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POLICE BLOTTER (07/17/2013)
Winona County

Saturday, July 13

• At 11:17 p.m. deputies arrested Michael Allen Karge, 50, of Owatonna, for fourth-degree driving while intoxicated after he allegedly nearly collided head-on with a squad car on Highway 74 in Whitewater State Park. Karge showed signs of intoxication, deputies said. A preliminary breath test indicated that his blood alcohol level was .16 percent.

Sunday, July 14

• At 1:09 a.m. deputies responded to an accident with injuries and are investigating whether Michael John Belter, 21, of Winona, was intoxicated when the vehicle he was driving rolled over in a ditch near County Road 12 and Cross Street. The area around the accident was strewn with empty and full beer cans and other debris from the vehicle, deputies said. Belter had cuts on his arms, a bump on his head, and appeared to be intoxicated, according to the report. A preliminary breath test indicated his blood alcohol content was .23 percent. Deputies are awaiting the results of a blood test.

• At 6:16 p.m. deputies arrested Veda Jean Haxton, 19, of Winona, for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and ticketed Mark Allen Schultz, 30, of Winona, for driving after suspension following a traffic stop at Third and Main streets. Deputies recognized Haxton, who had a warrant out for her arrest. After being taken into custody, deputies found a glass tube and a piece of tinfoil containing a white powdery substance that tested positive for alpha-pyrrolidin-opentiophenone, according to the report.

• At 10:03 p.m. deputies referred Ronald Scott Nettles, 49, of Winona, for domestic assault after he allegedly punched a 20-year-old man and 19-year-old woman and threatened to shoot them. Nettles admitted to striking the man and woman at a residence in Green Terrace Mobile Home Park near Lamoille, according to the report.

Monday, July 15

• At 8:20 a.m. a 57-year-old St. Charles man was taken to the hospital with head injuries after he ran into a utility truck on his all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on County Road 17 southeast of St. Charles. The man told deputies that he could not see the Tri-County Electric utility truck that he collided with because he had a black eye. The truck was parked legally with its flashers on, deputies said. The man had cuts and bruises to his head and left arm and possibly more injuries, according to the report. Deputies said it was very nearly a fatal accident. The ATV was totaled and $700 worth a damage was done to the utility truck.

Winona Police

Tuesday, July 9

• At 1:41 a.m. officers arrested Lianna Marie Hawthorne, 20, of Winona, for fourth-degree driving while intoxicated after she was stopped for driving with an expired registration at 10th and Main streets. A preliminary breath test indicated that her blood alcohol content was .10 percent.

Friday, July 12

• At 11:28 a.m. officers ticketed Franklin Henry Hernstine Jr., 36, of Hidden Valley, for obstructing the legal process after he allegedly resisted officers responding to report of a disturbance on the 700 block of East Fifth Street. Hernstine appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance, police said. He was reportedly screaming that he had been electrocuted by a power pole. Officers saw no evidence of downed wires or injury to Hernstine. Police said Hernstine tried to hide in a trash can to escape electricity he said was still shocking him.

• At 6:24 a.m. a man reported that numerous windows of his vehicle had been broken sometime overnight. The vehicle was parked on the 600 block of East Second Street.

• At 11:47 a.m. a global positioning system was reported stolen from an unlocked car at a residence on the 550 block of East Fifth Street. The complainant said it was a Garmin GPS valued at $250.

• At 2 p.m. officers arrested Christopher Paul Sullivan, 19, of Eagan, and Yana Marie Allen, 18, of Eagan, for theft of a motor vehicle and fleeing a peace office on foot after they allegedly hopped off a moped that had been reported stolen and ran from police. Officers apprehended Sullivan and Allen at Sixth and Mankato streets. Sullivan was also referred for damage to the moped caused when he dropped it and ran, according to the report.

Saturday, July 13

• At 12:26 a.m. officers responded to a report of assault from a Kwik Trip truck driver at Sixth and South Baker streets. The driver was approaching the Kwik Trip at the corner when his rear door lights went off, indicating that the doors to the cargo trailer were open. When the driver stopped and checked the trailer he encountered a man who asked the driver what he was doing and proceeded to punch him in the face, according to the complaint. The driver said the man was around six feet tall, white, with tattoos, and was wearing a tank top.

• At 1:52 a.m. officers ticketed David William Leaf, 24, of Winona, for obstructing the legal process after he taken into custody on a detoxification hold. Leaf was unconscious in the office of Economy Cab on the 200 block of East Third Street, officers said. Leaf woke up and gave a preliminary breath test, which indicated that his blood alcohol content was .27. He allegedly struggled with officers who took him into custody on a detoxification hold, according to the report.

• At 11:22 p.m. officers ticketed Zach Christopher Conroy, 19, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., and Chance Jones Danforth, 18, of Schaumburg, Ill., for minor consumption after they were stopped at Sixth and Lafayette streets following a report that they were throwing beer cans of out their vehicle.

Sunday, July 14

• At 12:47 a.m. two people were injured after a motorcycle struck a pedestrian at Third and Market streets. Witnesses reported that a 24-year-old man from Saint Paul ran across the street in front of an oncoming motorcycle carrying a 37-year-old man from Lewiston and a 23-year-old Winona woman, leaving the motorcyclist no time to stop. The Lewiston man driving the motorcycle tried to swerve, then lost control, dumping the bike, according to the report. The woman and the St. Paul man were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, police officials said.

• At 1:26 a.m. officers referred Marinda Marie Sneed, 23, of Winona, for domestic assault causing harm, obstructing the legal process, and misdemeanor domestic assault after she reportedly pulled a woman’s hair and shoved her.

• At 2:54 a.m. Reinarts Stained Glass reported that a large window had been broken at the studio on the 50 block of Washington Street.

• At 7:35 p.m. officer ticketed Kayla Marie Benter, 24, of Winona, for shoplifting after she allegedly stole $46 worth of merchandise from Walmart.

Monday, July 15

• At 9:20 a.m. officers responded to a report of an attempted break-in at the Winona Mall. Glass double doors at the mall’s southwest entry showed signs of attempted forced entry; however, the doors were not successfully opened, according to the report.



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