Weekly Police Blotter
Wednesday, May 13
Marshfield and Colby police return man’s lost phone
A 25-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man came into the Marshfield Police Department at 2:42 p.m. to report that his cellular phone had been stolen after he accidentally left it behind in a Marshfield Clinic waiting room. A mobile app was used that indicated the phone was in Colby.
An officer with the Colby Police Department assisted in locating the phone and found it in the possession of a 38-year-old Colby woman. The woman stated she had planned to find the phone’s owner after her son came home to translate the information on the phone.
The Wisconsin Rapids man got his phone back in its same condition. No further action was taken.
Thursday, May 14
Woman reports identity theft
At 3:17 p.m. 28-year-old Marshfield woman reported 11 unauthorized transactions on her credit card statement taking place between March 31 and May 8. The charges appeared to have been generated in various locations, including one from outside the U.S.
The woman’s bank is not holding her liable for the fraudulent charges and is in the process of issuing a new credit card.
Police respond to dispute between adults
Police responded at 3:46 p.m. to a dispute between a 43-year-old Marshfield woman and her 18-year-old son on S. Central Ave. The two were in an argument that resulted in the son going into their residence’s basement and damaging some boxes out of anger. Nothing of value was damaged, however, and the son agreed to leave the residence and stay with some friends temporarily.
Friday, May 15
Solar panel lights stolen
At 12:53 p.m. a 53-year-old Marshfield woman came into the Marshfield Police Department to report that three butterfly solar panel lights were stolen off a relative’s grave. There are no suspects at this time.
Home struck by vehicle
Police were dispatched to W. Arnold St. at 2:24 p.m. to meet with a 55-year-old Arpin man whose rental home had been hit by a vehicle. The Arpin man later made contact with the tenant, who admitted to accidentally hitting the corner of the house. The man and the tenant worked out an agreement. No further action was taken.
Bathroom items at Braem Park damaged
Police received a report of criminal damage to property at Braem Park at 4 p.m. A men’s urinal was damaged some time between 10 a.m. on May 13 and 10 a.m. on May 14. A soap dispenser, toilet paper holder, and paper towel holder were damaged on May 15. There are no suspects.
Police remove squirrel from residence
Police responded at 8:32 p.m. to an animal complaint on W. Blodgett St. A 24-year-old Marshfield woman advised that a squirrel had fallen from a hole in the ceiling of her back hallway and was sitting on the steps, and she asked for it to be removed.
After obtaining the proper instruments, the squirrel was located and removed from the residence without injury, at which time it scurried away.
The woman said she could hear scratching in the walls and ceiling from time to time. Police advised the woman to contact her landlord and/or an exterminator. No further action was taken.
Woman violates bond conditions, taken into custody
Police took a 52-year-old Marshfield woman into custody at 11:08 p.m. for a violation of her bond conditions. The woman was brought to the Marshfield Police Department for booking procedures and later transported to Wood County Jail.
Saturday, May 16
Warrens man arrested following traffic stop
Police arrested a 36-year-old Warrens man on the 100 block of S. Central Ave. pursuant to a traffic stop. The man was transported to and processed at the Marshfield Police Department. He later posted the necessary bond and was released.
Police arrest man, woman after investigating 911 hang up
At 6:17 p.m. officers were dispatched to S. Central Ave. after receiving a 911 hang up from a residence. Officers made contact with a 27-year-old Marshfield man and a 32-year-old Marshfield woman.
The woman had a valid warrant for her arrest, and when officers entered the apartment to arrest her, they could smell the odor of marijuana. Officers received consent to search the residence and located marijuana and multiple items of drug paraphernalia.
The man and woman were transported to the Marshfield Police Department for booking procedures and were then transported to Wood County Jail. Charges are being requested through the Wood County district attorney.
The Department of Human Services was contacted due to the living conditions at the residence and to determine placement for the woman’s child, who was also at the residence. The child was ultimately turned over to another family member.
60-year-old man reports computer crime
At 7:46 p.m. a 60-year-old Marshfield man called police after someone had accessed his computer remotely and infected it with viruses. The man said a phone number appeared on the screen. His wife called the number and spoke with an unknown male that requested money to fix the reported viruses. When the Marshfield man said he would not pay, the man on the phone stated he was going to “bomb” the computer.
The computer no longer connects to the internet, and other programs do not function correctly. The Marshfield man planned to take the computer to a repair store to attempt to fix the problems, and he provided police the phone number. There are no suspects.
Restraining order potentially violated
At 8:30 p.m. a 19-year-old Spencer woman reported that a protection order was violated by a 48-year-old Marshfield man, against whom she has the order. The man came into the store where the woman works and drove by her on a motorized cart/wheelchair. The man did not make contact with the woman, nor did she to him. The man then left the store.
Police were initially unable to make contact with the man. A copy of the temporary restraining order and the police report was forwarded to the Marathon County DA to determine if a violation exists.
Sunday, May 17
Milwaukee man arrested for drug possession
Police arrested a 49-year-old Milwaukee man for possession of narcotic drugs, cocaine, THC, and drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop near the intersection of Peach Avenue and Third Street at 2:38 a.m. The man appeared intoxicated; performed poorly on standardized field sobriety tests; and was also cited for operating while under the influence, first offense.
The man refused a legal blood draw and was transported to the Marshfield Police Department, where he was booked. Police then transported him to Wood County Jail. Charges are being requested through the Wood County DA’s office.
Police also arrested a 25-year-old Marshfield man, who was a passenger in the vehicle, on a probation violation and took him to Wood County Jail.
Tuesday, May 19
Woman reports $6,000 of unauthorized purchases on her credit card
A 74-year-old Marshfield woman came into the Marshfield Police Department at 10:57 a.m. to report unauthorized transactions on her credit card statement. An unknown suspect charged over $6,000 to the woman’s credit card, but her bank was able to handle the majority of the transactions.
The credit card’s fraud department wished the woman to file a report for two transactions that totaled $195.64. The woman has been issued new credit cards.
Gas drive-off at 3:16 p.m.
At 3:16 p.m. police received a report of a gas drive-off at a fueling station on the 100 block of N. Central Ave. The vehicle was missing its front license plate, and information from the rear plate was not obtained prior to the vehicle leaving.
The driver appeared to be an older, white male, and he did not attempt to come into the store to render payment for $32.01 worth of gas. Surveillance footage would not have shown if he attempted to pay at the pump.
Police issue two warnings for harassment
At 5:05 p.m. a 19-year-old Marshfield woman reported feeling harassed by her landlord, a 52-year-old Marshfield man. The woman showed an officer text messages where the landlord called her boyfriend derogatory names. The woman also said the landlord made indirect threats about knowing Latin Kings gangsters and people who use rat poison to deal with problems.
Numerous contacts by phone and at the landlord’s residence were attempted without success. An officer did leave the man a voicemail, issuing him a warning.
At 8:42 p.m. a 20-year-old Marshfield woman reported her ex-boyfriend drove out of his way while in a parking lot to drive past her, followed her to her next destination, drove past her four times, and sent her three text messages.
When police contacted the man, he denied the woman’s claims. Police warned him to not have contact with the woman per her request.
Entry attempted at garage on Fillmore Avenue
A 55-year-old Marshfield man reported that it appeared someone attempted to gain entry into his garage on the 2400 block of E. Fillmore Ave. between 6:40 and 9 p.m. The man determined this because he had to take the knob off to open the door and feels someone tampered with it. There was also damage to the door that was not there earlier.
Nothing appeared to be taken from the garage. The man wanted to make officers aware of the incident in case there were any other problems in the area.