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Rhinelander man fined $2,944,

gets 9 months’ jail for fifth OWI


A 62-year-old Rhinelander man who was found guilty of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated had his sentence withheld and he was placed on probation for 36 months, in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Terry A. Jako also was found guilty of attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer. A charge of operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration was dismissed.

Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III said conditions of Jako’s probation

include a fine of $2,944, and nine months in the Vilas County Jail with work-release privileges. The judge said $1,000 of Jako’s bond would be applied to the fine.


Jako was arrested Sept. 5, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau after he was pursued by a traffic officer for having a broken driver-side tail lamp on his vehicle. According to the complaint, the officer witnessed Jako’s vehicle cross the centerline approximately five times within a quarter mile and then Jako travelled at speeds approaching 80 mph to elude the officer. He finally was arrested with a preliminary breath test of 0.218%.

Judge Nielsen said other conditions of Jako’s probation include: driver’s license revoked for 36 months; ignition interlocken device for 36 months; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns or liquor stores; alcohol and other drug assessment and any treatment deemed necessary by the agent; and continue follow through with AA.

On the fleeing conviction, Jako was given another 30 days in the county jail with work release. He will receive credit for four days served in jail.

In other felony cases, Ramon D. Pineiro, 36, of Goldbar, charged with two counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place in the town of Lincoln and Arbor Vitae had a jury trial rescheduled for June 19-20.

Pineiro also is charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and two counts of criminal damage to property. Also charged in the case were James J. Lacson, 34, of Eagle River, and Kevin A. Shumake, 40, of Arbor Vitae.

According to the complaint, Pineiro and the other defendants had a marijuana grow operation at 2715 Whiskey Trail Road in the town of Lincoln from June 2010 to June 2011 and another at 1399 S. Farming Road in the town of Arbor Vitae from April 15, 2011, to Feb. 7, 2012.

While executing a search warrant at the Lincoln residence, officers found about 160 marijuana  plants in various rooms turned into growing chambers. In addition, an electrical box had apparently been jumped to reduce the electrical bill. At the Arbor Vitae residence, officers found 67 live marijuana plants and 40 to 60 marijuana root bulbs.

Shumake, who faces the same charges as Pineiro, is scheduled for a jury trial May 8, 9 and 10. Lacson has been charged with one count each of maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession with intent to deliver, and one county of criminal damage to property. Lacson’s next court date has not been scheduled.

Kevin L. Diver, 18, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with three counts of first-degree child sexual assault, contact with a child under 13, pleaded not guilty by mental disease or defect and the court ordered an examination to determine Diver’s criminal responsibility in the case. A pretrial conference was set for April 9 at 9:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, Diver allegedly sexually assaulted the same child twice in 2007 or 2008 and again in the fall of 2011. The child is now eight years old.

Joseph D. Lussier, 21, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, had a preliminary hearing adjourned to Feb. 11. Lussier, who was previously convicted of a felony in 2008, is alleged to have carried a .22-caliber revolver pistol Oct. 12, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau.

Arlene M. Poupart, 42, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with manufacturing or delivery of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, had a status hearing set for Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. According to the complaint, Poupart and Thomas J. Wilde, 54, of Lac du Flambeau allegedly operating a marijuana grow at their residence at 1895 County Highway D in Lac du Flambeau. They were arrested following a search warrant at the residence Sept. 9, 2011, when officers found 21 marijuana plants indoors and 18 plants outdoors.

Wilde also will appear for a status hearing on the same three charges Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. He also is charged with escape Sept. 9, 2011. According to the complaint, following his arrest he was transported to Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff with a suspected heart problem. He later escaped from the hospital with an IV still in his arm. He later was arrested and taken to the Vilas County Jail.

James J. Callas, 53, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with manufacturing or delivery of a prescription drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and misdemeanor bail jumping, had a jury trial set for May 16 at 8:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, Callas sold two prescription pills in a controlled purchase for $100 Feb. 12, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau. A search warrant at his residence led to the possession charges.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:20 PM
Last Updated on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 1:58 PM


+1 #1 Denny Erardi 2013-02-22 17:47
It is stunning to me that a man receives such a light sentence for his FIFTH OWI. Why is he even allowed the possibility of ever driving again? Driving 80 mph with a BAC of over .20%? Are you going to wait until he hits and/or kills someone before getting serious about sentencing repeat offenders? Work release privileges? Really?

This is the fifth time this guy's been caught; god knows how many times that means he's driven drunk and not gotten caught. With sentencing provisions such as this, you are asking to see this guy back in the courtroom on vechicular manslaughter charges. Crazy.

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