On September 14, 2013 at approximately 5:00 p.m. officers responded to a panic alarm sent from the Wayside Tavern. An employee set off the alarm after a fight broke out between Brittany Culpitt, 26 from Holmen, and her boyfriend Tyler Zenke, 26 from La Crescent, MN. The two had been arguing over some facebook postings which led to Culpitt pouring a beer over Zenke. Zenke then struck Culpitt in the face and smashed her phone. Culpitt was issued a municipal citation for Disorderly Conduct and Zenke was cited for Disorderly Conduct, Battery, and Criminal Damage to Property. Both appeared intoxicated and admitted that they probably drank too much.
On September 16, 2013 at approximately 5:25 p.m. officers were in the 100 block of N. Water St. attempting to serve an arrest warrant. Officers were unable to locate the person, but received a tip that he may be in a white KIA. Officers spotted a vehicle matching the description parked nearby and talked with the 3 occupants. The person they were looking for was not inside, but Curtis Shuck, 21 from Sparta, was. Shuck was also wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant and was taken into custody.
On September 15, 2013 at approximately 12:50 p.m. an officer on patrol saw Amy McKinzie, 29 from Sparta, standing near the courthouse. The officer was aware McKinzie was wanted on a warrant issued by the Department of Corrections. McKinzie told the officer she was at the jail to visit a loved one and was unaware of the warrant. McKinkie was taken into custody and turned over to jail personnel.
On Sept 14, 2013 at approximately 11:00 p.m. officers were summoned to the 100 block of Pearl Street to assess the welfare of an individual who may have taken too much medication. The caller was concerned that Ryan Stanford, 27 from Tomah, took too much medication as he seemed to be going in and out of consciousness. Officers located Stanford as he was about to enter a cab and noted that he was having difficulty maintaining balance and had a reduced attention span. During the course of the investigation, officers found several items of drug paraphernalia which Stanford admitted were for smoking and/or injecting methamphetamine. Stanford was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System, Sparta Campus, and later arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Sept 10, 2013 at approximately 5:30 p.m. an officer on patrol performed a registration check on a vehicle belonging to Abel Garcia, 32 from Sparta. The officer was alerted that Garcia did not have a valid driver’s license and that he may be wanted on a homicide warrant from Lafayette County, WI. Garcia was stopped and taken into custody for Operating without a Valid License and Failing to have Insurance. Garcia’s physical descriptors matched those of the homicide suspect and officers sent his fingerprints into the FBI for comparison. Officers were later notified that Garcia was not the person wanted by Lafayette County, but was wanted by Immigration authorities as he had been deported previously and re-entered the country illegally. Garcia remained in the custody of the Monroe County Jail.
On Friday, September 13, 2013, at approximately 7:30 a.m. the Sparta Police Department was alerted to a traffic crash on Wisconsin Street (Hwy 16) at East Avenue. A vehicle being driven by Carolyn Hendersin, 67 from Sparta, was driving south on East Avenue when she pulled into the path of a westbound semi-truck driven by Larry Fortun, 63 from Viroqua. According to a witness, Hendersin had stopped briefly at the stop sign and then entered the intersection striking the semi-truck truck near the rear of the tractor. Hendersin was injured in the crash and transported to Mayo Clinic Health System’s Sparta Campus; the extent of her injury is unknown. The collision resulted in extensive damage to the Hendersin vehicle and fluid leakage from the semi-truck. The intersection was partially blocked and traffic diverted onto the shoulder for approximately two hours. The crash remains under investigation at this time. The Sparta Police Department was assisted by the Wisconsin State Patrol, Sparta Area Fire District, Sparta Area Ambulance Service, and Monroe County Communications Center.
On Sept 11, 2013 at approximately 8:20 a.m. an officer was driving west on Wisconsin Street when he was passed by another westbound vehicle. The vehicle continued at a speed well above the posted limit and then suddenly braked hard to avoid running a red traffic light at Alpine Drive. The officer stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Gregory Zellmer, 53 from Sparta. While the officer was talking with Zellmer about the traffic violations he saw a marijuana smoking device inside the car. The device was seized and a small amount of marijuana found within another chamber of the device. The officer continued to investigate and located a larger amount of marijuana that was individually packaged and sealed. Zellmer was arrested for Possession of Marijuana with intent to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Bail Jumping.
On Sept 7, 2013 at approximately 12:45 a.m. officers responded to a complaint that an intoxicated driver was leaving the Wal-Mart parking lot after striking a cart holder and curb. An officer on patrol was nearby and saw a vehicle matching the description driving on Wisconsin St. The officer saw the vehicle strike the median and then drive on top of the median. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued driving east and was repeatedly striking the median until one of the tires blew out. The vehicle eventually came to a stop and the driver was identified as Jeffery Mcarthur, 44 from Sparta. Mcarthur showed signs of impairment and claimed he had just taken a sleeping aid. Mcarthur was arrested for OMVWI (3rd offense) and cited for Fail to Notify Police of an Accident, Unsafe Lane Deviation, Fail to Stop for an Emergency Vehicle, Operating without Insurance, and Unsafe Lane Deviation.
On Sept 3, 2013 at approximately 2:30 p.m. officers were called to Wal-Mart after loss prevention employees detained two persons for shoplifting. Jenna Dewitt, 20 from Baraboo, and Patricia Short, 21 from Sparta, were seen concealing items in their purses and then leaving the store without paying for them. The two had concealed over $100 worth of merchandise and both were cited for Retail Theft.
On August 10, 2013 a member of St. Patrick’s Church reported that over $500 worth of items from their recent charity auction were not paid for and that the same person was the purchaser. Auction records indicated that Bill Johnson from Westby was the winning bidder, but the name, address, and phone number provided were false. On August 23rd officers learned that the unidentified suspect was seen at another auction in Monroe County purchasing items. From auction records, the investigating officer was able to identify the suspect as William Thompson, 62 from Viroqua. On September 6th Thompson was interviewed and told officers that he still had some of the items, but had sold some as well. Thompson admitted that he had probably not paid for the items and often waits until the auctioneer contacts him for payment. Thompson was arrested for theft and later returned the items he still had in his possession.
On August 31, 2013 at approximately 3:40 a.m. an officer was patrolling on Water Street when he saw a vehicle turn onto Water Street from Wisconsin Street and proceed towards him in the wrong lane of traffic. The officer stopped and the oncoming vehicle swerved back into its lane of traffic. The officer stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Anne Kuntz, 37 from Sparta. Kuntz showed signs of intoxication and after attempting several field sobriety tests was arrested for OMVWI. Kuntz agreed to chemical test of her breath, resulting in a reported value above the .08 legal limit. Kuntz received an additional citation for Operating with a Prohibited Alcohol Content.
On Sept 7, 2013 at approximately 9:05 p.m. an officer on patrol saw Ryan Hill, 22 from Cashton, driving on Angelo Road. The officer was familiar with Hill and knew he did not have a valid driver license. Hill was stopped and arrested for Operating without a License (3rd offense) and Bail jumping. He was also cited for Operating without Insurance.
On Sept 9, 2013 at approximately 6:00 a.m. a traffic crash occurred on County Highway O just north of the City of Tomah. After the crash the driver of the striking vehicle tried forcing the other driver (female) into his car. The suspect was described as a white male, possibly age 18 to 25, with short spiky hair and last seen wearing a white, zip-up type, hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and boots. The striking vehicle, a light colored Ford Taurus, may have been stolen in the City of Tomah and has since been recovered. Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 269-2117, Tomah Police Department at 374-7400 or Monroe County Crime Stoppers at 269-STOP.
On September 8, 2013 at approximately 4:00 a.m. an employee of Kwik Trip called police after two males had been in the bathroom together for over 10 minutes. The employee feared the two were doing drugs and pointed them out as the officers arrived. Timothy Benton, 33 from Tomah, and another Tomah resident claimed they were in the bathroom organizing their backpacks. Benton was wanted by the Department of Corrections and taken into custody on their warrant.
On September 7, 2013 at approximately 2:00 a.m. an officer driving east on Montgomery Street saw the vehicle ahead of him suddenly veer right and crash into a parked car. As the officer was pulling up behind the crash he could hear tires squealing as if the driver was trying to get away, however; the crash had caused the two vehicles to become stuck together. The driver was identified as Heidi Frederick, 29 from Sparta, who claimed she was trying to change lanes when the crash occurred. Frederick appeared to have spilled a glass of beer on her at the time of the crash and showed signs of intoxication. After attempting several field sobriety tests she was arrested for OMVWI (3rd offense). Frederick received additional citations for Open Intoxicants in a Vehicle, Inattentive Driving, Operating without Insurance, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.