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Man, 43, gets 3 years in prison

in eighth-offense OWI sentence

A 43-year-old Arbor Vitae man, convicted of eighth-offense operating while intoxicated, was sentenced to three years in the Wisconsin Prison System, in Vilas Circuit Court last week.

Donald J. Vernetti received three years of confinement in prison, followed by two years of extended supervision.

Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III said other conditions of Vernetti’s sentence include: continued alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) after care and treatment; mental health counseling; not to possess or consume intoxicants; driver’s license revoked for 36 months; and ignition interlock device for 36 months. 

Vernetti will receive credit for 106 days served in jail. The sentence will run concurrent with any sentence he is now serving.

According to the complaint, Vernetti was driving erratically on Highway 70 in the town of Cloverland Aug. 27, almost causing an accident, when he was arrested. The officer said Vernetti was traveling eastbound on Highway 70 about 7:05 p.m. when he crossed the center line. During the arrest, Vernetti admitted to have vodka and lemonade in the vehicle.

In other felony cases, Justan L. Duval, 29, of Racine, charged with fourth-offense operating while intoxicated in five years, pleaded no contest and was found guilty. Charges of operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration for the fourth time in five years and felony bail jumping were dismissed in the plea agreement. A?traffic citation also was dismissed. Duval was arrested Sept. 7 in the town of Arbor Vitae with an alcohol breath test of 0.224%.

Nielsen withheld Duval’s sentence and placed him on probation for 36 months. Conditions of probation include: fined $3,500; driver’s license revoked for 32 months; ignition interlock device for 32 months; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns; complete AODA treatment and counseling; and provide a DNA sample. Duval also must serve six months in the county jail with work release or education privileges starting Jan. 1, 2013. He will receive credit for 20 days served and can serve the time in another county.

Dexter R. Warren, 42, of Milwaukee, charged with battery by a prisoner, had a preliminary hearing set for Dec. 18 at 11:30 a.m. According to the complaint, Warren allegedly hit another inmate at the Vilas County Jail Nov. 23. The other inmate changed the channel on the television during a commercial and Warren allegedly hit the man in the cheek and pulled his legs out from underneath him, injuring his right knee.

Jonathon T. Testini, 36, of Sayner, charged with possession of marijuana, possession of narcotic drugs, possess of an illegally obtained prescription, fourth-offense oper­ating while intoxicated and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, was bound over after probable cause was found he had committed a crime. He pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Jan. 29 at 10 a.m.

Testini was arrested Sept 4 in the town of Cloverland after he was stopped by a law enforcement officer for haveing a loud exhaust on his vehicle. According to the complaint, Testini had a preliminary breath test of 0.118%. Officers allegedly found a bag of marijuana in the console, as well as prescription pills in a container.

Nielsen also noted that Testini has outstanding fines and was ordered to pay $50 a month starting Feb. 1, 2013.

Troy L. Meacham, 32, of Eagle River, charged with forgery, uttering a forgery and two counts of misdemeanor theft, had a sentencing hearing adjourned to Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. because he is serving a sentence in the Stanley Correctional Facility. On Sept. 7, he pleaded no contest to the charges of forgery and misdemeanor theft. The charges of uttering a forgery and misdemeanor theft were dismissed.

Meacham was charged after taking currency between February and March 2012 from a Plum Lake  residence and forging his named on a check owned by another person in Phelps Feb. 28.

Danita M. Brisk, 49, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty to a charge of felony bail jumping for consuming intoxicants Nov. 30, while a second charge of felony bail jumping for consuming intoxicants was dismissed. She previously was found guilty of operating while intoxicated, fifth-or-sixth offense.

Nielsen withheld Brisk’s sentence. He placed her on probation for four years with the following conditions: one year in the Vilas County Jail, with credit for 36 days served; driver’s license revoked for 36 months; ignition interlock for 36 months; fined $3,706; not to possess or consume intoxicants; continue AODA treatment and counseling as deemed necessary; no taverns; no driving unless with a valid driver’s license.

With good jail time, Brisk will receive work-release privileges. After 120 days served, she may go to an inpatient treatment facility if arrangements can be made with day-for-day credit for her time served.

Richard F. Allen, 22, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with burglary of a building or dwelling, and criminal damage to property, told the court he needs new counsel and a preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 4 at 1:15 p.m. According to the complaint, Allen allegedly entered a dwelling at 2822 Cemetery Road in Lac du Flambeau April 14, 2011, with the intent to steal a 42-inch television.

Joseph D. Lussier, 21, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, waived his appearance at an initial appearance because he is in the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun. A preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 4 at 9 a.m. Lussier, who was convicted of a felony in Vilas County in 2008, was allegedly carrying a .22 revolver pistol on his person when he was arrested Oct. 12, 2011, in Lac du Flambeau.

Trent N. Stone, 30, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with battery/domestic abuse and disorderly conduct/domestic abuse, both as a repeater, had a preliminary hearing set for Dec. 21 at 11:30 a.m. According to the complaint, Stone was drinking with a 36-year-old woman Oct. 7 in Lac du Flambeau and they started to argue. He allegedly puncher her in the face and kicked her one time in the left hip. He was previously convicted of disorderly conduct with a domestic abuse enhancer in 2009 and 2011.

Wesley E. Brisk, 20, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with burglary of a building or dwelling and three counts of theft, stemming from the alleged burglary of the Simpson Electric building in Lac du Flambeau April 25, 2010, will have a pretrial conference Dec. 18 at 9:15 p.m. He also is charged with attempted battery to a law enforcement officer, attempted criminal damage to property, resisting or obstruction an officer, felony bail jumping and misdemeanor bail jumping for his alleged involvement in an incident June 4, 2012.

Codi L. Mayo, 25, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with three counts of manufacturing/delivery of a prescription drug, was bound over for arraignment Dec. 17 at 3:15 p.m. after probable cause was found he had committed a crime. His $1,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Mayo allegedly sold oxycodone in a controlled purchase in June and August of 2011. Conditions of his bond include no prescriptions unless prescribed; not to possess or consume intoxicants; and no taverns except for work.

James R. Wewasson, 44, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with substantial battery/ domestic abuse, had a preliminary hearing adjourned to Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. The court was told Wewasson wanted an attorney and that he should qualify for a public defender. According to the complaint, Wewasson al­legedly struck an 18-year-old woman in the face, breaking her nose, Nov. 17 in Lac du Flambeau, after she allegedly kicked him four times. His $1,000 signature bond was continued.

James B. Hansen, 23, of Winchester, charged with substantial battery and battery by a prisoner, had a preliminary hearing set for Dec. 17 at 3:30 p.m. According to the complaint, Hansen allegedly punched another person in the face in the Vilas County Jail Dec. 2.

Angel J. LaBarge, 41, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with two counts of manufacturing/delivery of prescription drugs and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, had a preliminary hearing set for Jan. 14 at 3:30 p.m.

According to the complaint, LaBarge allegedly sold Adderall to two different subjects for $5 apiece. There were 40 unaccounted pills in the bottle, prescribed to another person, but she allegedly told authorities she sold 14 out of the 40 pills Nov. 28.

Tanya M. Turney, 39, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with third-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a minor child in the vehicle, third-offense operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration and operating a motor vehicle while revoked, was bound over for arraignment after probable cause was found she had committed a crime. She pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. She was arrested June 28 in Lac du Flambeau with a blood alcohol level of 0.199% as part of  a hit-and-run accident investigation.

Turney also is charged with possession of narcotic drugs and possess of drug paraphernalia after she was arrested Aug. 27 for allegedly possessing oxycodone and a pipe to inhale a controlled substance. She was arrested during a child abuse investigation at her residence.

During the investigation by the Lac du Flambeau Police Department and Lac du Flambeau Indian Child Welfare at Turney’s residence at 408 Ottawa St. in Lac du Flambeau, David E. Turney, 41, also was arrested on charges of possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. The officials were at the home to remove a child from the residence and place the child in a foster home.

Ayla D. Sunn, 25, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery/possession/manufacturing prescription drugs, possession of narcotic drugs and possession of marijuana, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Jan. 29 at 9:45 a.m. Sunn’s signature bond was set at $2,500, with the following conditions: not to possess or consume intoxicants; not to possess or consume a prescription drug without a prescription; no taverns; and submit to random testing of bodily fluids or breath.

Scott A. Smith Jr., 19, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with felony bail jumping, possession of cocaine and misdemeanor bail jumping, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Jan. 29 at 10:30 a.m. His $500 cash bond was continued. According to the complaint, Lac du Flambeau Indian Child Welfare and police officers arrived at his residence Nov. 27 for a child removal and allegedly located a small bag with a powder substance.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 4:23 PM
 

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