On March 8, 2014 at approximately 2:35 a.m. an officer on patrol heard yelling coming from the Hangout Bar and saw several people restraining one of the patrons. As the officer arrived the man was yelling obscenities at a larger group of people that were already outside. The man was identified as David Godfrey, 44 from Sparta, and he claimed one of the men in the group called him a derogatory name and “chest bumped” him. Godfrey continued to yell profanities and refused to leave the area, even though he was urged to by his friends. Godfrey continued to be disruptive and was arrested for Disorderly Conduct.
On March 7, 2014 at approximately 9:50 p.m. officers received a tip that Michael Witwer, 35 from Sparta, was wanted on a warrant and currently staying at the Best Nights Night. Officers confirmed that Monroe County had issued a warrant for Witwer on February 10, 2014 after he failed to appear in court on charges of Issuing Worthless Checks. Officers located a vehicle associated with Witwer parked outside the motel and found him in one of the rooms. Witwer was arrested and taken to the Monroe County Jail.
On March 4, 2014 at approximately 12:45 a.m. officers were assisting the State Patrol with a traffic crash investigation on I90 near the Hwy 27 on-ramp when one of the officers saw another vehicle in the ditch nearby. The officer went to investigate and found Demitreus Adams, 22 from La Crosse, attempting to pull the vehicle out of the ditch. Adams claimed the driver was his friend and had already left the scene; however, the officer noted there were no fresh tracks in the snow indicating that. The officer continued to investigate and could hear noises coming from inside the trunk of the stuck car. Adams eventually admitted that his sister Desirae Adams, 24 from La Crosse, was hiding in the trunk because she was drunk. Officers attempted to persuade Desirae out, but she refused and physically tried to hold the trunk lid shut. Eventually the officers were able to gain access and arrested Desirae for OMVWI (2nd Offense) and Operating after Suspension (3rd Offense); she was also cited for Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle, Too Fast for Conditions, and Operating without Insurance. Desirae refused chemical testing and a search warrant for her blood was issued by a Monroe County Judge. During the arrest, Desirae kicked two of the officers and faces additional charges of Resisting Arrest and Battery to a Law Enforcement Officer. Desirae Adams is currently being held in the Monroe County Jail.
On March 1, 2014 at approximately 2:35 p.m. an employee of Taco Bell reported a person inside the restaurant that appeared to be intoxicated and passed out. Officers found Jesse Russell, 34 from Sparta, sleeping at one of the tables and woke him up. Russell smelled of alcohol and tested .20 when given a preliminary breath test (PBT). Russell is on probation and was taken into custody at the request of the Department of Corrections.
On March 2, 2014 at approximately 3:45 p.m. officers received a complaint that the residents in one of the apartments located at 841 W. Wisconsin Street were smoking marijuana. The investigating officer spoke with Kimberly Arnold, 25 from Sparta, and could smell the odor of marijuana inside her apartment. Arnold denied smoking marijuana recently, but admitted she had done so about a week ago. Arnold surrendered a pipe she used for smoking marijuana and was issued a municipal citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On March 1, 2014 at approximately 3:25 a.m. an officer on patrol stopped to check on a suspicious person walking down John Street. Anthony Gunderson, 19 from Sparta, was identified and claimed to be walking to a nearby residence to babysit. The officer discovered Gunderson has bond conditions that prohibited him from being outside at this time of day. Gunderson was arrested for Bail Jumping and during a search of his pants pocket a marijuana smoking device was discovered. Gunderson faces an additional charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On February 28, 2014 at approximately 2:30 a.m. an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle being driven by Amanda SantaClara, 34 from Sparta, for multiple equipment violations. The officer discovered SantaClara driving status had been revoked for a prior alcohol related conviction. SantaClara was cited for Operating after Revocation and Failing to have Insurance. A passenger in the vehicle, Lucas Carpenter, 30 from Sparta, was arrested for Bail Jumping after the officer discovered he violated the curfew provisions of his bond.
On February 25, 2014 at approximately 11:35 a.m. an officer on patrol saw Kyle Morgan, 26 from Sparta, driving on Montgomery Street. The officer was aware that the Department of Corrections of had issued a warrant for Morgan and attempted to pull him over. Morgan refused to stop and continued driving to his residence on Goodman Court. Once at the residence Morgan attempted to get inside, but stopped when directed to do so by the officer. Morgan was arrested on the warrant and taken to the Monroe County Jail. Morgan claimed he didn’t stop for the officer because he didn’t want his vehicle towed and wanted to say goodbye to his family.
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On February 24, 2014 officers received information that Krysten Arnold, 28 from Sparta, was wanted on a La Crosse warrant. The officers discovered that a Child Support/ Contempt of Court warrant had been issued on December 26, 2013 and went to her residence on East Ave. When officers approached the home they saw Arnold inside; however, a male party initially claimed she was not at home. When the officer told the person she had already Arnold in the house Arnold surrendered without incident. Arnold was taken to the La Crosse County line and turned over to a La Crosse County Deputy.
On February 23, 2014 at approximately 7:35 p.m. an officer on patrol stopped Robert Ellisor, 54 from Adams, after observing his vehicle registration expired in November 2013. While talking with Ellisor the officer could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage and noted other signs of impairment. The officer had Ellisor attempt several field sobriety tests which confirmed his suspicion that Ellisor was too impaired to be driving. Ellisor was arrested for OMVWI and cited for the registration violation.
On February 21, 2014, at approximately 2:20 a.m. officers responded to the hospital Emergency Room to assist a Cashton Police Officer with an uncooperative detainee. Craig Dewitt, 46 from Cashton, had been arrested by Cashton PD following a disturbance. Dewitt was injured in the disturbance and was being medically cleared prior to being taken to the jail. When officers arrived at the hospital and found Dewitt was being disruptive, yelling obscenities, and attempted to leave the treatment room. SPD officers assisted in detaining Dewitt and transported him to the Monroe County Jail after he was medically cleared. Dewitt was also cited for Disorderly Conduct.
On February 16, 2014 an officer on patrol stopped Richard Hammer, 48 from Sparta, for a vehicle equipment violation. While talking with Hammer the officer noted the odor of an alcoholic beverage and signs of impairment. The officer had Hammer attempt several field sobriety tests before determining he was impaired and placing him under arrest. Hammer later submitted to chemical testing which indicated an alcohol concentration over twice the legal limit. Hammer was cited for OMVWI and Operating with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration.
On February 19, 2014 at approximately 10:40 a.m. an official from Probation & Parole asked that we take Jack Deaver, 30 from Cashton, into custody. When the officer arrived and informed Deaver he was under arrest, Deaver said he needed to go home and then pretended to pass out. The officer told Deaver he knew he was faking and Deaver apologized. Deaver was taken to the Monroe County Jail.
On February 19, 2014 at approximately 1:35 p.m. officers received a tip that Jeremy Busch, 22 from Sparta, was staying at a home on Depot Street. A warrant for Busch had been issued by the Department of Corrections after he violated his probation and he was this week’s Wanted Wednesday fugitive. Officers went to address provided and Busch surrendered without incident.