Veteran gets probation after pot bust in Winona

Published 9:46 am Friday, April 1, 2011

WINONA — An 81-year-old Army veteran has been sentenced to two years probation and a $200 fine after authorities found an elaborate marijuana growing operation in his home just south of Winona.

Donald John Everding pleaded guilty in February to fifth-degree possession of the drug. He was sentenced Wednesday.

Sheriff’s deputies acting on a tip raided Everding’s home near a popular campground on Aug. 24 and found an outdoor greenhouse, a botanical laboratory and several marijuana plans over 8 feet tall.

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More plants and drugs were found in the house. The veteran received a stay of adjudication, which means he won’t have a felony conviction on his record if he follows the terms of his probation.

Moped reported stolen

A 1980 Honda moped was reported stolen from 422 Euclid Ave. at 9:54 a.m. Thursday, according to police. Reports stated the moped was stolen sometime after midnight on Thursday.

Woman cited for DWI

Police cited Stacy Elizabeth Schaefer, 27, for fourth-degree driving while intoxicated and speed after a traffic stop near the intersection of East Main Street and Ulstad Avenue at 12:32 a.m. today, reports stated.

Woman cited for marijuana

Police cited Yvette Garza, 22, for parking where prohibited and a small amount of marijuana near the intersection of Madison Avenue and West Seventh Street at 6:05 p.m. Thursday, reports stated.