On February 19, 2014, Dustin Grant, 27 from Gleason, WI, contacted the police department in an effort to retrieve some personal property of his that had been confiscated during a 2013 arrest. Grant arrived at approximately 3:35 p.m. and when the property officer verified his identification she discovered that the Department of Corrections had just issued a warrant for his arrest. Grant was arrested and taken to the Monroe County Jail.
On February 15, 2014 at approximately 7:35 p.m. an officer on patrol stopped Shelby Wesho, 27 from La Crosse, after seeing her run a red traffic control signal on Black River Street at Montgomery Street. Wesho told the officer she didn’t stop because her car’s brakes were not working properly. The officer discovered Wesho had a suspended driving status and cited her for Operating after Suspension and Violating a Red Traffic Control Signal. A passenger in the vehicle; Cecilia Bede, 35 from Black River Falls, was arrested on a Jackson County warrant and taken to the Monroe County Jail. The vehicle was towed from the traffic stop as no licensed driver was present.
On February 14, 2014 at approximately 3:50 a.m. officers responded to a disturbance at 616 Walrath Street where the caller indicated a person by the name of Ron threw items around and threatened residents with a hammer. When officers arrived they learned a verbal argument between Ron Collins, 44 from Sparta, and the residents escalated to the point where items where either thrown or knocked out of the others hands. Collins left before the officers arrived; however, he was located a short time later driving a vehicle. Collins was stopped and found to have been drinking, which violated conditions of his bond. Collins was arrested for Bail Jumping and Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Prohibited Alcohol Content (4th offense within 5 years). The caller refused to provide the investigating officers with sufficient information to substantiate any crime related to the original disturbance complaint.
On February 12, 2014 at approximately 7:10 a.m. a Sparta resident complained that Ryan Eibach, 32 from Sparta, keeps contacting her even though he has bond conditions that prohibit him from doing so. The officer verified the bond conditions and saw messages that were sent to the complainant from Eibach. The officer located Eibach inside the Shift Shack Bar and confronted him about the allegations. The officer also discovered that Eibach had bond conditions that prohibited him from entering bars or places where alcohol is sold. Eibach was arrested for Bail Jumping and taken to the Monroe County Jail.
On February 12, 2014 at approximately 4:30 a.m. officers responded to 1200 Sugarberry Blvd. on a medical emergency involving Anthony Fosbinder, 24 from Mindoro. The officer discovered that Monroe County issued an arrest warrant for Fosbinder on January 16, 2014 after he failed to pay for a fine/forfeiture. After receiving medical treatment, Fosbinder was arrested and taken to the Monroe County Jail.
On February 12, 2014 at approximately 4:40 p.m. officers were conducting an investigation at 1005 Fairway Drive and noted the smell of marijuana coming from one of the apartments. The officer identified the apartment and spoke with Kelsey Martinka, 20 from Sparta, who admitted to smoking marijuana earlier with her boyfriend. Martinka a surrendered a smoking device and was given a municipal citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On February 10, 2014 at approximately 4:55 p.m. an officer on patrol saw Jordan Benoit, 27 from Sparta, driving a car on Black River Street. The officer was familiar with Benoit and believed she was wanted on a warrant. The officer checked and received confirmation that Monroe County had issued a Bench Warrant for Benoit on February 7th after she failed to pay court ordered fees. Benoit was stopped and an arrested on the warrant.
On February 11, 2014 at approximately 1:05 a.m. officers responded to a disturbance at 705 Division Street. The caller reported people screaming and doors being slammed. When officers arrived they discovered a small get together and identified Brittany Lueck, 23 from Tomah, as one of the partygoers. Lueck was wanted on a Monroe County warrant after she failed to pay a fine. Lueck was arrested and taken to the Monroe County Jail.
On Monday February 10, 2014 at approximately 11:49 p.m. an officer observed a vehicle operating with no registration lamps in the 100 block of W. Oak Street. The registered owner of the vehicle showed he had a warrant out for his arrest. The officer stopped the vehicle and arrested the owner Christopher Martin, 34 of Trempealeau, WI. During the search of Martin a needle, a spoon, a piece of cotton and a piece of metal foil that was believed to have contained heroin was found. Passenger Dawn Anderson, 36 of Hixton, WI was also identified and found to be in possession of a substance believed by the officer to be heroin. Both were arrested and taken to jail. Christopher Martin was arrested for possession of a schedule drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and the warrant out for his arrest. Dawn Anderson was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and felony bail jumping.
On Saturday, February 8, 2014 at approximately 1:30 a.m. an officer observed a vehicle traveling the wrong way on a one way street in the 100 block of W. Main Street. The officer stopped this vehicle as it turned onto Sarah Street and made contact with the driver Justin Zay, 23 of Sparta. The officer noticed a strong odor of intoxicants coming from inside the vehicle and observed that Zay had glossy eyes. The officer had Zay attempt a number of field sobriety tests. The officer believing that Zay was intoxicated arrested him for OMVWI 3rd offence and released him to the Monroe County Jail. Justin Zay was also given citations for driving against traffic and operating without insurance.
During the month of January, all city Customers connected to City Water were informed that the Sparta Water Utility was implementing a “run water notice”. Customers were advised to run one cold water faucet, the size of a pencil, continuously until further notice. This notice was issued due to the prolonged frigid temperatures that we have been experiencing, which has driven the frost very deep. The reason for this procedure is to prevent the pipes from freezing. Customers were also informed not to shut their water off, even if the temperatures increase for a day or two, as warmer temperatures actually drive frost deeper. It was also explained that a water & sewer credit/adjustment would be issued, so there would be no cost for complying with this notice. This adjustment will be based on the customer’s usage history. If you recently moved into a residence, call our office to let us know the number of people living at the residence. Unfortunately, a substantial amount of service freeze-up’s has continued since this notice was advertised. This is due to non-compliance of the “run water notice”. Please be advised that effective immediately, the thawing of any and all service freeze up’s will now be at the responsibility of the customer per Wisconsin Administrative Code, section 185.89 (2)(c). If the City needs to thaw a service, a minimum charge of $125.00 per hour will be charged to the customer/owner. Please continue to follow the process outlined above, until the Water Utility advises otherwise. We can be reached at (608)269-4340 Ext 226 or 227. Thank you for your cooperation.
On February 5, 2014 the Department featured Erik Garcia, 24 from Sparta, as its “Wanted Wednesday” fugitive. Garcia was wanted by the Department of Corrections for a parole violation and had been on the run since November 2013. Warrants had also been issued for Garcia by Monroe County and Waushara County. Within minutes of posting Garcia’s wanted poster on our facebook page and twitter feed we started receiving tips that Garcia was frequently staying at a 635 S. “K” Street address. At approximately 8:10 p.m. officers went the “K” street address after receiving information that Garcia would be there around 8:00 p.m. Garcia was located inside the home and surrendered himself without incident.
On February 4, 2014 at approximately 6:15 p.m. an officer was sent to an address on Merrill Street to check of the welfare of 16 year old who resided there. The caller claimed the child was not allowed to talk with one of his parents and that the occupants who resided there were always drinking even though they had bond conditions that prohibited them from doing so. The investigating officer went to the residence and determined the child appeared to be properly cared for and not under any distress. While there the officer spoke with Effie Krosinski, 41 from Tomah, who had been consuming alcohol which violated her probation. Krosinski was taken into custody at the request of the Department of Corrections.
On January 31, 2014 at approximately 9:20 p.m. Steven Schaitel, 55 from Sparta, reported that he had been punched in the face by Kelly Swain, 53 from Sparta, while at the Breakaway Bar. The investigating officers noted that the two appeared intoxicated and discovered the fight occurred after a heated exchange of words over one of their criminal records. Schaitel suffered a cut lip from the punch and Swain was issued municipal citations for Disorderly Conduct and Battery. Schaitel was cited for Disorderly Conduct.
On February 3, 2014 at approximately 8:50 p.m. an officer on patrol saw Chrisanna Phillips, 22 from Sparta, walking through the hospital parking lot. The officer knew Phillips was wanted by both the Department of Corrections and Monroe County. Phillips was stopped and taken into custody on the two warrants.