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St. Germain man gets probation

after pleading no contest to theft

A 20-year-old St. Germain man, originally charged with three counts of uttering a forgery for writing checks stolen from a Beloit residence, pleaded no contest and was found guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor theft in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

James D. Mackay’s sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for one year, concurrent to his probation in Oneida County.

Conditions of Mackay’s probation include: repay all restitution, which Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III noted has already been completed; serve 50 hours of community service, which also has been completed; restorative justice if the victim agrees; written apology to the victims; no contact with the victims; and can transfer to Washington state.

Two charges of uttering a forgery and one charge of misdemeanor bail jumping were dismissed, but read-in as part of the plea agreement. A charge of possession of marijuana was amended to a county ordinance violation and Mackay was fined $263.50.

According to the complaint, Mackay received stolen checks from a Beloit residence and wrote three checks at businesses in Eagle River in February 2012.

In other felony cases, Gabriel C. Basner, 36, of Land O’ Lakes, entered a plea of no contest and was found guilty to 12 counts of forgery and theft by acquisition of a credit card in a plea agreement. A remaining 36 counts of forgery and theft by acquisition of a credit card were dismissed, as were charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and operating a motor vehicle while revoked.

Judge Nielsen ordered a presentence investigation and sentencing for six counts of forgery and six counts of theft by acquisition of credit card was set for Aug. 5 at 3 p.m. Basner was arrested Sept. 4, 2012, in Eagle River.

Jonathon T. Testini, 37, of Sayner, entered a no contest plea and was found guilty to an amended charge of first offense possession of marijuana and fourth-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated  He was fined $473.50 on the possession conviction and he was placed on probation for 36 months on the OWI conviction. Conditions of Testini’s probation include: fined $1,424; serve 35 days in the Vilas County Jail with release privileges for work, education or family care; driver’s license revoked for 27 months; ignition interlock device for 27 months; not to possess or consume intoxicants; and no taverns.

Charges of possession of narcotic drugs, possession of an illegally obtained prescription and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration were dismissed in Testini’s plea agreement.

Testini had originally been charged with possession of marijuana second and subsequent offense after he was arrested in the town of Cloverland Sept. 4, 2012. He was initially stopped for having a loud exhaust on his vehicle, but officers located a bag of marijuana in the vehicle’s center console. His preliminary breath test was 0.118%.

Cherish L. Big John, 25, of Lac du Flambeau, convicted of possession with intent to deliver narcotics and operating a motor vehicle while revoked, was sentenced to three years in the Wisconsin Prison System and five years of extended supervision.

Judge Nielsen stayed the sentence and placed Big John on probation for five years with the following conditions: serve six months in the Vilas County Jail with release privileges for work, education or child-care; complete any alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) deemed appropriate by the agent; not to have contact with Charlene Edwards, 21, of Lac du Flambeau, who was also charged in the case; complete 200 hours of community service; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns; and possess no prescription drugs unless prescribed. The judge noted that Big John would be a good candidate for Wellness Court treatment.

Big John and Edwards were traveling in a vehicle from Milwaukee to Lac du Flambeau Feb. 7 when they were stopped on Highway 47 after receiving a complaint that the two were transporting narcotics. K-9 Goro alerted on the vehicle and officials eventually located Percocet pills in a body cavity of each of the women, according to the complaint.

Edwards, who is charged with possession with intent to deliver narcotics, will make her plea June 21 at 9:45 a.m.

Kevin B. Kent, 56, of Auburn, Iowa, had three counts of failure to support dismissed after the conditions of his June 10, 2009, deferred entry of judgement (DEJ) were met. According to the DEJ, Kent was to pay $300 per month until his child support was paid in full June 9, 2013. District Attorney Albert Moustakis made the motion to dismiss the charges from 2008 against Kent.

Matthew A. Henkelman, 30, of Chippewa Falls, charged with felony bail jumping and operating a motor vehicle while revoked, had a preliminary hearing set for July 15 at 3:30 p.m. According to the complaint, Henkelman had been revoked due to an implied consent refusal in an OWI case in Chippewa Falls. He was arrested in St. Germain May 24 when an officer learned the driver of the registered vehicle had a revoked license.

Jabri J. Aubrey Griffin, 18, of Milwaukee, charged with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, had a one-day jury trial scheduled for Aug. 21 starting at 8:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, Aubrey Griffin was the driver of a vehicle that was stopped Nov. 22, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau because the front license plate was not visible. K-9 Goro alerted on the vehicle and officers allegedly  found a pill bottle with three individual bags of marijuana under the center console. A plastic bag with marijuana also was located in package of cigarettes. A scale and pipe also were found in the vehicle.

Michael R. Blank, 46, of Crandon, charged with possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, had a pretrial conference set for July 16 at 10:30 a.m. According to the complaint, Blank was arrested Oct. 20, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau when officers initiated a traffic stop on his vehicle after they received a complaint the vehicle was swerving in the roadway. K-9 Goro alerted on the vehicle and officers allegedly located oxycodone and syringes in the vehicle.

Kevin L. Diver, 18, of Lac du Flambeau, originally charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault, sexual contact with a person under age 13,  was found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to an amended charge of second-degree sexual assault. The other two charges were dismissed, but will be read-in at a hearing set for July 18 at 10 a.m.

Donald J. Morford, 67, of Lac du Flambeau, pled no contest and was found guilty to an amended charge of a county ordinance violation for possession of marijuana from manufacturing or delivery of marijuana. He was fined $767.50. Charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed in the plea agreement.

According to the complaint, the Lac du Flambeau Fire Department responded to a fire at 1301 W. Squaw Lake Road and when a firefighter went into the residence the locate the breaker box, items from what appeared to be a marijuana growing operation were found in Morford’s house.

Jordan Peters, 24, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery of a schedule I or II narcotic, was bound over for arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty. A?pretrial conference was set for July 23 at 9:30 p.m. According to the complaint, Peters was stopped April 17 because his vehicle had a defective stop light and K-9 Goro alerted on the vehicle.  Numerous white pills identified as Concerta were allegedly located in a purse of a passenger in the vehicle and she told officers she purchased the pills from Peters.

Victor Manuel Reyes III, 27, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with substantial battery, party to a crime, and disorderly conduct, both as a repeater, was bound over for arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty. A pretrial conference was set for July 23 at 10:30 a.m. According to the complaint, Reyes was involved in an incident April 12 in which he allegedly punched another Lac du Flambeau man. Officials said Reyes did have blood on his shirt when he was arrested.

Jonelle M. Allen, 21, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession with intent to deliver non-narcotics July 13, 2012, and two counts of felony bail jumping May 28, 2013, had a pretrial conference in both cases set for June 18 at 9 a.m.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:21 PM
 

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