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Milwaukee man back in jail after skipping sentencing for gun, drug case

August 17, 2018

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A Milwaukee man is back in custody in Columbia County after missing sentencing for a collection of drug and weapon charges after a 2016 arrest in Portage.

Tyrus Love, 28, was ordered held on a $250 cash bond on top of a probation hold and another outstanding warrant, while appearing by video from Columbia County Jail Thursday afternoon.

Love, who was delivered to the jail Wednesday by Adams County Sheriff’s deputies following an arrest there is charged with misdemeanor counts drunken driving as a second offense, driving with prohibited alcohol content and carrying a concealed weapon, and felony counts of repeated possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.

The original arrest happened Oct. 15, 2016, when according to court documents, around 1:40 a.m. a Portage police officer stopped a vehicle for making a U-turn on DeWitt Street near Pohlk’s Pub. The officer asked the driver, Love, to perform a field sobriety test. Love showed signs of intoxication during the test and refused a preliminary breath test. During a search, the officer reported finding marijuana.

As Love was being arrested, another officer searched the vehicle and reportedly found a baggie containing smaller baggies of cocaine weighing 34 grams.

A third officer arrived on the scene and spoke with two passengers who were in the vehicle, Jack Washington, 40, and Andre Love, 32.

In addition to finding cocaine during the search of the vehicle Tyrus Love was driving, the criminal complaint states an officer found a .45 caliber Ruger semi-automatic handgun with one round in the chamber along with three magazines, including a high-capacity magazine.

In court Thursday, defense attorney Tristan Eagon said Love had been offered a plea deal prior to his Jan. 24 sentencing hearing.

“As of this time the District Attorney’s Office withdraws any offers,” said District Attorney Jane Kohlwey.

Kohlwey pointed out that at the time of his arrest, Love had been free on a $2,500 cash bond for a July 30 felony bail jumping case in Marquette County.

On Oct. 31, 2017, a warrant was issued for Love’s arrest in Milwaukee County as a complaint was filed charging him with second-degree reckless endangerment, taking a vehicle without consent, battery and disorderly conduct while using a dangerous weapon.

“It is difficult for the court to accept that this was a person in a hurry to resolve these cases,” said Judge W. Andrew Voigt. “I’m a little surprised at how modest the request from the district attorney is.”

Washington is scheduled for a Feb. 21 2019, trial date and a Sept. 5 return hearing date for a subsequent 2017 case in which he is charged with felony possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

On Feb. 16, 2017, Andre Love entered a plea of no contest to charges of resisting an officer and possession of cocaine. He was given a withheld sentence and placed on 18 months probation.

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