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Judge Nielsen denies request

to modify Burke’s jail sentence

A 58-year-old St. Germain man, who was convicted earlier this year of taking more than $87,000 from an Eagle River tree cutting business, was back in Vilas County Circuit Court last week asking Judge Neal A. Nielsen III to modify his sentence.

Michael L. Burke pleaded no contest and was found guilty July 26 of one count of theft in a business setting. He received five years probation. Two other charges of theft in a business setting were dismissed in the plea agreement but were read-in at the sentencing. In addition, there were six uncharged read-ins dating back to 2003.

As a condition of probation, Nielsen originally sentenced Burke to 90 days in the county jail. The judge said the jail sentence could be served in another county but without work release.

But Burke’s attorney, Ralph Koopman, last Wednesday asked the court to modify the jail sentence. He said the court was denying Burke the ability to  receive income from his new employer, Peterson Tree Service. Koopman said Burke needs the employment to pay his restitution of more than $87,000.

Judge Nielsen denied Burke’s request to modify the sentence to allow Burke to work while serving his jail sentence.

In other felony cases, Troy L. Meacham, 32, of Eagle River, pleaded no contest to charges of forgery and misdemeanor theft, while a charge of forgery and misdemeanor theft were dismissed in a plea agreement. The two dismissed charges will be read in for restitution and sentencing. He was found guilty of the Nielsen ordered presentence investigation. His sentencing was set for Dec. 12 at 11 a.m.

According to the complaint, Meacham wrote out a check of another persons at the Phelps Convenience Store Feb. 28. He also took currency and coins from another person in the town of Plum Lake between February and March 2012.

Clint M. Allen, 33, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with battery domestic abuse and disorderly conduct domestic abuse, both as a repeater, had an initial appearance adjourned to Jan. 7 at 10 a.m.

According to the complaint, Allen was having an argument over a cigarette with a 26-year-old Lac du Flambeau woman in his car Nov. 1. She apparently went to the back door of the driver’s side to get items from the back seat when he allegedly opened the driver’s door with force, causing her to fall to the ground. He then drove away. He was previously convicted of battery domestic abuse Oct. 8, 2008 and Aug. 16, 2010.

Gerald W. Mann Jr., 34, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with second-offense possession of marijuana, two counts of felony bail jumping, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle while revoked was bound over for arraignment. He pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Jan. 8 at 11 a.m.

According to the complaint, K-9 Goro alerted on Mann’s vehicle during a traffic stop. Officers allegedly found 11.7 grams of green leafy plant substance in a bag and jar in the vehicle that tested positive for marijuana. They also found three glass pipes in the vehicle.

Walter C. Pappas, 46, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with seventh-offense operating while intoxicated, disorderly conduct use of a dangerous weapon and operating a motor vehicle while revoked, entered a plea of not guilty. A pretrial conference was set for Jan. 29 at 9:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, Pappas allegedly threatened two other people with an ax Oct. 6 in Lac du Flambeau, lifting the ax over his head and saying he was going to kill them.

Arlene M. Poupart, 42, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with manufacturing and delivery of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, was in court last week for a motion hearing. Defense Attorney Aaron W. Schenk claimed there was an illegal search of Poupart’s residence. The court denied the motion. A?jury trial has been scheduled for Dec. 19 and 20, starting at 8:30 a.m.

 

Thomas J. Wilde, 54, of Lac du Flambeau, faces the same charges as Poupart. He is a co-defendant in the jury trial. In addition, Wilde has been charged with escape and a status hearing for that case will be Dec. 19 at 8:30 a.m.

 

Michael J. Poupart, 27, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with manufacturin and delivery of marijuana, was bound over for arraignment and pleaded not guilty. A pretrial conference was set for Jan. 22 at 10:30 a.m. His bond was continued. He was arrested Aug. 9 for allegedly selling 5 grams of marijuana for $25 during a controlled purchase at Sandbeach Wayside in Lac du Flambeau.

 

In the same case, Teresa A. Link, 31, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with manufacturing and delivery of marijuana, was bound over and pleaded not guilty. Her pretrial conference was set for Jan. 22 at 10:30 a.m.

 

Codi L. Mayo, 25, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with three counts of manufacturing and delivery of a prescription drug, had a preliminary hearing set for Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. She was released on a $1,000 signature bond, with the following conditions: no prescription drugs unless prescribed; not to possess or consume intoxicants; and no taverns, except for work.

According to the complaint, Mayo allegedly sold the prescription drug Oxycodone in controlled purchases June 16, 2011, Aug. 9, 2011 and Aug. 22, 2011.

Cystal M. Poupart, 22, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with substantial battery and disorderly conduct was bound over for arraignment and pleaded not guilty. A pretrial conference was set for Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. Her $1,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Crystal Poupart was allegedly involved in a fight with another woman at Ojibwe Market in Lac du Flambeau Sept. 10.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:13 PM
 

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