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Ellsworth police: Spray paint vandalism to dugout

The following incidents were reported to Ellsworth Police Sept. 10-23.

Sticky fingers

• A True Value (137 E. Main St.) employee reported a theft at 5:11 p.m. Sept. 10. He identified a suspect who took a paint marker without paying for it. When police spoke with the suspect, he admitted to taking the paint marker and a small can of spray paint. He returned to the store to pay for the items and was informed he is no longer allowed on the property.

• A Family Dollar employee called police at 4:48 p.m. Sept. 15 to report receiving a phone call from a man claiming to be a dollar store corporate manager. He requested she ring up multiple gift cards and give him the pin number for them. Another employee called at 3:50 p.m. Sept. 16 to report the same male caller requesting the same thing. The call came from the same phone number. He was given no information.


• Molly Ahern, 42, Hudson, was arrested at 2:18 p.m. Sept. 17 at 310 W. Main St. for a probation violation.

• Police arrested Logan Richards, 17, Bay City, for criminal trespass to dwelling and obstructing an officer after being called at 4:33 p.m. Sept. 19 for a burglary in progress at the old junior high school on Chestnut Street. Two juveniles with him were referred to the juvenile services worker with Human Services for charges, but were not taken into custody.

• Christopher Kelley, 25, Hager City, was arrested at 1:41 p.m. Sept. 20 at 310 W. Main St. for a probation violation.

Critter patrol

• An Ellsworth woman reported to police at 6:51 p.m. Sept. 11 that her son was bitten in the upper back right arm by a medium-sized black dog between 5-6 p.m. Sept. 10 while playing with friends at Ellsworth Elementary School in the playground area. The boy said the dog, which was brought to the playground by others, chased him and jumped up on him, biting his arm. The mother reported she thinks the dog is owned by someone on Humble Street. The skin was not broken, but badly bruised. The owner was found and issued a quarantine order for the dog.

• A dog bite was reported at 4:59 p.m. Sept. 14 at 193 Kruger Lane. The bite occurred at 5 p.m.


• Police responded at 12:34 p.m. Sept. 12 to a two-vehicle crash at 610 E. Main St. between Carole Doughty, 80, Plum City, and Renee Reid, 22, Whitewater. Reid said she was parked on the east side of the business and backed into a car that was parked at the gas pumps. Minor damage was found on both vehicles.

• Police were called to a head-on collision at 3:35 p.m. Sept. 14 at 323 Hillcrest St. between Jordan Schlichting, 17, Beldenville, and Amber Crawford, 16, Ellsworth. Crawford was eastbound in the lower parking area on the south side, while Schlichting was southbound in the lower lot on the east side. Both cars met at the corner and collided. Video shows Crawford driving slowly, while Schlichting appeared to be driving fast. Prior to Schlichting driving forward, the video shows he drove rapidly in reverse for approximately 100 feet. The airbag deployed on Schlichting's car. He was cited for disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle.

• Marissa Schumaker, 19, Ellsworth, backed into an AT&T phone box near the south entrance of the fairgrounds at 1:28 p.m. Sept. 22. No damage to the vehicle reported.

• Police were called to a two-vehicle crash at 6:32 p.m. Sept. 22 at 157 E. Main St. between Philip Halverson, 73, Bay City, and Rena Hayes, 74, Ellsworth. Halverson was parked on the east side of the store exit doors while Hayes was parked in front of the exit door stopped near the post office box facing west. Halverson struck Hayes' parked vehicle when backing out of a parking stall. Minor damage was observed on Hayes' driver's side rear quarter panel.

Traffic troubles

• Shane Vanroo, 19, Mondovi, was cited for exceeding speed zones (15-19 mph) after a traffic stop at 6:36 p.m. Sept. 14 at 570th Avenue and 670th Street. He told police he had not been paying attention and was going too fast.

• Bailee Bach, 20, Bay City, was cited for failure to yield right of way after running a stop sign and causing a police cruiser to lock up its brakes to avoid striking her vehicle at 3:42 p.m. Sept. 17 at Church and Plum streets. She told police her foot was on the wrong pedal.

Man searches mailboxes

A woman called police at 7:34 p.m. Sept. 14 from the 100 block of South Oak Street, where she said she and a friend were outside when they saw a blue-colored car pull up to her neighbor's mailbox. Soon after, the car pulled up near her driveway. A man got out and went to her mailbox, pulled down the door and took out what looked like a blue piece of paper. She took a photo of the vehicle, which appeared in the photo to be a green Buick or Chevy Lumina. The vehicle allegedly went to the next mailbox down the road, but when the man saw her, allegedly left the area quickly. The complainant said the man who looked in the mailboxes had blonde hair, possibly in a bun, a white T-shirt and torn jeans. She said about four males were in the car.

Vandalism / property damage

• A vandalism/criminal property damage claim was reported to police at 7:12 a.m. Sept. 12. It allegedly took place at a residence in the 600 block of East Main Street.

• A complainant informed police at 9:20 a.m. Sept. 16 of someone spray painting in black the words "LOL" and "(expletive) 12," on the concrete dugout of the main baseball field. Also found, in black Sharpie marker, were a star symbol, a drawing of a naked woman and other phrases using offensive language. Police checked the cameras near the bathroom, which showed a busy day at the park.

• A resident in the 200 block of East Summit Avenue called police at 8:32 am. Sept. 19 to report that someone had let the air out of her passenger side tires. She told police she had come home the night prior around 7 p.m. When she stepped outside at 9 p.m. she didn't notice anything with her vehicle. Upon reviewing security cameras, police saw a subject near the passenger side of her vehicle at 12:55 a.m. It appeared the subject came from Summit Park. One of the valve stems was broken, costing about $60.

Storm damage

• Public Works responded to help remove a large tree blocking the roadway at 7:38 p.m. Sept. 20 at Main Street and Pleasant Avenue.

• Police responded to a tree fallen on a power line at 7:59 p.m. Sept. 20 at Beulah and Charlotte streets.

• A resident reported a line down at 8:15 p.m. Sept. 20 in the 100 block of North Maple Street. It was believed to be a telephone line.

• Police removed debris from the roadway at 8:52 p.m. Sept. 20 at Piety and Woodworth streets.

• A caller reported a transformer buzzing but no sparks at 9:03 p.m. Sept. 20 in the 700 block of South Maple Street. Police responded, but found it to be the village pump humming loudly.

• Police removed a large tree branch from the roadway at 9:04 p.m. Sept. 20 at Terrace Avenue and Wall Street.

• Police removed branches from the roadway at 10:36 a.m. Sept. 22 on Crosstown Road and North Maple Street.


• Police found a group of kids laying on the pavement in Summit Park at 8:07 p.m. Sept. 10. They said they were "just catching their breath" and waiting for the Northern lights.

• A woman residing in the 300 block of West Overlook Drive reported hearing a loud bang and finding her basement light on at 1:38 a.m. Sept. 12. Police searched the inside but found nothing.

• Police were asked to make a welfare check at 11:10 p.m. Sept. 16 at a residence in the 100 block of West Main Street. The caller said a man had been acting oddly. When contact was made with the man, he admitted to taking a green liquid substance from two people he didn't know. He told police he had given in to peer pressure and that he didn't remember driving home. He said he felt anxious; his pupils were large and he was paranoid about getting in trouble. He was seen by EMS upon request. An anonymous caller also told police the man had been given three blue pills. The man identified a suspect who had given him the substance. Police attempted contact with the suspect, but were unsuccessful.

• An EHS student was cited for truancy at 1:15 p.m. Sept. 20. The student has not attended school yet this year. Another student was cited at 8:48 a.m. Sept. 21 for being absent eight days unexcused.

• Police responded to a 911 call at 5:51 p.m. Sept. 22 at a residence in the 700 block of Crest Lane. A juvenile told police his friends played a joke on him, so he panicked and called 911. He said he hid his friend's shoes the day before, and today his friend hid his. When he couldn't find them, he called 911 but found the shoes prior to police arrival.