Portage boy in juvenile custody for threats and property damage
A Portage boy was taken into juvenile custody on Tuesday following a pair of incidents in which police reported damaged property and violent threats.
The first incident was reported after 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, when a woman told an officer that her grandson’s bike had been destroyed by an 11-year-old boy at the skate park. The suspect was also described as threatening another juvenile with a knife.
That evening the same boy suspected in the first incident was reported as causing problems at Silver Lake Beach. At about 6:45 p.m. police responded to a call in which the boy was reportedly screaming a racial slur, beating on the soda machine and trying to rip open the change machine.
The boy’s name was found carved into one of the tables, with two witnesses telling police that they saw the boy damaging the items. An officer took a knife from the boy and took him into custody.
The boy was charged with disorderly conduct, two counts of criminal damage to property, attempted entry into a locked coin box and one count of disorderly conduct and one count of reckless endangerment pertaining to the incident that afternoon.
He was taken to La Crosse Juvenile Center to await a juvenile court hearing with a Columbia County Circuit Court judge.