On April 11, 2014 at approximately 1:30 a.m. an officer on patrol stopped Dennis Walker, 44 from Sparta, after observing the vehicle he was driving had no working taillights. While talking with Walker the officer could smell the odor of alcoholic beverage and saw a glass pipe commonly used for smoking marijuana inside the car. Walker admitted to drinking and using marijuana within the last few hours. The officer had Walker attempt several field sobriety tests and determined he was too impaired to be driving. Walker was arrested for OMVWI (3rd offense) and given a municipal citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Walker agreed to chemical testing of his blood and a sample was taken for later testing.
On April 11, 2014 at approximately 3:50 a.m. officers responded to a reported fight at 220 N. Water St after the complainant heard a couple fighting on the second floor. Officers could hear voices inside the identified apartment which stopped when the they knocked on the door. After several minutes a female opened the door and claimed to be alone. When the officers explained what they heard the female showed them inside and claimed a door leading into a back bedroom didn’t work. The officer was suspicious of this and found Monta Gipson-Groce pretending to be asleep on the floor. The officers discovered Gipson-Groce was wanted on a Monroe County Child Support warrant and took him into custody. Gipson-Groce was also found to have been drinking alcohol which violated his probation. He was left in the custody of the Monroe County Jail.
On April 11, 2014 at approximately 9:25 p.m. an officer patrolling the downtown area on foot saw Bradley Erickson, 49 from Sparta, sitting in the Shifty Shack bar. The officer was aware that Erickson was wanted on a warrant issued by Monroe County and took him into custody without further incident.
On April 11, 2014 at approximately 7:10 p.m. officers went the home of Cameron Waters, 23 from Sparta, after learning Community Corrections had issued a warrant for his arrest. Waters was located and taken into custody without further incident.
On April 10, 2014 at approximately 4:50 p.m. officers went the home of Crystal Kerrigan, 21 from Sparta, after learning that Waukesha County had two outstanding warrants for her arrest. Officers were met by Quintin Stello, 23 from Sparta, who claimed Kerrigan no longer lived there as they had recently broken up. Stello allowed officers to search the home and Kerrigan was located hiding in a bedroom. Kerrigan was taken into custody on the Waukesha County warrants (Bail Jumping & Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs) and taken to the Monroe County Jail. Stello was issued a municipal citation for Obstructing an Officer and taken to the Monroe County Jail at the request of the Department of Corrections.
On April 8, 2014 at approximately 2:10 p.m. an employee Dutch Mill Trucking reported a pickup truck was trespassing on their property and was now stuck in the mud. Investigating officers discovered that Cameron Waters, 23 from Sparta, had driven his truck onto the property after being previously warned not to. Waters had attempted to drive through the previous ruts he left in the soft mud and had become stuck. Waters actions damaged the property and he was issued a municipal citation for Criminal Damage to Property. The truck had to be towed from the property.
On April 6, 2014 at approximately 12:45 p.m. an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle being driven by Michael Grant, 66 from Austin, MN, for a traffic violation. The officer discovered that the City of Appleton has issued a warrant for Grant after he failed to appear for an OWI Court Hearing. Grant was arrested and taken to the Monroe County Jail.
On April 7, 2014 officers learned that the Department of Corrections has just issued an Apprehension Request for Kelly Young, 25 from Sparta. At approximately 9:20 p.m. officers located Young at a Montgomery Street address and took her into custody without further incident.
On April 5, 2014 at approximately 2:20 a.m. an officer on patrol stopped Joel Rhymer, 44 from Sparta, after observing the vehicle he was driving weaving from the center line to the shoulder of the roadway. While talking with Rhymer the officer could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage and noted other signs of possible impairment. The officer had Rhymer attempt several field sobriety tests and determined he was too impaired to be driving. Rhymer was arrested for OMVWI and later submitted to a chemical test which indicated an alcohol concentration that was over twice the legal limit. Rhymer received an additional citation for Operating with a Prohibited Alcohol Content.
On April 4, 2014 at approximately 3:30 p.m. an officer was investigating a traffic crash and met with Armando Malfitano, 55 from Sparta, at his residence. While inside the officer saw a glass pipe commonly used for the smoking of marijuana sitting on table. The device contained a small amount of burnt marijuana and was confiscated by the officer. Malfitano claimed the pipe belonged to an unknown friend who used it for smoking synthetics. Malfitano was cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On April 4, 2014 at approximately 2:30 p.m. a resident of 625 Kent Street called 911 reporting what were believed to be three (3) gun shots coming from one of the apartments. Responding officers blocked off nearby roadways and evacuated several residents from inside the apartment complex. Several of them claimed to have heard the shots and identified a specific apartment where they believed the shots came from. While the officers were gathering information a lone occupant emerged from that apartment and was detained while officers searched the building in an effort to determine if someone had been shot or a crime occurred. The officers did not locate any evidence suggesting a firearm had been fired in the building and the detained person was released. Traffic in the area was disrupted for approximately 30 minutes.
On April 3, 2014 at approximately 8:40 p.m. La Crosse County requested officers attempt to locate Benjamin Jolivette, 33 from Sparta, as he was wanted on two Child Support warrants. Jolivette was located at a residence on River Road and taken into custody on the La Crosse County warrants and a Monroe County Child Support warrant.
On April 3, 2014 at approximately 2:20 a.m. an officer on patrol saw Antonio Ellis, 23 from Sparta, getting out of a vehicle on Main St. The officer was aware that the Department of Corrections had issued a warrant for Ellis earlier in the day and stopped and took him into custody without further incident.
On April 1, 2014 at approximately 1:45 p.m. officers received a complaint of subjects smoking marijuana in a car parked behind Dirty Rick’s Car Wash. Investigating officers located the car and identified Michael Johnson, 27 from Sparta, as one of the occupants. The officers discovered Monroe County had issued a warrant for Johnson on February 13th after he failed to appear for court hearing. Johnson was taken into custody on the warrant and no drugs were located.
On March 27, 2014 at approximately 4:35 p.m. an employee of Sparta Market and Pharmacy reported that Brittany Foster, 29 from Sparta, had been in the store the day prior to get a prescription filled and stolen several cosmetic items. The investigating officers reviewed surveillance video that showed Foster concealing items in her purse and then leaving the store without paying for the merchandise. The officer located Foster and she admitted to taking the items. Foster was cited for Retail Theft.