A 19-year-old Tomah man was referred to the Monroe County District Attorney on multiple charges after Tomah police responded to a report of drug possession Nov. 1.

Police were called to a Superior Avenue residence, where they were met by Michael Donald Pedlar and another man. The two allowed police into the apartment, where police reportedly observed multiple smoking pipes. The report says Pedlar “took ownership” of the pipes, which contained burned residue that tested positive for marijuana.

The other man at the scene told police that Pedlar was carrying a loaded handgun. The man said he took the gun from Pedlar when he saw police arrive, and the report says the man handed the police the weapon prior to entering the apartment.

During questioning, police determined that Pedlar had driven from a convenience store Oct. 28 without paying for $43.21 worth of gasoline. He told police he believed a passenger had paid for the fuel.

Pedlar was referred for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon and theft.

In other Tomah Police Department news:

Christian Ryan Ball, 34, DePere, was referred to the district attorney for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property after a Nov. 1 incident.

Police were called to a disturbance at the Best Western hotel, where Ball was reportedly yelling and throwing items. The report said a desk clerk couldn’t calm the situation and was afraid of Ball. The clerk described Ball as a “wanderer” and that he had been walking back and forth from his room to the bar yelling and swearing.

Police went to Ball’s room. The report says Ball opened the door and was unsteady on his feet while speaking in a loud, aggressive voice. The room was in disarray, and there was a hole in the bathroom door that appeared to have been caused by a punch.

Ball was handcuffed and transported to the Monroe County Jail.

Heather A. Weihert, 38, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for disorderly conduct and battery after a Nov. 3 taxicab incident.

Police were called to Butts Avenue on a report of a woman refusing to pay cab fare. When police arrived, Weihert was sitting on the ground near the cab crying and yelling, according to the report. The cab driver said he picked up Weihert from a downtown bar and that she started “freaking out” and tried to climb over the seat.

The driver said he told Weihert to remain in the back seat and that she responded by yelling, “help.” He said Weihert scratched him and punched him twice in the face with a closed fist. He said Weihert frequently uses the cab and had never caused problems before.

The report says Weihert continued her agitated behavior after police arrived. A preliminary breath test of Weihert registered a blood-alcohol level of .227.

Sophia Yuane Vargas, 40, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for battery and disorderly conduct after a Nov. 3 incident in the downtown area.

Police responded to a report of a physical altercation in which Vargas allegedly punched a man in the face. The report says the man had a visibly bloody lip.

The report says Vargas was visibly intoxicated and denied anything happened. Vargas submitted to the preliminary breath test, which registered a blood-alcohol content of .302. She has a bond condition that prohibits her from consuming alcohol, which triggered a probation hold.

Benjamin James Anderson, 21, David Louis Anderson, 48, both of Tomah, were referred to the district attorney for disorderly conduct after a Nov. 5 incident.

Police were called to an East Avenue residence, where a wall had been damaged. Benjamin Anderson told police that David Anderson had become upset and threw a chair into the wall. David Anderson said it was Benjamin Anderson who threw an object against the wall but didn’t know if the object caused the damage. The report said David Anderson admitted throwing a chair outside. Both acknowledged an argument had taken place, according to the report.

Ethan Michael Roth, 27, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for obstructing an officer.

Police was informed that Roth, who had a Department of Corrections warrant, was inside a downtown Tomah bar. Police didn’t locate Roth in the bar but later saw him walking on East Cameron Street. The report says after a police office identified himself, Roth took off running, but after the officer advised him to stop, Roth halted and put his hands in the air. The report says Roth told police he initially ran because he didn’t want to be incarcerated during the holidays.

Jamie L. Price, 32, Mauston, was referred to the district attorney for drug charges after police responded to a man sleeping in a running vehicle Nov. 4.

Police awoke Price, who reportedly couldn’t recall driving to Tomah or why his vehicle was parked where it was. The report said police searched an open backpack and allegedly found a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine. The report says the pipe contained methamphetamine residue.

Police traced ownership of the vehicle to a Baraboo woman. She told police she gave the vehicle to another person to have it repaired and give didn’t anyone else permission to use the vehicle.

Price was referred for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Corey A. Rex, 28, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol with a person under 16 in the vehicle.

Rex was pulled over shortly before 1:30 a.m. Nov. 5 after reportedly driving erratically on Butts Avenue. He failed a field sobriety test, and a preliminary breath test registered a blood-alcohol level of .201. The report says there were children ages five and one in the vehicle.

Spencer Donald Darge, 31, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for stealing a prescription medication.

A woman told police that Darge asked to meet her Sept. 29 in the Gordy’s parking lot, where he accused Darge of stealing a bottle of Adderall containing 20 pills. Darge was referred for possession of a Schedule II drug without a prescription, theft and bail jumping.

David Marcellus Hagen, 44, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for bail jumping. He is accused of violating a bond condition that prohibits unsupervised contact with children. The report says Hagen was passing out Halloween candy from a residence the evening of Oct. 31.


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

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