Portland Man Interfered with Railroad Conductor, Indicted in Wisconsin

PORTLAND OR – Timothy Thomas, 31, Portland, Oregon, is charged with interfering with a railroad conductor.  The indictment alleges that on November 7, 2020, Thomas interfered with an Amtrak railroad conductor while the conductor was employed in dispatching, operating, controlling, and maintaining on-track equipment, and that Thomas did so with a reckless disregard for the safety of human life.  If convicted, Thomas faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, Amtrak Police Department, Canadian Pacific Police Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Chadwick M. Elgersma is handling the prosecution.

Other Wisconsin indictments handed down on Wednesday:

La Crosse Man Charged with Drug Crimes Involving Fentanyl & Cocaine

Jesse J. Stringer, 33, La Crosse, Wisconsin, is charged with 2 counts of distributing fentanyl, 1 count of possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute, and 1 count of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.  The indictment alleges that Stringer distributed fentanyl on September 23 and September 24, 2020.  It further alleges that on October 13, 2020, he possessed cocaine and 400 grams or more of fentanyl for distribution.

If convicted, Stringer faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each of the distribution charges and the cocaine charge.  The charge alleging the possession of 400 grams or more of fentanyl for distribution has a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison.

The charges against Stringer are the result of an investigation by the La Crosse and Campbell Police Departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven P. Anderson is handling the prosecution.

Hudson Man Charged with Distributing Methamphetamine

Jacob A. Willox, 27, Hudson, Wisconsin, is charged with distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  The indictment alleges that he distributed the methamphetamine on May 5, 2020.

If convicted, Willox faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Central Wisconsin Narcotics Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson is handling the prosecution.