On August 17, 2014 at approximately 9:00 p.m., a Sparta officer on patrol observed a vehicle registered to Randy L. Harmel, 33 of Ontario, being operated on W. Wisconsin St. A Dispatch center check was conducted and the officer was given information that the registered owner had a suspended driving status, was on probation, and had two warrants out of Juneau County, with only one being servable. Around that time, the vehicle pulled in the McDonald's parking lot and parked. The officer made contact with the male driver who verbally identified himself as Harmel. Harmel was arrested for his Juneau County warrant and a Probation Violation. He received a municipal citation for Operating After Suspension-5th Offense and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On August 16, 2014 at approximately 3:00 a.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was deviating from its designated lane while traveling near Wisconsin St and Industrial Ave. The driver, later identified as Judy K. Koopman, 52 of Rockland, admitted to consuming alcohol and displayed obvious signs of impairment including slurred speech. Koopman was put through field sobriety tests and given a PBT which resulted in a .13. Koopman was arrested for Operating While Under the Influence-3rd Offense and transported to the Monroe County Jail.
On August 18, 2014 at approximately 11:00 a.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol in the area of 710 W. Wisconsin St. observed a male subject known from prior contacts as Ryan P. Schnitzler, 28 of Sparta. Schnitzler was run through Dispatch and the officer was advised that he had a Monroe County warrant and a Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest. Schnitzler was arrested for both warrants and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On August 19, 2014 at approximately 2:00 a.m., Sparta officers responded to a dumpster fire at EZ Money Payday Loans, 530 S. Black River St. A male subject, later identified as Paul E. Nahkala, 48 with no permanent address, was on scene and admitted to officers that he had started the fire in hopes that he would get sent back to prison. This was the second fire that Nahkala had started within two weeks and he was on bond due to the dumpster fire he had started at Dairy Queen on August 8th. Nahkala was arrested for Arson of Property Other Than Building, Criminal Damage to Property, Felony Bail Jumping, Disorderly Conduct, and a Probation Violation. He was transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On August 12, 2014 at approximately 12:00 p.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol attempted to make a traffic stop near the intersection of Walrath St and Water St. The driver, later identified as Edward W. Smith JR, 34 of Sparta, refused to stop and drove to his residence on Impala Ave. During the pursuit, the officer gave commands over his PA system and pressed the air horn numerous times. Smith kept passing vehicles at a high rate of speed and started losing control when he was going around a curve in the roadway. Smith told officers later that he did not stop because he did not want his vehicle towed. When the officer first made contact with Smith at his vehicle, he detected a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle and noticed a spilled can of Sparks on the floorboard. Smith advised that he had a little bit of it but the rest had spilled on the floor. Smith was given a PBT which resulted in .000. Smith was arrested for Vehicle Operator Flee/Elude Officer and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident. He was cited for Operating While Revoked-2nd Offense, Reckless Driving Endangering Safety, and Drinking Open Intoxicants in Motor Vehicle by Driver.
On August 13, 2014 at approximately 02:30 a.m., Sparta officers responded to Wal-Mart in reference to a suspicious male subject that had possibly stolen from the store. Contact was made with Wal-Mart staff and the male subject identified as Ronnie L. Thomas, 30 no permanent address, who admitted to stealing cigarettes. During the investigation, officers discovered that Thomas had been released from the Monroe County Jail the day prior and had Felony bond conditions. Thomas was arrested for Retail Theft and Felony Bail Jumping. He was transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On August 8, 2014 at approximately 2:30 a.m., Sparta officers responded to Dairy Queen in reference to a dumpster fire. Contact was made with the caller Paul E. Nahkala, 48 no permanent address, at the scene who stated he started the fire because he wanted to go back to prison. Dispatch advised officers that Nahkala was on probation for arson and a probation hold was placed. Nahkala was arrested for Arson, Criminal Damage to Property, Disorderly Conduct, and a Probation Violation.
On August 8, 2014 at approximately 11:15 p.m., dispatch advised Sparta officers that the Department of Corrections had contacted them and requested an attempt to locate on Paul D. Ingles, 48 of Sparta because he had failed a breath test earlier in the evening. Officers arrived at an address on Icecap Rd and made contact with Ingles, who was identified by his Wisconsin DL. Ingles did admit to drinking prior to officer arrival. Ingles was arrested for a Department of Corrections warrant, as well as, a Monroe County warrant and was transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On August 10, 2014 at approximately 1:50 a.m., Sparta officers responded to a disturbance at Thumpers, 213 S. Water Street. Contact was made with the complainant who stated he did not want a male subject, later identified as Troy E. Kruk, 37 of Sparta, coming back to the bar due to strange remarks he had been making. Dispatch advised officers that Kruk had bond conditions out of La Crosse County with a no drink. When officers went to make contact with Troy, he was no longer in the area. A short time later, Kruk was observed running in the area of Shifty Shack. Kruk was taken into custody a short time later and given a PBT which resulted in a .218 reading. Kruk was arrested for Misdemeanor Bail Jumping and transported to the Monroe County Jail.
On August 10, 2014 at approximately 1:50 a.m., a Sparta officer responded to Thumpers and observed a male subject known from prior contacts as Sean Tasker, 25 of Sparta, sitting at the bar drinking. After the officer completed his initial call for service, around 2:30 a.m., he saw Tasker walking down Water Street. Tasker was run through Dispatch and Dispatch advised the officer that he had bond conditions out of Monroe County not to consume alcohol and not to enter bars, taverns, and liquor stores except for work purposes. Tasker submitted to a PBT which resulted in a .153. Tasker was arrested for Misdemeanor Bail Jumping and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On August 6, 2014 at approximately 12:30 p.m., Sparta officers were advised by Dispatch that they had received an anonymous tip that Jaimee Perry, 24 of Warrens, was on her way to Sparta in a red vehicle and that she had a warrant out for her arrest. Officers stepped out with Perry, who verbally identified herself, near 117 S. Water St and confirmed the warrant through Dispatch. Perry was arrested for a Monroe County warrant and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On August 3, 2014 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Sparta officers responded to a report of a fight at the intersection of River Rd and River Pines. The officer made contact with Jeremiah J. Lundahl, 19 of Sparta, who stated Charlie A. Richards, 25 of Sparta, punched him and tried to pull him out of his car while he was stopped at the stop sign. The officer then made contact with the passengers in Lundahl's car, as well as, a witness from a nearby apartment building, who all recounted the event as Lundahl did. Based on witness statements, Richards was issued a municipal citation for Disorderly Conduct.
On August 2, 2014 at approximately 4:00 a.m., Sparta officers responded to multiple complaints of a shirtless, bleeding male subject in the area of the 500 block of E Montgomery Street. Officers eventually located a bloodied subject identified as Trevor Riedel, 25 of Hixton, wandering the streets. After a short foot pursuit, Riedel was taken into custody for two warrants and a probation hold. It was later discovered that Riedel had forcibly entered a home on the 400 block of Pearl Street and broke a window at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home. Riedel was arrested for 2 counts of Criminal Damage to Property, Criminal Trespass to a Dwelling, Disorderly Conduct, Resist or Obstruct an Officer, a Probation Violation, a Marathon County Warrant and a Jackson County Warrant. He was transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On August 2, 2014 at approximately 11:20 p.m., a Sparta officer patrolling the city observed a vehicle turning onto Walrath Street from Water Street that had a defective high mount stop lamp. A traffic stop was conducted on that vehicle and contact was made with the driver, identified with a WI DL as Jeremy Busch, 23 of Sparta. Dispatch advised the officer that Busch had a Department of Corrections warrant out for his arrest. Busch was arrested for his warrant and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On August 1, 2014 at approximately 10:30 p.m., a Sparta officer responded to the BP Travel Center located at 4105 Theater Rd in reference to an unwanted homeless subject on the property. Ulmer E. Ellis, 52 of Davenport, IA, was pacing the parking lot. Ellis told the officer he was looking for assistance getting to Portage and that he had been released from the La Crosse County Jail earlier that day. Ellis advised that he spoke with an officer earlier in the day and they had advised him to leave the property. Ellis was, again, advised to leave the property and he left voluntarily. Approximately 40 minutes later, officers were, again, called to the BP Travel Center due to Ellis calling 911 and advising he would rob the BP Travel Center if he had to. When officers made contact with Ellis, he was pacing back and forth and appeared very agitated. Ellis was advised that he had contact three different times with officers and was given several options as to how he could get to Portage, all of which he refused. Dispatch advised the officer on scene that Ellis had two different sets of bond conditions from two different counties. Ellis was arrested on two counts of Misdemeanor Bail Jumping and transported to the Monroe County Jail.