Police Blotter


Winona Police

Friday, Dec. 22

• At 12:54 p.m. an adult female at the 50 block of Greenview Court reported a fraudulent call. A caller claiming to be her grandson told the woman that he was in jail in Pennsylvania and asked her to send him money via Wal-Mart. The woman sent $2,500 and then contacted law enforcement.

Saturday, Dec. 23

• At 12:19 a.m. officers responded to a report of theft from a vehicle on the 850 block of Mankato Avenue. An adult female reported the theft of a phone charger, headphones, and gum from her vehicle while parked in the Wal-Mart lot.
• At 10:18 p.m. officers stopped John Curtis May, 45, of Mabel, for having a burnt-out license plate light and reported finding a small amount of marijuana and a hypodermic needle. He was cited with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle.

Sunday, Dec. 24

• At 4:56 p.m. officers received a report of a pedestrian walking with a gun on the 1100 block of West Broadway near Cotter High School. After responding to the call, officers located an individual carrying a pool cue and case and wearing a ski mask. He did not have a gun.

Winona County Sheriff

Friday, Dec. 22

• At 10:18 p.m. Seth Vincent Bonow, 42, of Winona, was arrested and cited with fourth-degree driving while intoxicated. Deputies stopped Bonow’s vehicle after reportedly observing him make an improper turn, and his blood-alcohol content was measured at .08 percent.

Saturday, Dec. 23

• At 11:07 a.m. deputies responded to a call for medical assistance and in cooperation with Goodview Police arrested Sarah Jean Cristian, 20, of Rochester, on charges of fifth-degree possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving after suspension. Deputies searching for a reported stolen red Pontiac ran the license plate of a vehicle traveling north on Highway 43, and determined that it was reported stolen in Winona County on December 21. The driver pulled into a driveway and was contacted by officers. When the defendant exited the vehicle, it was searched, and officers reported locating a meth pipe, a broken pill in a plastic baggie, and a hypodermic needle in the same bag. Cristian complained to officers of difficulty breathing, and was taken to Winona Health, and then to the Winona County Jail.
• At 1:53 p.m. deputies arrested Curtis Delano Mallory, 34, of Babcock, Wis., and referred him to the county attorney for potential charges of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession and sale of hypodermic needles, and second-degree possession of over 25 grams of narcotics. Benjamin Thomas Devine, 30, of Holmen, Wis., was also arrested for fifth-degree possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies reported observing three people in a car traveling south on Highway 61 at Big Trout Drive, driving under the speed limit and having plastic covering the passenger-side window. Mallory, the owner and driver of the vehicle, was identified as having a warrant in Wisconsin. During a search of the vehicle, officers reportedly located two black bags, one containing a BB gun and the other containing two methamphetamine pipes. A further search of the vehicle reportedly revealed another bag under the driver’s seat containing 35 grams of methamphetamine, a hypodermic needle, as well as a scale and multiple plastic bags. A search of the trunk reportedly revealed a prescription bottle with multiple pills, a vial of Narcan, and syringes.

Sunday, Dec. 24

• Deputies arrested Michael David Kronebusch, 41, of Winona, for being in receipt of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. Officers observed the defendant pumping gas, and recognized him as having driven after revocation in the past. Deputies checked the license plate and discovered it was stolen. When contacted by officers, Kronebusch was allegedly resistant, refused multiple requests to place his hands behind his back, and attempted to flee police. Deputies reportedly found an Airsoft pistol, a folding knife, a sheathed knife, multiple flashlights, and a lock cutter, as well as two Cadillac keys inside the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle was notified.

Monday, Dec. 25

• At 2:31 a.m. deputies responded to a one-vehicle crash on County Road 114 outside Altura. A 22-year-old man was transported to Winona Health.
• Michael David Kronebusch, 41, of Winona was referred to the county attorney for charges of damage to property and attempt to escape the Winona County Jail. Law Enforcement Center personnel were alerted by inmates of a broken water pipe on the drinking fountain in Block 8. Personnel shut off water to the block. Security camera footage reportedly showed the defendant doing damage to the pipe.


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