Weekly Police Blotter
Wednesday, April 1
Cash stolen from backpack
At 10:41 a.m. a 19-year-old Marshfield man reported that $70 was stolen from his backpack while it was in a locker room on the 2000 block of W. Fifth St. The man had left the backpack on the locker room floor unattended for 30 minutes, and when he returned the money was gone.
The man could not think of any suspects. Police reviewed surveillance footage from a camera down the hall, but that did not show any activity that would lead to a possible suspect. No further action was taken.
Woman charged with Employee Theft
Loss prevention at a store on the 2000 block of N. Central Ave. reported completing an internal theft investigation regarding an employee, a 47-year-old Marshfield woman. The woman confessed to taking merchandise from the store without paying for it. Loss prevention provided police a copy of the internal investigation report.
Police escorted the woman from the store as she was terminated. The woman was allowed to shop at the store after a one-day cooling off period.
Police requested charges for Employee Theft and forwarded all reports to the Marathon County district attorney’s office.
Thursday, April 2
Bicycle damaged on Hintz Street
A 14-year-old Marshfield male reported his bicycle was damaged while he was out of the state between March 27 and noon on April 2. Tires were slashed, several spokes were cut, and a spoke was stuck through the chain. There were small bits of yellow thread on some of the cut spokes consistent with yellow work-type gloves. The incident occurred on the 2200 block of E. Hintz St.
The 14-year-old provided the names of three possible suspects. He felt the act may be a retaliation due to his alleged involvement in a tire slashing case a police school liaison officer is handling.
Marshfield man reports harassment
Police responded at 1:41 p.m. to a report of harassment. An 18-year-old Marshfield man reported he was being harassed by a former co-worker, a 21-year-old Wisconsin Rapids woman, who was fired on this day and accused him of being the person that got her fired. The woman came to the man’s home, demanded to know if he got her fired and why, and threatened to have her boyfriend beat him up when he gets out of jail.
Police contacted the woman, advised her to not have any further contact with the man, and advised the man of the same. No further action was taken.
Woman receives scam email
At 2:32 p.m. a 77-year-old Marshfield woman reported a possible scam. The woman had received an email from “Emirates, Skywards” that said, “Thanks for the purchase!” and provided a flight booking number. The email then indicated the woman’s credit card had been charged $391.62 for airline tickets and provided links to print itineraries or cancel the tickets. The email had several grammatical and spelling errors and was consistent with an out of country scam.
The woman stated she had not purchased tickets, and nothing had shown up on her credit card statement. Police informed the woman that this was a scam to get her credit card number and advised her to continue to monitor her credit card activity.
Tax-related identity theft No. 1
At 7:24 p.m. a 45-year-old Marshfield woman reported that when attempting to file her taxes she learned that someone had already filed federal income taxes using her information. The woman stated that her information was used and not her husband’s although they do file together. The woman also stated that she has a Target card and believes her information may have been obtained when Target had customer information stolen.
An IRS tax information authorization form was completed.
Friday, April 3
Tax-related identity theft No. 2
At 11:26 a.m. a 69-year-old Marshfield woman reported that she was denied when she attempted to file her federal taxes because someone had already filed for a federal return using her name and Social Security number. Her state taxes were accepted as they normally would.
The woman stated she was going to contact her bank and credit reporting companies to flag her accounts, and she did not have any suspects or know how someone would have obtained her Social Security number.
Man reports loan fraud
At 1:37 p.m. a 71-year-old Marshfield man reported that he had received two letters during the past several weeks claiming that he owed money to a loan lender. The man stated he had never done business with the lender, and when he called the listed phone number he was asked for his Social Security number and other information, which he did not provide.
The man notified his bank and also checked with a credit company, which showed no past due account. Police obtained copies of the letters to include with the case file, and the report was given to a detective working on similar cases.
Wallet stolen from vehicle on Laurel Court
A 23-year-old Marshfield woman reported that someone had entered her unlocked vehicle on the 600 block of W. Laurel Court between 8 p.m. on April 2 and 2:45 p.m. on April 3 and stole her wallet and its contents: a Wisconsin driver’s license, a $10 bill, and various papers and pictures. No other items of value were in the vehicle, nor was anything damaged or taken other than the wallet. There are no suspects.
Marshfield man arrested, cited for OWI
While stopped at a red light at the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and Veterans Parkway, an officer observed a vehicle weaving that got close the curb and then swerved to avoid striking a parked vehicle. The vehicle also had its bright headlights activated.
When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the vehicle did not immediately pull over and continued driving until it pulled into a driveway on Third Street.
The officer made contact with the driver, a 43-year-old Marshfield man, and identified him by his Wisconsin driver’s license. The man had a strong odor of intoxicants, spoke slowly, and was unable to answer questions.
The man performed a Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test but was unable to do other tests due to his level of intoxication. The man was placed under arrest and cited for Operating While under the Influence. He consented to a legal blood draw.
Saturday, April 4
Man cited for Disorderly Conduct
Police responded at 1:11 a.m. to reports that a 25-year-old Stratford man had been attempting to start a fight at a bar on the 800 block of S. Central Ave. Police arrived, and the man was outside the bar. Officers commanded the man to leave the property numerous times, and the man swore at officers and continued arguing with the bartender.
Officers placed the man under arrest and transported him to the Marshfield Police Department, where a citation for Disorderly Conduct was issued. The man stated he will probably be receiving more Disorderly Conduct citations this summer.
Police, fire departments respond to burning car
At 4:53 a.m. police and fire departments received a report that a car was on fire on the 1000 block of Laurel St. When officers arrived fire was emanating from the engine compartment of the vehicle, and a short time later the car was fully engulfed in flames. Officers began evacuating the building the vehicle was parked next to as the building’s vinyl siding began to melt.
Firefighters arrived on the scene and extinguished the blaze. The owner of the building was contacted and made aware of the damage. The fire department will investigate the cause of the fire.
Seventeenth Street apartment ransacked, items stolen
A 34-year-old Marshfield man reported at 4:59 a.m. that when he came home after an extended visit with his family he found that someone had entered his residence on the 800 block of W. 17th St. and ransacked it. The man had been gone since March 26.
Numerous comic books and old coins were missing. Police canvassed the neighborhood. Nobody heard or saw anything out of the ordinary. There are no suspects.
Man arrested on DOC warrant
Police arrested a Marshfield man on the 900 block of S. Ash Ave. at 12:57 p.m. on a valid body only Department of Corrections warrant. The man was transported to the Marshfield Police Department for booking procedures and then to Wood County Jail.
Marshfield police assist Portage County sheriffs
At 2:36 p.m. the Portage County Sheriff’s Department requested Marshfield police assistance in obtaining a legal blood draw from a 56-year-old Bancroft man involved in a fatal car crash. Police read the man the Informing the Accused form, and he submitted to a legal blood draw. The packaged blood kit was transported to the county line and turned over to a Portage County deputy.
Sunday, April 5
Woman arrested, boyfriend arrested at MPD while posting her bond
Police arrested a 23-year-old Illinois woman for a valid Clark County warrant at 1:15 a.m. on the 900 block of N. Central Ave. following a traffic stop. The woman was transported to the Marshfield Police Department for booking, and her boyfriend, a 21-year-old man, later came to the department to post her bond.
While posting bond, officers could smell the odor of intoxicants on the man’s breath. The man was on probation, so probation and parole were contacted, and they placed a hold on the man. Police booked the man and transported him to Wood County Jail. The woman was released once bond was posted.
Tax-related identity theft No. 3
A 60-year-old Marshfield man came into the Marshfield Police Department at 10:46 a.m. to report tax fraud. The man’s federal tax return had been denied since someone had already filed taxes using his Social Security number. His state return was accepted. Since the man was not getting a refund this year, he has not yet suffered a financial loss.
The man was unsure how someone got his Social Security number and did not have any suspects. The man said he would watch his credit report and notify his banks to be proactive in preventing further identity theft, and he completed the necessary IRS paperwork regarding tax-related identity theft.
Athens man arrested on three warrants
Police arrested a 24-year-old Athens man on two valid Clark County warrants and a Marshfield warrant. The man was transported to the Marshfield Police Department for booking procedures and investigative purposes. After he was unable to post bond, he was transported to Wood County Jail.
Monday, April 6
Police, ambulance crews respond to unresponsive man
Officers and ambulance crews were dispatched to the 300 block of W. Blodgett St. at 1:30 a.m. to provide medical assistance to an unresponsive, nonbreathing 28-year-old Marshfield man. The man was treated on scene and later transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital.
During investigation of the scene, officers found drug paraphernalia and marijuana. A 26-year-old Marshfield man was taken into custody on a probation hold, placed into handcuffs, searched incident to arrest, taken to the Marshfield Police Department for booking, and later transported to Wood County Jail.
The 28-year-old was treated and released from the hospital and subsequently transported to Wood County Jail on a probation hold.
65-year-old woman finds 20-year-old sleeping on her couch
A 65-year-old Marshfield woman reported that she found a 20-year-old Marshfield woman sleeping on her living room couch at 7:38 a.m. When officers made contact with the 20-year-old, she said she did not recall anything from the previous evening and did not know how she got into the 65-year-old’s house. The last thing the 20-year-old remembered was going to a gas station at around 8 p.m.
The 20-year-old denied medical attention and was transported to her residence. Police obtained surveillance footage to help retrace the 20-year-old’s steps, but officers were unable to locate the woman in the footage.
Man’s truck damaged in hit-and-run
Police responded at 8:16 a.m. to a report of a hit-and-run. Some time between 6 p.m. on April 4 and 9 a.m. on April 5 an unknown vehicle damaged a 23-year-old Marshfield man’s truck while it was parked in a parking lot on the 700 block of S. Central Ave.
Tracks on the ground indicated that a vehicle parked next to the truck turned too soon. It is believed a bumper or brush guard on the striking vehicle caught the truck’s front driver side bumper and dragged the truck 10-15 feet. Tire impressions on the ground show the striking vehicle spinning its tires during the incident.
Photographs were taken. The investigation will continue.
Tuesday, April 7
Missing Marshfield man found
At 4:17 p.m. an 83-year-old Marshfield woman reported her husband, an 86-year-old, was missing. The man left home home at 8 a.m. and had not returned. The woman stated that he comes home for lunch at the same time every day and that it was unusual when he did not return home this day. The man does not suffer from any known medical issues or mental illnesses of which his wife was aware.
The man had planned to get his vehicle repaired and withdrew $400 from the bank account but never made it to the shop he planned to fix his vehicle.
Areas the man frequents were checked, and there was no record of the man being admitted to or checking in at the hospital. A CEAR message was sent to surrounding counties to include the man’s name and vehicle he was driving, and information on the missing man was also posted on Facebook.
The man was found near Osseo at 7 p.m.