Burglary suspect now faces drug charges
Charges were filed after paramedics and police responded twice in six months to drug overdoses at the same home.
Dustin J. Raasch, 26, Clintonville, is charged with felony possession of narcotics, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts each of felony and misdemeanor bailjumping.
On July 28, 2015, Raasch, and Casie L. Bessette, 20, Clintonville, appeared in Waupaca County Circuit Court on charges of burglary and theft as party to a crime.
They were released on signature bonds, and the case is still unresolved.
Shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, Clintonville Police Officers Anthony Arietta, Wade Wudtke and Matthew Wright were dispatched to a home on East 14th Street.
When they arrived, they spoke with Bessette, who said there were people in her home and she needed them to leave.
According to the criminal complaint, Bessette then told the officers they had entered her home through the bathroom floor. She then attempted to lift a floor tile that was securely in place. She also claimed somebody was hiding in her couch.
Raasch, who lives with Bessette, said he had been trying to calm her down. He also told the officers Bessette believed somebody was hiding in the mattress and told him to stab it to prove nobody was there.
Bessette told Arietta she had not slept for four days and had called an ambulance the night before because she was feeling ill due to a drug overdose. Bruises on her arm looked like needle marks, the complaint says.
An ambulance arrived and transported Bessette to a Shawano hospital.
Raasch reportedly told Wright he and Bessette had been shooting up Percocet. The officer reported seeing track marks on Raasch’s arm.
Wright found needles, cotton swabs, metal caps with dried residue and one cap with liquid in a red tin in a bedroom drawer.
Shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, Clintonville police were again dispatched to the 14th Street home.
When Officer Dennis Schroeder and Sgt. Andrew Hofensperger arrived, they found an ambulance crew already at the scene. The paramedics were treating Bessette, who was sitting up in the bed.
Bessette told Schroeder she had been clean for 21 days, but Raasch brought some heroin home, and they both shot up, the complaint says.
Police seized a box of syringes, some unopened alcohol rubs and tourniquets at the scene.
Raasch reportedly told police he uses heroin every day.
At this time, prosecutors have not filed drug-related charges against Bessette.