Weekly Police Blotter
Wednesday, Dec. 17
Police issued citations for retail theft to two Sturm women, a 20-year-old and a 19-year-old, at 5:31 p.m. The women had been observed concealing items and leaving a store past the last point of sale without making any effort to purchase the items. When confronted the women admitted to the thefts.
Saturday, Dec. 20
At 1:47 p.m. a 20-year-old Wisconsin Rapids woman reported that her cell phone was taken by an ex-friend of hers, another Wisconsin Rapids woman, without consent. While looking into claims made by the 20-year-old, police discovered that the cell phone may be part of a recent Wisconsin Rapids Police Department investigation.
Sunday, Dec. 21
At 11:22 a.m. a 32-year-old Marshfield woman requested police perform a welfare check on a 21-year-old Marshfield woman after she had not been heard from in two days. Police attempted contact at the 21-year-old’s residence, her place of employment, and last known phone numbers but could not reach her. The 32-year-old later made contact with the 21-year-old, who was OK. Police then contacted the 21-year-old, and she confirmed that she was OK.
Tuesday, Dec. 23
During a separate investigation at 10:28 a.m. on the 1500 block of S. Central Ave., police discovered that there had been a physical altercation between a 21-year-old Marshfield man and his 29-year-old girlfriend, with whom he lives and has a child in common. Police later arrested the woman, booked her at the Marshfield Police Department, and then released her after she posted bond. A request for charges will be sent to the Wood County District Attorney’s Office.
Wednesday, Dec. 24
Police responded at 7:53 a.m. to a report of a small child wearing only a diaper unattended on the 300 block of S. Palmetto Ave. Police arrived and tracked the 4-year-old boy by his footprints in the snow. Police contacted the father of the child and returned the child to him. The child has a cognitive disability and has a monitoring bracelet due to previous wandering off incidents. The child was outside for roughly 10 minutes. The incident was referred to the child’s case worker in Marathon County.
Thursday, Dec. 25
A 47-year-old Marshfield man reported that the back window of his vehicle had been broken between 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 4 p.m. on Dec. 25. The vehicle was parked in his driveway on the 900 block of S. Cedar Ave. Police did not locate any weapons or objects on the scene that would have caused the break. There are no suspects.
A woman came into the Marshfield Police Department at 4:29 p.m. to drop off numerous computer items. The woman stated that a 19-year-old Marshfield man with cognitive disabilities who resides at the group home she works at admitted to stealing the items. The woman then gathered the items and turned them over to police.
Friday, Dec. 26
At 1:28 p.m. an officer was called to investigate a reported traffic accident with property damage on the 200 block of E. Edison St. A garbage truck had driven under an internet cable wire and pulled it down. Police made contact with the driver, who admitted to hitting the cable because it was too low. The driver also said that he called his own dispatch immediately after the incident. The officer contacted the company’s dispatch and informed them on when to contact police for these incidences.
Police took a 27-year-old Marshfield man into protective custody pursuant to Wisconsin chapter 51.15, which is a mental commitment, after information was gained from him, two additional Marshfield residents, and a Wood County Crisis Intervention worker. The man was transported to Norwood Health Care Center and relinquished to the staff without incident.
At 10:41 p.m. a 23-year-old Marshfield man reported that he had lost his 11-year-old brother while walking from Walmart to Festival Foods. Officers searched the area, located the 11-year-old, and returned him to his brother. The 23-year-old was interviewed and warned about his behavior.
Sunday, Dec. 28
While on active patrol at 2:49 a.m. an officer observed a vehicle headed south on Maple Avenue with no front license plate. The officer initiated a traffic stop. In the vehicle were two open plastic cups full with brown liquid. When asked what was in the cups, the driver, a 25-year-old Stratford man, said Captain and Coke. The man stated he had only had six drinks tonight and wanted to take a Preliminary Breath Test (PBT). The man agreed to do Standardized Field Sobriety Test, which he failed. The PBT result was .150 g/ml. The license plate came back expired, and the man was unable to provide proof of insurance. Police issued the man a citation for Operating While under the Influence (OWI). The man stated his attorney would get him out of the OWI and get his open intoxication ticket thrown out.
Police responded at 10:20 p.m. to a report of a fight on the 1900 block of S. Maple Ave. Upon officer arrival a 24-year-old Marshfield male stated he was assisting in removing a highly intoxicated 57-year-old Marshfield male when an argument ensued that ended with the 24-year-old head butting the 57-year-old on the nose. Neither party wanted criminal matters pursued. The 57-year-old refused medical attention and was provided a ride home.
Monday, Dec. 29
Police responded at 8:52 a.m. to a report of a portable Yield sign stolen from the intersection of South Madison Avenue and 17th Street. The temporary sign was placed at the intersection after the permanent sign was damaged in a traffic crash. In checking the area, police were unable to locate the sign. There are no suspects at this time. No further action was taken.
At 11:22 a.m. a 75-year-old Marshfield man reported a firearm, its case, and a box of rounds had been removed from his residence on the 1800 block of S. Schmidt Ave. some time in the past two years. The firearm had been stored in its case for many years in various unlocked locations in his residence, and the man had not looked at it in over two years until he noticed it was missing approximately one week ago. The man had not given anyone permission to use or take the firearm. There are no suspects at this time.