On the evening of Nov. 21, authorities were dispatched to a residence on Cedar Road in the town of Boscobel for a death investigation involving a 23-year-old woman who had died from an overdose of heroin that contained fentanyl, Sheriff Nathan Dreckman said in a statement.
The investigation led to the arrests of Austin Janick, 23, on Dec. 16, and Travis Heal, 29, on Dec. 17, on tentative charges of first-degree reckless homicide, Dreckman said.
The case has been referred to the Grant County District Attorney’s Office, with Janick in the Grant County Jail awaiting an initial appearance, and Heal in the La Crosse County Jail awaiting transfer to Grant County, Dreckman said.
Assisting detectives from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office were investigators from the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force, La Crosse Police Department, La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office, Holmen Police Department, state Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation, Onalaska Police Department and the Grant County Coroner’s Office.
Devin J. Chestnut, 27, no permanent address, was charged Dec. 30 with false imprisonment, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct. Chestnut refused to allow a woman to leave his home Dec. 15 during an argument and shut the door on her wrist, according to the complaint.
Tavius C. Goins, 18, La Crosse, was charged Dec. 30 with possession with intent to deliver THC. Goins had 220 grams of marijuana and a scale Dec. 5, according to the complaint.
Brittany T. Jones, 29, La Crosse, was charged Dec. 23 delivering heroin and felon in possession of a firearm. Jones sold 0.5 grams of heroin to a confidential informant Sept. 3 and had a gun in her drawer when she was arrested Dec. 19, according to the complaint.
John P. Young Jr.
John. P. Young Jr. was charged Dec. 20 with felony bail jumping and disorderly conduct. On Dec. 13, Young’s girlfriend called police to say that he was tearing through the house and throwing things. Officers came to the scene and advised Young to spend the night elsewhere. A short while later, Young’s girlfriend called police to say that he had returned to the home and broken in, according to the criminal complaint.
Jacqlyn EN Scott, 24, La Crosse, was charged Dec. 19 with possession of methamphetamine and felony bail jumping. Scott had .8 grams of meth and drug paraphernalia Dec. 15, according to the complaint.
Kahla A. Henry
Michael J. Ryan, 34, La Crosse, was charged Dec. 13 with strangulation and suffocation, felony bail jumping, battery and disorderly conduct. Ryan shut a door on a woman’s arm and choked her Dec. 9 during an argument, according to the complaint.
Jacob M. Hazlett
Jacob M. Hazlett, 29, Mindoro, was charged Dec. 13 with false imprisonment, battery and disorderly conduct. Hazlett hit a woman with a stool and refused to let her leave or call police Dec. 7, according to the complaint.
Jeffrey A. Berry, 55, La Crosse was charged Dec. 12 with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Berry was found asleep in his vehicle Dec. 9 and had 2.86 grams of meth and a glass pipe, according to the complaint.
Nicole E. Aarstad, 28, La Crosse, was charged Dec. 10 with felony bail jumping and theft of movable property. Aarstad stole a trailer sometime this fall in violation of a previous bond prohibiting her from committing crimes, according to the complaint.
Zephaniah T. Fifer, 39, La Crosse, was charged Dec. 10 with felony and misdemeanor bail jumping. Fifer consumed alcohol Nov. 23 in violation of two bonds, according to the complaint.
Michael Wilson Jr.
Francis A. Okonmah
Francis A. Okonmah, 27, Eau Claire, Wis., was charged Dec. 4 with possession with intent to deliver marijuana. Okonmah had 3 ounces of marijuana in two bags Nov. 19 when he was pulled over for speeding in the town of Campbell, according to the complaint.
Tyler Marvin Hoffman, 18, Kellogg, Minn., was charged Dec. 3 with strangulation and suffocation, intimidation of a victim and battery, all with a domestic abuse enhancer. Hoffman wrapped his arm around a woman’s neck Nov. 29 while in La Crosse, hit her in the face and threatened to harm her if she told police, according to the complaint.