Two people were arrested on felony drug charges Tuesday in La Crosse County after a traffic stop revealed more than a 100 grams of pot in the trunk.
Mara I. Stello, 22, West Salem and Tristen D. Schmeckpeper, 23, Onalaska each were charged Thursday in La Crosse County Circuit Court.
According to the criminal complaint, a Wisconsin State Trooper spotted a car driven by Stello traveling 94 mph on Interstate 90 near Bangor. Stello pulled off the interstate and into a Bangor parking lot, and the trooper made contact with her and her passenger, Schmeckpeper.
When speaking to them, the trooper noted the smell of raw marijuana and saw Schmeckpeper vaping, which the trooper suspected was to cover up the smell. Stello’s driver’s license also was suspended, according to the report, and the car belonged to her boyfriend.
After noting that Stello had open drug cases and Schmeckpeper had prior cases of obstructing an officer and concealing weapons, the trooper called for a police dog to sniff for drugs.
According to the complaint, the dog indicated that there were drugs in the vehicle and a search revealed two tabs of LSD, 17 packages of raw marijuana adding up to 127.66 grams, methamphetamine and three glass pipes.
Stello was allowed to call her boyfriend and told him she was going to jail, “For the stuff in the trunk! Thanks a lot!” according to the report.
Schmeckpeper was also placed under arrest for the meth found in his wallet. According to the report, he became upset, saying “it was only meth and meth was like weed.”
Stello was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver THC, possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor bail jumping. Schmeckpeper was charged with possession of methamphetamine. Both were released on $1,000 signature bonds with conditions that they submit to drug testing by court commissioner Joe Veenstra.
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Kahlil E. Mack, 18, La Crosse, was charged Sept. 30 with armed robbery as a party to a crime. Mack and two juveniles met a man Sept. 20 at a North Side restaurant to buy THC vaping cartridges, then took the man’s BB gun, $40 and the THC, according to the complaint.
Jesse R. Kirk, 39, La Crosse, was charged Sept. 26 with felony bail jumping and misdemeanor retail theft. Kirk violated terms of a previous bond Feb. 20 when he entered Walmart and stole a TV, according to the complaint.
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Zachery R. Arentz
Zachery R. Arentz, 16, La Crosse, was charged Sept. 20 as an adult with battery by a prisoner and disorderly conduct. Arentz started a physical fight with another person Aug. 27 while in custody at the La Crosse County Juvenile Detention Facility, according to the complaint.
Joshua D. Johnson, 34, Holmen, was charged Sept. 19 with theft from a business setting. While working as a bookkeeper for a Holmen bar, Johnson stole $7,570.50 through forged checks and approving paychecks to himself for hours he had not worked over the course of two years, according to the complaint.
Susan D. Glenna, 48, La Crosse, was charged Sept. 19 with felony bail jumping. Glenna violated terms of her previous bond Sept. 7 when she drank alcohol, according to the complaint.
Geraldine L. Bjergum, 74, was charged Sept. 19 with theft in a business setting. Bjergum withdrew $2,600 from another person’s bank account at several different casinos, according to the complaint.
Cameron Stanek, 31, La Crosse, was charged with resisting an officer causing injury, three counts of felony bail jumping, two counts of resisting an officer, criminal damage to property, misdemeanor battery and two counts of disorderly conduct. Officers were called to Stanek’s residence for a welfare check July 22 and Stanek yelled at police and refused to follow instructions, despite a stun gun being used, and kicked and hit police, according to the complaint. He later broke a mug and television set at a local hospital. According to a second criminal complaint, Stanek fought with a relative Aug. 22, sticking the person with needles and punching them, then remained standing in the middle of the road in violation of police instructions.
Rhonda L. Baskerville, 42, La Crosse, was charged Sept. 17 with physical abuse to a child causing bodily harm and disorderly conduct. Baskerville punched a 12-year-old Aug. 30 and yelled at onlookers, according to the complaint.
Dylan E. Stika, 28, no permanent address, was charged Sept. 12 with disorderly conduct with a domestic abuse enhancer and felony bail jumping. Stika got into a loud argument Aug. 21 with a woman he was ordered to have no contact with through a previous bond, according to the complaint.
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Aaron M. Schrader, 28, La Crosse, was charged Sept. 5 with physical abuse of a child and misdemeanor bail jumping. A child told police Schrader hit him in the head and knocked him to the ground Aug. 19, according to the complaint.
Ryan R. Papenfuss, 44, Onalaska, was charged Sept. 5 with uttering a forgery. Papenfuss deposited a forged and stolen check into his bank account in May, according to the complaint.
Tonya N. Novak
Tonya N. Novak, 28, La Crosse, was charged Sept. 5 with possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia, both as a repeat offender. Novak had a fentanyl drug mixture and used needles in her car when she was pulled over Aug. 29 for driving erratically on Hwy. 35 in La Crosse, according to the complaint.
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