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Animal – Evans Bosshard Park

by on 06/02/14

On May 27, 2014 at approximately 5:00 p.m. officers were called to Evans Bosshard Park after a dog had jumped on a young child.  A 14 year old Sparta youth brought a dog to the park and tied it up near one of the bridges while several friends went swimming.  While the dog was unattended it bit a 3 year child from Sparta who was also in the park.  The child required medical treatment for her injuries.  The investigating officer identified the dog’s owner as Elizabeth Parker, 30 from Sparta.  Parker was cited for having an unlicensed dog and a quarantine was ordered after it was discovered the animal was not up to date on vaccinations. 

Standoff With Armed Suspect at 1942 River Rd.

by on 06/02/14

On Friday May 30, 2014 the Sparta Police Department responded to a report of an intoxicated male who was threatening to load his guns and kill people, including any responding police officers.  Phillip Smith, 33, of Sparta was taken into custody and booked into the Monroe County Jail.

After gathering information on scene and talking to family members, the Monroe County Combined Tactical Unit (CTU) was called out.  Smith was known to be in possession of several firearms and a responding CTU officer observed him pointing a rifle out the window.

Smith refused to communicate with officers.  Police eventually deployed noise flash diversionary devices (flashbangs) and chemical munitions into the residence.   Smith walked outside but refused to cooperate and less lethal bean bag rounds were used.  He was taken into custody and medically cleared at a local hospital.

Smith was booked into the Monroe County Jail for disorderly conduct-domestic abuse related, intentionally pointing a firearm at another person, Operating a firearm while intoxicated, resisting arrest, and failure to comply with an officers attempt to take a person into custody.

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Jason Pipkin, Sergeant

Warrant – South “K” St

by on 05/30/14

On May 28, 2014 at approximately 7:45 a.m. officers received a tip that Stacey Otten, 42 from Sparta, was wanted on warrant and currently at an address on “K” Street.  Officers verified that Monroe County had an outstanding Commitment Order for Non-Payment of Fine/Forfeiture on Otten that had been issued in December 2013.  Otten was located at the address the tipster provided and taken into custody without further incident.

Animal – Condit St

by on 05/30/14

On May 24, 2014 at approximately 9:10 a.m. officers were informed that a patient at the hospital was being seen for dog bite.  Officers met with the victim who said she had been walking near the corner of Condit Street at Chester Street when a dog tied to tree ran up and bit her on the arm.  Officers identified the dog’s owner as Leslie Keller, 32 from Sparta, and learned that the dog was not licensed nor was it current on its rabies vaccination.  The officer ordered that the dog be quarantined in accordance with state law and cited Keller for Dog Attacking Person and Unlicensed Dog.

Wanted Wednesday-Black River St

by on 05/30/14

On May 29, 2014 at approximately 10:56 p.m., Sparta officers received an anonymous call reporting that James Rivas, 26 of Sparta, was currently residing at 115 N. Black River St.  Rivas, who was a subject featured on Sparta Police Department's "Wanted Wednesday" was located at that address. Officers saw a male subject through the front door window and recognized him as Rivas from the "Wanted Wednesday" poster that was posted at the police department.  Officers knocked on the door and a female individual opened the door and gave officers permission to enter the residence.  Rivas was identified with his Wisconsin ID card and arrested for his Department of Corrections warrant.  He was transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.   

Traffic Crash – Black River St

by on 05/29/14

On May 25, 2014 at approximately 3:50 p.m. officers responded to a traffic crash at the intersection of Black River Street at Saint Anne Street.  Anthony Cooper, 64 from Tomah, was stopped on Black River Street for a pedestrian that was crossing the roadway when he was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by a 17 year old male from Sparta.  The 17 year old claimed he did not see the vehicle ahead of him stop and was probably looking off to his left.  The investigating officer could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the 17 year olds car and found a small amount of it concealed in the center console.  The 17 year old was cited for Inattentive Driving, Violating GDL Restrictions (too many passengers), Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Drugs-Montgomery St

by on 05/29/14

On May 25, 2014 at approximately 8:08 p.m., an officer was on foot patrol in an alley near 410 W. Montgomery St. attempting to locate a wanted subject.  The officer was able to smell the odor of marijuana coming from a vent outside of the apartment building.  The officer then traced the vent to a basement apartment and made contact with Gerardo Edgar Santaclararivera, 27 of Sparta.  Gerardo admitted to smoking marijuana in the apartment and allowed officers inside.  Gerardo then lead officers to the bathroom where he advised he was smoking.  The officer noted that the bathroom had a fan which led to the duct that vented outside where the original odor of marijuana was smelled.  Gerardo then produced a smoking device and small amount if marijuana.  Gerardo was cited for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Disorderly Conduct-Douglas St

by on 05/29/14

On May 25, 2014 at approximately 1:50 p.m., Sparta officers responded to a reported disturbance at 909 Douglas St.  The caller reported that her sister was yelling at her.  A responding officer spotted Christina Rogge, 25 of Sparta, a couple blocks away from where the disturbance was reported.  Rogge appeared upset and was applying ice to her hand.  When asked about the incident, Rogge admitted to getting very angry and creating a disturbance because her sister would not loan her money.  Rogge said she injured her hand when she hit her car during the argument.  Rogge was issued a municipal citation for Disorderly Conduct.

Traffic- N. Water Street

by on 05/28/14

On May 24, 2014 at approximately 6:05 p.m., a Sparta officer on patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with a cracked windshield.  While in contact with the driver, Tasha Donais, 24 of Sparta, the officer was able to detect an odor of marijuana.  Donais admitted to possessing a marijuana smoking device.  A search of the vehicle produced a marijuana smoking device and a plastic container containing trace amounts of green plant material resembling marijuana.  Donais was cited for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  She was also warned for an equipment violation and released from the scene.    

Probation Violation-Memorial Park

by on 05/28/14

On May 24, 2014 at approximately 12:17 a.m., a Sparta officer stepped out with two subjects in Memorial Park after park hours.  The male subject, later identified as William M. Nelson, 22 of Tomah, originally provided the officer with a false name but was unable to come up with a birth date for that name and gave 1928 for his birth year.  After the officer questioned him on his birth year, the male then stated he lied about his identity and verbally identified himself as Nelson.  The officer was advised by Dispatch that  neither Nelson or the juvenile female subject were wanted but Nelson was on probation and probation/parole would like to place a hold on him.  The female subject was released from the scene.  Nelson was given a citation for Obstructing a Police Officer and arrested on a Probation Hold.  He was transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.     

Warrant Arrest-Terry Ct.

by on 05/27/14

On May 25, 2014 at approximately 12:07 a.m., a Sparta officer conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of River Rd and Terry Ct for an equipment violation.  Contact was made with the driver who was identified via Wisconsin DL as Jason Novy, 36 of Sparta.  The officer  ran the subject in his squad car and saw Novy had a Monroe County warrant out for his arrest.  Novy was informed of the warrant, taken into custody and transferred to the Monroe County Jail without incident. 

Probation Violation-Water St.

by on 05/27/14

On May 25, 2014 at approximately 10:00 p.m., a Sparta officer was on patrol when he noticed a male subject urinating on an electrical box which holds the equipment for the traffic control lights near the intersection of Water St and Oak St.  The subject, Lawrence Ramsey, 49 from Sparta, had his exposed genitals facing traffic on Water St and made no attempt at concealing what he was doing.  The male subject was approached by officers and was identified by photo ID as Lawrence Ramsey.  Ramsey was noticeably intoxicated and at one point indicated he was on probation/parole with a no-drink status.  Ramsey denied drinking and told officers he had taken NyQuil that evening.  Ramsey was given a PBT which had a reported value of .247.  Ramsey was cited for Disorderly Conduct (Urinating in Public) and arrested on a Probation Hold.  He was transported to the Monroe County Jail without incident.    

Retail Theft – Walmart

by on 05/23/14

On April 9, 2014 a Walmart Loss Prevention employee reported two retail theft incidents involving the same individual.  On March 18th an employee discovered an empty meat package in a display cooler.  Upon reviewing video surveillance a male individual was seen opening the package during the early morning hours on March 17th and then consuming the raw meat.  The suspect was also seen concealing packages of steaks behind coolers inside the store and then purchased other items before going back and removing the hidden steaks.  On March 22nd the same loss prevention employee was shopping in the store and saw the suspect from the previous event open boxes of puzzles and return them to the store shelf damaged.  The investigating officer was able to review the surveillance video and identified the suspect as Dennis L. Schaitel, 65 from Sparta.  Schaitel could not be located and a municipal citation was mailed to his last known address.

Warrant – Hoeschler Dr

by on 05/21/14

On May 16, 2014 at approximately 5:25 p.m. an employee of Monroe County Justice Sanctions reported James Rogers, 46 from Warrens, was inside their facility and was wanted on a warrant.  Officers verified that Monroe County had issued a warrant for Rogers on May 15th after he allegedly violated the rules of the bond monitoring program.  Rogers was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the Monroe County Jail.

Officer Finds Missing Money Bag

by on 05/21/14

On May 18, 2014 at approximately 4:25 a.m. a Sparta Cab driver reported his money bag missing.  The driver claimed the bag contained between $200-$600 in currency and he was unsure if it was lost or stolen.  The investigating officer got a detailed description of the driver’s activity for the night and started to retrace the driver’s route.  The officer found the bag laying in the roadway on Water Street near Franklin Street with it the contents inside.  The bag was returned to the driver who verified nothing was missing.

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