BY CARA SPOTO • JOURNAL STAFF • APRIL 23, 2010
A 41-year-old Plover woman is in Portage County Jail after a blow darting spree in downtown Stevens Point Wednesday night.
Paula Wolf was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, less than an hour after four pedestrians told police they were shot with blow darts that came from a van she was driving.
Police received its first report at 9 p.m. from a 25-year-old Stevens Point woman who said she was walking in the 800 block of Crosby Avenue near Pfiffner Pioneer Park when she felt a dart hit her chest. A second victim, a 21-year-old Stevens Point man, said he was walking past Mead Park at 9:13 p.m. when he saw a van come up from behind and then felt a dart in his chest.
Another victim, a 42-year-old Mosinee man, was walking in the 1300 block of Church Street when he felt a dart strike him in the back. A fourth victim was standing outside 1140 Main Street at 9:30 p.m. smoking a cigarette when a black minivan with what appeared to be a pipe sticking out the window pulled up. The victim said she felt the dart hit her, but it did not puncture her skin because she was wearing several layers of clothing.
Police pulled Wolf over at the corner of Second and Main streets at 9:30 p.m. after getting her license plate number from a victim. When they approached her van, they found a blow gun, a slingshot and a small bucket of rocks sitting on the floor of the passenger side.
Police said Wolf denied any wrongdoing but eventually admitted to shooting the pedestrians, none of whom were seriously injured, telling an officer "she liked to hear people say 'ouch'" when she hit them. She also admitted to shooting at a 22-year-old man April 16, police said.
Wolf said that she was trying to strike a group of people who were smoking outside 956 Main St. when the dart hit a window on the door of the business and broke the glass.
She also admitted to unsuccessfully breaking the windows of a Portage County squad car Wednesday by shooting rocks at the car with her slingshot, police said.
Wolf has been charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety.
Stevens Point Police Lt. Jim Dowling said the department has dealt with Wolf in the past on incidents ranging from forgery and fraud to disorderly conduct.
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