On May 2, 2014 at approximately 6:45 p.m. officers were called to the residence of Daniel Conklin, 54 from Sparta, after an employee with Attic Correctional Services discovered Conklin violated the rules of his probation by visiting with Bobby Jones, 40 from Sparta. Conklin also tested positive for alcohol consumption and the Department of Corrections asked that he be taken into custody. Conklin was arrested and taken to the Monroe County Jail.
On May 4, 2014 at approximately 9:35 p.m. officers responded to complaint of people of the roof of Mike’s TV and Appliance. Officers located Vincent Bell, 25 from Sparta, who claimed someone through his cell phone onto the roof and he only climbed up the fire escape to retrieve it. Bell was cited for Trespassing and taken into custody at the request of the Department of Corrections.
On May 2, 2014 at approximately 3:40 p.m. an officer stopped Joshua Miller, 30 from Sparta, for a vehicle equipment violation. The officer discovered Miller did not have a valid license and during the contact the officer identified himself, explaining he was also the K9 handler. Miller told the officer he had a small amount of marijuana in the car which the officer subsequently located. Miller was cited for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Operating without a Valid License.
On April 27, 2014 at approximately 4:55 p.m. officers received a complaint of vehicle driving on Montgomery Street that had struck the curb several times. The caller followed the vehicle and reported that it was now stopped on Water Street near Franklin Street. The vehicle was still stopped at that location when the investigating officer arrived and identified the driver as Kimberly Hass, 33 from Sparta. Hass claimed she was delivering papers and as the officer talked with her clear signs of impairment were present. The officer had Hass attempt several field sobriety tests and determined that she was too impaired to be driving. Hass was arrested for OMVWI (3rd offense) and taken to the hospital for chemical testing. During the arrest officers located a water bottle containing an alcoholic beverage in the center console and an unlabeled bottle of prescription of medication in her purse. Hass was also arrested for Possession of Prescription Medication without a Prescription and cited for Possession of Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle as the driver.
On April 30, 2014 at approximately 9:30 p.m. an officer on patrol stopped a pickup truck with a defective tail light and passenger car license plates. The officer identified the vehicle occupants and discovered the passenger, Joshua Winscher, 26 from Sparta, was wanted on a Commitment Order for Non-Payment of Fine/Forfeiture that had been issued in October 2013. Winscher was taken into custody and transported to the Monroe County Jail.
On April 30, 2014 at approximately 2:55 p.m. a member of the New Life Assembly of God Church reported an unknown person was inside their building sleeping on one of the couches. The person claimed he had been sleeping under a bridge for several days and the caller was concerned for his welfare. Investigating officers identified the man as Kalmer Crowe, 40 from Tomah, and noticed paint residue around his nostrils and on his clothes. As the officers spoke with Crowe he showed signs of impairment and smelled of aerosol paint. Crowe admitted that he had been “huffing” paint and was trying to get back to Tomah. Crowe was taken into custody at the request of the Department of Corrections and also arrested for Abuse of a Hazardous Substance and Bail Jumping.
On April 26, 2014 at approximately 10:00 p.m. officers received information that Ron Collins, 44 from Sparta, was a passenger in a vehicle on Highway 27 near the Interstate and that he was out past his court imposed 7 p.m. curfew. An officer was in the area and located the vehicle described traveling on Avon Road. The vehicle was stopped and Collins was in the backseat claiming he was going to the hospital and was unable to get a hold of bond monitoring. An employee of bond monitoring was contacted and told the officer that no missed calls were received from Collins. Collins was arrested for Bail Jumping. The driver of the vehicle, Christopher Johnson, 39 from Sparta, was found to have a revoked driver license and was arrested for Operating after Revocation and Bail Jumping. Another passenger in the vehicle, Monta Groce, 28 from Sparta, was arrested on a Monroe County Commitment Order for Non-Payment of Fine/Forfeiture. All three were taken to the Monroe County Jail.
On April 25, 2014 at approximately 3:05 p.m. an employee of the Amber Inn reported a fight inside the bar. The employee identified Jeffrey Funkhouser, 62 from Sparta, and Todd Galstad, 38 from Sparta, as the two that had been fighting. Apparently the two were arguing about baseball and other things which eventually erupted into pushing and shoving. Both men were cited for Disorderly Conduct.
On March 31, 2014 an employee from Sparta Parks and Recreation notified the PD that someone illegally dumped several large items, including mattresses and other household furniture items in the park. The officer reviewed video surveillance footage and saw an unknown male empting the items out of U-Haul truck. A receipt located in one of the items eventually led the officer to Michael Feltner, 20 from Sparta. On April 24th Feltner was interviewed and admitted to unloading the items in the park after he found out the dump was closed. Feltner told the officer he was in hurry to get rid of items as he had to return the U-Haul truck to La Crosse. Feltner was cited for Illegal Dumping.
On April 24, 2014 at approximately 12:40 a.m. an officer was parked near the intersection of River Road at Industrial Drive when he saw a westbound vehicle proceed through the intersection without stopping at the stop sign. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle; however, the driver continued west until entering the River Pines mobile home park. From there the driver accelerated and proceeded to the northwest corner of the park where he stopped and attempted to flee the vehicle on foot. The officer pursued and located Bernard Gray, 38 from Sparta, lying near a brush pile. Gray told the officer he didn’t stop because he was drunk and knew he’d be going to jail. Gray had the odor of an alcoholic beverage about him and showed obvious signs of impairment. Gray was arrested for OMVWI (5th offense), Vehicle Operator Fleeing an Officer and Resisting an Officer. Gray was also cited for Failing to Stop at a Stop Sign and having Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle. Gray refused to submit to chemical testing and search warrant was obtained for his blood. Gray is currently being held in the Monroe County Jail for violating his probation.
On April 23, 2014 at approximately 11:45 a.m. an employee of Second Season reported a customer in the store acting strangely and possibly under the influence of an unknown substance. Officers located Jody Lorentson, 42 from Sparta, inside and noted she appeared very tired and was falling asleep while they talked with her. Lorentson claimed she had just taken some medication and needed to sleep. Officers escorted her back to her residence and released her to her significant other. During the contact officers discovered several pills on her person that she did not have a prescription for and referred the case to the District Attorney for review.
On April 23, 2014 at approximately 9:55 a.m. officers received information that Logan Tormoen, 24 from Sparta, was just seen going into a residence at 128 S. Water St. Officers were aware that a Commitment Order for Non-Payment of Fine/Forfeiture was issued for Tormoen on April 8, 2014 and that he was recently featured as the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office "Mug Shot Monday". Tormoen initially refused to the answer the door for officers, but eventually surrendered himself and was taken to the Monroe County Jail.
On April 23, 2014 at approximately 10:10 a.m. the Department was notified that Monroe County had just issued an arrest warrant for Steven Warner, 51 from Sparta. The warrant was filed on April 22nd for sexual assault of a child. Officers located Warner at Northern Engraving and took him into custody without further incident.
On April 2, 2014 the Department started a theft investigation after a Casey’s employee discovered $40 missing from her purse. The theft occurred on March 31st and video surveillance showed another employee, Cassandra Mills, 25 from Melrose, rummaging through the purse and removing an item. Mills was interviewed on April 16th and admitted to taking the money because she was broke. Mills was issued a municipal citation for Theft.
On April 17, 2014 at approximately 9:00 p.m. officers learned that Monroe County had issued a Commitment Order for Non-Payment of Fine/Forfeiture on Lenny Thomas, 31 from Sparta. Officers located Thomas at a residence on Hill Street and took him into custody without further incident.