Weekly police blotter
Tuesday, Feb. 2
Wisconsin Rapids man’s vaporizer stolen
A Wisconsin Rapids man reported that he had left his vaporizer on top of an ATM on the 100 block of N. Central Ave. at 12:45 p.m. on Jan. 29, and a different individual came by and took the vaporizer. The investigation is ongoing.
Wednesday, Feb. 3
Marshfield police investigate Wisconsin Rapids man’s forged check
A Wisconsin Rapids man reported to the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department that he believed that a 20-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man stole two of his checking account checks between Jan. 9 and Jan. 16 and cashed one of them at a bank in Marshfield. The case was referred to the Marshfield Police Department for jurisdictional purposes and is pending further investigation.
A secondary victim in the case is the bank, who suffered a $200 loss in the forgery.
Intoxicated man arrested on probation hold
An officer observed a man stumbling across the road at Cedar Avenue and Eighth Street at approximately 12:25 a.m. The man walked in front of an oncoming vehicle and fell several times in the snow bank.
The man was very intoxicated and was on probation. He was arrested on a probation hold, taken to the Marshfield Police Department for booking procedures, and later transported to Wood County Jail.
Man reports unauthorized credit card transaction
At 4:35 p.m. a Marshfield man reported that someone charged $24.90 to his credit card without his permission. The man immediately noticed the transaction, and his credit card company refunded his money. The card was canceled.
Charges for battery, disorderly conduct requested for Norwood patient
Police responded at 11:05 p.m. to a report of a male Norwood patient who was combative and being held down by staff. Officers arrived, and the man had calmed down enough where officers could assist him to his bed.
While he was combative, he pushed a staff member into a wall corner that protruded outward. The staff member’s head struck the corner, which caused pain.
A request for charges will be forwarded to the Wood County district attorney’s office for disorderly conduct and battery by a prisoner.
Thursday, Feb. 4
Woman scammed out of nearly $13K
At 3:06 p.m. a Marshfield woman reported a money scam. The woman had been involved in an online relationship with a South African man between March 20, 2014, and April 13, 2015. She was asked several times to send the man money to pay for loans and business expenses, and she willingly wired the man $12,973.90 over 12 separate transactions.
The woman was told to not send any more money and that the money she borrowed or gave the alleged boyfriend will not be paid back. Police will attempt to contact the man to follow-up and document the transactions.
Police investigate physical altercation
Police responded at 9:35 p.m. to a report of a physical altercation between multiple adults outside of an apartment building on the 800 block of W. 17th St.
Police discovered that one of the males was attempting to leave in a vehicle, and several others believed that he was too intoxicated to drive and that he did not have a driver’s license. The man became upset when his girlfriend and two other males tried to take his keys away from him. A physical altercation ensued, and the man eventually got into his vehicle and left. It was unclear who started the altercation.
A Wood County deputy made contact with the man and discovered that he had been drinking but was not impaired.
None of the parties involved wanted to pursue charges, and they were advised to contact police in the future rather than attempt to handle these types of matters on their own.
Friday, Feb. 5
Marshfield man taken into custody for disorderly conduct
Police responded at 6:46 a.m. to a report of a disturbance on the 700 block of W. 17th St. A 24-year-old Marshfield man pushed a woman, and the woman was fearful of him. A juvenile female witnessed the event.
The man was taken into custody for disorderly conduct – domestic. He was transported to the Marshfield Police Department, booked, and released upon bond payment.
Saturday, Feb. 6
Woman cited for OWI, jailed on probation hold
At 1:18 a.m. an officer observed a vehicle traveling westbound on Fourth Street near Felker Avenue and performed a random registration check. A check of the license status of the registered owner revealed the license was suspended.
The officer performed a traffic stop on the vehicle near 20th Street and Green Acres Drive, where the driver pulled into a driveway.
The driver, a 33-year-old Marshfield woman, verbally identified herself and stated that she did not have a driver’s license. She was very lethargic in her movements and stated that she was lost and trying to get to Green Bay and could not find Highway 10. The officer had difficulty understanding what the woman was trying to say because her story was not making sense.
Due to the totality of the circumstance, she was transported to the Marshfield Police Department, where standardized field sobriety tests (SFST) were administered, and she failed them. She agreed to a blood draw and was transported to Saint Joseph’s Hospital.
She was given the necessary paperwork, cited for operating while under the influence (OWI), and transported to Wood County Jail on a probation hold. A dispatcher confirmed that the woman had three prior operating after suspension convictions.
Twenty-one-year-old taken into custody for OAR, bail jumping
Police took a 21-year-old Marshfield man into custody during a traffic stop at 2:03 a.m. on the 200 block of S. Central Ave. for operating after revocation and bail jumping. The man was booked and released. Charges will be requested through the Wood County DA’s office.
Sunday, Feb. 7
Wisconsin Rapids man arrested, cited for seventh OWI
A vehicle with an inoperable high-mounted stop lamp was observed crossing over the center divider line while traveling westbound on the 200 block of E. Ninth St. at 2:03 a.m. A traffic stop was conducted.
The driver was a 28-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man, who identified himself with his Wisconsin driver’s license. The man had a strong odor of intoxicants; bloodshot eyes; and slow, delayed responses to questions. He performed SFST poorly and refused a preliminary breath test.
The man was found to have six prior OWI convictions and was arrested and cited for OWI, seventh offense. He submitted to a legal blood draw and was transferred to Wood County Jail.
Monday, Feb. 8
Vacant apartment entered without permission
An Edgar woman reported that someone had entered a locked apartment that she manages on the 900 block of S. Central Ave. some time between 10 p.m. on Feb. 2 and 8:13 a.m. on Feb. 8. The woman stated that the apartment was vacant and that no one had permission to enter it.
The trespasser used a step ladder to climb on top of the roof to access the apartment’s rear entry door. Nothing was missing or damaged, but the door and windows were open.
Footprints near the step ladder were unidentifiable due to recent weather. Other tenants in the building were unavailable for questions. The woman said one of the other tenants had alerted her to the open door.
An Edgar man resecured the door and the windows with screws. The woman was advised that police would perform an extra patrol of the property. There are no suspects at this time.
Wausau man, woman do not pay for vehicle repairs, vehicle missing
An employee at a vehicle service shop on the 900 block of N. Central Ave. reported a theft of services. A 47-year-old Wausau man and 43-year-old Wausau woman had their vehicle repaired at the shop and were told the repairs would have to be paid for before the vehicle would be released.
The repairs and tow fee cost $263.75, which the man and woman said they would pay. They arranged to pick up the vehicle on Feb. 5, but they never showed up with the payment.
The vehicle was discovered as having been taken some time between 6:50 p.m. on Feb. 5 and 8 a.m. on Feb. 8. The case is pending further investigation.
Woman issued OWI citation
Police stopped a vehicle that was traveling northbound on the 200 block of S. Maple Ave. with an inoperable head lamp at 1:59 a.m. The driver, a 24-year-old Marshfield woman, was identified by her Wisconsin driver’s license.
The woman had noticeably constricted pupils in the low light conditions. She performed SFST poorly and was arrested and cited for OWI, first offense.
The woman submitted to a legal blood draw and admitted to using controlled substances. She was then released to a sober adult.
Package stolen at apartment complex
A Marshfield woman reported that some time between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. someone stole a package she placed in her apartment building’s mailroom for pickup by the Postal Service. The woman stated she was sending the package — its contents valued at $250 — back for a refund.
The officer had one suspect, a 49-year-old Marshfield woman, but she was uncooperative when the officer spoke with her. There was no video surveillance in the building.
The victim will contact police again if any new information develops. The officer contacted and briefed the building’s management on the situation.