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An unauthorized nap led to the felony arrests of two people Sunday.

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A person housesitting for a friend found Andrew John Hines, 21, of Winona, asleep on the front porch at 12:50 p.m. Saturday. Hines was known to both the housesitter and the homeowner, and the sitter was aware that Hines was not welcome, nor did he have business on the property. The police were called and Hines was removed.

A bit later it was determined that two packages delivered the previous day and a laptop computer were missing from the Orrin Street residence; however, items of clothing belonging to Hines and a backpack were inside the house — leading police to suspect Hines of the presumed theft. An investigation indicated that entrance to the residence had been gained through a pet door.

Night shift officers were briefed on the crime and Hines’ probable involvement. At 1:30 a.m. Sunday, an officer on patrol spotted Hines getting out of a vehicle at the Kwik Trip at Broadway and South Baker Street. When officers approached Hines, he resisted, and in the ensuing scuffle an officer’s jacket was torn. Hines was placed in the back of a squad car where continued to resist, kicking at the windows.

Officers questioned the driver of the vehicle Hines exited. Sara Rene Edmunds, 23, of Winona, said the television set in the back seat had been put there by Hines. A search of her vehicle and purse yielded several grams of methamphetamine and mephedrone, an illegal synthetic drug, and a small pharmacy of prescription medications. She was placed under arrest.

On Monday, Hines made his first appearance in Winona County District Court to face felony charges of second-degree burglary, fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, theft, and gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process — interfering with a peace officer.

Edmunds appeared in court charged with third-degree possession of methamphetamine, fifth-degree possession of mephedrone, fifth-degree possession of Clonazepam — all felonies; as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of a legend drug (hydroxyzine), and possession of a legend drug (buspirone).







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