Police Blotter




Friday, December 30

•At 5:30 p.m. police referred Charles Hebert Messerschmidt, 30, of St. Charles, to the county attorney for charges of violating an order for protection after he allegedly left messages for a person with an order against him.

•At 8:23 p.m. police arrested Edward Allen James Shukis, 19, after he allegedly assaulted a woman at a residence on the 50 block of East Third Street. The woman told police he punched her with a closed fist, choked her, and when she said she would call police he threw her phone. He was referred to the county attorney for potential charges of felony domestic assault by strangulation, domestic assault causing harm, domestic assault causing fear and interference with a 911 call.

Sunday, January 1

•At 3 a.m. police Devell Carl Sprawls, 29, of Buffalo City, Wis., was arrested for fifth degree domestic assault and felony domestic assault by strangulation after he allegedly choked a woman at Fifth and Cummings streets.

Winona County

Saturday, December 24

•At 2:12 a.m. police were dispatched to Minnesota City on a report of a vehicle theft. A resident on Minnesota Street told police his 1995 Ford Explorer had been stolen from the driveway, it may have had a key inside but it had been locked, he said. The man later called and said he’d seen a female with long blonde hair driving the vehicle near the ballpark, racing with an SUV. The vehicle was recovered a short time later and police set up a perimeter, calling in a K9 to track the suspect. The K9 led police to a set of two footprints that led to a garage. A male and a 14-year-old girl exited the garage after police called to them. The 14-year-old girl is expected to be referred to the county attorney’s office for potential charges of motor vehicle theft.

Thursday, December 29

•At 9 a.m. a deputy went out to investigate a report of negligence to six horses in a pasture on County Road 9. The deputy spoke with the landowner who said that the woman who owned the horses was supposed to move them in November. The owner of the horses told the deputy she had been trying to sell them, and admitted a relative had dropped off hay for the horses about a month ago. The horses had no feed or hay left and were removed from the pasture. The incident is still under investigation.

Sunday, January 1

•At 12:55 p.m. police received a call reporting a violation of an order for protection. A man told police that Jennifer Leigh Bartsch, 39, of Goodview, sent him a text message even though he has an order against her. Police said the woman sent about 50 “Happy New Year” text messages that night. She was cited for violating an order for protection.


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