A 63-year-old Tomah man was referred to the Monroe County District Attorney for delivering heroin after an investigation by the Monroe County Joint Investigative Task Force.

According to the report, Donald Means told a police informant Dec. 15 that he was going to Illinois and return to Tomah with heroin. The informant told Means that he was interested in some of the heroin upon his return.

On Dec. 19, the informant said he ran into Means at the Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center, where Means is employed in the mail room. Means reportedly handed the informant a cigarette wrapper containing a small chunk that was later confirmed as heroin. He also said he was making another trip to Illinois and told the informant if he wanted heroin, it would cost $140 per gram. The informant gave Means a $100 and two $20 bills, and he told the informant to meet him at work Dec. 26 at the VA.

The informant was equipped with a recording device for the Dec. 26 meeting, and the transaction was completed. The informant turned the gram of heroin over to police, according to the report. Two days later, the informant said Means was making another trip to Illinois and that he again asked for $140 for a gram of heroin up front. The transaction was made the following the day, according to the report.

Means was arrested at the VA Jan. 2 and transported to the Monroe County Jail. He was referred for possession of heroin and delivery of heroin.

In other Tomah Police Department news:

Tonya Marie Adams-Fisher, 34, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for bail jumping. She is accused on two separate occasions of violating a no-contact order.

Laphazier Devonta Bennett, 23, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for multiple charges after a Dec. 28 incident.

Police were called to an East Milwaukee Street residence on a report of Bennett and woman yelling at each other with Bennett hitting the woman. When police arrived, Bennett denied any altercation occurred and allegedly gave police a false name. Bennett has a bond condition that prohibits contact with the woman.

Bennett was referred for disorderly conduct, violating a no-contact order and obstructing an officer.

David Albert Beyer, 61, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for bail jumping. He is accused of violating a bond condition that prohibits him from consuming alcohol. A preliminary breath test registered a blood-alcohol level of .329.

Sammuel Ray Helmkamp, 25, Wyeville, was referred to the district attorney for multiple charges after he allegedly fled the scene of a traffic accident Dec. 30.

Police were called to Kwik Trip on West McCoy Boulevard shortly after 2:30 p.m. for a hit-and-run complaint. The victim said a vehicle reportedly driven by Helmkamp struck her from behind and left the scene. A witness later told police that the same vehicle had been operated erratically at Long John Silver’s, where it struck a pole, causing the vehicle’s license plate to fall off.

Police caught up with Helmkamp about 90 minutes later. When asked if he had been operating the vehicle, which was registered to another person, he reportedly replied, “At one point yes, but not the same time you think of.” He was referred for hit and run, fourth offense operating after revocation/drunk driving-related and failure to install an ignition interlock device.

Dennis J. Porter, 58, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for bail jumping. He is accused of violating a bond condition that prohibits him from consuming alcohol or entering a tavern or liquor store.

Jessie Damien Fries, 28, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for disorderly conduct and resisting an officer after a Dec. 31 incident outside Dimension’s bar.

Fries was observed by a police officer shortly before 2:30 a.m. being pulled away from the bar by a female. When the officer approached the two, Fries reportedly broke free of the woman’s grasp and ran south along Superior Avenue before entering the Crow Bar. He then went out the front door and ran north along Superior Avenue before being subdued by police, according to the report.

The report says Fries was uncooperative after his arrest and spit on the hood and windshield of a squad car. A witness later told police that Fries had been thrown out of Dimension’s for trying to get behind the bar and starting a fight. A preliminary breath test recorded Fries with a blood-alcohol level of .204.

Shawni M. Birch, 25, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for multiple chargers after a Jan. 5 incident.

Police were called to a residential group home on East Holton Street, where Birch was reportedly combative with staff. When police arrived, food and other items were strewn on the floor. A staff member said Birch became upset with her, called her names, threw food and kitchen utensils at her and punched her. The staff member was transported to Tomah Memorial Hospital, where she reported a swollen nose, which made it difficult for her breathe.

Birch was referred for battery, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.

Shannon DeShannon, 44, Alma Center, was referred to the district attorney for disorderly conduct after a Jan. 6 incident outside the Breakroom Bar.

Police responded to a report of a woman outside the bar who had passed out and wasn’t adequately dressed for the weather. An employee of Dimensions told police the woman had been in the bar earlier with DeShannon and that the two had gotten into a physical altercation.

Terry G. Koerner, 37, Milwaukee, was referred to the district attorney for multiple charges after police arrested him for fourth-offense drunk driving Jan. 7.

Police received a complaint about a car doing “donuts” in the parking lot of The Strike Zone around 3 a.m. The vehicle headed north on Superior Avenue before police arrived but returned a short time later. Police could hear loud music coming from the vehicle.

Police approached the vehicle, opened the door and turned down the stereo. The report said Koerner was slurring his speech and giving nonsensical answers to police questions. The report says he was unable to perform the field sobriety test and failed to supply a sufficient breath sample for a preliminary breath test.

The report says Koerner became increasingly agitated and profane during the process. The report says he threatened to kill one of the officers, kicked the inside of the squad car and demanded that police remove his handcuffs. He was transported to Tomah Memorial Hospital for a blood draw.

Koerner reportedly told police and hospital staff that nobody would be able to draw his blood. He allegedly made a gunshot gesture toward an officer in the examination room and told the officer he “should be scared.”

In addition to drunk driving, Koerner was referred for operating after revocation, failure to install an ignition interlock device, threatening an officer, resisting an officer, disorderly conduct and bail jumping.

Michael Edward Kaspari Jr., 35, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for multiple charges after a Jan. 7 incident.

Police were called to a Dogwood Lane residence, where a woman had locked herself in a bathroom because Kaspari was yelling at her. The woman made comments about Kaspari having marijuana pipes, and the report says police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia on a bedroom night stand.

Kaspari was referred for disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also has a probation/parole hold.

Leasia Rayna Pruitt, 19, was referred to the district attorney for bail jumping. She is accused of violating a bond condition that prohibits her from consuming alcohol.

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Tomah Journal editor

Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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