Police Blotter


Winona Police

Tuesday, December 20

•At 9:30 p.m. police received a report of a hit-and-run accident at Huff Street and Highway 61. A vehicle rear-ended the caller and then drove off. A state trooper stopped the vehicle on Highway 43 near I-90 and cited the driver, Bernardino Tzanahua Salas, 23, of Rushford, for driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .16 percent. Winona Police referred him to the county attorney for charges of leaving the scene of a property damage accident, having no Minnesota driver’s license and no insurance.

Wednesday, December 21

•At 9:01 p.m. police received a call from employees at Freedom Value Center on Mankato Avenue reporting a gas drive-off. Police waited for the vehicle at the end of the Interstate bridge and pulled it over. The driver, Danielle Leigh Fernoholz, 21, of Arcadia, was cited for theft, driving without a license, having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and no insurance.

•At 6:42 a.m. police were called to the 1100 block of East Eighth Street on a report of a domestic disturbance. Police met with a woman there who said that Neil Andrew Munson, 22, of Winona, had been living at the house. She said he had an alcohol problem and had lost his job, and she’d found him drunk and passed out in the living room and asked him to leave, as the agreement was that he would not be drunk there. The woman said she found a picture of a gun shooting bullets with the letter ‘m,’ which she felt was meant for her. She said that a friend of Munson’s had just telephoned her at 5:30 a.m. and told her that Munson had said he was going to burn her house down. Police arrested him at Eighth and Hamilton streets on charges of domestic assault causing fear. His blood alcohol content was measured at .20 percent.

•At 1:07 p.m. police were called by a landlord reporting a tenant out of control and damaging his property. When police arrived they found Ryan Thomas Eisenmenger, 21, of Winona, screaming. Eisenmenger told police he was looking for a foreigner in his apartment, and police said it appeared he was intoxicated and under the influence of a mood altering chemical, possibly mephedrone. Police said it was clear he couldn’t care for himself and told him he would be going to detox. Eisenmenger then allegedly struggled with officers all the way to the hospital, screaming obscenities and trying to spit on them, and had to be restrained. He was cited for obstructing with force, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.

Thursday, December 22

•At 1:26 a.m. police responded to a report of a hit-and-run accident at Seventh and Liberty streets. The reporting party said that a truck had hit his vehicle and then struck a tree, then drove off and ran a stop sign on Kansas Street. Police said witnesses believed it was a silver truck with no topper. Police said pieces of the vehicle left at the scene appeared to be camo colored. Both the driver and passenger suffered minor injuries but did not require medical attention.

•At 2:28 a.m. police were looking for a vehicle involved in an accident when an officer observed a vehicle parked in the alley on the 500 block of East 10th Street with an almost flat tire. Police found the driver, Tyler Wayne Brown, 23, of Rushford, outside a nearby residence. Police said he had warrants for his arrest and was taken into custody. Police found two bags with white powdery substances inside believed to be the synthetic drug mephedrone, also known as plant food, as well as a device for smoking the drug. Brown was referred to the county attorney for potential charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and fifth degree possession of a controlled substance.

•At 12:26 a.m. police received a call from the Kwik Trip at Highway 61 and 43 on a report of a man who had taken two gas cans from a display outside the store. The clerk gave a description and said the man and another man fled toward Morningside Terrace apartments. The officer believed he knew who the suspect was and called in to get his apartment number in the building. As the officer approached the apartment door, he could reportedly hear a man inside talking about stealing the gas cans. As the officer was standing outside the door, it was opened by Alex Anton Ruff, 25, of Winona. The officer told him to stop but he allegedly walked back into the apartment and ran from the officer, throwing a red object to the ground. The officer chased Ruff around the apartment and he was eventually caught trying to exit the apartment by another responding officer. Police said the red item he dropped was a bag that contained drug paraphernalia, and he was cited for fleeing police on foot and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police then spoke with the other occupants of the apartment. Police asked Ricky Kyle Holmon, 20, of La Crosse, for identification, and he allegedly gave them a business card for someone at Snap Fitness. Police said it appeared he was hiding ID cards under the couch. He then gave them a firearms ID for a Ricky K. Holmon, showing an age of 54. An officer remembered that there was a Ricky Holmon with an arrest warrant who was about 20 years old, and told the man that he didn’t appear to be 54 years old. When police told him to put his hands behind his back, he refused and began yelling, then ran down the apartment hall after being handcuffed. Police tackled him and he punched a hole in the drywall of the hallway. He was referred to the county attorney for charges of gross misdemeanor giving a false name and date of birth to police, underaged drinking and fleeing police on foot.

•At 1:26 a.m. police were called by a woman reporting a hit-and-run accident at Seventh and Liberty streets. The woman tried to follow the other driver but lost him at Ninth and Kansas streets. An officer found the vehicle pulling into Ken’s Auto Body the next morning and stopped it. The driver, Timothy Lloyd Tibor, 44, of Winona, was cited for careless driving and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Winona County

Saturday, December 17

•At 1:32 p.m. police received a call reporting a 32” plasma TV and a computer stolen from a residence in Utica.

Wednesday, December 21

•At 2:18 p.m. police received a call reporting blank checks stolen and cashed from a residence on Bethany Drive in Altura. The caller said he’d had a holiday party with a few women he didn’t know. He later discovered checks were missing, and one for $385 and another for $400 had been cashed in Rochester.

Thursday, December 22

•At 3:19 p.m. an officer was following a school bus on Highway 14 in an unmarked squad car after several reports of drivers not stopping when the school bus stop arm was down. The officer observed a man drive past the stop arm and pulled the vehicle over. The driver, David Leon Powell, 50, of Goodview, appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. He was cited for driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content measured at .08 percent, school bus stop arm violation and driving with an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Police said he had a cocktail in the car.

•At 6 p.m. police received a call from a woman reporting her license plates had been stolen. The woman had parked her vehicle at the ride share stop at County Road 12 and Highway 43 at 6:55 a.m. When she returned, both plates were gone. The Washington plates are numbered WB2-018.


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