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FILED
01-22-2019
Clerk of Circuit Court
Brown County, WI
STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT BROWN COUNTY
2019CM000094
GROUP B
BRANCH Honorable Thomas J.
Walsh
DA Case No.: 2019BR000522
STATE OF WISCONSIN Assigned ADA: Beau G. Liegeois Branch 2
Plaintiff, Agency Case No.: 19-002631
Court Case No.: 19CM_______
vs. ATN:

TRINTON A MENOMIN
1279 Hillcrest Heights CRIMINAL COMPLAINT
Green Bay, WI 54313
DOB: 01/10/1997
Sex/Race: M/I
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Height: 5 ft 11 in
Weight: 210 lbs
Alias:
Defendant. For Official Use

Complainant, David L. Lasee, Brown County District Attorney, being first duly sworn on oath,
deposes and says that:

Count 1: POSSESSION OF TETRAHYDROCANNABINOLS (THC)

The above-named defendant on or about Sunday, January 20, 2019, in the Village of Howard,
Brown County, Wisconsin, did knowingly possess a controlled substance,
Tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), contrary to sec. 961.41(3g)(e) Wis. Stats., a Misdemeanor, and
upon conviction may be fined not more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000), or imprisoned for
not more than six (6) months, or both.

And the Court may suspend the defendant's operating privileges for not less than six (6)
months nor more than five (5) years. If the defendant's driving privileges are already
suspended, any suspension imposed must be served consecutively.

Count 2: POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

The above-named defendant on or about Sunday, January 20, 2019, in the Village of Howard,
Brown County, Wisconsin, did knowingly possess with primary intent to use drug paraphernalia
to ingest, inject, inhale, pack or store a controlled substance, contrary to sec. 961.573(1) Wis.
Stats., a Misdemeanor, and upon conviction may be fined not more than Five Hundred Dollars
($500), or imprisoned for not more than thirty (30) days, or both.

And the Court may suspend the defendant's operating privileges for not less than six (6)
months nor more than five (5) years. If the defendant's driving privileges are already
suspended, any suspension imposed must be served consecutively.

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Count 3: INTENTIONALLY PROVIDE IMPROPER OUTSIDE DOG SHELTER

The above-named defendant on or about Sunday, January 20, 2019, in the Village of Howard,
Brown County, Wisconsin, did, being the owner of being responsible for confining or
impounding a dog which is tied or confined unattended outdoors under weather conditions
which adversely affect the health of the dog, Intentionally fail to provide a shelter of suitable
size to accommodate the dog, contrary to sec. 951.14(2)(b)2 Wis. Stats., a Class A
Misdemeanor, and upon conviction may be fined not more than Ten Thousand Dollars
($10,000), or imprisoned not more than nine (9) months, or both.

Count 4: INTENTIONALLY PROVIDE IMPROPER OUTSIDE DOG SHELTER

The above-named defendant on or about Sunday, January 20, 2019, in the Village of Howard,
Brown County, Wisconsin, did, being the owner of being responsible for confining or
impounding a dog which is tied or confined unattended outdoors under weather conditions
which adversely affect the health of the dog, Intentionally fail to provide a shelter of suitable
size to accommodate the dog, contrary to sec. 951.14(2)(b)2 Wis. Stats., a Class A
Misdemeanor, and upon conviction may be fined not more than Ten Thousand Dollars
($10,000), or imprisoned not more than nine (9) months, or both.

Count 5: FAIL TO PROVIDE PROPER FOOD AND DRINK TO CONFINED ANIMALS

The above-named defendant on or about Sunday, January 20, 2019, in the Village of Howard,
Brown County, Wisconsin, being the owner of an animal , a gray great dane , did intentionally
fail to supply a sufficient supply of food to maintain all animals in good health, contrary to sec.
951.13(1)&(2)&18(1) Wis. Stats., a Class A Misdemeanor, and upon conviction may be fined
not more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000), or imprisoned not more than nine (9) months,
or both.

Count 6: FAIL TO PROVIDE PROPER FOOD AND DRINK TO CONFINED ANIMALS

The above-named defendant on or about Sunday, January 20, 2019, in the Village of Howard,
Brown County, Wisconsin, being the owner of an animal , a black mastiff, did intentionally fail
to supply a sufficient supply of food to maintain all animals in good health, contrary to sec.
951.13(1)&(2)&18(1) Wis. Stats., a Class A Misdemeanor, and upon conviction may be fined
not more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000), or imprisoned not more than nine (9) months,
or both.

Count 7: OBSTRUCTING AN OFFICER

The above-named defendant on or about Sunday, January 20, 2019, in the Village of Howard,
Brown County, Wisconsin, did knowingly obstruct an officer, while such officer was doing an
act in an official capacity and with lawful authority,, contrary to sec. 946.41(1) Wis. Stats., a
Class A Misdemeanor, and upon conviction may be fined not more than Ten Thousand Dollars
($10,000), or imprisoned not more than nine (9) months, or both.

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Complainant is the District Attorney with the Brown County District Attorney’s Office and knows
of the above offense(s) on information and belief based upon:

PROBABLE CAUSE:

The complainant, being duly sworn on oath, swears that he/she has had the opportunity to
review the police reports from Sgt. Todd Prochaska, Deputies Robert Wagner, Kelly Milks and
Jeffrey Baudry of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, and other documents supporting this
complaint referenced herein, which are the types of reports and documents kept in the ordinary
course of business, which complainant believes to be truthful and reliable because they have
proven to be truthful and reliable on numerous occasions in the past.

The complainant further asserts that based upon his/her review of the referenced reports
and/or supporting documents, the incidents alleged occurred in the Village of Howard, Brown
County, Wisconsin.

1. Complainant has reviewed the report of Deputy Robert Wagner of the Brown County
Sheriff’s Office who indicates:

On Sunday, January 20, 2019 at approximately 7:05PM, while assigned to patrol the Village of
Howard, I was dispatched to the address of 1279 Hillcrest Heights in the Village of Howard,
Brown County, Wisconsin, for an "Animal" complaint.

A complainant by the name of Samantha LAVINA had called requesting a welfare check of
dogs that were left outside and were barking at the address. Per our CAD records, the call
came in at approximately 6:18PM and LAVINA stated that the dogs had already been outside
for approximately 20 minutes at that point. The call was held over due to the availability of
resources at the time. LAVINA again had called in at approximately 6:40PM, stating that the
dogs were still outside and that they had been there for 45 minutes now. Resources were still
unavailable and the call was held until I began my tour of duty at 7:00PM.

The address is known to be deemed a nuisance property by the Village of Howard, having had
approximately 55 calls regarding nuisance violations (barking dogs etc.) dating back to
October 11, 2018. Upon my arrival, I observed the residence was dark and the driveway /
sidewalks in front of the residence had not been cleared. There were tire tracks that went
approximately 3/4 of the way up the driveway; however, I did not observe any fresh foot prints
in the snow indicating someone had either exited the vehicle and gone inside or exited the
residence. After parking my patrol vehicle and exiting, I could hear what sounded like two
different dogs barking. The residence is a multilevel single family home with a privacy fence
around the backyard. I approached the fence to see if the dogs were in fact in the back yard of
the residence, and the barking was from them.

In doing this, I observed two large dogs in the back yard and they were both barking. They ran
to the fence, one of them jumped up, placing its front paws on the fence and was able to look
over it. I walked around to the front door of the residence and rang the doorbell, which I could
hear ring inside. I also knocked on the outermost (screen) door. I did this several times, and
had no acknowledgement from inside. As stated earlier, the majority of the interior of the
residence was dark. Several of the windows upstairs were open. I looked in the windows, to

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see if I could see someone inside. I observed garbage, debris and animal feces in the front
rooms of the house. I looked inside the garage window and observed two vehicles inside the
garage that had a layer of dust on them (appearing as if they had not been moved in quite
some time).

I then walked along the fence on the neighboring property to a dirt mound. I was able to look
over the fence while standing on the dirt mound. I observed that the service door on the
backside of the garage (access to the backyard) was closed. I also observed that the door
from the residence to the backyard deck was a sliding glass door, that was closed with no
means for the animals to enter the residence (ex. doggie door). The only shelter for the dogs
was a large shed in the backyard, which had the overhead door 3/4 of the way open and was
obviously not heated. Dispatch advised that the temperature was 7°F with 7MPH winds and
wind chill temperature at -1°F.

I then began walking back to my patrol vehicle. On my way back, I checked the mailbox of the
residence, and observed that it was full of mail, with mail dated as far back as December 11,
2018. When I returned to my patrol vehicle, I contacted the Animal Control Officer for the
Village of Howard/Brown County: Monica HUFF. HUFF was aware of the residence, stating
that she had been to the address and in contact with the Village of Howard Directed
Enforcement Officers (DEOs) regarding the nuisance property. I explained my observations to
HUFF. HUFF was aware of two, possibly three dogs, stating that all of them were Great
Danes. HUFF stated that the Great Dane breed is a short haired dog that is not adept to
handling inclement weather, such as that of a breed like a Siberian Husky or St. Bernard.
HUFF shared concerns of hypothermia or frostbite in the dogs. HUFF advised that in cold
temperatures with short haired dogs, these conditions can happen in just 20 or 30 minutes.

I then contacted Sergeant Todd PROCHASKA and briefed him on my observations. Sergeant
PROCHASKA asked that I attempt to contact the home owner via phone and that a welfare
check should be done. Sergeant PROCHASKA shared with me that it has been his experience
that opening the windows to the home and turning the furnace off is a method of suicide when
it is cold.

Sergeant PROCHASKA along with Deputies Dwayne REESE and Meredith FROELICH
responded to the scene. I attempted to call the home owner; however, the phone number listed
in internal records was disconnected. We then approached and attempted again to make
contact at the residence. This time I opened the outermost (screen) door and knocked on the
front door of the residence. The door was apparently not closed tightly, as when I did this, the
door opened partially. There was a very strong, pungent odor of urine, feces and rotting
garbage coming from the residence. There was also feces on the floor and the residence was
clearly unkempt. I announced myself several times, asking for anyone inside to come to the
door.

With no response, along with the totality of the circumstances: more than a month of mail in
the mailbox, no evidence of people coming or going, open windows in the residence, Sergeant
PROCHASKA's experience regarding hypothermia as a method of suicide and no response
from inside the residence that had an unsecured front door, we entered the residence as
community caretakers to ensure no one in the residence was injured, dead or dying.

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During our initial search of the residence, I observed a large bag of green, plant-like material
that I believed to be marijuana along with a "bong" and pipe that are consistent with marijuana
ingestion (based on my training and experience as a law enforcement officer) on a piece of
furniture and in plain-view in the first level living room of the residence. Next to it was a smaller
bag of green, plant-like material that I also suspected to be marijuana. The large bag had an
air freshener attached to it and was labeled "Blue Goo". Also during our initial search, we
observed that there had been an apparent fire on the stove in the kitchen of the residence. A
bag of dog food had started on fire, and burned long enough to melt parts of the hood (fan and
light) and cause charring to the cabinet doors above the hood. There was feces and urine on
the floors throughout the residence and the sinks, toilets and showers appeared as if they
hadn't been used in a long time.

No one was located within the residence. There was a deceased lizard in a tank in the living
room. The two dogs were at the rear sliding glass door and on one of them, the rib cage could
be seen through the skin. The dog bowls in the kitchen were all dry, as if the dogs hadn't been
fed or watered in some time. HUFF responded to the scene and took custody of the dogs,
which were then brought to the Humane Society for an examination. During a check of the
backyard, it was discovered that there was no source of heat, nor food, nor water for the dogs
in the backyard and they could not get into the residence or garage.

The Village of Howard Fire Department was requested and responded to inspect the stove
area. The members of the fire department that responded advised that the fire was not active
and that in checking the circuit breaker, it appeared as if the breaker had been manually turned
off and did not "trip" on its own. A check with dispatch revealed that there were no "Fire" type
incidents/calls for service at the residence.

Given the possible abandonment of the residence, along with the fire and circuit breaker
issues, the fire department asked that the Brown County Arson Task Force be paged for
investigation. The responding members of the fire department also requested the Brown
County Department of Health and Human Services (BCHHS) to the scene.

Deputy Kelly MILKS responded to the scene, and remained outside. Public Health Officer
Anna DESTREE from BCHHS responded. DESTREE advised that she would be condemning
the property for sanitation reasons and having observed children's toys a child's bed and
photos of a young child in the residence, she advised that she would be making a referral to
Child Protective Services.

While still inside the residence, I took several photos of the interior of the residence. I also took
video of the residence. I then seized the suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia,
securing it in my patrol vehicle. I was advised by the fire department that the Arson Task Force
would not be responding until the morning and that I could secure the residence and leave.
Deputy MILKS left to return to service. I closed the front door, however there was not a lock on
the door knob of the front door. I closed the front door and secured it by locking the deadbolt.

As I began walking to the garage, to exit through the garage, I heard someone pounding on
the front door. When I returned to the front door and opened it, I observed a dark colored
minivan in the driveway and a male with a beard. The male was yelling something to the effect
"why are you in my house, do you have a warrant, do you have a warrant, do you have a

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warrant". I began identifying myself, and the male turned and went to the minivan. I told him to
come back. The male yelled something about recording me and went into the van.

Fearing my safety, I began drawing my weapon; however, never fully removed or displayed my
service weapon as the male yelled again "I'm recording you" and produced a cell phone. I told
the male that he was under arrest for animal neglect. When I attempted to take physical control
of the male, blanketing his left arm, the male offered active resistance by pulling away from me
and trying to walk away. I told the male he was under arrest and told him to stop resisting. The
male continued to pull away, tense his muscles and try to walk away. I told the male several
more times to stop resisting. I was eventually able to place his left hand into handcuffs. The
male went to his knees and I was able to place him into custody. During this his phone
dropped into the snow. Deputy MILKS arrived back on scene and we escorted the male to my
patrol vehicle, where he was searched and secured. Deputy MILKS then recovered his phone.

Deputy Jeffrey BAUDRY arrived on scene as well. I was advised that there was both
suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia in plain view in the male's vehicle. The male
verbally identified himself as: Trinton A. MENOMIN (DOB 01/10/1997). A check of the vehicle
registration revealed it belonged to MENOMIN.

I later transported the seized, suspect marijuana and drug paraphernalia to the Brown County
Sheriff's Office. I took a sample of the suspect plant material from Property Report #19-210,
item 1 and tested it using the Duquenois Levine Reagent Test. I observed the following: After
breaking the first ampoule, no color change was observed. After breaking the second ampoule,
I observed the liquid turn red. After breaking the second ampoule and observing the color
change, I rotated the packet one-quarter turn, I observed a separation in the red color, clear
over color. These observations indicate a positive test for the presence of THC, a controlled
substance. I then weighed the substance, which weighed 122.2g with packaging. I properly
packaged and sealed the material along with the glass pipe and the glass bowl portion of the
bong prior to placing into evidence. The remainder of the bong was destroyed.

On Monday, January 21, 2019, I was contacted by Animal Control Officer Monica HUFF.
HUFF advised me that the Wisconsin Humane Society - Green Bay had completed their intake
examination and concluded that the female dog was underweight. HUFF forwarded me photos
of the animals taken at the Humane Society.

HUFF forwarded me a chart that is used to determine the dog's "Body Score" on a scale of one
to nine. HUFF also forwarded me a copy of a letter she is required to send MENOMIN
regarding the seizure of his animals. Lastly, HUFF forwarded me information on cold weather
effects on dogs.

HUFF explained that the Humane Society's intake evaluation is not the same as a
veterinarian's examination; and that the veterinarian examination had yet to be completed on
the dogs.

In the incident report for this incident along with the booking process at the Brown County Jail,
one felony count of Mistreatment of Animals § 951.02 was overlooked. The deceased bearded
dragon (lizard) the tank of the living room, was left uncared for intentionally and this neglect
resulted in its death.

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2. Complainant has reviewed the report of Deputy Kelly Milks of the Brown County
Sheriff’s Office who indicates:

On Sunday, January 20th, 2019 at approximately 9:00PM, I, Deputy Kelly Milks was requested
to respond to 1279 Hillcrest Heights, in the Village of Howard, Brown County, Wisconsin to
assist Sergeant Todd Prochaska, Deputy Robert Wagner, and Deputy Meredith Froelich with
scene security. I was advised that deputies were called to the above address to check the
welfare of the dogs that were left outside and had been barking for approximately 45 minutes.
CAD Notes indicated that the temperature outside was 7 degrees but felt like -1 with winds at 7
miles per hour.

Deputy Wagner advised deputies had made entry into the home acting as community
caretakers to find piles of dog feces all over the floor, evidence that a house fire had started in
the kitchen, and drugs and drug paraphernalia. The fire department, animal control and health
department had been called to respond. I waited outside to provide scene security in case the
homeowner returned.

After animal control removed the dogs and took them to a safer location, the fire department
and health department had cleared, and Deputy Wagner was done taking pictures and videos
and removing evidence, Deputy Wagner advised I could clear from providing scene security.
As I was almost to the Howard Village Hall, Deputy Wagner requested I respond back to the
residence. The tone in Deputy Wagner’s voice sounded as though he was possibly in some
sort of altercation and needed backup immediately.

When I pulled up to the residence, I noticed Deputy Wagner had a male detained. Deputy
Wagner stated the male he had detained was the homeowner who had returned home
moments after I cleared. The male kept asking why officers were inside of his home without a
warrant. Deputy Wagner kept advising the male, who was later identified as Trinton A.
Menomin (DOB 01/10/97) that he would explain everything that was going on. Deputy Wagner
searched Trinton and did not find any weapons or contraband. Deputy Wagner advised that
while he was attempting to arrest Trinton, Trinton’s phone and keys fell out in the snow in the
front yard. I was able to find the phone and keys and looked into the window of the driver’s
side of Trinton’s vehicle. Due to my training and experience, I observed a clear Ziploc baggie
with a "Dime Bags" sticker on it with green plant-like material consistent with marijuana in plain
view sitting in the center console in between the two front seats. I also observed a glass pipe
that had burnt residue on the floor by the driver’s side.

Deputy Jeffery Baudry responded to assist as well. Before going inside of Trinton’s vehicle to
seize the paraphernalia that was in plain view, Deputy Baudry took several photographs from
the window. When I opened the driver’s side door, I smelled a strong odor of THC coming from
inside of the vehicle. Deputy Baudry and I searched Trinton’s vehicle. I located a blue bag with
a "Dime Bags" logo inside the center console in between the two front seats. Inside of the blue
bag, I located a grinder that had green plant-like residue or “shake” inside with a strong odor of
THC. I also located three vials that had the label “Life Line” in one of the pockets inside of the
blue bag. I removed one of the vials that had “Biscotti 1g” written on the side. The contents
inside of the vial appeared to be an oil-like substance that was a darker brown color, consistent
with marijuana hash oil. In the front zipper pocket of the blue bag, there was a black "Rollies"
roller tray made by "Dime Bags". I placed all items of evidentiary value (the blue bag with all of

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the inside contents, baggie of suspected marijuana, and glass smoking pipe with burnt residue
substance consistent with the odor of THC) into a brown paper bag. Deputy Wagner advised
he was going to be transporting Trinton to the Brown County Jail with other related charges he
had.

I responded to the Howard Village Hall with the items I seized from Trinton's vehicle. Before
properly testing and packaging all of the items, I took several photographs and attached them
to this report. Next, I took a sample of the suspect plant material from Property Report #19-
2009-1 and tested it using the Duquenois Levine Reagent Test. I observed the following: after
breaking the first ampoule, no color change was observed. After breaking the second ampoule,
I observed the liquid turn purple. After breaking the third ampoule and rotating the packet one-
quarter turn, I observed a separation in the purple color, light over dark. These observations
indicate a positive test for the presence of THC, a controlled substance. The substance
weighed 4.53g without packaging. I properly packaged and sealed the above material prior to
placing into BCSO Evidence Locker #20.

Next, Deputy Baudry took a sample of the suspected hash oil from Property Report #19-2009-
3 and tested it with a Duquenois Levine Reagent Test. Deputy Baudry concluded a positive
test for the presence of THC in the Life Line "Biscotti" vial. The other two Life Line vials were
not tested as they were the same color, packaging, and labeling. I then properly packaged and
sealed all evidence and placed them into BCSO Evidence Locker #20. After all of the evidence
was packaged and entered, I attached all of the photographs I took to
this report.

3. Complainant has reviewed the report of Deputy Jeffrey Baudry of the Brown County
Sheriff’s Office who indicates:

On Sunday, January 20, 2019 I, Deputy Jeffery Baudry was working uniformed patrol for the
Brown County Sheriff's Office. I was driving a fully marked squad car and working as a west
side Deputy. At approximately 10:25 p.m. I heard Deputy Robert Wagner request assistance at
1279 Hillcrest Heights in the Village of Howard (Brown County, State of Wisconsin). I
responded to provide assistance. I was aware that Deputy Wagner and other Deputies had
been at this residence in regards to a welfare check on two dogs that were left outside. I was
familiar with this residence due to responding in 2018 for barking dog complaints and welfare
checks on the dogs for being left outside.

Deputy Wagner advised over the radio that the homeowner, TRINTON A. MENOMIN
(01/10/1997) had returned home. I knew from previous calls in which other Deputies had
contact with MENOMIN, that he could be argumentative and uncooperative with law
enforcement. While I was en route to the residence, Deputy Wagner advised that he had
MENOMIN detained. I arrived on scene and met with Deputy Wagner and Deputy Kelly Milks.
MENOMIN had been securely placed in the backseat of Deputy Wagner's squad car. Deputy
Milks advised that she observed drug paraphernalia in plain view inside of MENOMIN'S
vehicle, which was parked in the driveway. I approached the driver's door of the vehicle and
observed in plain view, a multi-colored glass smoking pipe that was on the floor of the center
console. I also observed a plastic bag that was filled with a green plant like substance. Based
upon my training and experience as a law enforcement officer and a certified Drug Recognition
Expert, I recognized the green substance to be similar in appearance to marijuana. I also know
that glass pipes are used as a way to introduce cannabis into the human body via smoking.

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Based upon the observations of these items in plain view, a probable cause search was then
conducted of the vehicle. I obtained photographs of the items prior to beginning the search.
Upon opening the driver's door, I observed a strong odor consistent with the smell of raw
marijuana. Deputy Milks and I placed the glass pipe and plastic bag of suspect marijuana on
the passenger seat. Deputy Milks then requested that I retrieve bags to place the seized items
into. After I retrieved two paper bags and returned to the vehicle, Deputy Milks advised that
she located a blue zippered pouch in the vehicle as well. Upon inspecting the blue zippered
pouch, I observed a marijuana grinder inside. I also observed three vape cartridges that were
filled with a dark brown oily residue. Each of the three vials was in their own plastic container
labeled "LIFELINE". Each vial also had different names such as "Orange Tree" and "Biscotti". I
suspected that the cartridges/vials were filled with hashish oil. Hashish oil is the oily resin that
is extracted from cannabis plants and contains a high concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol
(THC). These items were seized and turned over to Deputy Milks. Deputy Milks then placed
the seized items inside of her squad car. I did not locate any other items of significance during
the search.

MENOMIN was then transported to the Brown County Jail by Deputy Wagner. I then
responded to the Howard Village Hall where I assisted Deputy Milks with the testing of the
seized items. I obtained one of the vape vials from the container labeled Biscotti. I opened the
vial and observed an odor consistent with the smell of hash oil. I took a small amount of oil and
placed it into a Duquenois-Levine Reagent testing kit. I broke the first ampoule of the kit and
did not observe any color change. I then broke the second ampoule and observed the liquid
change to a dark purple color. I then broke the third ampoule and rotated the packet one-
quarter turn. I observed a separation of light purple over dark purple. These observations
indicate a positive result for the presence of THC, which is a restricted controlled substance.
The vape vial was then closed and placed back into its container. I then turned the vial over to
Deputy Milks. Deputy Milks later entered all the seized items from MENOMIN'S vehicle into
evidence at the Brown County Sheriff's Office. I later uploaded photos that I took of the glass
smoking pipe and bag of marijuana into the case on Pro-Phoenix. I had no further involvement
in this case.

4. Complainant has reviewed the report of Sgt. Todd Prochaska of the Brown County
Sheriff’s Office who indicates:

On January 20, 2019 at approximately 6:43 pm I (SGT. TODD PROCHASKA #267) heard the
BROWN COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATION CENTER dispatch a deputy to 1279
HILLCREST HEIGHTS in the VILLAGE OF HOWARD (BROWN COUNTY, WISCONSIN). The
nature of this incident was a complaint of a barking dog. I'm familiar with deputies being
dispatched routinely to this address for similar complaints. I was aware that DEPUTY
BRANDON DHUEY (a Directed Enforcement Officer) had established this residence as a
nuisance property. Due to the time, I held this complaint for DEPUTY ROBERT WAGNER. I
was aware that in the past the homeowner would begin arguments with deputies that tried to
serve citations for loud/noisy animals.

I was notified by Deputy Wagner of what he observed at the residence a short time later. I was
concerned by what Deputy Wagner was reporting to me. Deputy Wagner advised me that the
large dogs in the back yard appear to have no shelter. I was aware that the weather was quite
cold this day. From past complaints of animal abuse I've encountered, animals need at
minimum flowing water, food, and adequate protection from weather. I wanted to observe the

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residence for myself.

I arrived at the above address and made some deeply concerning observations. I observed
one set of tire tracks in the driveway. A vehicle pulled into the driveway and then left. I saw a
few footprints in fresh snow going to and from the front entrance door. I didn't see any lights on
in the residence. I observe the windows all had coverings on the lower windows. I walked to
the fence area. Two very large dogs were barking aggressively at the fence where I stood. I
knew these dogs were large as the fence was well above my head and the dogs paws reached
to the top of the fence. I then walked to the front entrance. I looked up and saw the upstairs
windows were open. I became instantly alarmed that a person could have taken their own life.
In my experience, suicides have been completed and windows left intentionally open to
ventilate the residence. I then heard DEPUTY MERIDETH FROELICH inform me that the mail
was piled up in the mailbox. I became highly concerned that someone may have taken their
own life in the residence. I didn't have an opportunity to communicate that we would force entry
to the residence as Deputy Wagner had been knocking on the front door and the door had
come open. I went to the front door. Deputy Wagner and I called loudly into the residence
numerous times. There was no response from inside. From the front door entrance I could see
vast amounts of animal feces and flying insects. I could see a marijuana pipe on a coffee table
in the living room. The house was in complete neglect. I loudly called into the residence again.
There was no response. Deputies then entered the residence to begin clearing the house and
searching for an injured or deceased individual. Deputies completed an initial and secondary
sweep of the residence. We did not find anyone in distress or deceased. There was animal
feces in every room of the house.

I found what appeared to be a fire at the kitchen oven. It appeared that a bag of dog food
started on fire. I requested the HOWARD FIRE DEPARTMENT come to evaluate the oven.
The oven was burned so badly that the dials were burned off and the range hood was burned
through. The cabinets above the range hood were scorched as well. I made my way through
the residence noting the items I could see in plain sight. I observed on the living room coffee
table a large plastic bag with "blue" written on it. This bag contained a very large quantity of
what appeared to be marijuana. I observed a second smaller bag of what appeared to be
marijuana on the coffee table as well. I then observed the same marijuana pipe on the coffee
table. The pipe appeared to be a water bong used for smoking marijuana. In the kitchen I
observed copper Chore Boy. In my training and experience, Chore Boy is often used in the
inhaling of crack cocaine. I then observed a broken glass tube on the floor nearby. This
appears to have been used as a crack pipe.

In the upstairs bedroom occupied by an adult I found large amounts of magazine pornography.
In addition there were sexual toys throughout the room. There were no sheets or blankets on
the king size mattress. The heat was on in this room very high.

I went to the kitchen and observed the two dogs. There were two Great Dane dogs looking at
me through the sliding patio door. The Gray Great Dane looked to be abnormally skinny. I'm
aware that this dog breed is usually very slender but I could see a large number of this dogs
ribs. In addition, I could see this dog couldn't stand with all four legs on the snow and ice
covered deck. It appeared this dog was in distress. The Black Great Dane looked to be
much thicker than the other dog. He also struggled to put feet to the snow and ice. The dogs
were barking through the glass. ANIMAL CONTROL MONICA HUFF took custody of the two
dogs. I went into the backyard to take note of the living conditions. There was an

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approximately 12' by 12' shed with an open garage door. There was no sign of bedding for the
dogs. It appeared the dogs were trying to make a black tarp into bedding (this was not inside
the shed) and some torn up material into bedding. There was no water for the dogs to drink.
There was no food available for the dogs. Inside the house and near the sliding door there
were three bowls which were empty. There was an open bag of dog food on the kitchen island.
The dogs were not able to enter the house in any way.

The Howard Fire Department advised me that there was no further fire hazard. The range
circuit breaker was switched to off. Had the circuit breaker tripped, it would have been in the
tripped position. The firemen were going to contact the BROWN COUNTY ARSON TASK
FORCE for guidance with investigating the fire. A member of the Village of Howard Zoning
came to the scene and evaluated the residence. I was advised that an order was going to be
issued to the homeowner.

Based on the foregoing, the complainant believes this complaint to be true and correct.

Subscribed and sworn to before me on Electronically Signed By:


01/22/19 David L. Lasee
Electronically Signed By: Complainant
Mary M Kerrigan-Mares
Deputy District Attorney
State Bar #: 1000150

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