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POLICE BLOTTER (04/17/2013)
Winona County

Saturday, April 13

• At 12:34 a.m. deputies arrested Tara Lynn Knutsen, 35, of Winona, for fourth-degree driving while intoxicated after she was stopped for speeding in Minnesota City. Deputies reported that Knutsen had bloodshot, watery eyes. A preliminary breath test indicated that her blood alcohol level was .09 percent.

• At 10:13 p.m. deputies responded to an accident on County Road 17 north of Witoka where a vehicle lost control, hit an embankment and went airborne. A Jeep Wrangler driven by a 48-year-old Texas man rolled several times, crashed through a fence, and landed on its hood. The man was taken by helicopter to Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. According to sheriff’s department officials, he was reported to be in stable condition.

Monday, April 15

• At 3:40 a.m. deputies arrested Thomas Arthur Pfile, Platteville, Wis., for second-degree driving while intoxicated after his vehicle went into a ditch. Deputies responding to the accident reported seeing Pfile stagger from the driver’s side of the car to a nearby fence. Pfile told deputies that he was not driving the vehicle, but the only tracks in the snow led from the driver’s side door to the fence and Pfile had keys that matched the car, according to the report. Deputies arrested Pfile on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and a preliminary breath test indicated his blood alcohol content was .19 percent. Pfile had two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated, according to sheriff’s department officials.

Winona Police

Tuesday, April 9

• At 11:03 a.m. officers arrested Melvin Earl Kimp for felony theft after he allegedly stole $1,410 worth of electronics from Target. Because of prior convictions, Kimp is being referred for felony theft, police officials said.

Thursday, April 11

• At 12:40 a.m. officers ticketed Melissa Ann Wheeler, 23, of Winona, for disorderly conduct after she allegedly struck several men at Cheaters Bar in downtown Winona.

Saturday, April 13

• At 11:18 a.m. officers ticketed Korrine Ann Gustafson, 36, for failure to yield at a stop sign after she allegedly drove through the stop sign at Eighth and Mankato streets, striking a 56-year-old female driver from Winona. The woman whose car was struck was taken to the hospital by ambulance for neck and knee pain, according to the report.

• At 12:46 p.m. officers received a report from a man that four of his vehicle’s tires had been slashed while it was parked on the 250 block of East Eighth Street.

• At 11:35 p.m. residents of the 450 block of West Eighth Street reported a burglary at their residence. Sometime between 4:15 and 10 p.m., someone smashed the window of their door and entered their house, stealing $200 in cash and $500 in gold one-dollar coins, they said.

Sunday, April 14

• At 4:50 a.m. officers arrested Christopher Matthew Bobo, 34, of Winona, and Nicole Marie Lundquist, 28, of Winona, for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers recognized Bobo, who had a warrant for his arrest, in the vehicle, according to the report. Officers arrested and searched Bobo, finding a white powdery substance, which tested positive for APVP, and narcotic smoking devices on his person. Officers proceeded to search the car and found more narcotics and paraphernalia in Lundquist’s purse, according to the report. Bobo is also being referred for failure to appear and Lundquist for probation violation.

• At 1:10 p.m. officers ticketed a 17-year-old male from Kasson, Minn., for shoplifting after he allegedly stole a pair of boots valued at $129 from Fleet Farm.

• At 3:49 p.m. officers arrested Taylor Nicholas Gleason, 21, of Winona, for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, trespassing, and probation violation after he allegedly broke into an apartment on West Fifth Street. Officers responded to a report of a break-in and found Gleason, who was cold, wet, and apparently intoxicated, they said. Officers searched Gleason and found prescription alprazolam pills and a narcotic smoking device with residue, according to the report. Gleason said he had a prescription for the pills, but did not provide it, officers reported.

Tuesday, April 16

• At 12:02 a.m. officers ticketed five Rushford youths for underage consumption following a traffic stop at Highway 61 and Highway 43. Philip Andrew O’Shaughnessy, 18; Brock Jay Johnson, 18; two 17-year-old males; and a 17-year-old female were ticketed. 


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