A 22-year-old Tomah man was referred to the Monroe County District Attorney on multiple charges after a Sept. 29 prowling incident in the town of Lincoln.

Police were called to a Hwy. EW residence, where a man reportedly had a gun outside the caller’s residence. When law enforcement arrived, a vehicle was coming toward the exit of the driveway when a man at the end of the driveway told police that the vehicle belonged to James Harvard Hensley. The report says police drew their weapons, and Hensley exited the vehicle with his hands up.

A resident said his dog alerted him to the presence of Hensley. The resident told police he went outside and confronted Hensley, who was still in his vehicle. He said Hensley pulled a handgun from next to his seat and told him he was “hanging out at the ranch” and that “the president sent me.”

The resident returned to the house, shut off the lights and ordered his family to the basement. He said Hensley exited his vehicle and walking outside the house, and police found a 44 magnum revolver on top of a refrigerator inside the garage attached to the house. A search of Hensley’s person reportedly found five live 44 magnum rounds and one 44 magnum spent shell casing. Another resident reported hearing a gunshot.

Hensley was referred for disorderly conduct, unsafe use of a weapon, criminal trespass and operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

In other Monroe County Sheriff’s Office news:

Ryan R. Brandau, 39, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for bail jumping. He is accused of violating a bond condition that prohibits him from consuming alcohol.

Police received a call about an intoxicated person on Nowlin Avenue in the town of Wellington shortly before 11 a.m. Sept. 14. The report says Brandau’s speech was heavily slurred and that a preliminary breath test recorded a blood-alcohol level of .253.

Frank H. Brabant, 37, and Zachary J. Morgan, 28, both of Sparta, were referred to the district attorney for disorderly conduct after a Sept. 11 incident in the town of Sparta.

According to the report, the two got into an argument over an air compressor. Brabant said Morgan put him in a choke hold and that the two fell to the ground. Brabant said Morgan also kicked him in the stomach.

Morgan said he accidentally pushed Brabant and that Brabant responded by tackling him and putting him in a choke hold. He said he needed to punch Brabant in the rib cage five times before the hold was released. Brabant was also referred for bail jumping.

Michelle D. Benoit, 38, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for an Aug. 26 incident during booking at the Monroe County Jail.

Shortly after 1 p.m., the Tomah Police Department informed jail staff they were en route to the jail with a “combative female.” The report says Benoit resisted orders to change clothes in the booking area and that she kicked and clawed as law enforcement officers attempted to restrain her. The report said two officers suffered minor injuries. She was referred for battery by a prisoner, battery to a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, resisting an officer and bail jumping.

Roger Donald Sullivan, 29, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for illegal possession of a prescription drug.

Police were dispatched to a Glider Avenue residence to arrest Sullivan for stealing a narcotic medication. A resident said 30 legally prescribed Lorazepam pills were missing and replaced in the bottle by different pills. Police accessed Sullivan’s cell phone and found several messages indicating an intent to buy and sell prescription drugs illegally, according to the report.

Sullivan was referred for illegally possessing a prescription and obstructing an officer.


Tomah Journal editor

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

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