A homeless man was arrested Tuesday after smashing the windows out of two cars outside Valley View Mall and trying to steal the keys from the drivers inside, according to La Crosse police.
Both the La Crosse and Onalaska police departments were called at about 2:40 p.m. to the mall on Hwy. 16 for a complaint that someone was smashing car windows.
They arrived to find Uneke R. Scarbrough, 27, who witnesses say smashed the window of one car and tried to forcibly take the keys and cellphone of the driver, according to police. He went on to smash the window of another car and try to take the keys of the driver in that vehicle as well.
According to police, he also attempted to physically resist police once he was taken into custody on charges of operating a motor vehicle without consent using force, robbery with use of force, theft, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct and misdemeanor bail jumping.
Scarbrough was ordered held on a $10,000 cash bond by Judge Scott Horne Wednesday during a conflict-laden appearance in La Crosse County Circuit Court.
Prosecutor Jessica Skemp requested a high cash bond, saying, “He’s not from the area. He has no local ties,” before she was interrupted by Scarbrough saying, “I’ve got ties, baby.”
As Skemp continued her argument for a cash bond, Scarbrough interrupted her a second time, saying, “I need to go ahead and talk, too. She’s doing too much talking.”
Horne instructed Scarbrough to wait his turn.
After Skemp finished, Scarbrough denied having any mental health requirements and refused any medication.
“The other thing I want to say is I would like to go ahead and plead guilty to everything now,” Scarbrough said.
He also declined a public defender, saying he would represent himself several times.
He muttered, “I don’t care,” as Horne explained that attorneys are trained in the law and better able to navigate the legal system than lay people, and continued to interrupt as Horne spoke.
Scarbrough will be back in court at 2 p.m. Friday via video conferencing from the jail.
It’s not the first time Scarbrough has gotten into trouble for breaking windows in La Crosse County. He was charged last week with criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct — both misdemeanors — after he was accused of breaking two windows Jan. 7 at the Catholic Charities Warming Center.
According to the criminal complaint, Scarbrough was told that the Warming Center was at capacity when he arrived after 9 p.m. Jan. 7. He became upset and began pacing outside before throwing a brick through one window and attempting to smash another with a metal pole.
Scarbrough was using the pole on the second window when police arrived, according to the complaint, and then began moving toward police aggressively before giving up when an officer drew his stun gun.
While charges were filed Jan. 8, Scarbrough remained in the La Crosse County Jail, refusing to come to La Crosse County Circuit Court for his initial appearance until Monday, when he was given a $500 signature bond by Horne.
La Crosse County Circuit Court felony cases in January
Kathleen A. Scott, 40, La Crosse, was charged Jan. 31 with child abuse intentionally causing bodily harm and felony bail jumping. Scott charged at and pulled the hair of a 13-year-old girl Jan. 27, then called her names including a racial slur, according to the criminal complaint. When released on a signature bond that same day, she returned to the child’s home in violation of her bond conditions, according to a second complaint.
Carlie A. Stein, 22, Holmen, was charged Jan. 24 with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, both as a repeat offender. Stein had 8 grams of meth in six bags July 24 when she was pulled over for driving in the city with her high beams on, according to the complaint.
Kanong A. Vang, 31, and Shoua Yang, 36, both with no permanent address, were charged Jan. 23 with felony bail jumping and fraud on innkeeper as a party to a crime. Vang and Yang stayed in an empty room in an Onalaska hotel Jan. 12 without checking in or paying for the room, according to the complaint. Vang was charged in a second complaint with felony bail jumping and retail theft. She switched the price tag of a $149.99 baby monitor with a $3.49 package of cookies at Target and bought the monitor at the self-checkout, then attempted to return it for the full price, according to the complaint.
Joseph R. Crankshaw, 32, West Salem, was charged Jan. 22 with issuing worthless checks. Crankshaw deposited two $5,000 checks from empty accounts Dec. 4 at Merchants Bank in Onalaska, according to the complaint.
Jessica M. Beck, 34, La Crosse, was charged Jan. 22 with possession of methamphetamine, retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia, all as a repeat offender. Beck had three bags of meth and a glass pipe Jan. 11 when she was arrested for taking Nike socks and a sweatshirt from Kohls, according to the complaint.
Lindsey A. Miller, 39, of La Crosse, was charged Jan. 22 with possession of a short-barreled shotgun as a party to a crime. Miller had a sawed-off shotgun Dec. 17 in the vehicle she shares with another person, according to the complaint.
Donald E. Norberg II, 39, Sparta, was charged Jan. 16 with attempted uttering a forgery as a repeater and party to a crime. Norberg attempted to deposit a check from a dead man’s account Nov. 11, according to the complaint.
Derek W. Backus, 35, Spring Valley, Minn., was charged Jan. 15 with possession of methamphetamine. Backus had .7 grams of meth when he was pulled over Sept. 7, according to the criminal complaint.
Benjamin L. Britt, 46, Viroqua, was charged Jan. 14 with possession of methamphetamine. Britt had meth in his pocket and pants Jan. 3 during a traffic stop, according to the complaint.
Cherish M. Roberts, 25, Holmen, was charged Jan. 13 with possession of methamphetamine, possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia. Roberts had meth, marijuana and glass pipes Dec. 27, according to the complaint.
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Anita M. Parce, 23, no permanent address, was charged Jan. 10 with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police found meth and a glass pipe in her bag Dec. 30, according to the complaint.
Louis W. Steele, 35, La Crosse, was charged with felony bail jumping and disorderly conduct. Steele violated terms of a previous bond forbidding new crimes Jan. 4 when he swore and yelled at a woman, according to the criminal complaint.
Delamonte E.L. Hill, 18, La Crescent, Minn., was charged Jan. 9 with strangulation and suffocation, substantial battery intending bodily harm and disorderly conduct. Hill put his hand around a woman’s neck and squeezed, slammed her head against a door window and punched her, according to the criminal complaint.
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Timothy A. Kasten, 28, Onalaska, was charged Jan. 8 with retail theft as a party to a crime and felony bail jumping. He was also charged with possession of methamphetamine in a different case. Kasten took several items in December from Menards, violating terms of his bond, and had meth in his pocket when arrested Dec. 21, according to the two complaints.
Karla J. Dank, 58, West Salem, was charged Jan. 7 with possession with intent to deliver THC, obstructing an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dank had 47.2 grams of marijuana Dec. 20, tried to shut the door on police and had a marijuana pipe, according to the complaint.
Jordan M. Weiker, 30, La Crosse, was charged Jan. 2 with discharging bodily fluid at a public safety worker, resisting an officer, attempted battery and disorderly conduct. Weiker became belligerent at about 2:17 a.m. Dec. 14 at an Onalaska restaurant and bar, according to the complaint, and swung a bag at a bartender, then poked and spit at a police officer.
Star Yang, 33, Holmen, was charged Jan. 2 with possession of methamphetamine, possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia, all as a repeat offender. Yang had 0.06 grams of meth, a meth pipe and marijuana Dec. 27, according to the complaint.
Robert D. Wilson, 25, no permanent address, was charged Jan. 2 with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, both as a repeat offender. Wilson was found doing meth in a vehicle at about noon Dec. 30 outside the Salvation Army, according to the complaint, and he handed over meth and two needles to a Salvation Army social worker.
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