A 39-year-old Tomah woman was referred for fourth-offense drunk driving after police responded to a disturbance Oct. 6 in the town of Byron.

Police were called to a Highway 173 residence, where a caller said Marjorie Elaine Hopinkah was causing a disturbance. The caller said Hopinkah was pounding on a door and yelling that someone stole money from her. The caller said Hopinkah then drove through his yard before exiting the residence. Once on Highway 173, the caller said Hopinkah accelerated so quickly that she almost lost control of her vehicle, sliding sideways down the road.

Police went to Hopinkah’s Epinal Avenue residence, where she reportedly had trouble maintaining her balance and slurred her speech. The report says an open container of whiskey was observed in the front seat of her car. Hopinkah told police she used a rideshare service to get to the Highway 173 residence, but the report says Hopinkah’s vehicle was still warm from recent operation.

The report says Hopinkah failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a preliminary breath test. She has a bond condition that prohibits her from consuming alcohol, which triggered a bail jumping referral.

In other Monroe County Sheriff’s Office news:

Danny Heintz, 50, La Crosse, was referred to the district attorney for multiple charges after a Sept. 12 incident in the Monroe County Jail.

Heintz was taken to the jail for a probation violation from La Crosse County and was very disruptive during the booking process, according to the report. When jail staff moved to place restraints on Heintz for transport to La Crosse, he reportedly refused to leave and demanded his release. He allegedly grabbed for an officer’s Taser and said, “You have a gun. Let’s grab that and end this right now.” The report says he failed to cooperate during handcuffing and made another lunge for the Taser after police took him to the ground.

An officer reported he injured his wrist during the scuffle, and Heintz told police his jaw was broken.

Heintz was referred for disorderly conduct, resisting an officer, battery to an officer and attempting to disarm an officer.

Hunter Cole James Mathison, 20, Onalaska, was referred to the district attorney for drug charges after an Oct. 9 traffic stop on Interstate 90.

Police stopped a vehicle clocked at 81 mph west of Sparta. An officer approached the vehicle and noticed a plastic bag with a green leafy substance on the floorboard. Mathison acknowledged it was marijuana, according to the report.

Mathison told police there was no other contraband in the vehicle and asked if he could grab a small amount of Xanax from his back pocket, which he said he takes for anxiety. He acknowleged he didn’t have a prescription for the drug, according to the report.

A search of the vehicle allegedly found another bag of marijuana and a bag with psilocybin mushrooms.

Mathison was referred to the district attorney for possession of a controlled substance, possession of an illegal hallucinogenic and possession of THC.

Clifton Duane Gooden, 54, and Kenneth Kevin Spence, 58, both of Black River Falls, were referred to the district attorney for marijuana charges after an Oct. 9 traffic stop in the town of Little Falls.

Police pulled over a vehicle clocked at 68 mph on Highway 27 and identified the driver as Gooden. After an officer detected the odor of intoxicants, Spence acknowledged he had been drinking, and Gooden acknowledged he was on probation for narcotics. The report says Gooden was nervous and fidgety.

The two exited the vehicle, and police reportedly observed a plastic container with a yellow powder inside. Gooden, according to the report, told police it was “kief or something like that” and was planning to smoke it when he got home. A search of the vehicle allegedly found a small glass smoking device with burned THC residue, two plastic containers with 50 marijuana seeds, a plastic container with one gram of marijuana, a scale and a latex glove finger with a small amount of marijuana.

Police also found a metal gun safe with two revolvers inside. Spence said they were his and admitted he was a convicted felon. He reportedly said the firearms belonged to his late wife and that he had never disposed of them.

Gooden and Spence were both referred for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Spence was also referred for a felon in possession of a firearm.

Michelle Marie Baldwin, 26, and Michael R. Larson, 24, both of Norwalk, was referred to the district attorney after an Oct. 6 incident in the village of Norwalk.

Police were called to a Main Street resident, where the Larson told police that Baldwin showed up at his residence intoxicated and punched and choked him. The report said there was a small laceration on Larson’s upper lip and red marks on his neck.

Baldwin was contacted at her South Megary Street residence. She said Larson hit her in the face and grabbed her by the throat. She said she punched Larson in self-defense.

Baldwin and Larson were both referred for disorderly conduct and battery.


Tomah Journal editor

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

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