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Police Chief

Norwalk

Full-Time Officer

Norwalk

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Newspapers - Sparta, WI

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Norwalk Police Chief Matthew L. Hoskins, 34, Sparta, is at liberty on a $25,000 signature bond after being charged Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court with attempted first degree intentional homicide.

Hoskins, who provides law enforcement services for both Norwalk and Wilton on a part-time basis, also is facing two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment.
The charges stem from an incident over a year ago when Hoskins allegedly pointed a handgun at the chest of John Ellingson and pulled the trigger.
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Hoskins was arrested after a year-long investigation conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Justice and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.
The Norwalk and Wilton village boards had planned to meet jointly this week to discuss hiring Hoskins as a full-time officer to be shared between the two municipalities.
Wilton officials indicated they were aware of the investigation of Hoskins before they hired him, but were satisfied he committed no crime.
As a condition of his bond, Hoskins cannot use a firearm except at work.He is still acting police chief for Norwalk.


La Crosse Tribune - News

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BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Norwalk Police Chief Matthew L. Hoskins was arrested and charged Friday with attempted first-degree intentional homicide.He was released on a ,25,000 signature bond and told he cannot use a firearm except at work.

He appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court on Friday afternoon.Besides the intentional homicide charge, Hoskins was charged with two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment.
It was unclear Friday night whether he would be back on duty for either the village of Norwalk or Wilton.He serves each on a part-time basis.
Hoskins, 34, of Sparta is accused of pulling the trigger of a handgun that was pointed at the chest of John T. Ellingson, Jackson County surveyor and Land Information Department coordinator, according to a criminal complaint.
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Hoskins then pointed the gun into the air and fired at least two shots, according to the complaint.
Hoskins said he had law enforcement experience and ordered Ellingson and his daughter to the ground, but Ellingson refused, the complaint said.Hoskins then threw the daughter to the ground causing her to scream and cry, Ellingson said in the complaint.
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Ellingson responded by striking Hoskins in the head several times, according to the complaint.
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Hoskins then released the girl and began returning blows to Ellingson and, at one point in the scuffle, Hoskins struck Ellingson in the face with the handgun, the complaint said.
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Hoskins then released the girl and began returning blows to Ellingson and, at one point in the scuffle, Hoskins struck Ellingson in the face with the handgun, the complaint said.
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I should take that damn gun away from you," and Hoskins calmed down somewhat, identified himself as a police officer and started asking questions, the complaint said.
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Hoskins was arrested by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and the Monroe County Police Department after an arrest warrant was issued by Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Gerald Laabs after a yearlong investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.
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Norwalk village President John Doll said Friday that Hoskins has served the village well.
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Hoskins was hired this summer as a part-time officer for the village of Wilton, according to Timothy Welch, village president.
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Hoskins works an irregular schedule for the village, so his patrols are not predictable, Welch said.
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The village boards of Wilton and Norwalk had planned to meet together Wednesday to discuss pooling resources and possibly hiring Hoskins as their full-time officer.


Juneau County Star-Times

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Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and the Monroe County Police Department recently arrested Norwalk Police Chief Matthew L. Hoskins for attempted first degree homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, and two counts of reckless endangerment, use of a dangerous weapon.

In the past, Hoskins also worked for the Juneau County Sheriff's Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Fort McCoy Police Department.
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After scaring some kids away from his house, Ellingson was allegedly confronted by Hoskins, who was brandishing a gun.
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Hoskins also allegedly tackled Ellingson's teen daughter and threw her to the ground.Ellingson did not believe Hoskins was a law enforcement officer during the incident because of his strange, erratic behavior.
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Hoskins had been staying nearby with his girlfriend Nancy Matchey, a jail deputy with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.
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Hoskins was arrested without incident in Monroe County and was transported to the Jackson County Jail.He is scheduled to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on Monday, Oct. 11, 2004.


The Chronicle - News

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The lawyer for Norwalk Police Chief Matthew L. Hoskins said he looks forward to taking the case to trial.

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"We look forward to having a trial in this matter," John Matousek said after Hoskins made his initial appearance in Jackson County Circuit Court.
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"It's important to remember (Hoskins) is innocent until proven guilty.And we do look forward to trying this case."
Hoskins is charged with attempted first-degree homicide, second-degree reckless endangerment and three counts of illegal actions as a private detective.
Hoskins, 34, of Sparta, Wis., remains employed as an officer with Norwalk and Wilton, Wis., but has not been on patrol since his arrest Oct. 8.
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In a separate case filed Wednesday, Oct. 13, Jackson County District Attorney Anna Becker said Hoskins operated an illegal private investigation agency to dig for information on Ellingson and Jackson County Chief Deputy Jamie Guttenberg.
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Hoskins said very little at the Friday hearing that lasted no more than five minutes.
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After the hearing, Matousek and Hoskins slipped out a side door of the Jackson County Courthouse then walked around the building to avoid news cameras.
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Before talking to the media, Matousek escorted Hoskins to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department to be booked on the misdemeanor charges.
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While Hoskins remains employed with Norwalk and Wilton, village officials have said they are consulting with their attorneys on how to best handle Hoskins' situation.
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Hoskins remains free on a ,250,000 cash bond.
The additional misdemeanor charges state that Hoskins started to do some investigating on his own after the incident with Ellingson.
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The problem, according to the criminal complaint, is that Hoskins was doing his investigative work without a license.
The complaint charged Hoskins with three misdemeanor counts of unlicensed actions as a private detective.Hoskins was operating an unlicensed private investigation firm to try to dig up information on a Jackson County deputy and Ellingson.
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While the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and Wisconsin Division of Criminal investigation were completing their investigations, Hoskins, operating as Priority Investigations Agency of La Crosse, sent out information requests to three different agencies, the complaint said.
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Investigators later traced the investigation agency back to Hoskins, who admitted operating the agency.Hoskins, however, said he did not know he needed a license, according to the complaint.


Juneau County Star-Times

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Hoskins ready to fight charges

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The lawyer for Norwalk Police Chief Matthew L. Hoskins said Friday he looks forward to taking the case to trial.
"We look forward to having a trial in this matter," John Matousek said after Hoskins made his initial appearance in Jackson County Circuit Court on Friday.
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"It's important to remember (Hoskins) is innocent until proven guilty.And we do look forward to trying this case."
Hoskins is charged with attempted first-degree homicide, second-degree reckless endangerment and three counts of illegal actions as a private detective.
Hoskins, 34, of Sparta, Wis., remains employed as an officer with Norwalk and Wilton, Wis., but has not been on patrol since his arrest last week.
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In a separate case filed Wednesday, Jackson County District Attorney Anna Becker said Hoskins operated an illegal private investigation agency to dig for information on Ellingson and Jackson County Chief Deputy Jamie Guttenberg.
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Hoskins said very little at the hearing that lasted no more than five minutes.
After the hearing, Matousek and Hoskins slipped out a side door of the Jackson County Courthouse then walked around the building to avoid news cameras.
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Before talking to the media, Matousek escorted Hoskins to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department to be booked on the misdemeanor charges.
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While Hoskins remains employed with Norwalk and Wilton, village officials said earlier this week they are consulting with their attorneys on how to best handle Hoskins' situation.
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Hoskins remains free on a ,250,000 cash bond.

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