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Lac du Flambeau man gets probation

for stealing two televisions, computer

A 19-year-old Lac du Flambeau man, who pleaded no contest and was found guilty to amended charges of misdemeanor theft and misdemeanor bail jumping, had his sentence withheld and he was placed on two years’ probation in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Steven R. Gukich also was sentenced to six months in the county jail on a sentencing on revocation for two convictions of theft of moveable property from an incident May 20, 2010, at the Trail Side Inn in Lac du Flambeau. The sentencing for the second theft conviction will run concurrent and he received credit for 155 days already served in jail on each conviction.

Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III?said conditions of Gukich’s probation include: complete alcohol and other drug abuse assessment and treatment; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns; restitution of $4,232.59; 100 hours of community service; no contact with victim; seek full-time employment or education; and serve 90 days in the county jail.

According to the complaint, Gukich was at a party at a residence in Lac du Flambeau July 18, 2012. The person hosting the party fell asleep and when she awoke, two flat-screen televisions were missing from the home. It was later learned that a computer, printer, monitor and keyboard were also missing from the home and jewelry was missing from a nearby cabin on the property.

Gukich also had a sentencing on revocation for a charge of criminal trespass to a dwelling and theft of moveable property from an incident between May 23 and 25, 2011. The six-month jail sentence on each of those convictions will run concurrent with the previous sentence. He received 96 days credit on each of those convictions.

In a fifth case, Gukich was sentenced to six months in the county jail on a sentencing on revocation for misdemeanor bail jumping Feb. 14, 2012. That sentencing also will run concurrent to the previous sentencing and he will receive credit for 101 days served.

In other felony cases, Victory P. Perotto, 19, of Eagle River, made an initial appearance last week on charges of burglary of a building or dwelling, criminal trespass and misdemeanor theft. He was released on a $5,000 signature bond and a pretrial conference was set for March 19 at 9:45 a.m.

According to the complaint, Perotto allegedly broke into a home at 1479 Oak Lane in the town of Washington sometime between October 2012 and Jan. 17, 2013, and took at least two pieces of jewelry. Also missing from the residence was a safe with approximately $14,000 inside.

During the investigation, Perotto told authorities he took either two gold bracelets or one bracelet and one necklace and pawned them at a Rhinelander pawnshop for $100. He told authorities he knew nothing about the missing safe.

Kevin M. Mauzer, 44, of Land O’ Lakes, charged with two counts of uttering a forgery, had a pretrial conference set for April 2 at 11:15 a.m.

According to the complaint, Mauzer allegedly  signed and cashed stolen checks Feb. 19, 2012, at the Energy Mart in Conover for $160 and March 5, 2012, at the Black Oak Inn in Land O’ Lakes for $110. According to the owner of the checks, the checking account had been closed in February 2011.

Dustin B. Shamp, 23, of Ironwood, Mich., charged with burglary of a building or dwelling, had a plea and sentencing hearing set for March 25 at 9 a.m. According to the complaint, Shamp was allegedly involved in a burglary at Pukall Lumber in Manitowish Waters Sept. 14, 2011. Also charged in the case was Nikkolas T. Langelle, 22, of Ironwood, Mich.

According to the complaint, the defendants were involved in 15 other burglaries in Iron County, Wis., and Gogebic County, Mich., and admitted taking money from Pukall Lumber and then throwing the money out along a road. The money was not recovered. Authorities said there was about $1,000 in cash missing from a safe, checks, and another $287 from a money till stored in the safe.

Rosiland K. Mann, 20, of Crandon, charged with child abuse-intentionally causing harm and disorderly conduct Sept. 9, 2012, missed her bail and bond forfeiture hearing last week. A bench warrant was issued for her arrest.

Dawn M. Pawlak, 38, of Lac du Flambeau, who received a deferred entry of judgement (DEJ) on a charge of possession of an illegally obtained prescription, missed a motion hearing to revoke her DEJ. A bench warrant was issued for her arrest.

Casey Ray Patras, 38, of Urbandale, Iowa, charged with a computer crime of destroying data Jan. 22, 2012, had an initial appearance adjourned to March 11.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:32 PM

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