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POLICE BLOTTER (07/07/2013)
Winona County

Monday, July 1

• At 7:45 p.m. deputies ticketed Jack David Taylor, 28, of Houston, for possession of metal knuckles, possession of a small amount of marijuana in a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving after revocation. Deputies approached Taylor, thinking he was a different individual for whom a warrant for arrest had been issued, when they noticed what appeared to be marijuana in the car. A subsequent search produced drug paraphernalia and a pair of brass knuckles, which are illegal.

Tuesday, July 2

• At 2:05 a.m. deputies cited Paul Ayotte, 55, of Winona, for domestic assault after he allegedly pushed an adult female to the ground. The woman hit her head on a metal object as she fell, but declined medical attention, according to the report.

• At 9:31 a.m. deputies received a report of a purse, checkbook, and debit card stolen from a vehicle on the 200 block of Center Street in Utica.

• At 7:04 p.m. deputies arrested Frank Matthew Blahnik, 38, of Winona, for fifth-degree domestic assault after he allegedly pushed a young person to the floor from a bed at a residence in Winona. The alleged victim had bruises, deputies said.

Wednesday, July 3

• Deputies referred Kenneth Ryan Nance, 48, of Bartonville, Texas, for third-degree driving while intoxicated and reckless driving after a blood test, taken after he was seriously injured in a crash on April 13, indicated that he was driving while drunk. Witnesses said Nance was traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour on County Road 17 in Pleasant Valley when his vehicle went off the road, struck an embankment, and rolled several times. The vehicle was completely destroyed, and Nance was flown to Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, deputies reported. The blood test results were finalized last week, indicating that Nance had a blood alcohol content of .20 percent.

Thursday, July 4

• At 8:12 p.m. deputies received a report from a residence on County Road 17 that someone had gone through two unlocked vehicles at the residence and stolen $10 in cash.

• At 10:08 p.m. deputies received a report of a burglary from a residence on County Road 9. According to the complaint, a locked door had been kicked in and bottles containing morphine, methylphenidate, and Xanex were stolen.

Winona Police

Monday, July 1

• At 2:17 p.m. officers received a report of .38-caliber handgun stolen from a residence on the 650 block of East Third Street.

Wednesday, July 3

• Officers referred Curtis Mico Williams, of unknown age and address, for theft after he allegedly stole $1,230 worth of whitening strips, diet pills, and scar removal cream from Walgreens. Video evidence reportedly documented Williams taking some of the items on June 14. According to Walgreens, Williams has been involved in a streak of thefts, stealing whitening strips, diet pills, and cosmetics en masse at Walgreens stores across the country. Winona Police confirmed that Williams is a suspect in a similar theft case in Apple Valley. Williams is in custody in Idaho in connection with the thefts, police officials said.

• At 6:08 p.m. officers arrested Luke Elijah Oberle, 28, of River Falls, Wis., for fifth-degree controlled substance crimes after he allegedly tried to use a fraudulent prescription to obtain 56 hydrocodone pills from Walgreens. Oberle called in an order that made Walgreens employees suspicious. The store double-checked with the doctor’s office where Oberle claimed to have received the prescription. The office told Walgreens that it did not issue the prescription, according to the report. Oberle admitted to trying to deceive the pharmacy, police officials said.

• At 6:36 p.m. officers received a report of a 1971 Sea King flat-bottomed boat stolen from a residence on Latsch Island. The Minnesota registration number of the boat is 6463ES.

• At 11 p.m. officers ticketed Samantha Rene Thompson, 22, of Winona, for disorderly conduct and possession of a small amount of marijuana after officers responded to a report of a disturbance at her residence on Sugar Loaf Road. Thompson was very upset, appeared obviously intoxicated, and swore at officers, they reported. Officers found a substance that tested positive for marijuana on her person and took her into the hospital on detoxification hold. Thompson was “combative and belligerent at the hospital,” police officials said.

Thursday, July 4

• At 2:15 a.m. officers arrested Bruce Gregory Srock, 19, of Winona, for third-degree driving while intoxicated after he allegedly verbally abused a group of people at Huff and Sarnia streets. Officers responded to a call from the group, who said Srock was belligerent and yelling at them from his car. Srock showed signs of intoxication, officers said. A preliminary breath test indicated his blood alcohol content was .13 percent. Srock has prior convictions for driving while intoxicated, police officials said.

• At 3:26 p.m. officers arrested Dennis Ruiz, 37, of Winona, for second-degree assault after he allegedly struck another man in the face with a beer bottle at the Latsch Island beach. The other man was bleeding from his cheek and taken by ambulance to the hospital. Witnesses identified Ruiz as his assailant and said that Ruiz threw the broken bottle under a car when he noticed the police coming, according to the report. Police were unable to determine a motive for the assault.

Friday, July 5

• Officers referred Shawn Michael Fort, 22, of Winona for theft after he allegedly used another Winona man’s checking account to create a Paypal account and purchase a cellphone for $190 on June 24.

• At 12:26 a.m. officers referred Gregory Alexander Clark, 28, of Winona, for possession of a hypodermic needle and Melissa Sue Rogers, 30, of Minnesota City, for possession of metal knuckles and drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop at Homer Road and Highway 61. Rogers was arrested on a warrant for probation violation. Officers noticed a multitool knife on Clark’s person and patted him down for safety, finding two tubes and a spoon, which he admitted were used for smoking narcotics, according to the report.

• At 1:34 a.m. officers arrested Alexandra Elizabeth Rech, 19, of New Prague, for providing a false name and date of birth to a peace officer after she allegedly gave officers someone else’s ID as her own. Officers were called to McDonald’s in downtown Winona on a report that Rech had struck another patron of the restaurant with a straw. When officers asked for her identification, Rech reportedly gave them a Wisconsin driver’s license. The photo did not resemble Rech and she did not know the zip code or address on the license, police said.

• At 2:42 a.m. officers cited Broken World Records owner William Hamilton Scalleen, 44, of Fountain City, Wis., for after-hours consumption of alcohol after an officer reportedly saw Scalleen and an employee drinking in the bar after hours. 


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