An employee of Casey’s General Store was referred to the Monroe County District Attorney for allegedly embezzling $225 in cash and merchandise from the store.

Lori Lynn Miller, 41, Tomah, was arrested after a customer told store management that Miller rang up merchandise and collected more money from the customer than what was displayed on the screen during a Sept. 18 transaction. The customer said Miller put the money in her pocket and crumpled the receipt.

The customer said when he requested his receipt, Miller said she didn’t know how to reprint one. The report says Miller rang up the items again, gave the customer the receipt and voided the items. A store manager said Miller stole $12 during the transaction.

A review of store video shows Miller doing the same thing with other customers and allowing friends to take cigarettes and lottery tickets without paying for them.

In other Tomah Police Department news:

David Michael Mleko, 34, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for bail jumping. He is accused of violating a no-contact order.

Christine M. Souvign, 41, Dixon, Illinois, was referred to the district attorney for theft after shoplifting $45 worth of merchandise from Walmart Sept. 20. She was detained by Walmart personnel and later transported to the Monroe County Jail.

Tiffany R. Kessen, 24, Sparta, was referred to the district attorney for second-offense driving under the influence of a controlled substance after an April 14 traffic stop.

Police received a call about an eastbound vehicle on Highway 16 entering the city limits that was “all over the road.” Police found the van parked at a convenience store and approached Kessen as she was getting into the vehicle. The report said Kessen was stumbling and uneasy on her feet and had droopy eyes. She denied taking drugs but said she had taken a prescribed Clonazepam pill earlier in the day.

A preliminary breath test detected no alcohol use, but the report says Kessen failed a field sobriety test. Kessen consented to a blood draw, and the results came back from the state laboratory Sept. 19. The report says the test revealed the presence of a controlled substance in her blood.

Anthony Brabant, 31, Sparta, was referred to the district attorney for operating after revocation/drunk driving-related.

Police responded to a report of a motorcycle traveling nearly 80 mph on Highway 21 eastbound toward Tomah Sept. 15. The motorcycle later pulled into a strip mall, where police identified the driver as Brabant, who reportedly acknowledged he may have been speeding while passing a vehicle going downhill. He was arrested and transported to the Monroe County Jail.

Timothy P. King, 50, Black River Falls, was referred to the district attorney on multiple charges after allegedly trying to leave Walmart without paying for $92 worth of alcoholic beverages, chips and laundry detergent.

According to the report, King went through a closed register and attempted to leave the store without paying for the merchandise. After being stopped by a a greeter, King allegedly said that his wife paid for the items and left through a separate door with the receipt. King was then told by greeter to leave the cart and obtain the receipt. The report says King then drove away from the store.

King was referred for theft. He was also referred for operating after revocation and bail jumping for violating Jackson County bond conditions that prohibit him from committing crimes and operating a motor vehicle unless properly licensed.

Rocky Charles Stiehl, 40, Fall Creek, was referred to the district attorney for obstructing an officer and bail jumping after police responded to a complaint of a man walking through the backyard of a Milwaukee Street residence Sept. 23.

Police found Stiehl sitting on a pair of stacked pallets at the residence. When asked what he was doing, Stiehl reportedly rubbed his head and didn’t respond. He later said he didn’t have an ID and was “just waiting for someone to bring me home.” He allegedly gave police a false name after being asked his identity. The report says Stiehl was extremely intoxicated and attempted to light a $5 bill and smoke it.

Stiehl has a bond condition that prohibits him from consuming alcohol, which triggered the bail jumping referral. A preliminary breath test registered a blood-alcohol count of .172.

Larry R. Chapman, 70, Tomah, and John S. McGowen, 37, Plano, Illinois, were referred for the district attorney after a Sept. 23 incident.

Police were dispatched to Kwik Trip North after a report of a disburbance. McGowen said that during an argument, Chapman seized McGowen’s cell phone and then grabbed his throat. McGowen said he responded by punching Chapman several times.

Chapman acknowledged grabbing McGowen’s phone but denied choking him. The report said Chapman suffered significant facial injuries, including a black eye and abrasion on his ear lobe. Both Chapman and McGowen were referred for battery and disorderly conduct.

Nikolle Dawn Walters, 41, Warrens, was referred to the district attorney for multiple charges after a Sept. 24 traffic stop.

Police pulled over a vehicle driven by Walters after determining she had a revoked driving status and a requirement that her vehicle be equipped with an ignition interlock device. The report said the device wasn’t present in the vehicle.

Walters was referred for operating after revocation/drunk driving-related and failure to install the IID. She also has a bond condition that prohibits her from committing crimes, which triggered a bail jumping referral.

Nichelle Lee Emery, 22, and Christoper Michael Potter, 30, both of New Lisbon, were referred to the district attorney for theft. They are accused of stealing a cable box belonging to Charter Communications at Day Break Inn.

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.

J. Christopher Glenn Jacobson, 31, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for physical abuse of a child. He is accused of slapping a young boy. The report says the boy’s eye was bruised and blood vessels appeared to be broken. Jacobson said the injuries occurred as he was attempting to dispense medication to the child.

Calvin William Broas, 25, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for multiple counts of bail jumping. He is accused of making 71 phone calls from the Monroe County Jail to a person with whom he has a no-contact order.

Charles Joseph Redcloud, 36, Kendall, was referred to the district attorney for possession of marijuana.

Police observed Redcloud walking behind the Greyhound bus depot shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sept. 29. Police approached Redcloud, who said he was waiting for a friend and “just killing time.” He agreed to a search, and while police found no contraband on his person, the report says several items items of contraband were found in the area where Redcloud was walking, including a small baggie of marijuana and a used syringe cap.

Dispatch informed police that Redcloud had a Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken to the Monroe County Jail.

Marjorie Elaine Hopinkah, 39, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for bail jumping. She is accused of violating a bond condition that prohibits her from consuming alcohol.

Carl W. Small, 39, Warrens, was referred to the district attorney for third-offense drunk driving with a passenger under 16.

Police were called to Cranberry Country Lodge after a witness said an intoxicated Small struck another vehicle while driving away from the motel. Police caught up with Small’s vehicle at the Arby’s drive-through, where Small reportedly was driving but switched seats with a passenger.

Small at first denied being at the hotel but later acknowledged his presence, according to the report. He denied striking any vehicle. Small failed a field sobriety test, and a preliminary breath test recorded a blood-alcohol count of .195. He was also issued a municipal citation for hit and run.

Evan Francis William Gavin, 18, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for disorderly conduct. Police were called to an East Avenue residence Oct. 1, where Gavin was reportedly visibly intoxicated, throwing objects and “screaming to the top of his lungs.” Gavin submitted to a preliminary breath test and registered a blood-alcohol count of .217.


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

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