Wednesday, April 3
• Deputies are investigating a brush fire which burned a 500-by-30-foot area in the woods behind Hickory Lane in Stockton. The fire began at 4:12 p.m. and was controlled by the Lewiston Fire Department by 5:22 p.m. Sheriff’s Department officials said they believed the fire may have been started by juveniles.
Thursday, April 4
• At 11:20 p.m. deputies arrested Theodore Carl Myers, 25, of Dakota, for fourth-degree driving while intoxicated, after he was stopped for speeding outside of Dresbach. Officers said he had bloodshot, watery eyes and failed a field sobriety test. A preliminary breath test indicated his blood alcohol content was .15 percent.
Tuesday, April 2
• At 8:56 a.m. officers arrested Jacob Scott Arentz, 27, of Trempealeau, Wis., for fifth-degree domestic assault causing fear and fifth-degree domestic assault causing harm, after he alleged struck an adult female. According to the report, Arentz hit the woman in her residence and a witness observed the fight continue outside, according to the report.
• At 12:17 p.m. officers ticketed a 17-year-old male Winona Senior High School student for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana after the school safety specialist reportedly found him with marijuana and a pipe outside of the school.
• At 4:42 p.m. officers ticketed Susan Q. Djavedan, 55, of Winona, for shoplifting after she alleged stole around $15 worth of food from the Kwik Trip at Sixth and South Baker streets.
Wednesday, April 3
• At 2:27 p.m. officers received a report of a fraudulent check cashed at Merchant’s Bank. According to the report, an adult female entered the bank earlier that day and cashed a check for $3,250. Merchant’s Bank reported that the check was altered. The account or routing numbers may have been falsified, police officials said.
• At 4:05 p.m. officers received a report of burglary from an adult male resident on the 650 block of Huff Street. The man reported that sometime between 7 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. two shotguns, an Xbox, and several Xbox games were stolen from his residence. The shotguns were described as a Remington Model 11 12-gauge shotgun and a Winchester 12-gauge pump action shotgun. Values for the items were not available. The man said the back door of his residence was unlocked.
• At 5:15 p.m. officers ticketed Jasmine Marie Sage, 18, of Winona, and a 17-year-old female also from Winona for shoplifting after they allegedly stole $92 worth of clothing from ShopKo.
• At 6:33 p.m. an adult female reported that her daughter had sent images of the adult woman undressing to three juvenile males in La Crosse, Wabasha, and Winona via text message and that the boys sent her daughter a picture of male genitalia. There were no charges at the time of the report.
Thursday, April 4
• At 12:35 a.m. officers arrested Cole William Dierickx, 21, of Frontenac, for obstructing the legal process and disorderly conduct. Officers observed Dierickx fighting with another man at Third and Center streets, and as they were ticketing him for disorderly conduct he refused to cooperate with officers, according to the report.
• At 3:38 p.m. officers received a report of burglary from a 44-year old Winona man. The man said that sometime between March 11 and March 21, his car had been broken into and the stereo stolen and that $200 dollars in cash, two pairs of shoes valued at $45 each, and a gold watch valued at $459 were stolen from his apartment on the 250 block of East Third Street. The door of is apartment had been pried open, police said.
• Officers arrested two juvenile males, ages 15 and 16, from Stockton, for fourth-degree sale of a controlled substance in a school zone, after a school safety officer observed them conducting a “hand-off” drug sale in the Winona Senior High School lunch room on March 25, police officials said. Video evidence confirmed that observation, and the boys later admitted to exchanging marijuana and cash, according to the report.
• Officers received a report of theft from Mr. Groovys record shop on the 50 block of West Third Street. An employee told officers that $275 in cash in an envelope had been stolen from behind the counter sometime in March.
Friday, April 5
• At 1:56 a.m. officers arrested Michael Joseph VanRyn, 27, of Winona, for third-degree driving while intoxicated and third-degree test refusal after he was pulled over for an alleged hit-and-run with another vehicle earlier that night. Officers said VanRyn had bloodshot, watery eyes. A preliminary breath test indicated his blood alcohol content was .22 percent.
• At 5:47 a.m. officers arrested Devin Lee Polus, 26, of no fixed address, for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. Officers encountered Polus while responding to a report of an attempted break-in on the 550 block of East Third Street. An officer spotted a man nearby who he recognized as Polus. According to the officer, Polus walked away into an alley when he noticed the officer. The officer confronted Polus, who reportedly appeared nervous. He was sweating, shaking, and breathing heavily, the officer reported. Suspecting Polus might be connected with the attempted break-in, the officer searched Polus and found a digital scale, drug paraphernalia, and containers of a white powdery substance that tested positive for AVPV or “plant food,” according to the report.
• At 7:08 p.m. officers arrested a juvenile male, 16, of Winona, for felony domestic assault by strangulation after he alleged choked his mother.
Tuesday, April 2
• Christopher Henry Poehling, 38, of St. Paul, was charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle after he alleged fled officers at speeds in excess of 105 mph on I-90 east of St. Charles at 5:33 p.m. on March 22. According to the complaint, a state trooper observed Poehling traveling at 104 mph on I-90 west of St. Charles and alerted the St. Charles Police Department. The trooper saw Poehling’s face as he passed by and a trooper pursued the vehicle. A St. Charles Police officer joined the chase as Poehling drove faster yet and refused to pull over, according to the complaint. The trooper got the vehicle’s license number and checked the driver’s license photo for its registered owner, which matched the likeness of the driver he saw, Poehling. The trooper then ceased his pursuit. Poehling is not in custody, but may face additional charges if he fails to report to court.