On May 18, 2014 at approximately 1:05 a.m. an officer on patrol stopped Jordyn Pederson, 18 from Black River Falls, for a speeding violation. During the stop a passenger in the vehicle, Gabriel Milnthorpe, 20 from Black River Falls, opened the door and began to vomit. Milnthorpe admitted to drinking too much alcohol and was cited for Underage Drinking. Ernesto Moreno, 20 from Black River Falls, had also been drinking and was cited for Underage Drinking. Dillon Quinlan, 21 from Black River Falls, had been drinking as well which violated conditions of his Jackson County bond. Quinlan was arrested for Bail Jumping and held in custody at the direction of the Department of Corrections. Pederson claimed to have picked the others up in La Crosse and had not been drinking. She was cited for Operating without Insurance.
On May 16, 2014 at approximately 11:25 p.m. an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle with no tail lights and identified a passenger as Jose Mendoza, 28 from Wilton. The officer discovered Mendoza had Monroe County bond conditions that confine him to his residence between 7 p.m. – 7 a.m. unless for work purposes. Mendoza claimed he got off work at 8 p.m. and was shopping for shoes at Walmart. Mendoza was arrested for Bail Jumping and taken to the Monroe County Jail.
On May 16, 2014 at approximately 3:25 p.m. an off duty officer from another jurisdiction reported a disturbance at the Family Restaurant. The officer called after seeing a female attempting to get away from someone and then stood by until officers arrived. The investigating officer learned that the victim had been at the restaurant with Shane Rhadans, 30 from Sparta, and was concerned for her safety after Rhadans started acting strangely. The victim went into the female restroom to call a family member for help when Rhadans came in and crawled under the locked stall door to prevent her from calling. Rhadans had left prior to officer’s arrival; however, he was located a short distance away and arrested for Disorderly Conduct.
On May 14, 2014 at approximately 6:40 p.m. officers received a traffic complaint alleging a black BMW was traveling on HWY 16 at a high rate of speed. An officer on patrol spotted the vehicle and the driver suddenly entered several parking lots as if trying to avoid contact. The vehicle was eventually stopped in the cinema parking lot where the occupants were identified as Jaz Greyhair, 22 from Black River Falls, and Casey Thundercloud, 19 from Black River Falls. Both men were wanted by the Department of Corrections and arrested on warrants. Greyhair was also cited for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after he turned drug related items over the officer. Thundercloud was cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after a smoking device was found in his pocket.
On May 13, 2014 at approximately 1:30 a.m. officers were finishing up a traffic complaint near Burger King when they saw a vehicle on Roberts Rd leave the pavement and continue onto the grass area near Martin Transportation. Officers were able to catch up to the vehicle as it returned to the pavement and stopped at Kwik Trip. The driver of the vehicle claimed he had no identification and provided the officers with a name; however, the photograph associated with that name did not appear to be the driver. During the investigation several indicators were present that led the officers to believe the driver was operating under the influence of some type of drug. The driver was arrested and during the course of the investigation was eventually identified as Jeremy Anderson, 34 from Minnesota City, MN. In a subsequent search of the vehicle officers located methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Anderson was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Meth Paraphernalia and on a Department of Corrections warrant. Anderson was also cited for Obstructing an Officer, Operating while Revoked and Criminal Damage to Property. Shelby Roubideaux, 20 from La Crosse, had been a passenger in the vehicle and was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Meth Paraphernalia and taken into custody at the request of the Department of Corrections.
On May 10, 2014 at approximately 1:35 a.m. an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle being driven by Anthony Brabant, 27 from Sparta, for an equipment violation. The officer soon discovered that Brabant had a revoked driver license and that he was required to have an ignition interlock device installed. The officer could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage and had Brabant perform several field sobriety tests. Based on the officer’s observations he believed Brabant was operating with a prohibited alcohol content and placed him under arrest. Brabant was cited for Operating after Revocation (4+ offense), Operating with a PAC (3rd offense) and Failure to Install an IID. A passenger in the vehicle John Zebell, 25 from Sparta, falsely identified himself to officers and was cited for Obstructing an Officer and arrested on a Monroe County warrant.
On May 8, 2014 at approximately 7:00 p.m. a resident of 128 South Water St reported someone was trying to kick in her door. Responding officers found evidence suggesting the door to the apartment had been forced open and located Adrian Briones, 23 from Tucson, AZ, and Ricardo Briones, 25 from Tomah, inside the apartment. Adrian Briones claimed he lived at the residence and was only there to retrieve some items. According to the resident he had stayed there for about a week, but did not live there and when she heard them trying to break in she hid in the bathroom. A box of property belonging to Adrian Briones was located inside the apartment. Based on the investigation Adrian Briones was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and a Sauk County warrant. Ricardo Briones was arrested for Criminal Damage to Property and Disorderly Conduct.
On May 8, 2014 at approximately 7:35 a.m. officers were called to assist a WI State Patrol officer who witnessed aggressive behavior from drivers stopped on Montgomery St. The altercation started after Ronald Mcculla, 34 from Cashton, believed Charles Rehfuss, 37 from Sparta, was following too close and started tapping his brakes. Rehfuss then went to pass Mcculla and spit on his vehicle in the process. The two stopped and Mcculla threw a drink towards Rehfuss prior to the Trooper intervening. Mcculla and Rehfuss were both issued Municipal citations for Disorderly Conduct.
On May 8, 2014 at approximately 1:25 p.m. officers received information that Douglas Paulson, 21 from La Crosse, was wanted on a warrant and currently at an address on Walrath Street. Officers confirmed that a warrant had been issued on April 30th after Paulson failed to appear on a charge of Obstructing an Officer, Repeater. Paulson was located and taken into custody on the warrant. During the arrest a pipe used for smoking marijuana was discovered and Paulson was cited for Possessing Drug Paraphernalia.
On May 11, 2014 at approximately 4:35 p.m. officers were notified that Vernon County had recently issued a felony arrest warrant for Jason Schindler, 34 from Sparta. Officers confirmed that Schindler was wanted for Burglary and located him at his residence on Division St where he was taken into custody without further incident.
On May 8, 2014 at approximately 6:10 p.m. officers received an anonymous tip that Norman Kvistad, 44 from Sparta, was inside the Shifty Shack bar and was wanted on a warrant. Officers confirmed that Monroe County wanted Kvistad for Failure to Appear for Child Support Hearing and located him inside the bar. Kvistad was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the Monroe County Jail.
On May 6, 2014 at approximately 1:35 p.m. an officer on patrol saw Christopher Lundahl, 24 from Black River Falls, sitting outside a residence on Blake St. The officer was familiar with Lundahl and knew the Department of Corrections had issued a warrant for his arrest. The officer stopped and Lundahl was taken into custody without further incident.
On May 7, 2014 at approximately 12:30 p.m. officers responded to the 500 block of Water Street after a resident complained that someone just entered their porch and stole a pack of cigarettes. The caller identified the suspect as Alexander Devine, 18 from Sparta, and said his father chased after Devine. Officers were familiar with Devine and located him at his residence on Pine St. Devine denied taking the cigarettes claiming he never left the house and had just gotten out of the shower. When the officer asked to check the shower it was dry and Devine eventually admitted he stole the cigarettes because he was out and didn’t want to walk all the way to Kwik Trip. Devine was cited for Theft and Obstructing an Officer.
On May 11, 2014 at approximately 3:00 a.m. an officer on patrol stopped Nicholas Sullivan, 25 from Sparta, for driving 40 mph in a 25 mph speed zone. While talking with Sullivan the officer could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage and noted other signs of impairment. Sullivan attempted several field sobriety tests before the officer determined he was too impaired to be driving. Sullivan was arrested for OMVWI and later submitted to chemical testing which indicated his alcohol level was above the legal limit. During the arrest a partially consumed bottle of alcohol was located under the seat. Sullivan was cited for OMVWI, Operating with a Prohibited Alcohol Content and Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle (Driver).
On May 10, 2014 at approximately 1:40 a.m. an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation and identified William Brabant, 41 from Sparta, as a passenger. During the contact the officer discovered that Brabant was on probation and not to be consuming alcohol. Brabant appeared intoxicated and submitted to a PBT with a .27 result. Brabant was taken into custody at the request of the Department of Corrections.