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POLICE BLOTTER (08/11/2013)
Winona County

Tuesday, August 6

• At 9:01 a.m. deputies received a report of a burglary from a man who said numerous valuables were stolen from his Hidden Valley residence. The man reported that sometime while he was on vacation — Friday, July 27 through Monday, August 5 — someone pried open a door to his home and stole a silver bullion bar valued at $1,600, several $20 double-eagle gold pieces, a $5 gold piece, a brown leather purse with 12 rough-cut diamonds, 60 pieces of antique art glass, and three homemade quilts valued at $300.

Wednesday, August 7

• At 9:02 a.m. deputies arrested Gary Allen Kowalewski, 51, of Winona, on suspicion of fifth-degree driving under the influence after a report that he almost collided head-on with another vehicle on Sarnia Street. Officers stopped Kowalewski following that report, noticed that he showed signs of intoxication, and spotted a prescription bottle in the passenger seat of his vehicle, according to the report. The medications were prescribed to another person, deputies said. A drug recognition expert confirmed that Kowalewski showed signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Sheriff’s department officials are awaiting the results of a urine test.

• At 11:20 a.m. a woman reported that someone smashed the window to her vehicle and stole her purse while it was parked below the Elba Fire Tower. The woman said that a Silver F-250 pickup with a long box was the only other vehicle in the lot when she began ascending the stairs. Another witness stated that she saw a red Jeep in the parking lot after the complainant left and also heard a diesel pickup come and go quickly. The purse contained credit cards, a checkbook, keys, and $100 cash.

• At 11:33 a.m. deputies ticketed Kevin Michael Mulcahy, 18, of Stockton, for domestic assault causing harm and possession of drug paraphernalia and Bridget Ann Martinson, 19, of Stockton, for domestic assault causing harm after a report of a disturbance at a residence in Stockton. According to the report, Mulcahy said that Martinson kicked him in the face and he, in turn, punched her in the calf. Martinson reportedly declined to answer questions about whether there was anyt physical altercation between herself and Mulcahy. Deputies later discovered that Mulcahy had a warrant out for his arrest on an unrelated charge. Deputies arrested Mulcahy and reportedly discovered a marijuana pipe in pocket.

Winona Police

Tuesday, August 6

• At 8:32 a.m. officers received a report that a surveillance camera valued at $500 had been stolen from Rochester Wholesale Fruit. The camera was taken on Monday at 5:30 a.m., police said, noting that the video recordings from the camera at that time show a pair of hands come over the camera before it disappears. The camera is a Lorex VQ1636HR.

• At 2:40 p.m. officers referred a 15-year-old Winona girl for criminal damage to property after she allegedly broke off and destroyed her house arrest monitoring bracelet valued at $1,400.

Wednesday, August 7

• Officers ticketed Joseph Knoch Mehling, 49, of Spring Valley, for issuing a dishonored check after he allegedly cancelled a check after using it to pay Dick’s Marine for boat repairs on June 3.

• At 7:05 p.m. officers arrested Patricia Lee Jonsgaard, 50, of Winona, for fourth-degree driving while intoxicated after she allegedly drove away following a minor accident at Fifth and Huff streets. A preliminary breath test indicated that her blood alcohol content was .15 percent. The owner of the vehicle Jonsgaard allegedly struck did not seek charges for damages.

Thursday, August 8

• At 2:24 a.m. officers ticketed Bruce Gregory Srock,19, of Winona, and Noah Ray Thompson, 20, of Winona, for minor consumption of alcohol following a report of suspicious activity at Eight and Chatfield streets.

• At 4:01 p.m. officers received a report of a burglary from a resident of the 350 block of West Eight Street. The man said that a 40-inch TV valued at $800, a limited edition Modern Warfare III Xbox 360 valued at $150, a Canon T31 DSLR camera with a 50-200 millimeter lens valued at $750, a Winona State Unviersity Macbook Pro laptop, a Winona State University iPad Mini tablet were taken from his residence sometime between 4 p.m. on the Wednesday and 4 p.m. on Thursday.

• At 5:28 p.m. officers referred Courtney Nicole Williams, 26, of Winona, for possession of a hypodermic needle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and giving false information to police after officers stopped her on an unrelated warrant. Williams reportedly claimed to be her sister. A search of a backpack Williams was carrying produced two hypodermic needles, a pink tube with a burned end and other paraphernalia, according to the report.

• At 9:37 p.m. officers ticketed a 15-year-old boy for possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after his parents found a pipe and a bag of marijuana at their residence on East Ninth Street.

Friday, August 9

• At 12:11 a.m. a resident of the 250 block of East Third Street reported the theft of a bicycle from her porch. She saw the bike parked across the street shortly afterwards and recovered it. Someone had broken out a window screen to the porch, she said.

• At 7:42 p.m. officers ticketed Donnie Allen Lord for fleeing peace officers on foot after he ran from officers trying to arrest him on two outstanding warrants. Officers spotted Lord at Third and High Forest streets and approached him. Lord reportedly starting walking away, and took off running when officers told him to “come here.” Lord kept on running despite commands to stop, officers said. Police surrounded the neighborhood and searched for Lord, but he eluded capture. Police mailed a citation to his address. 


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