Flag Burnings Continue



Winona Police say the number of burned American Flag reports they have received has now reached 10.

Sergeant Chris Nelson said four more reports were received on Wednesday. They came from residents in the 1600 block of West Fifth, the 1400 block of West Fifth, the 1100 block of West Fifth and the 400 block of West Fourth Street.

Nelson said in most cases the flags have been hung on poles attached to homes. He says it's fortunate that none of the homes have caught fire themselves.

Police continue to search for those responsible.

Almost all of the flags burnings have occurred on the city's west side.

As it stands now it's a misdemeanor to damage property like a flag. But if the total damage from all of the burnings or any building damage exceeds $1,000, it can rise to the felony level.
                    
Residents might be wise to take there flags in at night if they are attached to their homes.
                    
Anyone with information that can help solve these crimes is asked to call the law enforcement center.
                    
You can also call Winona Area Crime Stoppers at 457-6530, 24 hours a day and be eligible for a reward.You will be kept anonymous.

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