Suspect faces six felony cases
Two warrants issued for his arrest
Ralph J. Noonan, 44, Almond, was charged Feb. 15 with felony strangulation, misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct and five counts of felony bail jumping.
At 8:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, Weyauwega Police Sgt. Brandon Leschke was dispatched to a home on Emerald Street in response to a domestic disturbance report.
Leschke met with a woman who said her ex-boyfriend, identified as Noonan, forced entry into her locked bedroom while she was sleeping.
Noonan allegedly yelled at the woman, then climbed on top of her, punched her in the face and pushed down on her throat and mouth for several seconds.
According to the criminal complaint, Noonan told the woman, “I could kill you right now.”
Noonan allegedly began throwing things around the bedroom and damaged a TV.
The woman ran out of the bedroom and headed toward the back door.
Noonan followed her and pushed her into the door, causing her face to hit the door, the complaint says.
The woman eventually broke free, ran out the front door and called 911 from across the street.
Noonan left through the back door and drove away, yelling obscenities.
The woman told Leschke that she has been living in the house with her brother, his son and her boyfriend.
Her brother agreed to allow Noonan to live in the house on Friday, Feb. 9.
According to the criminal complaint, the woman suspected Noonan became angry because he overheard her and her current boyfriend having sex the prior night.
She said she also suspected he asked to move into her brother’s house because a bench warrant had been issued for his arrest on Jan. 22 after he failed to make a court appearance.
On July 23, 2015, Noonan was convicted in Portage County of misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of felony bail jumping.
He was sentenced to a total of 120 days in jail with permission to serve the last 60 days on an electronic home monitor.
On Sept. 5, 2015, Noonan was arrested in Waupaca County and taken to the hospital for a blood draw after a deputy suspected him of drunken driving. Due to his prior convictions, Noonan’s legal limit was only .02.
On Sept. 8, 2015, Noonan was charged with a fifth drunken driving offense.
He was released on a $5,000 signature bond with the condition that he maintain absolute sobriety and comply with the Waupaca County jail’s Soberlink monitoring program, which requires defendants to blow into a device that transmits the blood-alcohol results to a computer.
The program notifies the jail if the results show the presence of alcohol or if a scheduled test is missed.
At 7:20 a.m. on Dec. 1, 2015, Portage County, which was also monitoring Noonan’s alcohol consumption, received a report that he had a .062 blood-alcohol content.
At 7:29 a.m. that same day, Noonan called the Portage County jail and said he was heading to the hospital because he believed he broke his foot while splitting wood the prior night.
Two Portage County deputies met Noonan at St. Michael’s Hospital.
He reportedly told them he drank a beer due to the pain in his foot. He later said it was probably a six-pack and he was sorry.
On May 2, 2016, Soberlink alerted then Sgt. Chris Andraschko, with the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office, that Noonan blew a .029 BAC.
When Andraschko called him, Noonan said his monitoring device was malfunctioning. Andraschko told Noonan to report to jail, but he failed to do so.
On May 12, 2016, Noonan was charged with felony bail jumping and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On June 9, 2016, Noonan appeared in court and was released on a $3,000 signature bond with Soberlink requirements.
At 10:54 p.m. on June 22, 2016, the Waupaca County jail was notified that Noonan tested positive with a .036 BAC.
Deputy Michael DeSantis called Noonan at 10:56 p.m. to tell him to report to the jail.
Noonan denied he had been drinking, blamed the test result on his device and asked for his old device back.
DeSantis told Noonan to blow into it again.
At 11:24 p.m. and 11:29 p.m., Soberlink indicated that Noonan had a .035 BAC.
Noonan called the jail at 11:30 p.m. and DeSantis said he needed to report to the jail.
Noonan replied that he did not have a driver’s license, so he would have to see what he could do about getting a ride.
On June 27, 2016, Noonan was charged with bail jumping again and again released on a signature bond with the same conditions.
On July 21, 2016, Noonan was charged with felony bail jumping after he allegedly missed scheduled tests 10 times in four days.
In 2017, Noonan was scheduled, then rescheduled for plea hearings on his original felony OWI case on March 2, May 8, June 22 and July 20.
On July 20, 2017, the defense and prosecution requested a jury trial. It was subsequently scheduled for Jan. 18, 2018.
On Dec. 20, 2017, Noonan said he wanted to retain private counsel rather than have a public defender.
The jury trial was called off and a status conference was scheduled for Jan. 18 instead.
On Jan. 18, the public defender appeared in court, but not Noonan. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest.