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Marijuana smell leads to arrest for possession-Wal-Mart parking lot

by on 10/22/14

On October 11th, shortly before 3:00 am an officer patrolling on Wisconsin St. noticed a vehicle with a brake light out.  The officer stopped the car in the Wal-Mart parking lot and made contact with the driver, Anthony M. VanScoik, 30, of Onalaska.  The officer detected a marijuana smell coming from the car, so he asked VanScoik if he had any marijuana in the vehicle.  VanScoik told the officer he had a little bit in the car, and he handed it over to the officer.  VanScoik also handed the officer a glass pipe believed to be used to smoke marijuana.  While searching the rest of the car, the officer located more marijuana, another pipe, a marijuana grinder, a digital scale, and nearly $500.00 in cash.  VanScoik was arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He will be referred to the district attorney’s office for Possession with Intent to Deliver.

Warrant/Obstructing arrest in the VFW parking lot

by on 10/19/14

On October 18th, at around 6:30 pm officers had a vehicle pulled over on the gravel road west of the VFW.  Channing H. Mathews, 22, of Sparta, then drove over to the location of the stop to tell the occupants of the car how to deal with police.   Mathews made derogatory comments about the officers and then drove off.  An officer on scene recognized Mathews and had dispatch run a check on him.  Mathews had a warrant for his arrest out of Monroe County from a previous case in which he caused a disturbance on a traffic stop and then failed to appear in court on a disorderly conduct charge.  Officers located Mathews in the VFW parking lot.  Mathews provided a false name, but the officers recognized him and knew he had a history of providing false names when dealing with the police.  Mathews attempted to pull away from the arresting officers but he was quickly taken into custody.  Mathews was arrested on the warrant and also booked into the jail for Obstructing an Officer.

Sparta man damages grass in Memorial Park

by on 10/15/14

On October 13th, shortly before 2:00 pm officers responded to Memorial Park for a complaint that a vehicle was spinning out in the grass, causing damage to the lawn.  The witness provided a license plate number and description of the car.  Shortly after leaving the park, an officer spotted the vehicle on Black River St.  The officer pulled over the car and made contact with the driver, 18 year old Tyler J. Gebhardt of Sparta.  The officer noticed grass on the hood, sides, and trunk of the car.  Gebhardt first said he had no idea how the grass got on his car, but later said he was spinning out on a friend’s yard.  The officer asked for his friend’s phone number so he could verify his story, but Gebhardt informed the officer he was not entitled to that information.  Gebhardt was cited for Unauthorized Driving on Park Grounds.  He was also cited for Criminal Damage to Property and Operating Without Insurance.

Driver crashes into parked cars on Wolcott St. 1st offense OWI

by on 10/14/14

On October 5th at 10:52 pm Sparta Officers responded to a motor vehicle crash on the 700 block of Wolcott St.  Dustin W. Bramley, 34, of Staunton, IL was driving westbound on Wolcott when he crossed over the center of the street and struck a power pole on the opposite side.  Bramley continued westbound and he struck a mailbox.  After striking the mailbox, Bramley hit a parked vehicle head-on, which caused that vehicle to crash into another parked car.  Officers noted Bramley showed signs of impairment, and he was believed to be under the influence of marijuana.  He admitted to smoking marijuana earlier, and officers located several grams of marijuana in a bank bag lying outside the driver’s door of Bramley’s vehicle.  The bag had the name “Dustin” written on it.  Bramley was arrested for Operating While Under the Influence, 1st offense.  Bramley was also cited for Possession of Marijuana, Operating Left of Center Line, and Operating Without Insurance.

Stray dog leads to bail jumping arrest-Mill St.

by on 10/14/14

On October 9th at 4:49 pm an officer responded to a complaint about a stray dog that someone captured on Walrath St.  The officer responded, took custody of the dog, and checked the tags for owner information.  The owner was determined to be Richard A. Clark, 60, who lives on Mill St. several blocks from where the dog was found.  When checking Clark’s information, the officer discovered that he was out on bond from a previous criminal case in Monroe County.  His bond conditions indicated he was not to consume alcohol.  When the officer took his dog back to him, he noted Clark appeared intoxicated.  Clark admitted to drinking alcohol, and he registered .269 on a breath test.  The officer returned the dog, and then placed Clark under arrest for bail jumping.  Clark was transported to the Monroe County Jail.  The dog was left at Clark’s residence.


Man uses sword to threaten Cub Scouts-616 Walrath St.

by on 10/02/14

On October 1, 2014 the Sparta Police Department received a complaint from the parent of a Cub Scout who was selling popcorn door to door.   Three children had walked up and knocked on the door at 616 Walrath St., the residence of 22 year old Owen S. Reese.  Reese opened the door holding a sword above his head and immediately started yelling at the children.  Reese made threatening motions toward the children, while he yelled at them to leave.  Reese got within about five feet of the children, while still holding the sword above his head and motioning like he was going to swing it at them.  The parent yelled at the children to get away and they escaped unharmed. 

Officers made contact with Reese, at which time he came out of the residence holding a sword, with both hands at shoulder height.  Officers aimed their weapons at Reese and ordered him to drop the sword.  Reese immediately surrendered and dropped the sword.  Reese was taken into custody and transported to the Monroe County Jail.   Officers searching the residence located a large number of knives and swords, as well as marijuana and several smoking devices. 

Reese told officers he always answers the door with a sword to protect himself against religious people.

Reese was booked into the Monroe County Jail for Recklessly Endangering Safety and he was cited for drug related offenses.

Retail Theft- Kwik Trip

by on 10/02/14

On September 29, 2014 at approximately 11:00 p.m., Sparta officers were advised that a male wearing a red Wisconsin Badgers sweatshirt had stolen something from Kwik Trip on S. Black River Street.  At approximately 11:15 p.m., a Sparta officer noticed two males walking in the area of Sparta Mayo.  One of them was wearing a red Wisconsin Badgers sweatshirt and matched the description of the suspect who stole from Kwik Trip.  Contact was made with the suspect, later identified as Alexander D. Devine, 19 of Sparta.  Devine denied he had taken anything from Kwik Trip.  Video footage from Kwik Trip was checked and officers noted that it was Devine.  Devine was arrested for retail theft and several counts of bail jumping. Devine was left in the custody of the Monroe County Jail.   

Sparta man arrested for 5th offense OWI.- S. Court St.

by on 09/29/14

On September 26th, at 11:21 pm an officer stopped a vehicle being operated by Troy E. Kruk, 38, of Sparta, for an equipment violation.   Kruk stopped the vehicle, got out and approached the officer, stating he wasn’t driving. The officer told Kruk that he just watched him get out of the driver’s seat.   Kruk told the officer that his passenger, Channing H. Mathews, 22, of Sparta was driving, and that they had just switched places when they were pulled over.  Kruk showed signs of impairment, and he failed field sobriety testing.  Kruk was placed under arrest for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, 5th offense.   Kruk insisted he was not driving, however, squad video clearly showed he was the driver.  Mathews was arrested for disorderly conduct after he created a disturbance during the incident. 

Fight inside a downtown apartment-Oak Street

by on 09/25/14

On August 26 at 10:13 pm an officer responded to a complaint of a fight that occurred in a downtown apartment on the 100 block of W. Oak St.  Daniel L. Pitkin, 19, of Sparta reported he was in a fight with Wade M. Riley, 20, also of Sparta.  Pitkin told the investigating officer that Riley was repeatedly stealing money from him and his friends.  Pitkin told Riley to leave his apartment, at which time Riley refused, saying the other roommates had not told him to leave.  Pitkin then began an attempt to wrestle Riley out of the apartment.  Riley responded by punching Pitkin in the face several times.  Riley eventually left the apartment.  Pitkin told police he stood at the top of the stairs holding a sword to deter Riley from returning.  The officer later located Riley, who said Pitkin attacked him by putting him in a headlock from behind.  He also said Pitkin hit him on the head with a flashlight during the struggle.  Riley denied stealing the money, but said he would pay him back.  Neither person had any serious injuries. Upon completion of the investigation, Riley was cited for theft and disorderly conduct.  Pitkin was cited for disorderly conduct.

4th offense OWI-River Rd and Aspen Blvd.

by on 09/22/14

On August 25th at 11:29 pm an officer on patrol observed a stop sign violation at River Rd. and Aspen Blvd.  The officer made contact with the driver, Patricia M. Wheeler, 31, of Viola, Wisconsin who showed signs of impairment.    Wheeler was placed through field sobriety tests, after which she was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, 4th offense.  Chemical testing indicated Wheeler had a .15 blood alcohol level at the time.

Disturbance on Franklin St.

by on 09/22/14

On September 20th, at approximately 9:51 am a resident on the 600 block of E. Franklin St.  called to report a disturbance with a family member.  The caller reported Eric C. McGinnis, 19, of Sparta had yelled and cursed at her, as well as spit on her during an argument about registering a car.  McGinnis had left prior to officer arrival, but he was located minutes later outside his residence.  McGinnis did not deny the accusations, however, he claimed to have spit on the ground next to the caller, not on her.  McGinnis was arrested for disorderly conduct and held in jail on a probation hold.   

"Mugshot Monday" wanted person located at Wal-Mart

by on 09/16/14

Last week the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department featured Brandy A. Eddy, 25 of Sparta, as the “Mugshot Monday” wanted person.  Eddy had warrants for Manufacture/delivery of Narcotics and Child Support.  On September 12th at approximately 5:40 pm the Sparta Police Department received information that Eddy was inside Wal-Mart.  Officers located Eddy in the store and she was taken into custody. 

Wedding Fight-Club 16

by on 09/16/14

On September 6th, at 10:23 pm officers responded to a fight outside Club 16 involving several members of a wedding party.  Officers arrived and saw Joshua M. Bray, 25, of Boscobel, running northbound across Wisconsin Street. Witnesses stated Bray had been starting problems inside Club 16.  According to witnesses, Bray got into an argument with someone, and Bray's mother tried to calm him down.  Bray then pushed his mother, which upset several others.  Several males escorted Bray outside.  The bartender attempted to calm things down, at which point Bray pushed her also.  Bray ran away when police arrived, but he was quickly tackled by another person from the wedding party.  Bray was held down until responding officers placed him under arrest for disorderly conduct.   Bray was transported to the Monroe County Jail.

Woman Lies about her identity-arrested by Milwaukee St. Storage Unit

by on 09/15/14

On September 15th shortly after 12:00 midnight an officer checked on a vehicle with two occupants at the A-Z Mini Storage on Milwaukee St.  The owner of the vehicle said he did not know who the female in his car was. The officer recognized a female in the car as Jaimee L. Perry, 24, of Warrens.  The officer knew Perry had a warrant for her arrest out of Monroe County.  Perry appeared to be pretending to sleep in the car and initially ignored the officer.  When she finally acknowledged the officer she provided a false name.  The officer told her he knew who she was, and he warned her that lying about her identity was Obstructing an Officer. After she was taken into custody, Perry still insisted she was someone else, and she provided the false name again.  Eventually, Perry told the officer that since she was going to jail anyway, she would confirm that she was in fact Jaimee L. Perry.  Perry was booked into the jail for Bail Jumping and Obstructing an Officer, as well as the Monroe County warrant. 

Disturbance in the Morrow Home Parking Lot-S. Water Street

by on 09/15/14

On September 14th shortly before 11:00 am officers were sent to the Morrow Home parking lot off S. Water St.  Monroe County Dispatch received a report of a male beating up a female in the parking lot.  Officers arrived and made contact with Donald E. Norberg, 34 of Sparta and Katie M. Briggs, 26, of rural Sparta.  Both admitted to having a loud argument, but denied anything physical happened during the fight.  A witness stated Norberg was screaming at Briggs before he pushed her out of the car. Another witness saw Norberg attack Briggs.  Norberg was arrested for Simple Battery and Disorderly Conduct.  Norberg was argumentative and said he could have an argument with his girlfriend if he wanted to.  Briggs was cited for Operating While Suspended.  The Department of Corrections placed probation holds on both Norberg and Briggs.  Both were transported to the Monroe County Jail.  Other than the location of the fight, the incident did not involve the Morrow Home.

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