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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.

Man Runs From Police and is Later Arrested-Water and Pine

by on 09/14/14

On September 12th, at 11:21 pm officers responded to an underage drinking party near the intersection of Water and Pine Streets.  Officers located the suspected underage party and made contact at a residence.  Officers spoke with Casey M. Hartung, 20, of West Salem.   When asked for his name, Hartung misspelled his name and provided an incorrect date of birth.  Hartung slammed the door on the officers and ran out the back of the residence.  Officers ran after Hartung, but lost sight of him and returned to the area of the original call.   Approximately 6 minutes later officers saw Hartung returning to the residence, covered in water and mud up to his knees.  Officers again made contact with Hartung, who was argumentative and denied that he had just fled from them. Hartung later admitted he ran from police because he did not want to get in trouble.  Hartung was taken into custody, and the arresting officer located a metal keychain container that had a small amount of marijuana inside it.  Hartung told the arresting officer it was not his. He claimed someone had just handed it to him at the party when the police arrived.  Hartung was arrested and booked into the Monroe County Jail for Resisting or Obstructing an Officer, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Hartung was cited for Underage Alcohol Consumption.

Drug Paraphernalia Found During Traffic Stop

by on 09/14/14

On September 13th, at 10:59 am an officer on patrol near Main and Tyler observed a vehicle with registration that expired in June 2014.  As the officer was about to stop the car, the driver pulled over and parked on Pine St. at Rusk Ave.  One passenger got out and walked away, while another passenger got out and remained near the car.  The passenger was identified as Kaci C. Pohl, 23, of Neilsville.  When asked why they stopped at that location, Pohl stated they were going to play basketball.  When asked why she would wear pajamas and slippers to play basketball, Pohl indicated they were going to visit a friend’s grandmother. A check on Pohl revealed she had two warrants for her arrest out of another county. Inside Pohl’s purse, the officer located a small mirror, two razor blades, and a small plastic straw.  Pohl stated the items did not belong to her.  The items field tested positive for trace amounts of cocaine. Pohl was transported to the Monroe County Jail for the warrants and she was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.  The driver, identified as Jesse L. Peterson, 23 of Black River Falls, was cited for Operating with a Suspended License, Non-Registration of a Motor Vehicle, and Driving Without Insurance.

Wal-Mart employee caught stealing money

by on 09/13/14

On September 8th an officer was sent to the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 1600 W. Wisconsin St. for a complaint of an employee stealing money.  Investigation revealed Carol A. Zillmer, 43, of Sparta, stole approximately $1240.00 from the register she worked.  Zillmer was seen on surveillance video taking money from the register several times.  When confronted, Zillmer admitted to taking the money, saying she needed it to pay bills.  Zillmer was arrested for Theft and transported to the Monroe County Jail.

Drug-N. Black River St.

by on 09/12/14

On September 8 at approximately 1:00 a.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for not displaying any registration plates.  The driver, identified as Alejandro Becerra Cardona, 26 of Texas, was found not to have a valid driver's license.  During the traffic stop, a passenger admitted to officers that there was marijuana in the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle was conducted and a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, to include a rubber gas mask that one of the passengers admitted to smoking marijuana out of, were found.  The two passengers, identified as Christian A. Becerra Vazquez and Eric Santiago Salis, both 19 of Texas, were cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Becerra Cardona was cited for Possession of Marijuana, Operating W/O a Valid License, and Failure to Display Vehicle License Plates. 


Fight between neighbors lands Sparta man in jail-1200 Sugarberry Blvd.

by on 09/09/14

On September 7th police were dispatched to an assault that occurred at 1200 Sugarberry Blvd. lot 2.  Lenny L. Thomas, 32, of that address claimed to have been assaulted by Gregory P. Fair, 40, of 1200 Sugarberry lot 3.  Thomas said he was sitting on his couch when Fair entered the residence and began punching him.  Thomas did have minor injuries to his face. Fair left the scene prior to police arrival and the investigating officer spoke to him over the phone.  Fair refused to meet with the officer until he had a chance to speak with his parole officer.  Fair told the investigating officer he had a party the day before in celebration of recently being paroled.  He said Thomas was causing problems, including throwing a woman’s clothes in a fire pit.  Fair also told the officer that Thomas caused a disturbance over some kids playing on his swing set.  According to Fair, Thomas also swore at him over the phone.  When he arrived home, Fair went next door to Thomas’ residence and confronted him.  Fair claimed Thomas pushed him against the door and placed him in a headlock so he punched Thomas until he let go.  After speaking to several witnesses the investigating officer determined that Thomas would be cited for disorderly conduct, while Fair was cited for battery and disorderly conduct.  Fair was arrested on a Department of Corrections warrant and he was held in the Monroe County Jail.


Man cited after returning wallet but keeping cash

by on 09/09/14

On August 27 a woman reported that she had lost her wallet while shopping at Wal-Mart.  At about 5:45 pm Kyle Nephew, 24, of Sparta returned the wallet to her, but the cash had been removed.  She provided a license plate number and the investigating officer later spoke with Nephew, who claimed he found the wallet lying near the intersection of Wisconsin Street and Industrial Drive. Nephew said the contents were scattered about, so he put them back in the wallet and returned it to the owner at her residence.  Surveillance video at Wal-Mart showed the victim accidentally leaving her wallet by the register.  Nephew is then seen picking up the wallet and putting it in one of his bags. When interviewed a second time, Nephew insisted he found the wallet on the road.  When confronted with the evidence he admitted to taking the wallet at Wal-Mart, but he still denied removing the cash.  Nephew was cited for Theft and Obstructing a Police Officer.   

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