On April 19, 2014 at approximately 4:00 a.m. an officer was downtown doing parking enforcement when he met Charles Higgins, 42 from Sparta, who was out for a walk. After conversing about a business Higgins was opening the officer discovered that Martin County, MN had issued an arrest for Higgins for ATV theft. Higgins was arrested on the warrant and taken to the Monroe County Jail.
On April 18, 2014 at approximately 2:55 a.m. an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle being driven by Colten Garrison, 21 from Norwalk. The officer discovered Garrison had a suspended driving status and court ordered bond conditions issued in March, 2014 that prohibit him from driving until properly licensed. Garrison was arrested for Bail Jumping and cited for Operating after Suspension.
On April 18, 2014 at approximately 6:10 a.m. an officer on patrol saw Ron Collins, 44 from Sparta, driving a vehicle on Wolcott Street. The officer was familiar with Collins and knew his driving status had been suspended. Collins was stopped on East Ave and taken into custody for Operating after Suspension and Bail Jumping. Collins has four separate bonds that date back to June 2013. During this arrest K9 “Nitro” alerted on the vehicle and officers discovered a white powdery substance packaged in the corner of a clear plastic bag that is consistent with the packing of illegal drugs, such as cocaine. The substance was sent to the crime lab for further analysis.
On April 16, 2014 at approximately 3:00 p.m. an officer on patrol saw Anthony Gunderson, 19 from Sparta, riding a bicycle on Montgomery Street. The officer was aware that Gunderson was wanted on a warrant and located him at a residence on Kent Street. Gunderson was taken into custody without further incident.
On April 9, 2014 at approximately 7:15 p.m. an officer was investigating a complaint at Walmart when a loss prevention employee notified the officer that Dawn Cole, 49 from Sparta, had been in the store earlier in the day after being notified she was prohibited from doing so. Cole was banned from the store in December 2010 after a shoplifting incident and was cited in 2013 for trespassing after she violated the ban. When confronted, Cole claimed the store manager had given her permission to be in the store, but the manager refuted that claim. Cole was cited Trespass to Land.
On April 7, 2014 at approximately 7:55 p.m. an employee of the BP Gas Station reported that earlier in the day a customer left without paying for $30 in fuel. According to the employee the customer pumped the gas and when he attempted to pay his card was declined. The customer was told he needed to pay and said he would return with the money, but never did. The vehicle was registered to Ethan Kogutkiewicz, 22 from Black River Falls, and the officer was able to determine from video surveillance that he was the one who had pumped the fuel and left without paying. Kogutkiewicz could not be located and the officer mailed him citations for Operating after Revocation and Fraud to a Gas Station. On April 14th Kogutkiewicz called the investigating officer and acknowledged receiving the citations. Kogutkiewicz claimed his card was declined, but he returned the next day to pay for the gas. He also claimed he wasn’t driving; however, video surveillance showed him in the driver’s seat as his truck left the station. Kogutkiewicz was told the citations would not be dismissed and he could contest them in court.
On April 3, 2014 at approximately 9:55 a.m. an officer on patrol stopped Josef Tenner, 28 from Sparta, for a traffic violation. The officer noticed Tenner appeared overly nervous for such a minor violation and mentioned that he was the K9 officer and part of his duties including drug interdiction. At this point Tenner told the officer “I’ll give you what I got in my car”. Tenner then turned over a small amount of marijuana and a smoking device. Tenner was given municipal citations for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On April 12, 2014 at approximately 5:20 p.m. an officer on patrol stopped Betsy Clark, 39 from Rockland, after observing the vehicle she was driving weaving and crossing the centerline. While talking with Clark the officer noted slurred speech and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. The officer had Clark attempt several field sobriety tests and determined she was too impaired to legally operate a motor vehicle. Clark was detained for OMVWI and later submitted to chemical testing which confirmed her alcohol concentration exceeded the legal limit. Clark was cited for OMVWI (1st) and Operating with a Prohibited Alcohol Content.
On April 13, 2014 at approximately 3:25 a.m. an officer on patrol spotted a vehicle with a lighting problem driving on Montgomery Street. As the officer got closer to the vehicle the driver made a series of turns as if trying to avoid the officer. The vehicle was stopped and driver identified as Trevor Camden, 21 from Mindoro. Camden told the officer he was aware of the lighting problem and was “probably too drunk to drive”. The officer had Camden attempt several field sobriety tests and determined he was too impaired to be driving. Camden was arrested for OMVWI and also cited for Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle after a cup containing Southern Comfort was found in the vehicle cup holder. The officer also located a small amount of marijuana and a marijuana grinder in the car. Camden was issued municipal citations for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On April 12, 2014 at approximately 9:20 p.m. an officer was investigating a traffic complaint when he met with Tyler Geiwitz, 21 from West Salem, who witnessed the event. The officer discovered that Monroe County has issued an arrest warrant for Geiwitz on February 6, 2014 after he failed to appear for a jury trial. Geiwitz was arrested and taken to the Monroe County Jail.
On April 11, 2014 at approximately 1:30 a.m. an officer on patrol stopped Dennis Walker, 44 from Sparta, after observing the vehicle he was driving had no working taillights. While talking with Walker the officer could smell the odor of alcoholic beverage and saw a glass pipe commonly used for smoking marijuana inside the car. Walker admitted to drinking and using marijuana within the last few hours. The officer had Walker attempt several field sobriety tests and determined he was too impaired to be driving. Walker was arrested for OMVWI (3rd offense) and given a municipal citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Walker agreed to chemical testing of his blood and a sample was taken for later testing.
On April 11, 2014 at approximately 3:50 a.m. officers responded to a reported fight at 220 N. Water St after the complainant heard a couple fighting on the second floor. Officers could hear voices inside the identified apartment which stopped when the they knocked on the door. After several minutes a female opened the door and claimed to be alone. When the officers explained what they heard the female showed them inside and claimed a door leading into a back bedroom didn’t work. The officer was suspicious of this and found Monta Gipson-Groce pretending to be asleep on the floor. The officers discovered Gipson-Groce was wanted on a Monroe County Child Support warrant and took him into custody. Gipson-Groce was also found to have been drinking alcohol which violated his probation. He was left in the custody of the Monroe County Jail.
On April 11, 2014 at approximately 9:25 p.m. an officer patrolling the downtown area on foot saw Bradley Erickson, 49 from Sparta, sitting in the Shifty Shack bar. The officer was aware that Erickson was wanted on a warrant issued by Monroe County and took him into custody without further incident.
On April 11, 2014 at approximately 7:10 p.m. officers went the home of Cameron Waters, 23 from Sparta, after learning Community Corrections had issued a warrant for his arrest. Waters was located and taken into custody without further incident.
On April 10, 2014 at approximately 4:50 p.m. officers went the home of Crystal Kerrigan, 21 from Sparta, after learning that Waukesha County had two outstanding warrants for her arrest. Officers were met by Quintin Stello, 23 from Sparta, who claimed Kerrigan no longer lived there as they had recently broken up. Stello allowed officers to search the home and Kerrigan was located hiding in a bedroom. Kerrigan was taken into custody on the Waukesha County warrants (Bail Jumping & Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs) and taken to the Monroe County Jail. Stello was issued a municipal citation for Obstructing an Officer and taken to the Monroe County Jail at the request of the Department of Corrections.