Weekly police blotter
Wednesday, Jan. 6
Two thousand dollars stolen through Craigslist scam
A woman whose permanent address is in Marshfield and who had recently moved to Texas called the Marshfield Police Department at 9:16 a.m. to report a theft of $2,000 by fraud.
The woman responded to a Craigslist ad in regards to an alleged rental unit in San Antonio. The woman communicated with the alleged landlord via email only. The suspect had the woman wire transfer the security deposit and first month’s rent.
When the woman arrived in San Antonio, the apartment did not exist, and the money was already deposited. The woman did report the scam to Craigslist and will be searching for new living arrangements.
Marshfield man reports identity theft
A Marshfield man reported that on Jan. 4 eBay notified him that several items had been sold using his account. The man never had the items for sale and did not do any of the transactions under his account.
EBay informed him that eight to 10 Microsoft Office Professional 2010 items each valued at $119.99 were paid for by various eBay users who did not receive the products.
The man notified eBay that his account was hacked, and eBay told him they would investigate the fraud. His account was closed. The man wished police to document the incident.
Police assist woman in retrieving lost phone
A Marshfield woman called at 2:20 p.m. to request assistance with her missing cellphone. She stated that she misplaced her phone while at the clinic and that an unknown man had taken it instead of turning it in at the reception desk.
The woman contacted the man via phone, and he told her to come to his residence. The woman was afraid to go, and an officer then retrieved the phone and returned it to the woman. The woman will contact police again if there are charges to her accounts or purchases made via her phone.
The man was thanked for his assistance and was informed to turn in found items to either the police or at the establishment where he finds them. No further action was taken.
Man steals pair of candy bars
An unknown man and woman entered a store on the 100 block of N. Central Ave. at approximately 4:30 p.m., and the man placed two candy bars into his left front jacket pocket. At 4:51 p.m. the man and woman paid for a few items but not the candy bars. They then left the store together.
Police obtained video surveillance of the theft as well as a picture of the man.
Thursday, Jan. 7
Pittsville man informed to stay off former employer’s property
A worker at a restaurant requested police assistance at 10:30 a.m. with informing a former employee, an 18-year-old Pittsville man, that he is no longer welcome on the premises. The man was told during his termination that he was not allowed on the property, but between Dec. 4 and Jan. 2 he had continued to return and act inappropriately.
Police contacted the man and informed him he was not allowed on the property.
Police detain man with Chicago homicide warrant
Officers responded at 6:51 p.m. to a panic alarm on the 600 block of W. Laurel Court. Upon arrival, a man was observed fleeing the area. He was then located and detained.
The man initially provided a false name and was transported to the Marshfield Police Department for identification purposes. During the transport the man confessed his real name and said he was wanted for “murder” in Chicago. Wood County Dispatch confirmed there was an active homicide arrest warrant for the man.
The man was booked at the Marshfield Police Department, and the Chicago Police Department was contacted and briefed. The man was subsequently transported to the emergency room for medical clearance and then to Wood County Jail.
During the investigation the man stated he was suicidal but refused to provide any details. Crisis was contacted and denied an emergency detention.
Superior man, woman found possessing marijuana, paraphernalia
At 10:42 p.m. a worker at a hotel on the 2100 block of N. Central Ave. requested police assistance with asking two patrons to leave the property for violating the no smoking policy and reported smelling what she believed to be marijuana coming from the patrons’ room.
During contact with the patrons, a 26-year-old Superior woman and 54-year-old Superior man, they were found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The man was issued a citation for possession of THC. Charges of possession of drug paraphernalia are being requested through the Marathon County district attorney’s office on both subjects.
Friday, Jan. 8
Former UW student cited for trespassing
At 7:30 a.m. police issued a 24-year-old Marshfield man a citation for trespassing.
The man had a history at UW-Marshfield/Wood County, being a former student and associate of the IT department. The man stopped being a student over a year ago but continued returning to use the campus’ Wi-Fi.
On a few occasions, the man had created disturbances, which resulted in administration notifying the man that he was no longer welcome on the campus unless he was a current student. Officers responded to a disturbance he created in September, at which time police warned him for his behavior and told him that he was not welcome on the campus.
A maintenance worker reported seeing the man on campus on Jan. 8. The worker said campus administration would have informed all employees if the man had enrolled in any classes.
The worker spoke with the man and told him that he was not allowed on campus and that he needed to leave. The man grabbed his computer and walked away but did not leave the campus. The worker again told the man to leave, and then he did. Police contacted the man shortly after, and he admitted to being on campus to use the Wi-Fi.
Police investigate possible court order violation
Police responded at 9:18 p.m. to a report of a possible court order violation. A Marshfield woman felt that her estranged husband came onto her property and removed a utility trailer. Per the court order, the husband does have rights to the trailer but is not allowed at the residence.
In speaking with the husband and his business partner, police learned the business partner had removed the trailer while the husband remained in the car. The business partner did have permission to be on the property because part of their business was run from a detached garage at the residence. The partner has a key to the garage.
Because the husband no longer had rights to the residence as part of the family court order, the business partner was told that he needs to remove all business-related property from the residence at the woman’s convenience and that he was not allowed on the property without the woman’s permission.
Police warned the husband to make sure he complies with the court order. No further action was taken.
Marshfield man taken into custody on probation hold
An officer performed a traffic stop on the 1300 block of S. Central Ave. at 10:43 p.m., and a 20-year-old Marshfield man was taken into custody for a valid probation hold. The man was transported to the Marshfield Police Department, booked, and transported to Wood County Jail, where he was released to the staff’s care.
Saturday, Jan. 9
Vehicle windows broken, rocks found in vehicle
A Marshfield man reported his vehicle had been damaged some time between 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 8 and 7:29 a.m. on Jan. 9 while it was parked on the 500 block of E. Ives. St. The vehicle’s back window was shattered, and the rear passenger window had two small holes.
Three rocks were found inside the vehicle. Police took photographs of the vehicle and the rocks.
A witness stated that he noticed the vehicle at 3 a.m. on Jan. 9 and that the window was broken at that time. There were no surveillance cameras in the area, there are no suspects, and investigation is ongoing.
Sunday, Jan. 10
Marshfield man issued citation for obstructing an officer
A 28-year-old Marshfield man reported that an unknown female, whom he did not recognize, was inside his residence on the 800 block of E. Harrison St. without his consent. The man said that when he confronted the woman, she ran out the patio door and out to the street and then got into a blue van with the man in close pursuit.
Through officer investigation, it was determined that there was never a woman inside the residence without consent and that the evidence showed the complaint had been fabricated by the man. The man will receive a citation for obstructing an officer.
Following confrontation, 49-year-old cited for disorderly conduct
A Stratford man contacted police at 2:36 a.m. after being involved in a verbal confrontation with a 49-year-old Marshfield man. The Stratford man said the Marshfield man confronted him because he believed there was a potential domestic disturbance taking place between the Stratford man and a woman.
When the Stratford man attempted to explain to the Marshfield man what was happening, a heated argument started. The Marshfield man displayed a pocket knife during the argument and then walked away slowly after brandishing the weapon.
Officers located the Marshfield man and took him into custody. He was very intoxicated and admitted that he was involved in an argument but denied displaying a weapon. Officers located a folding knife in the Marshfield man’s possession that matched the description given by the Stratford man.
The Marshfield man was transported to the Marshfield Police Department for booking procedures, issued a citation for disorderly conduct, and released.
Monday, Jan. 11
Man issued warning after sending sexual text messages
At 10 p.m. a Marshfield woman reported receiving a series of text messages that quickly became sexual in nature from an ex-boyfriend. The woman had not spoken to the man in at least three years and wanted no further contact from him.
An officer left a message for the man that warned him of the consequences of future contact.
Tuesday, Jan. 12
Woman posts bond after being arrested on Marshfield warrant
Police arrested a 25-year-old Marshfield woman on the 500 block of E. 21st St. on a valid Marshfield warrant. She was brought to the Marshfield Police Department, where she was booked and posted the $146 bond.