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Lac du Flambeau woman charged

for incident in Vilas County jail cell

A 28-year-old Lac du Flambeau woman, charged with battery of a peace officer and assault by prisoners for throwing or discharging bodily fluids at a public safety officer, made an appearance during her adjourned initial appearance in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Michelle L. Murphy will get a preliminary hearing this Thursday, March 28, at 1 p.m.

A request by Defense Attorney Anne Katte to modify Murphy’s $2,000 cash bail was denied by Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III.

According to the complaint, Murphy attempted to cut her wrists March 9 while she was an inmate in the Vilas County jail. When correctional officer Kristine Lovas attempted to assist Murphy, who was laying on the cell floor, Murphy allegedly punched Lovas in the face and discharged blood on Lovas’ mouth.

It was later determined by correctional officers that Murphy had a bobby pin in the cell and cut her left wrist, causing it to bleed in a non-life-threatening manner.

Murphy also will appear March 28 for a status hearing on a misdemeanor charge of possession of an illegally obtained prescription May 11, 2012, as well as a misdemeanor charge of resisting or obstructing an officer June 18, 2012.

In other felony cases, Gerald W. Mann Jr., 34, of Lac du Flambeau, convicted of operating a motor vehicle while revoked and possession of marijuana Feb. 18, was not present for a bond forfeiture hearing last week and Judge Nielsen granted a bond forfeiture of $750 cash. According to the complaint, Mann committed a crime by consuming intoxicants Jan. 4.

Mann was originally ordered to pay fines and assessments totaling $1,419.50 on the two convictions. He also was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail with work-release privileges, consecutive to a jail sentence he is serving in Forest County. Nielsen said the additional jail time can be served in Forest County.

Two counts of felony bail jumping and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed Feb. 18. According to court records, Mann still owes the court $919.50.

According to the complaint, Mann was arrested Oct. 17, 2012, following a traffic stop for operating his motor vehicle after revocation. Authorities said K-9 Goro alerted on Mann’s vehicle and 11.7 grams of marijuana and three pipes with black tar residue were found in the vehicle.

Terry Edwards, charged with battery of a peace officer and obstructing an officer Dec. 29, 2012, will have a pretrial conference April 2 at 11:30 a.m. Edwards also was charged with felony bail jumping Jan. 28 when he missed a court date.

According to court records, Edwards’ defense attorney was expected to  request a reduction in the defendant’s $3,000 cash bail Monday, March 25.

According to the complaint, an intoxicated Edwards allegedly made a call to authorities saying 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 arrived and 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 an officer on the left side of the face. He was then taken into custody and transported to the Vilas County jail.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:44 PM

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