Weekly Police Blotter
Sunday, May 31
Hot tub cover damaged on Fairview Court
A 36-year-old Marshfield man reported that between 4:30 p.m. on May 28 and 8 a.m. on May 31 someone had damaged his hot tub cover by sticking a tree branch into it on the 500 block of Fairview Court. The man had been out of town, and he noticed the damage when he returned home.
The man stated juveniles had been moving realty signs in the area and believed they may be responsible for the damage, but he did not have any specific suspects. Officers provided an extra patrol in the area.
Thursday, June 4
20-year-old arrested, cited for OWI
While on routine patrol at 2:15 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle swerving in its lane of traffic, and its high mounted stop lamp was not operable. The officer initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of North Lincoln Avenue and West Blodgett Street and made contact with the driver, a 20-year-old Marshfield man, who identified himself with a Wisconsin driver’s license.
The officer smelled the odor of intoxicants coming from the driver’s person, and the man had bloodshot eyes and talked slowly. The man performed standardized field sobriety tests and registered a reading of 0.164 on a preliminary breath test.
The man was arrested and cited for operating while under the influence (OWI), first offense. The officer read the man the Informing the Accused form verbatim, and he consented to a legal blood draw.
Woman’s vehicle scraped
A 31-year-old Colby woman reported that her vehicle had been damaged between 8:20 and 10 a.m. while in a parking lot on the 2000 block of N. Central Ave.
The vehicle was parked next to a cart return rack, and the driver’s side door had deep scrapes consistent with someone possibly walking between her vehicle and the return rack. Video surveillance provided no conclusive information.
Marshfield man arrested for domestic strangulation, battery
Police responded at 4:02 p.m. to a report of a verbal dispute on West Laurel Court. A 21-year-old Marshfield woman stated the 23-year-old Marshfield man involved had fled on foot. Officers located the man nearby.
Police arrested the man for domestic strangulation and battery. The man was handcuffed, searched, transported to the Wood County Sheriff’s Office jail, and turned over to jail staff.
Friday, June 5
Suspicious person reported selling dish services
At 12:20 p.m. a 78-year-old Marshfield woman reported a suspicious subject. A white male, approximately 30 years old, with a thin build and about 5 feet 8 inches tall that was wearing a blue shirt with “Dish” on one sleeve and “DirectTV” on the other and carrying a tablet came to the woman’s residence to sell her on a dish plan. The man did not give his name but said he represented a Wausau dish outlet.
The man asked the woman for her credit card number, explaining that $1 would be charged to her account to get started and then refunded later and that another customer service person would call in a half hour to arrange a set up time. The woman thought it was odd that when the person called, the plan details did not match the first salesman’s.
The woman called a local dish store, which explained that this did not sound like normal procedure. The woman later checked her bank account and saw that $1 had been charged. She immediately cancelled her credit card, believing this was a scam. Police advised the woman to contact police again if the man returned so he could be identified.
34-year-old damages television, arrested for domestic abuse, bail jumping
Police responded at 7:36 p.m. to a report of criminal damage to property on West Arnold Street. A 23-year-old Marshfield woman stated that a 34-year-old Marshfield man, with whom she has a child in common, came to her residence and attempted to take numerous items that did not belong to him.
After a verbal argument, the man stated that if he could not take the items, he would break them so no one could use them. During the altercation, the man damaged a television.
The man was arrested on two domestic abuse charges along with felony and misdemeanor bail jumping.
Two Chili men apprehended, post bond following traffic stop
Police arrested two males from Chili, a 24-year-old and a 27-year-old, both for valid Clark County warrants following a traffic stop on the 2000 block of N. Central Ave. The men were transported to the Marshfield Police Department, booked, and released after posting bond.
Saturday, June 6
Marshfield woman receives potential scam phone calls
At 1:01 p.m. a 52-year-old Marshfield woman reported receiving an automated phone message that claimed to have come from the Wood County Courthouse. The message asked the woman if she would accept a free, 30-second phone call from an unidentified person.
The woman agreed, and she was connected a with a female claiming to be her daughter. The woman does have a daughter. The female was crying and difficult to understand, and the call ended after 30 seconds.
A short time later the woman received a similar call, but this time the message asked for her credit card number to be charged $14.99 for the call. The woman agreed, believing her daughter might be in trouble.
This time the woman asked what happened, and the distraught female stated she was arrested for failure to pay child support and needed $1300 to get out of jail. When the woman stated, “But you don’t have any children,” the female hung up the phone. Police advised the woman to cancel her credit card.
Sunday, June 7
Bus passenger’s pants lit on fire
At 1:46 a.m. a 56-year-old Marshfield man reported the pants of a passenger on the bus he was driving had been lit on fire by unknown means. The fire was extinguished, but the passenger did suffer severe burns.
The passenger was brought to the Saint Joseph’s Hospital emergency room by an unknown private party. The passenger was then transported to the burn unit in Madison by ambulance prior to officers being able to make contact with him.
The report was forwarded to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department for investigation.
Planter tipped over on Central Avenue
Police received a report at 2:30 p.m. that a concrete planter had been tipped over on the east sidewalk on the 700 block of S. Central Ave. The planter was not damaged, but the flowers that were in it were spilled out and most likely will not survive.
It is unknown when the planter was tipped over, but the condition of the scene suggested the previous night or early morning hours. A damage estimate is pending, and there are no suspects at this time.
Man arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia
Police arrested a 22-year-old Marshfield man at 10:58 p.m. for possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop on the 1100 block of E. Becker Road. K9 Arco performed an exterior vehicle sniff and alerted to the odor of a controlled substance coming from inside the vehicle.
Upon searching the vehicle, officers located a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana with residue. The man was transported to the Marshfield Police Department, where he was photographed and fingerprinted and then released after meeting the misdemeanor bond screening form.
Monday, June 8
68-year-old warned for disorderly conduct
At 12 p.m. a 39-year-old Marshfield man reported that a 68-year-old Marshfield man called him a foul name on June 7 with no provocation and that he had, had numerous problems with the 68-year-old regarding the 39-year-old smoking cigarettes inside the apartment building in which both men reside on East Grant Street.
Police contacted the 68-year-old, and he denied ever having spoken to the 39-year-old. Police warned the 68-year-old for disorderly conduct.
Woman throws urine out second-story window, hits pedestrian
A 30-year-old Marshfield man called to report that he felt something wet him as he was walking on the 100 block of S. Central Ave. The man stated the liquid came from a second-story window, smelled like urine, and was yellow.
The man also explained the suspected urine hit him on his left arm, and his left arm and left sleeve of his shirt were wet.
An officer observed a liquid on a window at the scene. The officer later made contact with a 19-year-old Marshfield woman, and she stated that she had thrown urine out the window of her apartment because she was upset that her landlord had shut off her water and power and because she did not have any other way to dispose of the urine. The woman did not think anyone was below her when she threw the urine out the window.
When the officer initially attempted to make contact with the woman, she stated that she was in Loyal and hung up the phone. The officer drove to her apartment and saw a male inside. The officer knocked on the door, and the woman answered the door. The woman also initially lied about throwing anything out the window, then stated she threw out an unknown liquid, and then eventually admitted to throwing urine.
At 12:11 p.m. the woman was cited for obstructing an officer for the lying and for disorderly conduct for throwing out the urine.
Arpin man cited for retail theft
An officer was dispatched at 2:15 p.m. to a store on the 1300 block of N. Central Ave. An 18-year-old Arpin man was in loss prevention custody for retail theft.
The man was verbally identified, and he admitted to opening a three pack of socks, putting one pair on his feet, and leaving the other two pairs at the store. The man had walked through all points of payment without paying for his item and proceeded to walk out of the store before a loss prevention worker stopped and detained him.
The man had come into the store with an 18-year-old woman, and she had paid for her items. The man and woman were uncooperative and argumentative with loss prevention about giving any of their personal information.
When asked why he took the socks, the man stated, “I took them because I needed socks.” The man had no prior retail thefts this year and was issued a citation for retail theft.
Unknown man observed not providing proper payment
Police responded at 7:22 p.m. to a report of retail theft at a store on the 2000 block of N. Central Ave. An unknown male suspect could be observed on video surveillance footage walking with a large, dark-colored chair and small, blue chair case. The man then met up with an unknown female and put the chair into the case.
The chair the man took was worth $24.88. Checking out, the man only scanned the case, which came from a cheaper chair worth $9.94. The man then passed the last point of sale and left the store.
In the sporting goods section employees later found a blue chair set up with a green cover.
Marshfield woman victim of identity theft
A 28-year-old Marshfield woman reported that someone had used her debit card information to purchase $94.84 worth of items online between March 16 and June 8 without her permission. The woman stated that she had already cancelled the card and filed a report with the card company. Investigation will continue.
Tuesday, June 9
Dog feces thrown at vehicle
At 10:22 a.m. a 43-year-old Spencer man reported that while he was sitting in his vehicle, a 41-year-old Marshfield man that had been involved in a landlord-tenant agreement threw dog feces at the Spencer man’s windshield. A 43-year-old Marshfield man tackled the 41-year-old, causing the 41-year-old to have a seizure.
Charges for disorderly conduct, battery, and strangulation will be referred to the Wood County district attorney’s office for the 43-year-old Marshfield man. The 41-year-old will be cited for disorderly conduct.
Telephone line torn from house, damages siding
At 7:47 p.m. a 38-year-old Marshfield woman reported that a telephone line had been torn from the side of her house on the 1600 block of S. Cedar Ave. and damaged her siding. The woman believed the line may have been pulled down by a large truck as that had happened before. She also said the line was not active.
Officers looked at other lines in the area, and it appeared that some lines may have been hanging lower than what they should have been. Officers advised the woman to contact Charter and advise them of the problem as well.
Wednesday, June 10
Man taken into custody for OWI, jailed on probation hold
Police took a 39-year-old Marshfield man into custody at 3:56 a.m. near the intersection of Cherry Avenue and Depot Street for OWI, third offense. A blood draw was taken at Saint Joseph’s Hospital, and the man was booked at the Marshfield Police Department and then transported to Marathon County Jail on a probation hold.