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Man gets prison sentence

for burning children in tub

A 31-year-old Lac du Flambeau man, who burned two children in a bathtub, was sentenced to four years in the Wisconsin Prison System in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Jeffrey E. Kulick, who was convicted to two counts of physical abuse of a child, was sentenced to three years on one count and one year on the second count, to run consecutive.

Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III also sentenced Kulick to three years of extended supervision on the first count and two years on the second count, again to run consecutive.

According to the complaint, Kulick was babysitting two children Sept. 9, 2011, in Lac du Flambeau when the children, ages 2 and 3, became sick. He said he became upset with them and placed them in a bathtub of hot water, burning parts of their lower bodies. One of the children also had bruising on one side of the face and the other child had a scrape on the forehead.

Conditions of Kulick’s ex­tended supervision in­clude: restitution to be determined in 45 days; counseling costs up to statutory limit for either of the children; alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) treatment as recommended; no contact with mother or father of the two children or the two children. He will receive credit for 21 days served in jail.

In other felony cases, Jeffrey S. Schuman, 27, of Lac du Flambeau, had a prison sentence stayed and he was placed on probation for three years following a substantial battery domestic abuse conviction. Judge Nielsen sentenced Schuman to three years, six months in the Wisconsin Prison System, including one year, six months of confinement and two years’ extended supervision. Niel­sen then stayed the prison sentence and placed Schuman on probation.

Conditions of Schuman’s probation include: not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns; complete assessment or treatment for any AODA issues; attend batterers’ group and anger management; seek full-time em­ployment or education; ob­tain a GED; 60 days in the county jail to start March 18 at 10 a.m.; and provide a DNA sample. He will receive credit for 23 days served.

According to the complaint, Schuman was arrested on a trail behind the Lac du Flambeau Domestic Abuse Center May 16, 2012, about 10:49 after a domestic incident with his girlfriend, who he claimed was having an affair with another man. After first saying she was jumped and beaten by another person the night before, she admitted that Schuman threw her to the ground and kicked her in the face and head area.

Schuman also pleaded no contest to a felony bail jumping charge of Nov. 1, 2012, for consuming intoxicants.Two other counts of felony bail jumping were dismissed. He was sentenced to three years, six months in the Wisconsin Prison Sentence to run concurrent with the previous sentence.

Benjamin J. Otterpohl-Rosinski, 23, of Conover, charged with two counts of forgery, had an initial appearance adjourned to March 11 at 10 a.m. Otterpohl is accused of fraudulently signing and cashing two checks of another person Feb. 18 and 27, 2012. He is free on a $2,500 signature bond.

Erin R. Heyer, 30, of Phelps, charged with manufacturing/delivery of marijuana, had a preliminary hearing set for March 14 at 11 a.m. According to the complaint, Heyer allegedly sold one-eighth ounce of marijuana in a controlled purchase at her residence on Zeman Road in the town of Cloverland April 20, 2010.

Ronald A. Bruzas, 78, of St. Germain, charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, had a pretrial conference set for April 2 at 10:30 a.m. Court records show Bruzas was convicted of two counts of receiving stolen property in Vilas County Circuit Court June 29, 1993. According to the complaint, law enforcement officials found him in possession of firearms, including a .22-caliber pistol and .22-caliber rifle he used for shooting squirrels at his bird feeder in October of 2011. Several shotguns also were located on a wall gun rack.

Spencer A. Smith, 17, of Lac du Flambeau, saw charges of hit and run with injury, reckless driving causing injury and operating without a license all dismissed without prejudice. Assistant District Attorney David Breedlove, who made the motion to dismiss, said it didn’t appear that Smith committed the offense Dec. 1, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau when an apparent reckless driver hit an electrical power box, knocking out power in a neighborhood and causing an injury to a minor passenger in the vehicle. Breedlove said he may motion for expungement of the charges in about a month.

Nicole B. Peterson, 36, of Phelps, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated. Her sentence was withheld and she was placed on probation for 36 months.

Conditions of Peterson’s probation include: fined $2,182; driver’s license revoked for 30 months; ignition interlock device for 30 months; alcohol and other AODA assessment and any treatment; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns; and serve six months in the county jail with work release or child care privileges. She received credit for one day served.

Judge Nielsen said Peterson can receive up to 45 days in AODA ?treatment with day-for-day credit upon successful completion. He noted she already has completed 28 days of treatment.

According to the complaint, Peterson was driving home from work about 12:39 a.m. July 19, 2012, when a police traffic officer initiated a traffic stop because a vehicle taillight and license plate lamp were out. While she originally refused a preliminary breath test, her blood alcohol concentration was 0.177% when tested at the hospital. The charge of operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, above 0.02%, was dismissed.

Brandon L. Vetterneck, 36, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with second offense possession of marijuana and operating a motor vehicle after revocation, had a plea and sentencing hearing adjourned to March 13 at 8:30 a.m. Vetterneck was taken into custody in Lac du Flambeau June 29, 2011, when there was a warrant out for his arrest in Oneida and Columbia counties. Officers allegedly observed a burnt marijuana cigarette on the floor of his vehicle.

Joseph D. Lussier, 21, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of possession of a firearm by a felon. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for May 6 at 2 p.m. He also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of battery. Judge Nielsen sentenced him to 60 days in the county jail on that conviction, concurrent to a present sentence he is serving. Lussier, a convicted felon, had a .22-caliber revolver pistol in his bedroom at his residence at 851 Ellis Point Lane Oct. 12, 2011.

Scott A. Smith Jr., 19, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with four counts of uttering a forgery and four counts of misdemeanor theft, had a sentencing hearing on revocation adjourned to March 25 at 1:30 p.m. According to the complaint, Smith allegedly altered scale slips when he sold metal at Scharf Automotive Inc., in the town of Lincoln July 11, 13, 15 and 20, 2011. The state requested to adjourn the case so the sentencing hearing on revocation can coincide with the sentencing on another conviction.

Cristina Trevizo, 27, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with operating while intoxicated fourth offense in five years with a minor child in the vehicle, entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for April 2 at 11:45 a.m.

According to the complaint, officers initiated a traffic stop on Trevizo’s vehicle when radar showed she was travelling 41 mph in a 25 mph speed zone on Highway 47 in Lac du Flambeau at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 3. After pulling over in the Smoke Shop parking lot, she started to leave the vehicle but was stopped by officers. Her preliminary breath test was 0.178%. She also was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration of more than 0.02%, operating a motor vehicle while revoked and misdemeanor bail jumping.

Brian C. Wolfe, 22, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with 12 counts in three different cases, including criminal trespass, criminal damage to property, delivery of schedule I or II narcotics, possession of narcotic drugs, second-degree reckless endangerment, at­tempted battery to a peace officer and two felony bail jumping charges, waived his preliminary hearing and probable cause was found that he had committed a crime. The defendant was bound over and a plea hearing was set for March 11 at 1:30 p.m. for all cases.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 6:11 PM

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