CRIME & SAFETY
‘Crumbling’ house catches on fire in Winona
(KWNO)-A fire on Wednesday morning damaged a house on the 600 block of Olmstead Street. A post on the Winona Fire Department Facebook page says smoke was coming from the house when firefighters arrived and they put out a fire on the first floor of the building. A comment on...
Weekly Safety Report: Bar Fight, Target Incident, School Bus Collision, and Staff Shortage Impact Winona
This week in Winona, Minnesota, several incidents occurred that raised concerns for public safety. These incidents include a bar fight that spilled onto the street and led to an arrest, a man allegedly hiding in a Target bathroom after closing, a collision between a school bus and a car resulting in injuries, and the Winona Police Department working to address a staff shortage.
Semi vs Car in Buffalo County
BUFFALO, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – One person was taken to the hospital this morning after a truck was hit by a semi in Buffalo County. The sheriff’s office says just before 7. They got a call about a two-vehicle crash on Highway 35 near Fountain City. When crews arrived,...
Man released after huffing, burglary arrest is arrested again later the same day
(KWNO)-A man arrested by Winona police on Thursday night at Menards for huffing is the same person they arrested earlier the same day on burglary and huffing charges stemming from an incident Tuesday at Target. Officers found seven aerosol cans in a bathroom stall at Menards, five of which were empty and arrested 35-year-old Keith Schroeder.
One taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, 3 more transported by ambulance in Winona County crash involving school bus
(ABC 6 News) – According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 62-year-old woman was taken to Gunderson Lutheran hospital early Wednesday, Nov. 29, following a crash with a school bus. The MSP crash report states that Robin Rae Thelen of Winona traveled eastbound on Highway 14 around 6:30 a.m....
Semi vs power pole in Mondovi
MONDOVI, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Another semi was involved in an accident this morning when it crashed into a power pole in the city of Mondovi. The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office says at 10:30 a caller told them power lines were down on East Main Street. After arriving, deputies...
1 person hurt following truck vs. semi crash in Buffalo County
BUFFALO COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - One person is hurt following a truck vs. semi crash in Buffalo County. According to a press release from the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, around 6:53 a.m., the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a crash on State Road 35 near the 5A Dam. The caller reported a two-vehicle crash involving a semi and truck with the driver of the truck still in the vehicle.
Four injured when school bus and car crash in Winona County
WINONA COUNTY, Minn. – Four people were hurt, one severely, after a school bus and car collided in Winona County. The crash happened a little before 7 am on Highway 14 in Hillsdale Township. A westbound school bus driven by Theresa Ann Fedie, 654 of Winona, and an eastbound car driven by Robin Rae Thelen, 62 of Winona, crashed near the intersection with Ridge View Road.
Safety Measures at Local High School Due to Nearby Non-Student Situation
The Winona Police Department alerted Winona Area Public Schools about a situation involving a non-student, believed to be heading towards Lake Winona. Police were dispatched to ensure the safety of all.
WPD climbing out of staff shortage
After losing 18 officers since January of 2022, the Winona Police Department (WPD) is finally getting back to staff levels that Deputy Chief of Police Jay Rasmussen is happy with, while still working toward filling out a few more positions. For a department of 37 officers, Rasmussen said, losing 18...
Galesville man dies in Lake Marinuka incident
A 47-year-old Galesville man is dead after drowning in Lake Marinuka last Tuesday. Authorities responded to the East side of Lake Marinuka just after 8 a.m. on Tuesday after a resident called to report that a suspicious man was standing on the dock in their backyard. Sergeant Travis McDonah of...
Weekly Safety Report: Fights and Disorderly Conduct Raise Concerns in Winona, Minnesota
This week in Winona, Minnesota, the police responded to several incidents involving fights and disorderly conduct. At Winona Senior High, a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy got into a physical altercation in the cafeteria. At Winona Middle School, two 13-year-old boys fought over a game of bingo. Additionally, a 55-year-old man named Michael Zvirblis was causing trouble downtown for the past week, leading to his arrest for disorderly conduct. These incidents have prompted police intervention and raised concerns about safety in the community.
Man dies in Galesville lake, apparent suicide
(KWNO)-A person is dead after an apparent suicide in Galesville on Tuesday morning. The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious person on Lake Court around 8:00 a.m. Deputies believed the man was having a mental health crisis and tried to approach him but the man went into Lake Marinuka, swam to the middle of the lake and then disappeared from view, according to a press release. Several area dive teams, including Winona Dive and Rescue, were called to the scene and found the man dead at the bottom of the lake. The search lasted more than two hours. The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office says it will not be releasing the man’s name.
Sheriff: Nearly 20 sheep get loose, show up at home in Winona County
WINONA, Minn. (WEAU) - Several sheep became loose and showed up at a home in Winona County, the Winona County Sheriff’s Office says. According to information from the Winona County Sheriff, they were called about the sheep just after midnight, Nov. 22, 2023. They were found at a home in Winona.
Winona Man Enters Plea Deal to Settle Rochester Area Drug, Theft Cases
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- A Winona man has entered a plea agreement to settle an Olmsted County drug case and three theft cases. 49-year-old Izaak Parker is facing felony charges in all four cases. The drug charges were filed against Parker last July as part of an investigation involving a trailer reported stolen from an Eyota business.
Tractor fire still under investigation
(KWNO)-A tractor fire on Saturday in Winona is still under investigation. The Winona County Sheriff’s Office and Ridgeway Fire Department were called to the property in the 26,000 of County Road 15 on Saturday morning. According to a sheriff’s office spokesperson the owner filled the tractor with fuel on Saturday morning but didn’t start it and then left the area. Neighbors saw the tractor on fire a short time later and called authorities. The tractor was completely engulfed when firefighters arrived and is a total loss. The estimated value of the tractor is $65,000.
Winona council member Borzyskowski charged with DWI
Winona City Council member George Borzyskowski was charged with driving while intoxicated last Friday after he was arrested early that morning, according to law enforcement officials. According to the report, at 1:23 a.m. on November 17, Borzyskowski, 70, of Winona, was stopped at Homer Road and Highway 43 for failing...
Prosecution plans to introduce evidence of domestic abuse at murder trial of Adam Fravel
WINONA, Minn. – Prosecutors have filed notice they plan to seek an aggravated sentence against the man accused of killing Madeline Kingsbury. Adam Taylor Fravel, 29 of Mabel is facing charges of first and second-degree murder for allegedly killing Kingsbury on March 31. The Winona County Attorney’s Office has now filed notice with the court it intends to seek a stiffer sentence in this case than usual.