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Man gets 60 days in jail, fine

for altering recycling scale slips

A 20-year-old Lac du Flambeau man, who altered scale slips after he sold metal at a town of Lincoln automotive and recycling facility, was found guilty of misdemeanor theft in a plea agreement in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Nicholas L. Zortman was sentenced to 60 days in the county jail with work release privileges and was fined $379 after pleading no contest to the misdemeanor.

Two charges of uttering a forgery and one additional count of misdemeanor theft were dismissed but read in at sentencing by Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III. Zortman also must pay $785 in restitution, of which the court was told $285 was already paid. Zortman’s jail sentence must start by March 15 at 10 a.m.

Zortman also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of misdemeanor bail jumping. Charges of felony bail jumping and operating with a revoked license were dismissed. Nielsen sentenced Zortman to 30 days in the county jail on that conviction, with the sentence consecutive to the previous jail time. He received credit for three days served.

Judge Nielsen said Zortman can seek expungement of the theft conviction upon his 21st birthday with no future convictions or charges.

According to the complaint, Zortman altered scale slips when he sold metal at Scharf’s Automotive in the town of Lincoln July 18 and 19, 2011.

In other felony cases, Scott A. Smith Jr., 19, of Lac du Flambeau, had a deferred entry of judgment (DEJ) revoked and was found guilty to uttering a forgery. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for March 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Smith, who altered scale slips when he sold metal at Scharf Automotive in July of 2011, originally was charged with four counts of uttering a forgery and four counts of misdemeanor theft. On June 20, 2012, he was granted a DEJ on one of the uttering a forgery charges. He also pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor theft charges and one uttering a forgery charge. Two additional uttering a forgery charges and two additional misdemeanor theft charges were dismissed. His sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for 24 months. He also was required to pay $2,917 in restitution and serve 30 days in the county jail. According to the two-year DEJ, he was to commit no crimes.

But on Nov. 30, 2012,  Smith was charged with felony bail jumping, possession of cocaine and misdemeanor bail jumping. He was arraigned on those charges Dec. 12, 2012.

Sean C. Irish, 35, of Madison, pleaded no contest and was found guilty to four counts of failure to support dating back to Sept. 1, 2009. Two other charges of failure to support were dismissed but read in for sentencing.

Irish’s sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for five years with conditions including mental health assessment counseling, any alcohol and other drug abuse treatment deemed necessary by the agent, keep current on child support payments and pay $100 minimum per month toward arrearage if em­ployed, and continue work searches if not employed.

According to the complaint, Irish made a payment of $1,057 on April 14, 2011, but the total due was $11,724.29.

Austin H. Nelson, 19, of Minocqua, charged with seven counts of burglary of a building or dwelling and  misdemeanor theft in Lac du Flambeau and Boulder Junction in the spring of 2012, had an initial appearance adjourned to Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. His $5,000 signature bond was continued.

Kevin B. Kurek, 21, of Arbor Vitae, charged with burglary of a building or dwelling, misdemeanor theft and misdemeanor bail jumping, had an initial appearance adjourned to Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. According to the complaint, Kurek allegedly took $125 in cash from an Arbor Vitae residence Jan. 14, though there was no forced entry and no property damage.

James D. Mackay, 19, of St. Germain, charged with uttering a forgery, receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana and misdemeanor bail jumping, had a plea and sentencing hearing rescheduled to March 25 at 3 p.m.

Daniel L. Ritz, 41, of Chilton, charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, identity theft for financial gain and misdemeanor theft, entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for March 12 at 10:30 a.m. According to the complaint, Ritz claimed to have bruised ribs and obtained medical treatment at Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital June 12, 2010. He then received a prescription for medications under a false name and purchased 30 Percocet tablets at an Eagle River pharmacy.

Shawn R. Jacques, 24, of Rhinelander, charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for March 12 at 10 a.m. According to the complaint, Jacques was stopped for having a loud exhaust on his vehicle Nov. 30, 2012, in Arbor Vitae.

A K-9 unit was brought in and alerted to the vehicle and officers apparently found four boxes of crackers in the back seat and inside three of the four boxes were plastic baggies with a green leafy substance later identified as marijuana.

Keith T. Breneman, 41, of Arbor Vitae, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault of a child under age 16. Two other charges of second-degree sexual assault of a child and exposing his body to a child were dismissed. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for April 8 at 1:30 p.m.

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 Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. According to the complaint, Allen used the door of his vehicle to strike a woman and knock her to the ground Nov. 1, 2012.

Rosalind K. Mann, 20, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with physical abuse of a child and disorderly conduct, was not present for an adjourned initial appearance and a bench warrant was issued for $2,500 cash. According to the complaint, Mann was baby-sitting Sept. 9, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau when she allegedly struck a child with a closed fist on the forehead.

Terry L. Edwards, 18, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with battery of a peace officer and obstructing an officer,  missed his initial appearance Jan. 28 and a bench warrant was issued for $2,000 cash. According to the complaint, Edwards allegedly had an altercation with a police officer Dec. 29, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau while he was being handcuffed.

Justin M. Theobald, 20, of Lac du Flambeau, who was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault Dec. 19, 2011, had the charge dismissed upon the motion of the district attorney after Theobald had completed all the requirements of a DEJ, including undergoing assessment on appropriate thinking as a sexual behavior and committing no additional crimes.

Quentin C. Negani, 19, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with burglary of a building or dwelling and misdemeanor theft, had a jury trial set for May 8 at 8:30 a.m. According to the complaint, Negani allegedly took a television, PlayStation III, and five to seven video games from an apartment Jan. 10, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau.

Dawn M. Pawlak, 38, of Lac du Flambeau, had a motion hearing to consider revoking a DEJ adjourned to March 4 at 9 a.m. Pawlak was originally charged with delivery of Schedule I or II narcotics Aug. 23, 2010, and the charge was amended to possession of oxycotin, a misdemeanor, on Oct. 31, 2011. At that time, a deferred entry of judgment was approved.

District Attorney Albert Moustakis said the defendant has not followed through with the alcohol and other drug abuse treatment required in the DEJ. He asked the court to revoke the DEJ and impose a sentence.

Robert D. Wolfe, 28, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with substantial battery and misdemeanor battery, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for March 12 at 9:15 a.m. According to the complaint, Wolfe was arguing with another man Oct. 12, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau and allegedly punched the man in the face causing him to bleed.

Shane L. Philemon, 32, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with deliver of Schedule I or II?narcotics, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for March 12 at 9:45 a.m. According to the complaint, Philemon allegedly sold two Percocet tablets in a controlled purchase June 22, 2011, for $70.

Steven R. Gukich, 19, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with theft of moveable property July 18, 2012, and felony bail jumping Sept. 20, 2012, entered a plea of not guilty and a plea and sentencing hearing was set for March 1 at 8:30 a.m. According to the complaint, Gukich was involved in the theft of two televisions from a home and jewelry from a cottage, both in Lac du Flambeau. The felony bail jumping charged stemmed from Gukich failing to appear for a scheduled court date.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 7:23 PM
 

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