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La Crosse County Circuit Court felonies: 4 La Crosse residents with 5th OWI

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The following people have been charged with felonies in La Crosse County Circuit Court:

Mark Jerome Nereng, 48, La Crosse, was charged with fifth-offense drunk driving and fifth-offense operating with a prohibited blood-alcohol content. According to the criminal complaint, Nereng was pulled over for speeding July 11 on Interstate 90. Nereng reportedly failed a field sobriety test, and a preliminary breath registered a BAC of .076, just under the legal limit of .08. He was released on a $2,500 signature bond.

Timara D. Young, 31, Milwaukee, was charged with issuing a worthless check and theft between $10,000-$100,000. According to the criminal complaint, Young used a fraudulent cashier’s check to purchase a vehicle in La Crosse Sept. 14. The complaint didn’t list the amount of the check. Young was released on a $1,000 signature bond, but court records say she failed to appear for an Oct. 27 preliminary hearing.

Chue Yee Xiong, 33, La Crosse, was charged with operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. According to the criminal complaint, Xiong took a vehicle from a La Crosse residence Oct. 14. Police tracked the vehicle to Monroe County, where Xiong was arrested after a short pursuit. He is being held in the La Crosse County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond.

Ashley M. Gingrasso, 34, La Crosse, was charged with fifth-offense drunk driving and fifth-offense operating with a controlled substance. According to the criminal complaint, Gingrasso was pulled over Oct. 14 on Interstate 90 after police recognized her revoked driving status. The complaint says police detected the odor of marijuana inside the vehicle and that she failed a field sobriety test. She was released on a $5,000 signature bond.

Kevin W. Mitchell, 54, La Crosse, was charged with fifth-offense drunk driving and fifth-offense operating with a prohibited blood-alcohol content. According to the criminal complaint, police observed a visibly intoxicated Mitchell enter the driver’s side of a parked vehicle Oct. 17 in La Crosse. The complaint says Mitchell admitted driving the vehicle to the location. A preliminary breath test recorded a BAC of .039. Mitchell was released on a $1,000 signature bond.

Koua Yang, 42, Minneapolis, was charged with operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. According to the criminal complaint, Yang was found in possession of a vehicle stolen in Minnesota after police responded to an Oct. 15 incident in La Crosse. Yang was released on a $2,500 signature bond.

Peter C. Koziara, 46, La Crosse, was charged with fifth-offense drunk driving and fifth-offense operating with a prohibited blood-alcohol content. According to the criminal complaint, police made a traffic stop after Koziara accelerated abruptly on the 1300 block of Adams Street in La Crosse. A preliminary breath test recorded a BAC of .199. He was released on a $1,000 signature bond.

Daniel J. Grant, 36, Cashton, was charged with strangulation/suffocation and intimidating a victim. According to the criminal complaint, Grant grabbed a woman by the throat Oct. 21 in La Crosse for roughly 30 seconds and caused her to black out. The complaint says Grant also took the woman’s phone and threatened to kill her. He was released to Minnesota authorities after he waived extradition Nov. 1.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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