Police Blotter




Friday, December 21

At 7:20 p.m. deputies arrested a 31-year-old female from Minnesota City, after she was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with 42-year-old male at a residence in Minnesota City. According to the report, deputies arrived to find the two in a verbal argument. Deputies took the female into custody and released her later. Domestic assault charges are pending against the female.

Wednesday, Dec. 26

At 4:40 p.m. a Winona County resident reported damage to his property on Echo Ridge Drive south of Lewiston after a vehicle allegedly knocked down his fire number and mailbox. The complainant reported the incident occurred sometime between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. that day. The man said he talked to nearby neighbors but no one saw anything. Estimated cost of the damage is $200.

Thursday, Dec. 27

At 8:06 p.m. deputies arrested Brian James Trautman, 35, of Dakota, for probation violation after he was found to be drinking at his residence in Dakota. According to the report, deputies were sent to his home to conduct a welfare check. When deputies arrived, a female inside the residence said Trautman had been drinking. Trautman was cooperative with deputies and admitted to having had a few alcoholic beverages.

Winona Police

Wednesday, Dec. 26

At 5:18 p.m. a Winona resident reported missing several pieces of electronic equipment from his home in the 700 block of West Ninth Street. According to the report, the man said sometime in the last week, an unidentified person broke into his residence through a door. The man reported missing an XBox 360, 42-inch flat screen TV, Sony Playstation 3, and three video games. Estimated cost of the stolen property is $1,150.

District Court

Formal charges have been filed against Zachary Ryan Fowler, 23, of Belmont, Wis., for one count of fifth degree possession of methamphetamine and one count of fifth degree possession of cocaine. According to the complaint, the Winona Police Department was conducting a safe and sober exercise in the city when they observed a group of five males walking down the street. The males were boisterous and yelling at several females across the street. When officers approached the group, they observed a male, identified as Fowler, carrying a beer can in his hand. Fowler dropped the beer can and backpack that he was carrying. Officers then made contact with Fowler and searched the backpack. Inside were two plastic bags, one appearing to contain marijuana, rolling papers, and a marijuana grinder. The second plastic bag contained a crystal substance that appeared to be crystal methamphetamine. Officers took Fowler into custody and at the Law Enforcement Center found on his person a third plastic bag containing a white powdery substance and $207 in cash. The substances were weighed and field-tested positive for 17.25 grams of marijuana, 2.80 grams of cocaine, and .91 grams of crystal methamphetamine. Fowler is to appear for his first court date on February 5, 2013, at 11 a.m.

Formal charges have been filed against Whitney Nichole Sherman, 26, of Winona, for one count of fifth degree possession of methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), one count of fourth degree driving while impaired, one county of driving while impaired from a combination of two or more substances, one count of possession of synthetic marijuana, and one count of possession of a hypodermic needle. According to the complaint, a Winona police officer was on routine patrol when he observed the driver of a vehicle texting while driving. The officer also observed the vehicle crossing the centerline several times and speeding. When the officer made contact with the driver, identified as Sherman, he reported that she had heavily slurred speech, and slow and deliberate movements. The complaint said the officer did not report detecting the odor of alcohol, but administered a preliminary breath test, during which Sherman proved to have no alcohol in her system. The officer arrested Sherman on suspicion of driving while under the influence. Inside her purse the officer found four hypodermic needles, two prescription bottles with her name on them, five packages of Deja Vu Raspberry Rain (synthetic marijuana), and a small blue container with a dirty, white, clumpy substance inside. A health official administered a blood test on Sherman, which was sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension crime lab. When the test came back, it showed the presence oxycodone, clonazepam, 7-aminoclonazepam, and alprazolam. The test also concluded the Deja Vu Raspberry Rain packages contained a cannabinoid agonist receptor called AM-2201, and the dirty white, clumpy substance contained MDPV. Sherman is to appear for her first court date on February 7, 2013, at 11 a.m.


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