WINONA, Minn. – Police arrested a Winona man on suspicion of driving while high on marijuana, but specific charges were put on hold until the results of a a blood draw come back from the crime lab. Tyler Jpseph Monahan, 38, admitted smoking marijuana about an hour before he was stopped for a bad brake light, police said. Also, police said he failed sobriety tests on-scene. The stop was about 8:30 p.m. at Broadway and Chatfield streets on the Far East End.
Serious injury in dual-car crash on rural road
ELBA, Minn. – A Rochester youth was critically injured when two cars, both speeding, crashed near Beaver and left the road. The youth, age 17, was taken 40 miles to a Rochester hospital with life-threatening injuries. Two teens in the second car were less seriously hurt and treated at the scene. This was about 7:40 p.m., after dark, on a steep winding curve rising out of Selke Valley. Although the accident was not immediately reconstructed, deputies believe the vehicles were going the same direction, one behind ther, about 55 mph in an area that, because of blind curves, was better navigated at 20 or 25. One vehicle, driven by the Rochester youth, struck a tree. The second vehicle, right behind with two Plainview buddies, followed off the pavement. The accident was on a paved section. Deputies said the Plainview pair denied racing but admitted they had been “tearing around” on backroads with the other driver.. The vehicles crashed near the County Road 30 and County Road 31 crossroads about five miles north of Elba. Both vehicles were light-weight –ca 2011 BMW 128 and a 2003 Saturn Ion.
Woman charged for spatula slap
WITOKA, Minn. — A rural woman was arrested after a man was struck in the face with a spatula. Betsy Jean Comero, 44, was charged with domestic assault. The man, age 50, showed a mark on his face but didn’t need medical attention, deputies said. This was about 6:40 p.m. in the 24000 block of County Road 15.
Comero. Booked for intentional domestic assault.
Michigan university research chief to UM presidency
MINNEAPOLIS – University of Minnesota regents have named a new president of the giant 55,000-student system: Rebecca Cunningham. She has been research vice president at the University of Michigan. She has been at Michigan 25 years. The regents’ decision was unanimous. The decision came after Cunningham and two other finalists participatedin 15 public forums, 15 open houses and 2,700 miles on the road to visit each UM campus. The other finalists:
>Laura Bloomberg, president at Cleveland State University.
> James Holloway, chief academic officer at the University of New Mexico.
Cunningham, age 53, replaces Joan Gabel, who left last summer amid difficulties about moon-lighting on a university vendor’s board of directors. Gabel went to the University of Pittsburgh as chancellor with a $200,000 pay hike. The retired chief of Hormel Foods in Austin, Jeff Ettinger, has served as interim UM president.
She took training as an emergency physician. She holds a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Her primary medical field is injury prevention, violence-related injury, and substance abuse, She joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1999. Mostly recently she has been the university’s vice preident of research and innovation and has expanded the university’s research volume to a record $1.9 billion annually.
Couple surrender after rural Wisconsin stand-off
Armed in the ready. A crisis response team surrounded a house southwest of Ontario, in north central Vernon County. Image: Vernon Couny sheriff
911 caller said “shots fired”; unknown if true
ONTARIO, Wis. – Two persons, a man and a woman were taken into custody at a farm house in Hoff Valley 3-1/2 hours after a report of a shots being fired. Police had established a perimeter after a 911 call about 8 a.m. The caller said “shots fired” before the call disconnected. Sheriff Roy Torgerson mobilized a team from Viroqua, the county seat 25 miles away, including an armored vehicle. The sheriff said the couple inside, age 42 and 30, surrendered after negotiations defused the situation. There were no injuries, Torgerson said. He didn’t know for sure whether shots actually had been fired.
Prison time for police chase, meth, gun, ammo
ROCHESTER, Minn. – A Stewartville motorcyclist is prison-bound for leading police on a 90-mph in October. But five years in prison for James Michael Kenyon, 25, was not only for the chase, which ended when he crashed into deep brush off Highway 63. In the wreckage, police found 1.2 grams of meth, a stun gun, and a magazine of 7.9-millieter bullets. It wasn’t Kenyon’s only 2023 police encounter. He had been arrested three times in three months. Those other charges included auto theft.
Kenyon. His 2023 will be a year not to forget.
Traffic banned on wobbly Lansing bridge
LANSING, Iowa – Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick ordered the 1,700-foot Blackhawk Bridge over the Mississippi River at Lansing barricaded because of “some slight movement.” Structural engineers were summoned to examine whether the high catilever span is safe for trucks and automobiles. The bridge, built in 1931, is the only river crossing between LaCrosse, 38 miles upriver, and Prairie du Chien, 32 miles downriver. It’s been closed before — from 1945 to 1957 when it was damaged by ice dams. There has bend discussion fo nyears about replacing the rickety narrow-lanes bridge, which is an icon for theregion.
Black Hawk Bridge. After 90-plus years the Model A-era bridge has long been considered beyind its useful life.
Middle School hair-pulling incident draws cops
WINONA, Minn. – Police ticketed a 12-year-old girl at the Winona Middle school, allegedly for pulling another girl’s hair and punching her. Police were called to the school about 9 a.m. The injuries were sustainable, police said. The school has 640 students in Grades 5 to 8.