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.
On March 31, 2014 at approximately 5:35 p.m. officers responded to North Street after a caller reported a male subject stumbling down the street that stopped and urinated on a tree. The officer located a witness who explained the man was last seen going into a residence on Merrill Street. Officers spoke with Michael Johnson, 58 from Sparta, who had been drinking and appeared to have urinated down the front of his pants. Johnson apologized for his actions and told the officers he had been celebrating the Badgers win at a downtown bar. Johnson was issued a municipal citation for Disorderly Conduct.
On February 11, 2014 an employee of Monroe County Bond Monitoring reported the theft of a cellular telephone and believed it was taken by Jacob Zimmerman, 32 from Endeavor. Zimmerman was signing up for bond monitoring and the employee left him alone for a few minutes to make copies. Later he noticed the phone was missing and discovered it was at the casino near Tomah. The employee went to the casino where he saw Zimmerman playing a gaming machine and the phone sitting atop the machine. The phone was recovered by the employee and in subsequent police interviews Zimmerman denied taking the phone. On March 31, 2014 the investigating officer was able to review casino surveillance footage from February 10 that showed Zimmerman with the phone which he attempts to conceal behind a machine. An employee later retrieves the phone and returns it to Zimmerman. Based on the evidence obtained Zimmerman was arrested for Theft and Bail Jumping.
The Department is investigating the senseless vandalism of several vehicles on North Court Street and Merrill Street. On March 27, 2014 a resident in the 500 block of North Court St. discovered all four tires on their vehicle had been slashed. The crime likely occurred sometime after midnight and it appears the person(s) responsible used some type of thin bladed knife or similar cutting instrument. Two residents in the 500 Block of Merrill Street reported slashed tires their vehicles during the same time frame. Anyone with information is urged to call the Sparta Police Department or Monroe County Crime Stoppers.
On March 29, 2014 at approximately 10:00 p.m. an officer on patrol saw a vehicle associated with Travis Livangood, 34 from Sparta, being driven on Wisconsin Street. The officer was aware that Monroe County had issued a warrant for Livangood after he failed to appear for a Child Support Hearing. The vehicle stopped at Kwik Trip and the officer saw that Livangood was a passenger. Livangood was taken into custody on the warrant and cited for Drinking Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle after he was found to be drinking a beer while a passenger.
On March 23, 2014 at approximately 2:20 a.m. an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and was attempting to talk to the driver when Derek Crocker, 28 from Sparta, and Patrick Koopman, 30 from Sparta, started yelling at the officer and interfering with the stop. The two refused to leave the officer alone so he radioed for assistance. Responding officers located the two and attempted to stop them as they walked away from the traffic stop location. The two refused to stop and when confronted Koopman attempted to run, but was quickly subdued by one of the officers. Both had been drinking and were arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Obstructing an Officer.
On March 30, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m. an employee of Monroe County Justice Sanctions reported that Ron Collins, 44 from Sparta, was at their facility and was wanted on a warrant. The responding officer confirmed that Monroe County has issued a warrant for Collins on March 28, 2014 alleging two counts of Bail Jumping. Collins was arrested and taken to the Monroe County Jail.
On March 30, 2014 at approximately 8:15 a.m. an officer on patrol stopped Shawn Stuhr, 49 from Sparta, after observing his brake lights were not functioning correctly. The officer discovered that Stuhr had an expired driver license and no proof of insurance. While the officer was talking with Stuhr he noted the passenger was acting suspiciously and appeared very nervous. The passenger claimed he had no identification and verbally identified himself as Eric Jackson. The passenger gave conflicting information and the officers were eventually able to identify him as Derek Moyer, 35 from La Crosse. Moyer was wanted on a La Crosse County and had attempted to conceal his identity. Moyer was taken into custody on the warrant and arrested for Obstructing an Officer. Stuhr was cited for Operating without a Valid License and Operating without Proof of Insurance.
On March 30, 2014 at approximately 6:40 p.m. an officer stopped Michael Vian, 46 from Tomah, for a vehicle equipment violation. The officer discovered Vian was wanted on a warrant and took him into custody without further incident.
On March 29, 2014 at approximately 5:50 p.m. officers responded to complaint of a vehicle that was reportedly all over the road. The caller had followed the vehicle from the Norwalk area and claimed it was swerving badly and now coming into the City. An officer located the vehicle and stopped Francisco Pedro Ramiriez-Sumano (Pedro Ramiriez) 54 from Norwalk, after observing similar driving behavior. The officer discovered Ramiriez had no driver license and arrested him for Operating without a License.
On March 29, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m. an officer on patrol saw Bradley Bakken, 28 from Sparta, walking in the downtown area. The officer was aware that the Department of Corrections had issued an arrest warrant for Bakken and the officer was able to arrest him without further incident.
On March 28, 2014 at approximately 3:30 p.m. an employee of Monroe County Justice Sanctions reported that Douglas Sullivan, 53 from Sparta, was wanted on a warrant and currently in their office. An Order to Detain had been issued earlier in the day after Sullivan was found to have tested positive for alcohol consumption and to have tampered with an alcohol monitoring bracelet he agreed to wear as part of an OWI 3rd electronic monitoring program. An officer responded and took Sullivan into custody without further incident.
On March 26, 2014 at approximately 2:05 p.m. officers were asked to accompany probation agents as they did a home inspection at 906 Hill Street. The home’s resident Juan Jimenez, 28 from Sparta, was recently taken into custody by the Department of Corrections for violating the conditions of his probation. Once inside the home officers found Tiffany Kessen, 21 from Baraboo, and Rahamim Hamilton, 39 from Sparta, along with several items of drug paraphernalia. Kessen and Hamilton were both on probation and officials asked that they be taken into custody. Both were taken to the Monroe County Jail.
On March 27, 2014 at approximately 1:20 p.m. officers received a tip that Mirika Stuhr, 24 from Sparta, was just at 220 N. Water Street. The officer was aware that Stuhr was wanted on several warrants and was featured as this week’s Wanted Wednesday fugitive. Officers located Stuhr inside one of the apartments attempting to hide behind a door. Stuhr was arrested and taken to the Monroe County Jail.