On February 11, 2014 at approximately 1:05 a.m. officers responded to a disturbance at 705 Division Street. The caller reported people screaming and doors being slammed. When officers arrived they discovered a small get together and identified Brittany Lueck, 23 from Tomah, as one of the partygoers. Lueck was wanted on a Monroe County warrant after she failed to pay a fine. Lueck was arrested and taken to the Monroe County Jail.
On Monday February 10, 2014 at approximately 11:49 p.m. an officer observed a vehicle operating with no registration lamps in the 100 block of W. Oak Street. The registered owner of the vehicle showed he had a warrant out for his arrest. The officer stopped the vehicle and arrested the owner Christopher Martin, 34 of Trempealeau, WI. During the search of Martin a needle, a spoon, a piece of cotton and a piece of metal foil that was believed to have contained heroin was found. Passenger Dawn Anderson, 36 of Hixton, WI was also identified and found to be in possession of a substance believed by the officer to be heroin. Both were arrested and taken to jail. Christopher Martin was arrested for possession of a schedule drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and the warrant out for his arrest. Dawn Anderson was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and felony bail jumping.
On Saturday, February 8, 2014 at approximately 1:30 a.m. an officer observed a vehicle traveling the wrong way on a one way street in the 100 block of W. Main Street. The officer stopped this vehicle as it turned onto Sarah Street and made contact with the driver Justin Zay, 23 of Sparta. The officer noticed a strong odor of intoxicants coming from inside the vehicle and observed that Zay had glossy eyes. The officer had Zay attempt a number of field sobriety tests. The officer believing that Zay was intoxicated arrested him for OMVWI 3rd offence and released him to the Monroe County Jail. Justin Zay was also given citations for driving against traffic and operating without insurance.
During the month of January, all city Customers connected to City Water were informed that the Sparta Water Utility was implementing a “run water notice”. Customers were advised to run one cold water faucet, the size of a pencil, continuously until further notice. This notice was issued due to the prolonged frigid temperatures that we have been experiencing, which has driven the frost very deep. The reason for this procedure is to prevent the pipes from freezing. Customers were also informed not to shut their water off, even if the temperatures increase for a day or two, as warmer temperatures actually drive frost deeper. It was also explained that a water & sewer credit/adjustment would be issued, so there would be no cost for complying with this notice. This adjustment will be based on the customer’s usage history. If you recently moved into a residence, call our office to let us know the number of people living at the residence. Unfortunately, a substantial amount of service freeze-up’s has continued since this notice was advertised. This is due to non-compliance of the “run water notice”. Please be advised that effective immediately, the thawing of any and all service freeze up’s will now be at the responsibility of the customer per Wisconsin Administrative Code, section 185.89 (2)(c). If the City needs to thaw a service, a minimum charge of $125.00 per hour will be charged to the customer/owner. Please continue to follow the process outlined above, until the Water Utility advises otherwise. We can be reached at (608)269-4340 Ext 226 or 227. Thank you for your cooperation.
On February 5, 2014 the Department featured Erik Garcia, 24 from Sparta, as its “Wanted Wednesday” fugitive. Garcia was wanted by the Department of Corrections for a parole violation and had been on the run since November 2013. Warrants had also been issued for Garcia by Monroe County and Waushara County. Within minutes of posting Garcia’s wanted poster on our facebook page and twitter feed we started receiving tips that Garcia was frequently staying at a 635 S. “K” Street address. At approximately 8:10 p.m. officers went the “K” street address after receiving information that Garcia would be there around 8:00 p.m. Garcia was located inside the home and surrendered himself without incident.
On February 4, 2014 at approximately 6:15 p.m. an officer was sent to an address on Merrill Street to check of the welfare of 16 year old who resided there. The caller claimed the child was not allowed to talk with one of his parents and that the occupants who resided there were always drinking even though they had bond conditions that prohibited them from doing so. The investigating officer went to the residence and determined the child appeared to be properly cared for and not under any distress. While there the officer spoke with Effie Krosinski, 41 from Tomah, who had been consuming alcohol which violated her probation. Krosinski was taken into custody at the request of the Department of Corrections.
On January 31, 2014 at approximately 9:20 p.m. Steven Schaitel, 55 from Sparta, reported that he had been punched in the face by Kelly Swain, 53 from Sparta, while at the Breakaway Bar. The investigating officers noted that the two appeared intoxicated and discovered the fight occurred after a heated exchange of words over one of their criminal records. Schaitel suffered a cut lip from the punch and Swain was issued municipal citations for Disorderly Conduct and Battery. Schaitel was cited for Disorderly Conduct.
On February 3, 2014 at approximately 8:50 p.m. an officer on patrol saw Chrisanna Phillips, 22 from Sparta, walking through the hospital parking lot. The officer knew Phillips was wanted by both the Department of Corrections and Monroe County. Phillips was stopped and taken into custody on the two warrants.
On February 3, 2014 at approximately 4:40 p.m. an officer on patrol saw David Ortiz, 24 from Sparta, walking in the 300 block of “L” Street. The officer was familiar with Ortiz and believed a warrant had been issued for his arrest. The officer checked and confirmed that La Crosse County had an outstanding warrant that had been issued October 24, 2013 for Retail Theft/Contempt of Court. Ortiz was arrested and taken to the Monroe County Jail.
The Sparta Police Department has concluded two retail theft investigations that were reported by Walmart Loss Prevention in early January and arrested Samuel Ambrosini, 26 from Sparta. Walmart employees provided SPD with video surveillance from late December depicting two separate occasions where Ambrosini and his girlfriend, Brittany Gebhardt, 26 from Sparta, can be seen concealing large dollar items and then removing the security devices attached to them. The footage also shows the two of them leaving the store without paying for the concealed items. Ambrosini was recently arrested on a warrant and is currently being held in the Monroe County Jail. The Department has forwarded the case to the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office and is seeking Retail Theft charges against Gebhardt for her involvement in the thefts. The stolen merchandise was valued at approximately $700.
On February 1, 2014 at approximately 3:20 a.m. an officer on patrol saw Edward Bobnar, 29 from Sparta, walking on Walrath Street. The officers were familiar with Bobnar and discovered he had bond conditions that prohibited him from being outside his residence between 7:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. The conditions were imposed after Bobnar’s recent arrest at Walmart for Retail Theft and Carrying a Concealed Weapon. When stopped, Bobnar claimed he was walking to the hospital to get prescription adjusted. Bobnar was arrested for Bail Jumping and taken to the Monroe County Jail.
On January 31, 2014 at approximately 8:10 p.m. an employee of the Best Western received a complaint from one of their quests that smoking and a possible underage drinking party was occurring in one of the rooms. Officers made contact with the occupants and found they had been drinking, but neither was underage; however, Troy Fowler, 27 from Camp Douglas, was wanted on a Monroe County warrant. The warrant was issued on January 9, 2014 after he failed to appear for a child support hearing. Fowler was arrested and taken to the Monroe County Jail. Fowler had also violated rules of his probation by consuming alcohol.
Over the weekend a local business received a phone call from someone claiming to be from Xcel Energy. The caller claimed the business’s electricity would be shut off in 30 minutes if the business didn’t call a specific telephone number starting with an 866 area code. These types of calls are typically scams designed to lure a person into revealing personal and/or financial account information, typically a credit card number. If you receive a call like this and are concerned about it, don't call the 866 number! Instead, contact the business using a published number and inquire about the status of your account. The business will be able to verify your account information without you providing any credit card number or banking information.
The Sparta Water Utility is requesting all city residents connected to City Water run their cold water to prevent their pipes from freezing. Please run a stream of water the size of a pencil in one cold water faucet. DO NOT shut off until the Utility announces that it is safe even if the weather warms. The frost drives deeper when the temperature warms. We will announce in the Sparta Herald, Monroe County Democrat and on WCOW radio station when it is safe to shut off. You will receive a water & sewer credit for this usage. Please contact us at (608) 269-4340 Ext 226 or Ext 227 if you have any questions. Thank you for your cooperation.
On January 30, 2014 at approximately 7:15 a.m. officers received a tip that Vincent Bell, 25 from Sparta, was just seen at 214 Jefferson St. Bell was wanted on a warrant and was featured yesterday in the police department’s Wanted Wednesday segment. The caller saw the wanted poster on the SPD facebook site and called the police immediately upon knowing of Bell’s whereabouts. Officers went to the Jefferson Street address and arrested Bell on the Department of Corrections warrant without incident.