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Neenah woman seeking bartender license arrested on outstanding warrants


NEENAH, WI (WTAQ) -  Neenah woman who asked for a bartender’s license tried to convince her City Council that her criminal past was behind her – but officials learned otherwise.

And not only did she leave the council meeting under arrest for two outstanding warrants – police also discovered that Denise Stample was legally drunk when she pled her case to the aldermen last month.

The 46-year-old Stample had applied for a license to work at a Neenah tavern. But a city committee rejected the application, after police found that she had felony convictions for cocaine possession and writing bad checks.

They also learned that she was arrested for her 4th drunk driving offense – and while she was appealing her license denial at the Council meeting, City Attorney Jim Godlewski was checking the state’s online court records from his laptop – and he said he found an active bench warrant.

The records also showed that Stample was wanted for disorderly conduct.

Police Chief Kevin Wilkinson waited until after the Council meeting to arrest her. And he smelled alcohol on her breath, and found that her blood alcohol level was 0.11. But she didn’t get arrested for that, because she walked to the Council meeting.

Last Wednesday, she pleaded no contest to her outstanding charges. And on the same day, the panel that rejected her bartender’s license reaffirmed that decision.