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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.   

Woman arrested after breaking into a residence to cuddle with man-Avon Rd.

by on 09/08/14

On September 8, 2014 at 3:19 am Sparta Police were sent to a suspicious person call at 100 Avon Rd.  The caller told officers that at around midnight, he was startled awake by his bedroom light being turned on.  The caller saw Dawn Cole, 49, of Sparta, standing in the bedroom doorway.  The caller escorted Cole out of his residence and he discovered she made entry by removing a screen.  Police were not called at that time.  Shortly after 3:00 am Cole returned and began pounding on the outside of the residence and repeatedly stating she could see him inside.  Cole left prior to police arrival, but was located a short distance away.  Cole told police she was there to cuddle with the man.  Cole was arrested for disorderly conduct and bail jumping.  Cole was held in jail on a probation hold. 

OWI 1st Offense-Club 16

by on 09/04/14

On August 30th, shortly after midnight Sparta Police responded to Club 16 for a report of an intoxicated driver in the parking lot. Witnesses saw Fabian L. Bautista 24 of Sparta, drive into the parking lot.  Bautista attempted to purchase a carryout but was denied. Witnesses attempted to stop him from driving, and offered to call a cab but he refused.  Bautista failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated.  During transport Bautista banged his head against the divider and he repeatedly threatened the arresting officer.  Bautista was also cited for operating with a suspended license.  He was left in the custody of the Monroe County Jail.

Probation Violation-S. Benton St.

by on 09/03/14

On August 30, 2014 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Sparta officers received a complaint of an intoxicated male subject at the Band Box Cleaners on E. Oak St.  The male subject had left the scene prior to police arrival.  Approximately 5 minutes later, officers received another complaint of the same intoxicated male subject passed out in the 100 block of S. Benton St.  The subject was verbally identified as Jesse F. Russell, 35 of Sparta.  Russell's advised that he was on probation and was not supposed to be drinking.  Russell was given a PBT that showed a result of a .260.  Probation/Parole was contact and a hold was placed on Russell for violating his no alcohol conditions.  Russell was arrested for a Probation Violation and transported to the Monroe County Jail

OWI 1st Offense-S. Water St.

by on 09/03/14

On August 31, 2014 at approximately 12:15 a.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that had multiple equipment violations. Contact was made with the driver of the vehicle, identified by Wisconsin DL as Kyle A. Berner, 24 of Minnesota.  While in contact with Berner, the officer could detect an odor of intoxicants and observed he had bloodshot, glossy eyes and slurred speech.  Berner admitted to having had champagne and beer earlier in the night.  Berner was placed through field sobriety tests and given a PBT which resulted in a .186.  Berner was arrested for Operating While Under the Influence-1st Offense and transported to the Monroe County Jail.  Berner was cited for Operate Motor Vehicle W/O Insurance and Drink Open Intoxicants In MV-Driver and given several warnings for equipment violations.   

4th Offense OWI-S. Black River St

by on 09/03/14

On August 31, 2014 at approximately 2:00 a.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol initiated a traffic stop with a vehicle for an equipment violation.  The officer made contact with the driver, identified by Wisconsin DL as Aaron A. Jensen, 36 of Sparta, whom the officer had had prior contact with earlier that night due to the call of  a disturbance at Thumpers on S. Water St.  During the initial contact with Jensen, the officer could smell a strong odor of intoxicants coming from him and he admitted to drinking at Thumpers.  Jensen was placed through field sobriety tests and given a PBT which resulted in a .154.  Jensen was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated-4th Offense and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident. 

Probation Violation-E. Oak St

by on 09/03/14

On September 2, 2014 at approximately 10:00 p.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol observed a male subject he knew from prior contacts as Jesse F. Russell, 35 of Sparta, walking with a female subject near the 100 block of E. Oak St.  The officer had prior knowledge that Russell was on Probation and had a condition not to have contact with the female subject he was with.  The officer made contact with both subjects and their identities were confirmed with Wisconsin DL's.  Dispatch contacted Probation/Parole and were advised that Russell did have a no contact with the female subject and asked that a hold be placed on him.  Russell was arrested for a Probation/Parole violation and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident. 

Disorderly Conduct-E. Oak St.

by on 08/28/14

On August 27, 2014 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Sparta officers responded to a fight in progress at the Amber Inn, 112 E. Oak St.  Upon arrival, contact was made with two male subjects identified as Richard A.P. Gharrett, 29 of Clinton, IL, and Ryan T. Huggett, 39 of Sparta.  After investigation, it was found that Gharrett and Huggett had been in a verbal argument and Huggett had placed Gharrett into a headlock.  Huggett was placed under arrest for Disorderly Conduct and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident. 

1st Offense OWI-N. Black River St.

by on 08/27/14

On August 22, 2014 at approximately 2:15 a.m., a  Sparta officer on routine patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that had its rear bumper detached from the passenger side and was hanging down towards the rear drivers side of the vehicle.  Contact was made with the driver, identified by Wisconsin DL as Jesse J. Kidd, 23 of Wisconsin Dells, who advised he did not know why he would be dragging the rear bumper of his vehicle.  While speaking with Kidd, the officer observed his eyes were glossy and he had slow, slurred speech.  Kidd was placed through field sobriety tests and given a PBT which resulted in a .177. During the investigation, it was found that Kidd had been involved in an accident on St Hwy 71 near Dayton Ave in Monroe County.  Kidd was arrested for Operating While Under the Influence-1st Offense and transported to the Monroe County Jail.  He received citations for Operating W/PAC-1st Offense and No Tail/Lamp Defective Tail Lamp-Night.   

Crash-W. Main St.

by on 08/27/14

On August 22, 2014 around 4:00 a.m., Sparta officers were advised of a complaint of a red SUV that may have been stuck in the Mt. Hope cemetery.  The complainant advised that the vehicle was last seen traveling eastbound on W Main St. towards Black River St.  While in the area, officers found that a vehicle had traveled off of Torrey View Dr., traveled through a yard in the 1400 block of W. Main St, exited the yard, and continued on W. Main St.  The suspect vehicle was located abandoned in the Sparta Cinema parking lot a short time later.  The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Andrew D. Bowen, 28 of Sparta, was issued citations for Hit and Run-Property Adjacent to Highway, Failure to Notify Police of Accident, Fail to Keep Vehicle Under Control, Operating W/O Insurance, and Obstructing an Officer. 

Battery-Central Ave

by on 08/25/14

On August 19, 2014 at approximately 7:45 p.m., Sparta officers responded to a complaint of a fight between three females at the intersection of Central Ave and N. K St.  Contact was made with Nina H. Palms, 32 of Sparta, and Sashal M.F. Hollencamp, 18 of Sparta, whom were both injured.  Palms and Hollencamp advised a third female, later identified as Erika A. Siekert, 23 of Sparta, had followed them down Central Ave and fought with them.  Hollencamp advised the officer that Siekert charged her, scratched her and pulled her hair.  Hollencamp also advised that she punched Siekert in the face when she was charging her.  Hollencamp then advised that Siekert kicked her so Palms kicked Siekert back.  Siekert and Hollencamp received municipal citations for Battery and Disorderly Conduct (Fighting).  Palms received a municipal citation for Disorderly Conduct (Fighting). 


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