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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
On August 17, 2014 at approximately 9:00 p.m., a Sparta officer on patrol observed a vehicle registered to Randy L. Harmel, 33 of Ontario, being operated on W. Wisconsin St. A Dispatch center check was conducted and the officer was given information that the registered owner had a suspended driving status, was on probation, and had two warrants out of Juneau County, with only one being servable. Around that time, the vehicle pulled in the McDonald's parking lot and parked. The officer made contact with the male driver who verbally identified himself as Harmel. Harmel was arrested for his Juneau County warrant and a Probation Violation. He received a municipal citation for Operating After Suspension-5th Offense and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On August 16, 2014 at approximately 3:00 a.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was deviating from its designated lane while traveling near Wisconsin St and Industrial Ave. The driver, later identified as Judy K. Koopman, 52 of Rockland, admitted to consuming alcohol and displayed obvious signs of impairment including slurred speech. Koopman was put through field sobriety tests and given a PBT which resulted in a .13. Koopman was arrested for Operating While Under the Influence-3rd Offense and transported to the Monroe County Jail.
On August 18, 2014 at approximately 11:00 a.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol in the area of 710 W. Wisconsin St. observed a male subject known from prior contacts as Ryan P. Schnitzler, 28 of Sparta. Schnitzler was run through Dispatch and the officer was advised that he had a Monroe County warrant and a Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest. Schnitzler was arrested for both warrants and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On August 19, 2014 at approximately 2:00 a.m., Sparta officers responded to a dumpster fire at EZ Money Payday Loans, 530 S. Black River St. A male subject, later identified as Paul E. Nahkala, 48 with no permanent address, was on scene and admitted to officers that he had started the fire in hopes that he would get sent back to prison. This was the second fire that Nahkala had started within two weeks and he was on bond due to the dumpster fire he had started at Dairy Queen on August 8th. Nahkala was arrested for Arson of Property Other Than Building, Criminal Damage to Property, Felony Bail Jumping, Disorderly Conduct, and a Probation Violation. He was transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.
On August 12, 2014 at approximately 12:00 p.m., a Sparta officer on routine patrol attempted to make a traffic stop near the intersection of Walrath St and Water St. The driver, later identified as Edward W. Smith JR, 34 of Sparta, refused to stop and drove to his residence on Impala Ave. During the pursuit, the officer gave commands over his PA system and pressed the air horn numerous times. Smith kept passing vehicles at a high rate of speed and started losing control when he was going around a curve in the roadway. Smith told officers later that he did not stop because he did not want his vehicle towed. When the officer first made contact with Smith at his vehicle, he detected a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle and noticed a spilled can of Sparks on the floorboard. Smith advised that he had a little bit of it but the rest had spilled on the floor. Smith was given a PBT which resulted in .000. Smith was arrested for Vehicle Operator Flee/Elude Officer and transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident. He was cited for Operating While Revoked-2nd Offense, Reckless Driving Endangering Safety, and Drinking Open Intoxicants in Motor Vehicle by Driver.
On August 13, 2014 at approximately 02:30 a.m., Sparta officers responded to Wal-Mart in reference to a suspicious male subject that had possibly stolen from the store. Contact was made with Wal-Mart staff and the male subject identified as Ronnie L. Thomas, 30 no permanent address, who admitted to stealing cigarettes. During the investigation, officers discovered that Thomas had been released from the Monroe County Jail the day prior and had Felony bond conditions. Thomas was arrested for Retail Theft and Felony Bail Jumping. He was transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.