical to public safety, and John Patrick Biwer, 44, of Elba, on an arrest warrant for failure to appear after the two men were stopped for a faulty muffler. Kroenig had a number of prior convictions including three driving while intoxicated charges.
Thursday, February 7
At 11:37 a.m. officers arrested a 17-year-old male for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property after he threw a computer on the ground at the Winona Area Public Schools’ “Green House” facility on East Burns Valley Road. According to the report, the boy’s father came to the school facility to take a phone away from him, the boy got very angry, and allegedly threw a school computer on the ground.
Friday, February 8
At 5:41 p.m. officers received a report of a stolen handgun from the 850 block of East Belleview Street from a 28-year-old Winona man. According to the report, the man reported he was missing a loaded .45 caliber Glock 21 handgun with a 13-round magazine valued at $700 which was sitting on his living room floor in his locked apartment.
At 11:43 p.m. officers ticketed Keyairia Nadine Braxton, 19, of Milwaukee, Wis., for minor consumption of alcohol after medical assistance was called to Braxton’s dorm room in Kirkland Hall on Winona State University’s campus. According to the report, Braxton was transferred to Community Memorial Hospital for possible alcohol poisoning. A preliminary breath test indicated her blood alcohol content was .24 percent.
Saturday, February 9
At 1:02 a.m. officers ticketed Bright Fagiol Kpegole, 20, of North St. Paul, for minor consumption of alcohol, after he was observed allegedly challenging another man to a fight. A preliminary breath test indicated his blood alcohol content was .21 percent.
At 2:18 a.m. officers ticketed Courtney Michael Hall, 31, of Janesville, Wis., for possession of a small amount of marijuana after he was stopped for swerving. According to a report, the officer stopped Hall after the officer saw Hall swerving between lanes. Upon approaching Hall’s vehicle the officer noticed crumbs of what appeared to be marijuana in the passenger seat. As Hall was getting out of the vehicle he allegedly dropped a marijuana cigar on the ground and attempted to cover it up with his foot.
At 4:14 p.m. officers arrested Brandon David Taber, 37, of Winona, for driving after cancellation of his license inimical to public safety, after an officer pulled over a vehicle believe to belong to another person with a cancelled license, but which was, in fact, being driven by Taber.
Monday, February 11
At 12:07 a.m. officers ticketed Annalise Muriel Parker, 19, of La Crosse, Wis., for driving without a valid license and disobeying a red light and Andrew Allen Hendricks, 19, also of La Crosse, for possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of small amount of marijuana in a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers observed Parker, who was driving a vehicle belonging to Hendricks, run the red light at Highway 61 and Highway 43. The officer pulled Parker over at Highway 61 and Huff Street, discovered Parker’s lack of a proper license, Hendricks’ lack of insurance, and an odor of marijuana smoke. The officer searched the vehicle and discovered marijuana and a pipe.
At 2:16 a.m. officers ticketed Jacob William Ferin, 18, of Winona, and Garrett Scot Schaft, 19, of Winona for possession of drug paraphernalia, after they were stopped for a broken taillight, and a marijuana pipe, grinder, and rolling papers were found in the vehicle, according to the report.