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Arbor Vitae man gets probation

after agreeing to theft charge


A 21-year-old Arbor Vitae man had a felony charge of burglary of a building or dwelling dismissed and entered a no contest plea to a charge of misdemeanor theft in a plea agreement in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Kevin B. Kurek, who took money from a fanny pack in another person’s home, had an  additional charge of misdemeanor bail jumping dismissed in the plea agreement.

Kurek’s sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for two years with the following conditions: restitution of $125 to the victim; fined $505; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns; alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) counseling as deemed appropriate by the agent; participate in restorative

justice if victim agrees; written apologies to the victim and Kurek’s aunt and uncle; 100 hours of community service; and 30 days in the Vilas County Jail with work release privileges. He is to report to jail by June 22.


Judge Neal A. Nielsen III ordered that Kurek’s restitution and fine would be taken from his $1,000 cash bail. Nielsen also said that Kurek may motion the court to expunge the charge after successful completion of his probation.

According to the complaint, Kurek entered the back door of a house in Arbor Vitae Jan. 14 and took money out of a fanny pack that was on the kitchen table. Officers were able to track, locate and arrest Kurek due to shoe prints left on the ground.

Edward J. Chosa Jr., 26, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with mistreatment of animals, had a pretrial conference set for May 21 at 2:45 p.m.

According to the complaint, Chosa allegedly shot a German shepard dog Nov., 28, 2012, and dumped the animal, wrapped in a blue tarp, on an unmarked logging road. Officers said tire tracks at the scene matched tracks in Chosa’s yard. Chosa, who admitted to shooting the dog in defense of his own dog, said the German shepard was continually running at large, would attack his dog and eat his dog’s food. Chosa also said the dog destroyed more than 20 deer hides that  were drying on his property.

Crystal M. Poupart, 23, of Lac du Flambeau, had a sentence withheld and was placed on probation for eight months after she pled no contest and was found guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor battery. A charge of disorderly conduct was dismissed.

Conditions of Poupart’s probation include: attend anger management counseling; write apology to victim; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no contact with victim; follow through with appointments and follow through with any medications prescribed; and restitution to be determined within 30 days. Judge Nielsen also said the probation department could terminate the order if they wished after four months and a motion for expungement can be made in one year.

According to the complaint, Poupart was involved in a fight with another woman at Ojibwe Market in Lac du Flambeau Sept. 10, 2012, hitting the woman in the nose. She was originally charged with substantial battery, a felony.

Benjamin J. Rizzo, 26, of St. Germain, charged with 16 counts of forgery, 16 counts of uttering a forgery and five counts of misdemeanor theft, entered a plea of not guilty and a jury trial was set for May 8-9.

According to the complaint, Rizzo allegedly stole checks, currency and coins from a residence and business in the town of Plum Lake between February and March 2012, and then wrote some of the checks at other businesses.

Kevin A. Shumake, 40, of Arbor Vitae, charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession with intent to deliver marijuana, was granted a request to discharge his attorney. A?motion to modify his cash bond from $5,000 to $1,500 was granted and Judge Nielsen ordered the remainder be returned to the poster. The condition that he not leave the county was removed.

Shumake, who was arrested for allegedly having a marijuana growing house at 1399 S. Farming Road in Arbor Vitae from April 15, 2011, to Feb. 7, 2012, was the lessee of the house. According to the complaint, Shumake also was involved in the marijuana growing house at 2715 Whiskey Trail in Eagle River.

Austin Nelson, 19, of Min­ocqua, charged with four counts of burglary of a building or dwelling and four counts of misdemeanor theft, entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for May 21 at 9 a.m. His $5,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Nelson was allegedly involved in four burglaries in April and May of 2012. Nelson also was charged with felony bail jumping March 14 for not appearing for a court date. Arraignment on that charge is set for May 22 at 9 a.m.

Sherry L. Ellis, 31, of Brokaw, who was placed on probation for eight years, six months after being convicted of three counts of burglary to a building or dwelling Oct. 24, 2007, will have a sentencing hearing on revocation June 3 at 3:30 p.m. after it was reported she violated her parole.


According to the complaint, Ellis’ agent reported she was living at an unapproved residence from Sept. 6, 2011, to Feb. 24, 2012; she snorted cocaine, injected morphine, consume alcohol, filled a prescription without permission and ingested Xanex without a valid prescription, all in February 2012; she failed to complete her AODA program in August 2012 and failed to complete her mental health program in December 2012.


Ellis was originally convicted for taking copper and tools from several businesses in the Land O’ Lakes, Eagle River and Manitowish Waters areas in 2007. Her original probation included serving four months in the county jail and restitution of $4,987.96.

Wesley E. Brisk, 20, of Lac du Flambeau, who was granted a deferred entry of judgment on a charge of burglary of a building or dwell­ing Nov. 1, 2010, and was placed on probation for two years on three counts of theft of moveable property, will be back in court May 21 at 10:30 a.m. for a plea and sentencing hearing on the 2010 case after he was charged with attempted battery to a law enforcement officer, attempted criminal damage to property, resisting or obstructing an officer, felony bail jumping and misdemeanor bail jumping.

According to the complaint, Brisk was allegedly involved in the shooting of a high-powered air gun at a law enforcement officer’s vehicle June 4, 2012, about 4:20 a.m. in Lac du Flambeau.


Tuesday, April 30, 2013 4:02 PM

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