Slow summer ends with stabbing

Morgan Reddekopp, Editor-in-Chief

Winona State University had a slow summer in terms of crime and security threats.

Over the summer, only six on-campus crimes were reported. These included incidents such as food theft in the dorms, tampering with license plates, and liquor law violations.

Winona State students and faculty members received emails about two off-campus incidents occurring over the summer.

Aug. 9, WSU-Announce sent out an email to notify the Winona State community of the death of student Lumono Lowala.

Lowala drowned on Aug. 8 in the Mississippi River.

On Aug. 13, the Winona State community received an email regarding an incident that had taken place on Aug. 12 three blocks off Winona State’s Main Campus and involved “current and former WSU students.”

The incident being referred to in the email was the stabbing of a 19-year-old man after a botched drug deal. Police later arrested the suspect.

The email regarding the stabbing was vague due to a lack of information and officals not being able to release many details, according to Chris Cichosz, head of Winona State Security.

“Sometimes we’re not able to release too much information from the police department,” Cichosz said. “And sometimes that’s just the only information we have.” The Winona Police Department contacted Winona State officials to see if the two men involved in the incident were Winona State students.

“The police department got a hold of us to determine if they were students or not, and then we followed up with them to find out where the incident took place,” Cichosz said.

Cichosz said the incident is still under investigation.

“As far as I know it’s still under investigation,” Cichosz said. “There was an arrest made, but that’s about all I know.”

Both the stabbing and the death of Lowala were deemed not a threat to campus security.

According to Cichosz there are a few factors to consider when determining whether or not an incident is a threat to Winona State security. These can include whether or not the police have a suspect in custody, the amount of information provided by the police department and whether or not the police department feels a crime has been committed.

The team in charge of sending out these types of emails to students tries to find a balance between too much and too little information.

“We want to get the information out, we want people to be prepared and aware, but we won’t want to create mass hysteria,” Cichosz said.

Crime at Winona State slows down during the summer, and this summer was deemed typical and uneventful.