On July 20, 2014 at approximately 1:00 a.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol was stopped near the intersection of Wisconsin St and Court St when he heard a male subject yelling profanities into his cell phone walking along the street. The male subject was verbally identified as Ricky Hardy, 36 of Sparta. While the officer was out with Hardy, he could smell a strong odor of intoxicants. While the officer was waiting for information from Dispatch about Hardy, Hardy fled on foot and could not be located in the area. Citations for Disorderly Conduct and Resisting/Obstructing an Officer were mailed to Hardy.
On July 17, 2014 at approximately 5:00 p.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol observed a male subject he knew through to prior contacts as Kendrick V. Jackson, 19 of Sparta, in the passenger seat of a vehicle. Running Jackson through Dispatch, the officer was advised that he had a warrant out for his arrest. The officer made a traffic stop on the vehicle Jackson was in and advised him to exit the vehicle. Jackson was placed under arrested for his warrant and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On Monday, July 21, 2014, at approximately 10:20 p.m., the Sparta Police Department responded to the scene of a traffic crash on Wisconsin Street just east of East Avenue. Jeremy D. Briggs, 38 of Sparta, was riding a bicycle eastbound on Wisconsin Street when he was struck from behind by a motorist who was also driving eastbound. Briggs was transported by the Sparta Area Ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health Systems Hospital in Sparta and was later flown by Med-link to La Crosse with serious, but what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle, Amber Rhodes, 34 of Sparta, was arrested on suspicion of Operating While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving Causing Injury. Traffic in the area was rerouted for approximately three hours and the crash remains under investigation.
Also assisting at the scene were the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Sparta Area Ambulance Service, and the Monroe County Communications Center.
On July 18, 2014 at approximately 3:55 a.m. an officer on patrol was driving through the Walmart parking lot when he saw a vehicle commonly driven by Brian Matteau, 45 from Sparta, parked in the lot. The officer knew Walmart had issued a trespassing notice to Matteau that prohibited him from being inside the store. The officer went inside and employees directed the officer towards Matteau whom they believed was acting suspiciously inside the store. The officer spoke with Matteau who claimed to be shopping for a phone cover. Matteau was escorted off the property and given a municipal citation for trespassing.
On July 18, 2014 at approximately 1:00 p.m., Sparta officers received information that a male subject with warrants was staying at the Spartan Motel. Officer arrived on scene and made contact with a Michael Witwer, 36 of Sparta. Witwer was found to have warrants for his arrest from the Department of Corrections, Chippewa County and Monroe County. Witwer was arrested for those warrants and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On July 11, 2014 around 10:30 p.m., Sparta officers were dispatched to Casey's General Store for a disturbance in which Anthony Koopman, 55 of Sparta, was disturbing customers and cursing. Koopman had been called in on three previous incidents earlier in the day where he was acting suspicious and/or extremely intoxicated. He had been counseled about his behavior and told to leave the area. The officer spoke with Koopman outside of Casey's and Koopman admitted he had cursed out loud in the store because he dropped a soda. He then stated that he was likely only swearing at his phone. Due to the frequency of disturbing behaviors Koopman had displayed, the ineffectiveness of warnings previously given, and his loud, vulgar and profane conduct, Koopman was arrested for Disorderly Conduct. He was transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On July 13, 2014 at approximately 5:30 p.m., a Sparta officer made contact with a male subject at Evans-Bosshard Park. During that contact, the male subject stated that his name was Heriberto Rios Cisneros, 32 of Sparta. Dispatch advised the officer that Rios Cisneros had a Monroe County warrant. Rios Cisneros was arrested and during a search of his person, the officer found an identification card and credit card for a male subject named Jesus Franco, 37 of Sparta. Dispatch advised that Franco also had a Monroe County Warrant. The officer was able to determine that Rios Cisneros and Franco were the same person. Rios Cisneros was arrested for both warrants and transported to the Monroe County Jail where he admitted his name was actually Jesus Franco.
On July 14, 2014 at approximately 4:00 p.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Wisconsin Street. A traffic stop was conducted and contact was made with the driver, Richard D. Miller Jr., 42 of Sparta. Miller's information was given to Central Dispatch, who advised the officer that he had a Monroe County warrant. Miller was arrested for the Monroe County warrant and cited for Exceeding Speed Zones (11-15 Mph). He was transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On July 13, 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m., Sparta officers were dispatched to 1200 Sugarberry Blvd #3 for a report of a subject there who had numerous warrants. Officers arrived at that address and made contact with Raymond M. Newbury, 26 of Sparta. Dispatch confirmed that Newbury had two La Crosse County warrants and officers placed him into custody. During the subsequent search of his person, a small bag of green plant like material, which later tested positive for marijuana, and a smoking device were found. Newbury was arrested for his La Crosse County warrants and municipally cited for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On July 12, 2014 at approximately 7:00 p.m., a Sparta officer received a call from a female subject who advised she was looking for some items at a residence in the 300 block of Central Avenue and thought she located some drugs. The officer arrived on scene and met with the female subject who handed over a plastic bag containing a white powdery substance that later tested positive for cocaine. The officer then went to an address on N. Black River St and made contact with the male subject, later identified as Francisco Lugo Valencia, 26 of Sparta, who's address the cocaine had been found at. Lugo Valencia admitted to the officer that the cocaine did belong to him and that he had put it in the same spot the female caller had found it in. Lugo Valencia was arrested for misdemeanor Possession of Cocaine and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On July 14, 2014 at approximately 1:15 p.m., Sparta officers were dispatched to 331 S. Water Street for a suspicious person. Jesse Russell, 34 of Sparta, was located on the premises and was found to be acting unusual and officers believed that Russell was under the influence of some type of narcotic. Russell advised that he had come to the Morrow Home to visit a relative, but later told officers that the relative had been deceased for a couple of years. When asked why he would visit someone who was already deceased, Russell advised he did not know. Officers were told that Russell was on Probation and he was arrested for a Probation Hold. He was transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On July 11, 2014 at approximately 7:15 p.m. an officer on patrol stepped out with several individuals standing inside a storage unit on Milwaukee Street. One of the individuals claimed his name was Blaze Rouse, but had trouble providing other personal identifiers and was obviously nervous. After a records check indicated Blaze Rouse didn’t exist the individual told the officer his actual name was Vincent Rouse, 19 from Tomah, and that he lied because he was wanted on a warrant. The officer confirmed that Rouse had an active arrest warrant issued by Monroe County. Rouse was taken into custody on the warrant and arrested for Obstructing an Officer.
On July 11, 2014 at approximately 12:00 p.m., Sparta officers were dispatched to the area of N. Water St due to complaints by local business owners that of a male subject was coming into their businesses and making inappropriate comments to different females, including minors. The male subject, later identified as Jarred J. McLendon, 30 of Sparta, was arrested for a probation hold and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On July 14, 2014 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Sparta officers were dispatched to Shifty Shack for a fight. Dispatch advised officers that a male subject had been knocked unconscious. When officers arrived, they were advised by witnesses that Matthew J. Greenwell, 30 of Tomah, was walking towards the front door of the bar and turned around and punched Joel R. Bowen 51 of Sparta, in the face causing him to fall and hit his head on a bar stool and possibly a step on one of the high top tables. Officers were also advised that Bowen and Greenwell had been arguing in the bar earlier and had already been separated once by bar staff. Before officers arrived, Greenwell fled the scene. Greenwell was later found by officers and denied punching Bowen. Due to several witness accounts that Greenwell punched Bowen, Greenwell was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Substantial Battery and was transported to the Monroe County Jail.
On Thursday, July 10, 2014 at approximately 12:45 a.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a defective registration lamp. The driver, later identified by a Wisconsin DL as Kyle Bliznik, 31 of Sparta, displayed signs of intoxication. The officer could smell a strong odor of intoxicants and noticed Bliznik's eyes were red and glossy, consistent with impairment. Bliznik was put through field sobriety tests and given a PBT that resulted in a .137 alcohol concentration. A search of the vehicle incident to an arrest produced a glass jar containing plant material that tested positive for marijuana. Bliznik was arrested for Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated-1st Offense. He was issued municipal citations for Operating w/a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration and Possession of Marijuana. He was transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.