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Man charged for destroying data

on computer of Eagle River business

A 38-year-old Iowa man, charged with destroying data on a computer, made an adjourned initial appearance in Vilas County Circuit Court and remained free on a $1,000 signature bond.

According to the complaint, Casey Ray Patras of Ribbondale was hired by Rock Island Environmental Services in the  town of Washington June 21, 2010, and was terminated from his job Jan. 20, 2012.

Patras is alleged to have accessed the business computers about Jan. 22, 2012, after he was terminated, and erased the electronic files of the business. It’s also alleged that he attempted to gain access to the computers again Jan. 25, 2012.

According to the company owner, Robert Whitney, it cost approximately $3,700 to reconstruct and reorganize the deleted data.

Vilas Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III scheduled Patras’ pretrial conference for April 30 at 11:45 a.m.

In other felony cases, Benjamin J. Otterpohl-Rosinski, 23, of Conover, charged with two counts of forgery, party to a crime, had a preliminary hearing set for April 15 at 9:15 a.m.

According to the complaint, Otterpohl-Rosinski allegedly signed and cashed two checks from another person at the Energy Mart in Conover for $160 Feb. 19, 2012, and for $200 Feb. 27, 2012. The owner of the checks told investigators the checking account was closed in February 2011.

Robert C. Richardson, 47, of Eagle River, charged with forgery, requested a substitute for Judge Nielsen during his arraignment March 14. Iron County District Attorney Martin Lipske has been named special prosecutor in the case.

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 sent to the property owner to be used for landscaping at the home.

Ione J. Shepard, 30, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with manufacturing or delivery of a prescription drug, manufacturing or deliver of heroin and two counts of felony bail jumping, had a pretrial conference set for April 9 at 8:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, Shepard allegedly sold .03 grams of heroin for $50 June 2, 2012, and one oxycodone pill for $40 Aug. 2, 2012, both during a controlled purchase.

Shepard also was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, felony bail jumping as a repeater and possession of an illegally obtained prescription as a repeater. She was arrested during the execution of a search warrant at 371 Tomahawk Circle in Lac du Flambeau Jan. 5, 2013.

While Shepard has been in jail since Jan. 5, a motion to modify her bond from $5,000 cash to $2,000 cash was granted.

David E. Turney, 42, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, will appear for a plea and sentencing hearing April 29 at 11:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, officers with Lac du Flambeau Indian Child Welfare officials visited a residence for a child abuse investigation Aug. 27, 2012, and discovered a multi-tool knife on the kitchen table with black tar-like residue on the tip, along with cardboard with white powder  residue.

In  addition, officers investigated a marijuana smell emitting from the bedroom where Turney stayed, and allegedly located green, leafy material on the nightstand, along with a socket with black tape around it with burnt residue inside.

Edward J. Chosa Jr., 26, of Lac du Flambeau, who agreed March 11, 2010, to a deferred entry of judgement (DEJ) on an attempted battery to a peace officer charge, will have the charge revisited in January 2014. According to the conditions of the 36-month DEJ, Chosa would commit no crimes, complete anger management group, complete alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) counseling  and serve 20 days in the Vilas County Jail.

Cherish L. Big John, 25, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with felony bail jumping and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated March 5, will have a plea hearing April 9 at 8:15 a.m. She paid a $1,000 cash bail and was released from jail March 11.

Brandon L. Vetterneck, 36, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession of marijuana and operating a motor vehicle after revocation Jan. 29, 2011, had a status hearing adjourned to March 25 at 10 a.m.

Brian C. Wolfe, 22, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery of Schedule I or II narcotics and possession of narcotic drugs, had a plea hearing set for April 24 at 11:30 a.m. According to the complaint, Wolfe allegedly was in possession of morphine without a valid prescription and attempted to sell the Schedule I narcotic Dec. 21, 2011, in Lac du Flambeau.

Wolfe also is charged with second-degree reckless  endan­gering safety, battery to a law enforcement officer, criminal damage to property, resisting or obstruction an officer, felony bail jumping and misdemeanor bail jumping from an incident June 4, 2012. He is charged with two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, criminal trespass, criminal damage to property and felony bail jumping from another incident Sept. 3, 2012. He also will make a plea on those charges April 24.

Terry L. Edwards, 18, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with battery of peace officer and obstructing an officer, had a preliminary hearing Monday. He also is charged with felony bail jumping for missing a scheduled court date Jan. 28.

According to the complaint, Edwards allegedly made a call to authorities that a group of six teenagers were gathered outside near 527 Waswagon St. in Lac du Flambeau about 6:38 p.m. Dec. 29, 2012. When officers were going to question Edwards about being a suspect on a sexual assault complaint, he ran from the scene. After officers caught him, he allegedly fought back, striking the officer on the left side of the face. He was then taken into custody.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 3:08 PM

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