On May 4, 2014 at approximately 3:00 a.m. an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle being driven by Miguel Macario, 21 from Sparta, for a vehicle equipment violation. The officer discovered that Macario had his driving status revoked for a prior alcohol related traffic violation and noted that he was showing signs of impairment. Macario attempted several field sobriety tests and the officer determined he was too impaired to be driving. Macario was arrested for OMVWI (2nd offense) and Operating after Revocation. During the arrest the officer found a partially consumed beer in the center console and cited Macario for Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle. He was also cited for Operating without Insurance.
On May 2, 2014 at approximately 4:00 a.m. an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle being driven by Zoe Lipke, 21 from Sparta, for speeding. While talking with Lipke the officer could smell the odor of alcoholic beverage and noted other signs of impairment. The officer had Lipke attempt several field sobriety tests before determining she was too impaired to be driving and placing her under arrest for OMVWI. Lipke was taken to the hospital where she agreed to have an evidentiary sample of her blood taken. Lipke was cited for OMVWI and released to the Monroe County Jail.
On April 27, 2014 the Department received a complaint alleging that an employee of Denton’s Transmission had driven her vehicle without her consent. According to the complainant she took her car in for repairs on April 25th and at approximately 11:30 p.m. that night she got a text message from Scott Denton, 42 from Sparta, stating he struck a deer while test driving the car near Fort McCoy. Denton claimed his insurance wouldn’t cover the damage because it occurred on a test drive and not in the shop. The complainant knew Denton was supposedly working at Fort McCoy and believed Denton was actually using her car to get to work. The investigating officer discovered that Denton had not reported the crash to any law enforcement authority and referred the violation to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office as the crash occurred on Hwy 21. Denton claimed that he test drove the vehicle on Hwy 21 because there were more homes out there in case he broke down and that he has no set business hours that’s why he was test driving the vehicle so late. The investigation was sent to the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office to review the potential criminal act of Operating a Motor Vehicle without Owner’s Consent.
The City of Sparta maintains an outdoor weather warning system for alerting the general public to potentially dangerous weather conditions that may affect their safety. The warning system is intended to provide a warning to individuals already outdoors by signaling that dangerous weather is approaching and they should seek appropriate shelter immediately.
Again, the weather warning system is designed to alert individuals already outdoors and we encourage residents to have an alternate weather warning system in place while indoors.
On May 3, 2014 at approximately 2:40 a.m. an officer on patrol saw a vehicle being driven by Nicole Starch, 35 from Melrose. The officer was aware that Starch had a revoked driving status and that her occupational license had been suspended. Starch was stopped and told the officer she knew she was required to take driving class before her license would be reinstated, but she couldn’t afford to do so. Starch was cited for Operating after Revocation and Operating without Insurance; she was also taken into custody at the request of the Department of Corrections.
On May 4, 2014 at approximately 12:25 a.m. an officer on patrol saw Jacob Olsen, 21 from Sparta, driving a vehicle on Court St. The officer was aware that Olsen had a revoked driving privilege from a prior OMVWI arrest and proceeded to stop him. Olsen told the officer that he knew his driving status was revoked but decided to “risk it” as he wanted to go fishing. Olsen was cited for Operating after Revocation and taken into custody at the request of the Department of Corrections.
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.