A 31-year-old Tomah man was referred to the Monroe County District Attorney for physical abuse to a child after police interviewed a six-year-old boy with visible injuries.

Kelly Jacob Poff is accused of hitting the boy with such force that it left a hand print on the boy’s skin. A witness told police that Poff became angry after the boy urinated in a can and struck him four times in the back. The witness said there were two other instances in which she saw marks on the boy but wasn’t certain of their cause. The boy told police he sustained injuries from cat scratches.

Poff told police that the boy has a propensity for throwing and destroying things in the house and acknowledged he would “smack him in the butt” as a form of punishment.

In other Tomah Police Department news:

Audry Marie Richardson, 25, New Lisbon, was referred to the district attorney for second-offense drunk driving after police responded to a Nov. 14 noise complaint.

Police were dispatched shortly after 1:30 a.m. to Butts Avenue, where a witness said there was a vehicle parked with its lights on and music “blaring.” The music was traced to a black GMC Terrain with Richardson sitting in the driver’s seat and open cans of beer in the cup holders of the center console. The report said she admitted driving to the location. When asked why she pulled to the side of the road, she reportedly said she wanted to listen to music and not be around anyone.

The report says Richardson had glassy eyes and slurred speech. She reportedly failed a field sobriety test, and preliminary breath test registered a blood-alcohol level of .251.

Troy Daniel Wallace, 29, Black River Falls, and Jacqueline M. Pocan, 33, Tomah, were referred to the district attorney for disorderly conduct after a Nov. 15 incident.

Police were called to a Mark Avenue residence, where Pocan said an intoxicated Wallace was “tearing up the house.” She said Wallace tossed items from the shelves and then ripped the shelves from the wall.

During the conversation, Pocan mentioned a person sitting inside a vehicle in the driveway later identified as Tyrel Jason Boyd, 34, Tomah. He was wanted on an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant and placed under arrest. As Boyd was being interviewed, police observed a large bruise and small cut on his head. He said the injury occurred when Pocan hit him.

Jamie Lee Knutson, 43, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for fourth-offense drunk driving after a Nov. 19 traffic stop.

Police observed a pick-up truck headed east on West McCoy Boulevard shortly after 11:30 p.m. without its headlights on and initiated a traffic stop. The report said Knutson told police he had consumed “a couple” of alcoholic beverages.

The report said Knutson had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. After a field sobriety test, a preliminary breath test registered a blood-alcohol level of .132


Tomah Journal editor

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

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