By Joe Bachman
Three Wisconsin Rapids residents face separate charges of theft, obstructing police, and possession of methamphetamine after an Aug. 20 incident.
According to police reports, on Aug. 20 police were called to the 100 block of 14th Ave. South in regards to a theft of a utility trailer. The complainant was storing items for a former neighbor inside of the trailer, and soon found where the trailer was being held.
After locating the trailer on the 100 block of 15th Ave. South, the complainant confronted a woman claiming to be his former neighbor’s girlfriend, who was “protecting” the trailer from theft.
The complainant soon noticed the woman, later identified as 33-year-old Nichole Williams, taking numerous items of clothing from the same neighbor’s vehicle and taking them to a residence located on the same block of 15th Ave. South.
Police observed a white van pulling out of that residence believed to be involved in the incident. Officers identified the driver as 28-year-old Selena Fuller. Passengers in the vehicle told police that Williams was inside the suspected house.
Officers made contact with 50-year-old Lawrence Larsh, and asked him if he was the only one home. Larsh responded that he was the only one home, and when asked if Nichole Williams was at the residence, he told them she was not.
Soon after, Williams was found hiding behind a couch. She allegedly told police that she did not have any knowledge of a theft of a trailer or clothing. Further discussion with Larsh revealed that he had helped Williams move and unload the trailer.
An officer also spoke with Fuller, who upon identifying her appeared to the under the influence. A search of the vehicle revealed baggie containing a substance believed to be methamphetamine.
If convicted, Fuller faces up to three years and six months imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines. Williams faces up to nine months imprisonment and up to $1,000 in fines for a charge of theft, while Larsh faces the same for a charge of obstructing an officer.
Future court dates are pending.