A 25-year-old Sparta man has been referred to the Monroe County District Attorney for domestic violence after an Aug. 1 incident in the town of Little Falls.

Police received a call from the La Crosse County Sheriff’s office that Garrett E. Hazlett had forced a woman from her Highway 71 residence and drove her along back roads into La Crosse County. When they reached Hippler Hill Road in La Crosse County, the report says Hazlett told the woman he was going to kill her.

After Hazlett exited the vehicle, the woman slid into the driver’s seat and attempted to drive away, but Hazlett clung to the vehicle before falling off, according to the report. The woman sought help at a nearby residence, and police located Hazlett and took him into custody.

Prior to being taken from the residence, the woman told police that Hazlett had been displaying paranoid behavior and accused her of killing his family. She said Hazlett dragged her into the bathroom and grabbed her neck so hard that she believed she was going to pass out. She said Hazlett also threatened her with a knife.

Hazlett was referred for false imprisonment, strangulation/suffocation, disorderly conduct and violating terms of his parole.

In other Monroe County Sheriff’s Department news:

Robert J. Austin, 25, Warrens, was referred to the district attorney for disorderly conduct after an Aug. 5 incident in the town of Lincoln.

Police were dispatched to a Highway O residence, where Austin allegedly broke a beer glass during a loud argument. A preliminary breath test registered a blood-alcohol count of .101, which triggered a probation/parole hold.

Nicholas Duane Fedderly, 29, Woodbury, Minnesota, was referred to the district attorney for disorderly conduct and battery after a July 22 incident in Warrens.

Police were dispatched to Jellystone Campground, where a woman said she believed her wrist had been broken after Fedderly had pushed her into a fire pit. The report said the woman was in considerable pain and screamed as emergency personnel attempted to apply a splint.

When police went to the campsite, the tent had been removed, and police were unable to locate Fedderly. The woman and a child were taken to a nearby hotel.

Austin Lee Ratkus, 23, Melrose, was referred to the district for third-offense operating without a valid driver’s license after a July 31 traffic stop in the town of Angelo.

Shortly before 2 a.m., police observed a pickup truck with a defective headlight and initiated a traffic stop. Ratkus told police he wasn’t sure if he had a valid driver’s license because of a drunk-driving conviction several years ago and that he “never did the class.” Dispatch confirmed that his driver’s license had been cancelled.

Eddie Wayne Effler Jr., 33, Erwin, Tennessee, was referred to the district attorney for hit and run after allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident Aug. 2.

Police were dispatched to Love’s Travel Stop in Oakdale, where a witness said the driver of a silver pickup truck backed into another pickup and left the scene shortly after noon. The witness said the driver sped off so quickly that he squealed his tires.

Another witness was able to read the license plate, which was traced to Effler. Police then went to a sand mine where Effler was employed and interviewed him. The report says Effler acknowledged being at Love’s at the time of the crash but said he didn’t believe he made contact with the truck. He denied squealing his tires.

The report says a dent in Effler’s truck matched that of the other truck, and he was placed under arrest and transported to the Monroe County Jail.

Floyd Francis Charles Mueller, 70, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for battery and disorderly conduct after a July 29 incident in the town of LaGrange.

Police were called to a Formica Road residence shortly before midnight on a report of a man, later identified as Mueller, being physical with other residents in the house and refusing to return to the Tomah Veterans Administration hospital. The report says Mueller slapped a woman in the face, spit on her and threatened to kill her and another person.

Mueller was taken into custody and returned to the VA.

Wade M. Riley, 23, Sparta, and William M. Nelson, 25, Tomah, were referred to the district attorney after a July 15 altercation in the Monroe County Jail.

According to the report, Riley and Nelson got into an argument with Riley punching Nelson in the stomach and Nelson head-butting Riley in the face. The altercation reportedly left Riley with a black eye. Both were referred for battery by a prisoner and disorderly conduct.

Kyra B. Fowler, 33, Oakdale, was referred to the district attorney for obstructing an officer.

Police responded to a report of a domestic incident in the village of Oakdale and observed a residence in disarray. One day later, Fowler told police she lied about the incident. According to the report, she admitted to making her residence appear like a struggle had taken place by pouring water on the floor, ripping a curtain from the wall and tossing clothes around the house.

Antoinette Jewell Langrick, 32, Cashton, was referred to the district attorney for failing to report to the Monroe County Jail. She was scheduled to report July 31.


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

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