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Ridgeland residents charged with Sand Creek burglary

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE — Two Ridgeland residents have been charged with burglary and criminal damage to property in connection with an incident that occurred at a Town of Sand Creek residence in late June.

Mark David Monson, 37, who also has an Eau Claire address listed in court records, and Misty D. Cox, 38, are both scheduled for additional hearings in the matter in Dunn County Circuit Court in September.

Monson is charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal damage to property.

Cox is charged with felony counts of burglary and bail jumping and misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and obstructing an officer.

According to the criminal complaint, a Dunn County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a residence on state Highway 64 the morning of June 28 on a complaint of a vehicle speeding off after taking items from a residence.

The person who made the complaint said he had witnessed a man and women loading items into a truck and leaving at a high rate of speed, causing certain items to spill out onto the road, such as trim, panel doors, carpeting, carpet remnants and counter tops.

While the deputy was talking to the complainant, a pickup truck arrived driven by Misty Cox.

When questioned by the deputy, Cox said the items came from a friend’s house on a different road and that she had only pulled into the Highway 64 driveway to turn around.

Cox’s daughter was in the truck as well and said her mother had called her only after the items had spilled out onto the road and did not know where they came from, the complaint states.

Cox admitted to deputies that Mark Monson had helped her load the truck but said again that the items did not come from the Highway 64 residence.

A second deputy contacted the deputy talking to Cox and said the Highway 64 residence was missing doors, trim and carpeting.

When the deputy attempted to arrest Misty Cox, she pulled away, screamed and refused to put her hands behind her back. The deputy physically restrained Cox to place the handcuffs on her, and Cox continued to struggle when he put her in the squad car.

The two deputies inspected the Highway 64 residence and found that doors had been taken off by pulling out the hinge pins, leaving half the hinge on the door and half on the doorframe. The hinges on the doors in the pickup truck matched the hinges that were still left on the building, according to the complaint.

When deputies contacted Monson, he admitted that he and Cox had taken items from the Highway 64 residence because it was abandoned and he wanted to fix up his own house.

Monson was subsequently arrested, according to the criminal complaint.

Cox is scheduled for another court hearing on September 18, and Monson is scheduled for a court hearing on September 25.

In 2008, Monson was one of two men charged with the sexual assault of an intoxicated victim at a Sand Creek residence. The pair threatened sheriff’s deputies with a 2×4 and an axe during a stand-off at the residence. The Menomonie Police Department S.W.A.T. team also responded to the scene.

In December of the following year, Monson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of sexual assault and obstruction.

Monson also was charged in connection with the Red P meth lab in the Town of Stanton in 2010.

Charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture or store meth and a felon in possession of a firearm subsequently were dismissed on a prosecutor’s motion.

Monson pleaded no contest to the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, was found guilty and was put on one year of probation.

According to court records, the Honorable Judge William Stewart revoked probation on June 21 of this year..