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Woman convicted of 6th OWI,

sentenced to two years in prison

A 54-year-old Lac du Flambeau woman was sentenced to two years in the Wisconsin Prison System after she was found guilty of sixth-offense operating while intoxicated in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Denise C. Riopelle will serve two years of confinement and three years of extended supervision. A charge of operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license was dismissed in the plea agreement.

Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III also fined Riopelle $2,500. Other conditions of her sentence include: eligible for substance abuse program; continue counseling as deemed necessary by the agent; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns; driver’s license revoked for 30 months; ignition interlock device for 30 months; and attend alcohol assessment. Riopelle received credit for 91 days served in jail.

According to the complaint, Riopelle was arrested July 19 in Arbor Vitae after it was reported her vehicle was weaving in traffic on Highway 47. Officers located her sitting on the steps at a residence at 1031 Highway 47. Riopelle told officers she had just been home from work for 10 minutes and had not been drinking. Her preliminary breath test was 0.298%. She previously had two operating while intoxicated convictions in Oneida County and three in Vilas County.

In other felony cases, Joshua S. Beson, 28, of Lac du Flambeau, entered a no contest plea and was found guilty of physical abuse of a child with intent to cause bodily harm. His sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for 36 months.

Conditions of Beson’s probation include: alcohol, drugs, batterers and family counseling; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns; and maintain full-time employment or work search.

Beson was arrested Jan. 18 in Lac du Flambeau after it was reported he had hit a 3-year-old boy for opening the door at his residence to officials with the Indian Child Welfare office. Beson thought the boy opened the door for police officers.

Keith T. Breneman, 41, of Arbor Vitae, charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child under age 16 and one count of exposing body parts to a child, will get a jury trial Jan. 29 and 30, 2013. During a motion hearing last week, a motion to suppress evidence was denied by Judge Nielsen. Breneman’s attorney, Jeffrey Jackomino of Rhinelander, told the court that statements made by the defendant too the Vilas County Sherriff’s Department during his arrest should be suppressed.

According to the complaint, Breneman allegedly had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl at her cousin’s house in Lac du Flambeau sometime during the summer of 2005.

Gabriel C. Basner, 35, of Land O’ Lakes, charged with three counts of forgery, three counts of theft by acquisition of a credit card, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and operating a motor vehicle while revoked, entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Dec. 18 at 9 a.m.

Basner is alleged to have used another person’s credit card at the Holiday South convenience store in Eagle River, charging in the amounts of $15.12, $56.42 and $140.50. When he was arrested Sept. 4, he allegedly was in possession of a smoking pipe, the drug sucralfate and was driving while having a revoked license.

Carmen C. Potts, 32, of Lac Flambeau, charged with manufacturing or delivery of a prescription drug, had a plea and sentencing hearing scheduled for Oct. 18, but it was adjourned and no new date was set.

According to the complaint, Potts allegedly gave a cyclobenzaprine pill to another woman for cramps during a party at a Lac du Flambeau residence Dec. 21, 2011. According to the complaint, the 19-year-old woman was later found unconscious in a bed with an empty pill bottle on the floor next to the bed. A?witness estimated there were about 10 pills in the bottle.

Danita Brisk, 49, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with sixth-offense operating while intoxicated and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, had a sentencing hearing rescheduled for Nov. 26 at 11:30 a.m. Brisk was arrested Feb. 12 in Lac du Flambeau with a preliminary breath test of 0.163%, according to the complaint.

David N. Larson, 54, of Conover, charged with fifth-offense operating while intoxicated, entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Dec. 4 at 9:45 a.m. According to the complaint, Larson was arrested Oct. 1 in Conover with a preliminary breath test of 0.19%.

Alessa L. LaBarge, 27, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery of schedule III non-narcotic drugs, had a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. LaBarge is alleged to have sold three hydrocodone pills for $15 during a controlled purchase in Lac du Flambeau July 18.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:28 PM

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