Weekly Police Blotter
Monday, March 23
Cash missing from wallet
Police responded to a report of theft at 12:08 p.m. A 22-year-old Marshfield woman reported that after her ex-boyfriend, with whom she has a son, dropped off the child at her residence, a $20 bill that was inside her wallet was missing. The woman stated that she did not witness her ex-boyfriend taking the money, but he was the only other person inside the residence that morning, and she suspected he took it.
Police contacted the man. He denied taking the money and stated the woman was lying to get him in trouble. The man stated that he had even offered to give the woman money to help with child expenses multiple times in the past but that the woman refused to take it.
The owner of the woman’s residence stated that the ex-boyfriend is no longer allowed on the property. Police informed the ex-boyfriend that he would be cited for trespassing if he is located on the property in the future. The man stated he understood. No further action was taken.
Wednesday, March 25
Identity theft attempted through marriage proposal
At 9:20 a.m. a 55-year-old Marshfield woman came into the Marshfield Police Department to report a possible identity theft. The woman stated an unknown man contacted her about two months ago and asked her to marry him so he could get out of the military.
The woman gave the man some personal information, including her Social Security number. No crime has been committed, but the woman wanted to report the incident.
Thursday, March 26
Delivered package reported as possibly stolen
At 7:29 a.m. a 30-year-old Marshfield man reported on behalf of a 33-year-old Marshfield man due to a language barrier that the 33-year-old had not received a package. According to package tracking, the item had been delivered on Monday, March 23. The men were able to confirm that the package had been in the area on Monday but did not know the exact time it had been delivered.
The responding officer requested that the men check with neighbors to see if the package had been delivered to them by mistake and to inform police if this was the case.
Mother warned for harassing daughter
Police responded at 12:27 p.m. to a report of harassment. A woman had called her daughter, a 31-year-old from Marshfield, nine times within one hour and threatened her. Police contacted the woman and informed her that she was not allowed to contact her daughter or she may be cited or charged with harassment. Police also contacted a friend of the mother’s who said the mother had been making threats towards the daughter.
Marshfield man victim of telephone scam
At 1:18 p.m. an 89-year-old Marshfield man reported that he had sent $499 to an unknown person as a result of a telephone scam. The man had been contacted by an unknown male, who informed him that he owed a large sum of money to cover IRS fees.
Police told the man not to send any more money. Investigation will continue.
Man defrauded by company claiming to be a dog adoption service
At 1:31 p.m. a 21-year-old Marshfield man reported he had sent two checks worth a total of $70 to a company claiming to be a dog adoption service. The man later was made aware that it was a money scam. The man had attempted to recover his losses by contacting the company but was unsuccessful.
Police issue man citation for stealing from employer
An officer was dispatched to a store on the 2000 block of N. Central Ave. at 3:21 p.m. for an employee theft complaint. The officer met with loss prevention and the employee, a 19-year-old Marshfield man, who was identified through his Wisconsin ID card. Over the past several weeks, the man had stolen food items, including deli meats, worth a total value just short of $100.
Loss prevention wanted the case handled as a singular incident and thought a citation for one count of retail theft would be appropriate. Police issued the man a citation for Retail Theft and released him. No further action was taken.
Break-in at park shelter on Peach Avenue
Police responded to a report that a park shelter on the 2000 block of S. Peach Ave. had been damaged some time between 10 a.m. and 5:49 p.m. It appeared three subjects forced open a gate to enter the park and after entering the shelter used a broom handle to break two large windows and force open the donation box. The subjects also damaged the water tanks on the property before they left the area.
Cell phone, cash stolen
An officer was dispatched to Adler Street for a theft complaint at 6:53 p.m. A 49-year-old Marshfield man stated that he had been gone for five days, and when he came home his cell phone and $40 in cash were missing. A 68-year-old homeless man had been staying at the man’s residence, and although he did not witness it, the 49-year-old suspected the 68-year-old stole the items. The 49-year-old stated he does sometimes have other people stay at his house.
The 68-year-old’s whereabouts are unknown, and the 49-year-old did not have a phone number at which to reach him.
Police receive six reports of property stolen from vehicles
A 34-year-old Marshfield woman reported that someone had entered her unlocked vehicle on the 1800 block of S. Cedar Ave. and removed an iPod, a cell phone charger, and two CDs without her permission.
Police were dispatched to the 400 block of E. 14th St. at 7:29 a.m. to investigate two vehicles being damaged and entered. A pickup truck’s door handle had been broken off, and an SUV had been entered. From the SUV someone had removed a wallet, which was recovered in an alley, and two Social Security cards.
Numerous other vehicles in the area were either entered or had an attempted entry. One camper had been entered, but nothing was missing.
At 4:30 p.m. a 38-year-old Marshfield woman on Cherry Avenue reported that someone had broken her vehicle’s window, entered the vehicle, and stolen her sunglasses.
At 6:55 p.m. a 30-year-old Marshfield woman reported that someone had entered her vehicle on the 300 block of W. 14th St. and removed a pair of tennis shoes, headphones, and a gym ID card. There were shoe prints in the snow but no discernible tread patterns due to snow melting.
The vehicle’s left rear tail light cover had been broken. Photos were taken of the damaged tail light cover. There are no suspects.
A 48-year-old Marshfield woman reported at 9:48 p.m. that two vehicles on the 1600 block of S. Cedar Ave. had been entered and had items removed from them. The vehicles were parked behind a house and not visible from the street. Both vehicles were unlocked, and neither sustained damage from the unknown suspect gaining entry. Ten CDs were stolen from one vehicle, and an FM transmitter was stolen from the other.
On March 30 a 37-year-old Marshfield man reported that upon checking his vehicle after hearing about the vehicle thefts that had occurred on March 26 he noticed his GPS was missing along with a $10 bill. The vehicle was on the 1600 block of S. Cedar Ave.
Four cases of identities stolen to secure loans reported over three days
At 4:01 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, police received a report of identity theft. A Marathon City woman reported that her father, an 84-year-old Marshfield man, had received a letter informing him that he had bad credit. The woman and her father discovered someone had taken his Social Security number and applied for a loan. The loan was for $1000, and interest on the loan was $618.58.
A 79-year-old Marshfield man came into the Marshfield Police Department at 8:08 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, to report a possible identity theft. The man stated that he had received a letter notifying him that he was past due on a bill he owed to a loan lender. The man had never filed for a loan with the loan lender before. The loan was for $800, and interest on the loan was $387.60.
An 81-year-old Marshfield woman reported at 12:16 p.m. that she had received a billing statement from a loan lender for an overdue bill for $1847.86. The woman stated she never took out a loan through the lender. The woman called and informed the lender that the loan was a fraud. The woman also contacted a credit bureau and her bank to make them aware of the fraudulent charges.
At 8:39 a.m. on Thursday a 68-year-old Marshfield man reported he had received a letter from a loan lender informing him that a loan payment for $1,231.67 through them was 30 days past due. The man stated he had never taken out a loan through the lender and had never any contact with the company. The man provided police a copy of the letter.
Friday, March 27
Woman issued citation for Harassment
An officer was dispatched to investigate the origin of threatening text messages. Police met with a 29-year-old Marshfield woman who had threatened her ex-boyfriend, a 48-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man, and informed both parties—the woman in person and the man over the phone—to not have contact with each other.
Later on the man contacted the police and stated the woman had posted on his Facebook account. The officer called the woman, and she admitted to posting on the man’s Facebook account and stated that she was talking to the man’s wife. The woman was issued a citation for Harassment at 4:51 a.m.
Two 69-year-old men report tax-related identity theft
A 69-year-old Marshfield man came into the Marshfield Police Department at 9:17 a.m. to report a possible identity theft. The man stated that on March 23 he received a letter from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue with a tax refund totaling $11,566. The man had yet to file his taxes. The letter also asked the man to provide further identity information to verify his refund.
The man stated he had contacted the Department of Revenue to file a fraud report and requested a police report to file with his findings. Police generated a report for the man and gave him an IRS disclosure form, instructing him to bring the IRS form back to the police department for submission when completed.
At 1:57 p.m. another 69-year-old Marshfield man reported he had received a Notice of Potential Identity Theft from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Also, the IRS had notified him that his taxes had already been filed.
The man did not know who would have had access to his personal information. The man completed IRS disclosure forms and gave copies of his paperwork to the police.
Marshfield man receives obscene phone call, possible threat
Police responded at 6:08 p.m. to a report of telephone abuse – obscene. An 18-year-old Marshfield man reported being contacted by an 18-year-old Wisconsin Rapids woman with whom he used to live. The woman called him obscene names, and during the phone call the man heard an unknown individual in the background making reference to stabbing, which he believes may have been a threat directed at him. The man also cited drug activity going on in the woman’s residence as one of the reasons he moved.
Police spoke with the woman and warned her about the call. It is unknown who may have made the stabbing comment.
Saturday, March 28
Unauthorized vehicle entry on Cedar Avenue
At 11:08 a.m. a 28-year-old Marshfield man reported an unauthorized entry to his vehicle on the 1600 block of S. Cedar Ave. occurring between March 25 and the time of reporting. Police collected and processed physical evidence and did a neighborhood canvas.
Woman’s dogs attacked
At 11:31 a.m. a 62-year-old Marshfield woman reported two separate occurrences of her neighbor’s dogs attacking and causing injuries to her dogs. Both times the attacking dogs were not on a leash and she had to physically separate the animals. On both occasions her dogs sustained injuries that required medical attention from a veterinarian.
18-year-old threatened over the phone
At 6:30 p.m. an 18-year-old Marshfield man reported he had received a phone call where an unknown male stated that “he was going to smash his head in.” The man did not know who called him, but he stated he was having problems with a 17-year-old Wisconsin Rapids female and believed the call could be connected to her.
Police dialed the number the call came from, but the number appeared not to be working. Other searches for the number were inconclusive.
Police left a message with the female that she should not have contact with the man and also warned the man about contacting people that do not get along with him. No further information was available to establish the identity of the caller.
Push mower stolen from garage
A 44-year-old Spencer woman reported someone had entered her unlocked garage and took her push mower. The woman was unsure when the theft occurred. She noticed the mower was missing when she was moving out of her residence. There are no suspects.
Money stolen from hospital room
A 53-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man reported that a large sum of money that belonged to him was taken from his hospital room while he was a patient at St. Joseph’s Hospital between March 6 and March 28. The man did not see who took the money and did not notice it was missing until he returned to his residence on the day he was discharged. Investigation will continue.
Truck scratched on Peach Avenue
A 57-year-old Marshfield man reported that on March 20 an unknown person put scratches on both sides of his truck while it was on the 300 block of N. Peach Ave. This has been an ongoing issue for the man as over the last three years people have damaged paint on his vehicles at both his workplace and his residence.
The man stated that on this occasion he captured an unknown male on video surveillance walking around his truck during the time the damage would have occurred. The investigation will continue.
Nekoosa man taken into custody on multiple warrants
Police took a 30-year-old Nekoosa man into custody on the 400 block of S. Central Ave. for a valid Department of Corrections warrant and a Nekoosa Police Department warrant. The man was transported to the Marshfield Police Department, where booking procedures were completed, and then to Wood County Jail.
Sunday, March 29
Man charged with OWI, Carrying Concealed Weapon following hit-and-run
Police responded at 12:51 a.m. to a report of a one vehicle crash/hit-and-run on the 500 block of S. Maple Ave. Officers located the vehicle on the 900 block of S. Cedar Ave. and took the driver, a 44-year-old Greenwood man, into custody.
Charges are being requested for Operating While under the Influence and Carrying a Concealed Weapon. Police also issued the man a citation for Hit-and-Run to Property Adjacent to a Highway.
Police check on 911 hang-up call
Wood County Dispatch received a 911 hang-up call at 10:25 a.m. from a residence on the 1800 block of S. Cherry Ave. Upon call back dispatch received no answer.
Officers attempted contact at the residence by knocking and ringing the doorbell but got no response. Entry was made by a community caretaker. No one was inside the residence, and everything appeared to be OK. Officers left a card for the homeowners and left a voice message on the answering machine. No further action was taken.
Monday, March 30
Man cited, arrested following physical altercation
At 6:17 p.m. a 53-year-old Marshfield woman contacted Wood County Dispatch, stating that she was involved in an ongoing physical altercation with a 52-year-old Marshfield man. The altercation had ended by the time officers arrived, and the man was standing outside of the residence. The man was very intoxicated and not cooperative with the police investigation.
The woman stated the man had thrown items around the residence but never struck her. The incident did not meet the requirements more domestic abuse, but police issued the man a citation for Disorderly Conduct and arrested him on a probation hold. The man refused to submit to a preliminary breath test.
Hit-and-run occurs on Cleveland Street
Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of W. Cleveland St. to investigate a hit-and-run. A vehicle had hit another vehicle from behind, causing moderate/severe rear end damage and pushed it ahead three feet. The suspect vehicle is believed to have moderate/severe front end damage.
Police were initially unable to locate the suspect vehicle. Responding to a disturbance a short time later on the 1200 block of W. Adler Road, police discovered the suspect vehicle matched the description of an involved party’s vehicle that had already left the scene. Investigation will continue.
Police cite man for Possession/Drinking in a Public Place
Officers were dispatched at 10:40 p.m. to investigate a disturbance created by a 59-year-old Marshfield man. Police knew the man from past professional contacts and observed him on the sidewalk in the 1100 block of W. Adler Road. The man dropped an open bottle of beer as officers approached.
The man was very intoxicated and denied dropping the bottle of beer or having possession of it. It also appeared that the man had urinated in his pants due to his level of intoxication.
An officer confirmed the man’s identity by checking his Wisconsin ID card and verified it with dispatch. Police issued the man a citation for Possession/Drinking in a Public Place.
Tuesday, March 31
Checks cashed through fraudulent account
At 11:23 a.m. a staff member at a bank reported that someone had used the identity of an 89-year-old Marshfield woman to create an online profile. The person used the profile to electronically write three checks, two of which had cleared the bank worth a total of $1,975. The one outstanding check was stopped prior to being cashed.
Wednesday, April 1
Police warn man for making threat
Police responded at 12:14 a.m. to a report of threatening telephone abuse. A 38-year-old Marshfield woman reported that a 34-year-old Madison man, the father of one of her children, had left her a voicemail stating that if he had to wait two and a half years again to see his child he would “blow her brains out.”
The woman stated she will seek a restraining order against the man. Police contacted the man, who stated he had no intent of harming anyone, and warned him for disorderly conduct.