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Pretrial conference set for man

accused of taking credit card

A 36-year-old Land O’ Lakes man charged with three counts of forgery and three counts of theft by acquisition of a credit card was appointed a new defense attorney and a pretrial conference was set in the district attorney’s office March 26 at 9:15, in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Gabriel C. Basner, who also is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and operating while revoked, will have Robert Hanson of Lac du Flambeau as his new defense attorney.

Vilas Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III allowed Attorney Anne Kotte to withdraw from the case Feb. 6. Hanson was appointed by Courtney Jolin of Rhinelander, attorney manager for the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s office.

According to the complaint, Basner allegedly took a credit card from another person and made purchases at the Holiday Gas Station in Eagle River Aug. 31, 2012, Sept. 1, 2012, and Sept. 2, 2012. Basner said he had the credit card because he was doing work for the owner of the card. The store reported the suspicious credit card activity to the Eagle River Police Department.

When Basner was arrested Sept. 4, 2012, he allegedly was in possession of a pipe used to inhale controlled substances and was in possession of Sucralfate, a prescription drug.

Basner currently is in custody at the Oshkosh Correctional Institution, serving a prison sentence for an unrelated matter.

In other felony cases, Robert Curtis Richardson, 47, of Eagle River, charged with forgery, had an arraignment hearing set for March 14 at 9:30 a.m. According to the complaint, Richardson, doing business as Custom Building by Richardson, was contracted to rebuild a home destroyed by fire in 2010. He allegedly signed and deposited a check issued by the Hartford Large Loss Organization Dec. 1, 2010, for $30,510.38. The funds were to be used for landscaping.

During the preliminary hearing last week, the victim testified that the funds for the repair work were typically put in an escrow account and Richardson was paid as he did the work. The victim said this particular check was signed and deposited by Richardson and they did not sign the check, nor did they receive it at their residence.

According to the complaint, the check was deposited in Richardson’s account Dec. 20, 2010, and they did not give Richardson permission to deposit the check. Richardson continued to work on the landscaping at the home and on June 9, 2011, the victims sent Richardson a certified letter saying they no longer requested his service and requested money that he owed them.

Casey Ray Patras, 37, of Ribbondale, Iowa, charged with computer crimes, destroying property, Jan. 22, 2012, had an initial appearance adjourned to March 4 at 9:30 a.m. because he is seeking an attorney. According to the complaint, Patras was terminated from employment with Rock Island Environmental Services in the town of Washington. He allegedly accessed the business computer and erased electronic files owned by the business. According to business owner, it’s estimated it will cost about $3,700 to recover the files.

Pamela A. Miller, 50, of Boulder Junction, charged with battery of a peace officer and disorderly conduct Dec. 24, 2012, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for March 26 at 9:45 a.m. According to the complaint, police officers were called to Miller’s home and during questioning, she became uncooperative. While she was being handcuffed, she allegedly lunged toward an officer and kicked an officer in the groin area. She had to be carried to the squad car.

Brenda A. Knabe, 38, of Sheboygan, charged with battery to an emergency rescue worker, third-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and disorderly conduct,  had a preliminary hearing set for Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m.

According to the complaint, Knabe was arrested for allegedly being intoxicated at Trig’s in Eagle River Jan. 21. She allegedly resisted getting on a gurney when Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital emergency medical technicians (EMT) responded to transport her to the hospital for treatment. At the hospital, Knabe, who had a blood alcohol level of 0.083%, allegedly kicked an EMT in the face.

Jabri J. Aubrey Griffin, 17, of Milwaukee, charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for March 12 at 11:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, Griffin was stopped by a law enforcement officer Nov. 22, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau for not having a front registration plate on her vehicle. K-9 Goro alerted on the vehicle and officers allegedly located a pill bottle under the center console with three bags with a green, leafy substance suspected as marijuana, a digital scale under the center console and green leafy material in a plastic bag in a package of cigarettes on the front passenger seat.

Adam P. Diver, 28, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with second-offense possession of marijuana, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for March 26 at 9:45 a.m. According to the complaint, police officers were investigating a battery complaint Nov. 30, 2012, at Lake of the Torches Casino.  A surveillance camera at the casino showed Diver, who was walking up to the casino,  hiding something in the snow in the parking lot. Officers later located a pill bottle with marijuana inside.

Joseph D. Lussier, 21, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession of a firearm by a felon Sept. 25, 2011, entered a not guilty plea and a pretrial conference was set for Feb. 26 at 1:45 p.m. A jury trial was scheduled for March 13 at 8:30 a.m. According to the complaint, a witness said Lussier allegedly had a .22-caliber revolver pistol on his side on at least two occasions. During the execution of a search warrant at a residence where Lussier was temporarily staying, a law enforcement officer found a pistol inside his bedroom. He was previously convicted of a felony in Vilas County in 2008.

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 March 11 at 10 a.m. because the defendant is seeking an attorney. According to the complaint, Allen used the driver’s door on his vehicle to allegedly strike a 27-year-old woman as she was walking to the back door to get a bag, knocking her to the ground following an argument between the two Nov. 1, 2012.

Kory M. LaBarge, 35, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with sixth-offense operating while intoxicated, obstructing an officer and operating a motor vehicle while revoked, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for March 26 at 10:45 a.m. According to the complaint, LaBarge was driving his vehicle about 11:16 p.m. Feb. 4 with no headlights on. A police officer initiated a traffic stop and smelled intoxicants on LaBarge. During the stop, LaBarge allegedly turned the vehicle on and was apparently preparing to drive away from the scene when a passenger in the vehicle turned the car off and placed the keys on top of the vehicle. LaBarge had a preliminary breath test of 0.15%.

Jeffrey S. Schuman, 27, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with substantial battery/­domestic abuse May 16, 2012, had a sentencing hearing adjourned to Feb. 27 at 2:30 p.m.. Schuman also is charged with three counts of felony bail jumping for being in possession of intoxicants and marijuana Nov. 1, 2012.

Curtis A. Wolfe, 21, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with burglary of a building or dwelling, misdemeanor theft and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping as a repeater, had an adjourned initial appearance set for March 14 at 9:30 a.m. and a plea/sentencing hearing set for April 30 at 11 a.m. According to the complaint, Wolfe allegedly stole a 42-inch television from a Lac du Flambeau residence May 18, 2012, entering the residence through an unlocked window.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:42 PM

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