On August 3, 2014 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Sparta officers responded to a report of a fight at the intersection of River Rd and River Pines. The officer made contact with Jeremiah J. Lundahl, 19 of Sparta, who stated Charlie A. Richards, 25 of Sparta, punched him and tried to pull him out of his car while he was stopped at the stop sign. The officer then made contact with the passengers in Lundahl's car, as well as, a witness from a nearby apartment building, who all recounted the event as Lundahl did. Based on witness statements, Richards was issued a municipal citation for Disorderly Conduct.
On August 2, 2014 at approximately 4:00 a.m., Sparta officers responded to multiple complaints of a shirtless, bleeding male subject in the area of the 500 block of E Montgomery Street. Officers eventually located a bloodied subject identified as Trevor Riedel, 25 of Hixton, wandering the streets. After a short foot pursuit, Riedel was taken into custody for two warrants and a probation hold. It was later discovered that Riedel had forcibly entered a home on the 400 block of Pearl Street and broke a window at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home. Riedel was arrested for 2 counts of Criminal Damage to Property, Criminal Trespass to a Dwelling, Disorderly Conduct, Resist or Obstruct an Officer, a Probation Violation, a Marathon County Warrant and a Jackson County Warrant. He was transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On August 2, 2014 at approximately 11:20 p.m., a Sparta officer patrolling the city observed a vehicle turning onto Walrath Street from Water Street that had a defective high mount stop lamp. A traffic stop was conducted on that vehicle and contact was made with the driver, identified with a WI DL as Jeremy Busch, 23 of Sparta. Dispatch advised the officer that Busch had a Department of Corrections warrant out for his arrest. Busch was arrested for his warrant and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On August 1, 2014 at approximately 10:30 p.m., a Sparta officer responded to the BP Travel Center located at 4105 Theater Rd in reference to an unwanted homeless subject on the property. Ulmer E. Ellis, 52 of Davenport, IA, was pacing the parking lot. Ellis told the officer he was looking for assistance getting to Portage and that he had been released from the La Crosse County Jail earlier that day. Ellis advised that he spoke with an officer earlier in the day and they had advised him to leave the property. Ellis was, again, advised to leave the property and he left voluntarily. Approximately 40 minutes later, officers were, again, called to the BP Travel Center due to Ellis calling 911 and advising he would rob the BP Travel Center if he had to. When officers made contact with Ellis, he was pacing back and forth and appeared very agitated. Ellis was advised that he had contact three different times with officers and was given several options as to how he could get to Portage, all of which he refused. Dispatch advised the officer on scene that Ellis had two different sets of bond conditions from two different counties. Ellis was arrested on two counts of Misdemeanor Bail Jumping and transported to the Monroe County Jail.
On August 2, 2014 at approximately 7:15 p.m., Sparta officers responded to a fight in progress at 1200 Sugarberry Blvd Lot 57. Once officers arrived, they made contact with Samuel G. Dudley, 25 of Sparta, who said the driver of another vehicle was the other person involved in the fight. Officers stopped that vehicle and made contact with the driver, Troy J. Smith, 24 of Bangor. Smith denied a physical fight took place even though he had blood on his face and clothing, as well as, the hood of his vehicle. While talking with Smith, officers observed his eyes were bloodshot and glossy and his speech was slurred. Smith denied drinking at all that day. Smith was put through field sobriety tests and given a PBT with resulted in a .184 and placed into custody for Operating While Intoxicated. Officers then searched Smith's vehicle and found 2 small baggies that had an assortment of colored pills in them. Dudley was also questioned about the fight. Dudley said that Smith had arrived at their residence under the influence of an unknown substance earlier in the day and became increasingly intoxicated and disorderly as the night went on. Eventually Smith was asked to leave the residence. While talking with Dudley, officers noticed a strong, unmistakable odor of intoxicating beverages. Dudley was given a PBT which resulted in a reading of .160. Dispatch advised that Dudley was on three sets of Misdemeanor Bond out of La Crosse County with no drink conditions and Smith had one set of Felony Bond out of La Crosse County. Dudley was arrested on 3 counts of Misdemeanor Bail Jumping and transported to the Monroe County Jail. Smith was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated-2nd Offense, Disorderly Conduct, Felony Bail Jumping and Possession of Prescription Drug W/O Prescription and transported to the Monroe County Jail. Once at the Jail, Jail staff searched Smith and found a crumpled $1 bill in the front pocket of his pants. Inside the $1 bill a substance was located that tested positive for Methamphetamine. Smith was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance in addition to his other charges.
On Sunday, August 3 at approximately 6:00 p.m., Sparta officers responded to West Side Park on Hill St in reference to an anonymous complaint of drug activity. Officers arrived on scene and made contact with a male subject, recognized by officers as Christopher C. Lundahl, 24 of Sparta, walking towards the south side of the park in an effort to evade police. Lundahl was with two females, one of which had a stroller with her. Officers were given consent to search the stroller and found a half empty bottle of brandy. The female denied drinking and advised that the alcohol was Lundahl's and he had asked her to hide the alcohol in her stroller. Lundahl was given a PBT with the result of .054. Dispatch then advised officers that Lundahl was on Probation and had no drink conditions and Probation wanted to place a hold on him. Lundahl was arrested for a Probation Violation and searched incident to an arrest. While searching Lundahl, officers located a "roach" which had a green substance in it. The green substance later tested positive for THC. Lundahl was arrested on a Probation Violation and for Possession of THC. He was transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On July 26, 2014 at approximately 2:00 a.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol was flagged down by a subject in downtown Sparta. The subject advised that a male individual, later identified as Adam J. Kinnunen, 35 of La Crosse, had caused a disturbance inside Thumper's and fled on foot. The subject speaking with the officer advised that Kinnunen had been kicked out of Thumper's because he was intoxicated. They advised when Kinnunen was asked to leave he got upset and swung at one of the bouncers, knocking over several glasses in the process. As search of the area was conducted and Kinnunen was located near the alley behind the Co-Op and took off on foot away from the officer. After a short foot pursuit, Kinnunen stopped and was arrested. Kinnunen was searched incident to an arrest and officers found a light bulb that appeared to have been modified for use as a smoking device. Once Kinnunen was transported to the Jail, a further search of his wallet showed a sleeve made of tape hidden inside. Inside of the hidden sleeve were Suboxone film packets. Kinnunen was arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
On July 20, 2014 at approximately 3:00 a.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol stepped out at an address on the 100 block of S. Black River Street because the front door of a residence was standing wide open and no one was seen in the area. The officer made contact with the occupants of the residence who were sleeping in the living room. While one of the officers was speaking with one of the residents, Kelly J. Lindemann, 47 of Sparta, he observed a plastic baggie on the top of a table in the living room that contained a green plant-like material, which later tested positive for Marijuana. Neither subject at the residence admitted that the marijuana was theirs and Lindemann advised officers he would take responsibility for it. Lindemann was cited for Possession of Marijuana.
On July 20, 2014 at approximately 1:00 a.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol was stopped near the intersection of Wisconsin St and Court St when he heard a male subject yelling profanities into his cell phone walking along the street. The male subject was verbally identified as Ricky Hardy, 36 of Sparta. While the officer was out with Hardy, he could smell a strong odor of intoxicants. While the officer was waiting for information from Dispatch about Hardy, Hardy fled on foot and could not be located in the area. Citations for Disorderly Conduct and Resisting/Obstructing an Officer were mailed to Hardy.
On July 17, 2014 at approximately 5:00 p.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol observed a male subject he knew through to prior contacts as Kendrick V. Jackson, 19 of Sparta, in the passenger seat of a vehicle. Running Jackson through Dispatch, the officer was advised that he had a warrant out for his arrest. The officer made a traffic stop on the vehicle Jackson was in and advised him to exit the vehicle. Jackson was placed under arrested for his warrant and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On Monday, July 21, 2014, at approximately 10:20 p.m., the Sparta Police Department responded to the scene of a traffic crash on Wisconsin Street just east of East Avenue. Jeremy D. Briggs, 38 of Sparta, was riding a bicycle eastbound on Wisconsin Street when he was struck from behind by a motorist who was also driving eastbound. Briggs was transported by the Sparta Area Ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health Systems Hospital in Sparta and was later flown by Med-link to La Crosse with serious, but what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle, Amber Rhodes, 34 of Sparta, was arrested on suspicion of Operating While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving Causing Injury. Traffic in the area was rerouted for approximately three hours and the crash remains under investigation.
Also assisting at the scene were the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Sparta Area Ambulance Service, and the Monroe County Communications Center.
On July 18, 2014 at approximately 3:55 a.m. an officer on patrol was driving through the Walmart parking lot when he saw a vehicle commonly driven by Brian Matteau, 45 from Sparta, parked in the lot. The officer knew Walmart had issued a trespassing notice to Matteau that prohibited him from being inside the store. The officer went inside and employees directed the officer towards Matteau whom they believed was acting suspiciously inside the store. The officer spoke with Matteau who claimed to be shopping for a phone cover. Matteau was escorted off the property and given a municipal citation for trespassing.
On July 18, 2014 at approximately 1:00 p.m., Sparta officers received information that a male subject with warrants was staying at the Spartan Motel. Officer arrived on scene and made contact with a Michael Witwer, 36 of Sparta. Witwer was found to have warrants for his arrest from the Department of Corrections, Chippewa County and Monroe County. Witwer was arrested for those warrants and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On July 11, 2014 around 10:30 p.m., Sparta officers were dispatched to Casey's General Store for a disturbance in which Anthony Koopman, 55 of Sparta, was disturbing customers and cursing. Koopman had been called in on three previous incidents earlier in the day where he was acting suspicious and/or extremely intoxicated. He had been counseled about his behavior and told to leave the area. The officer spoke with Koopman outside of Casey's and Koopman admitted he had cursed out loud in the store because he dropped a soda. He then stated that he was likely only swearing at his phone. Due to the frequency of disturbing behaviors Koopman had displayed, the ineffectiveness of warnings previously given, and his loud, vulgar and profane conduct, Koopman was arrested for Disorderly Conduct. He was transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On July 13, 2014 at approximately 5:30 p.m., a Sparta officer made contact with a male subject at Evans-Bosshard Park. During that contact, the male subject stated that his name was Heriberto Rios Cisneros, 32 of Sparta. Dispatch advised the officer that Rios Cisneros had a Monroe County warrant. Rios Cisneros was arrested and during a search of his person, the officer found an identification card and credit card for a male subject named Jesus Franco, 37 of Sparta. Dispatch advised that Franco also had a Monroe County Warrant. The officer was able to determine that Rios Cisneros and Franco were the same person. Rios Cisneros was arrested for both warrants and transported to the Monroe County Jail where he admitted his name was actually Jesus Franco.