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Peterson pleads not guilty

to attempted homicide charge

A 30-year-old Lac du Flambeau man, who allegedly stabbed another man in the leg May 19, pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree attempted intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III modified James L. Peterson’s bond from $15,000 cash to $7,500 cash and set a pretrial conference for July 23 at 11 a.m. He is to have no contact with the victim.

Peterson also is charged with substantial battery, second-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration.

According to the complaint, Peterson was at a party at 14205 Longs Point Lane and allegedly began fighting with Corey H. Wayman of Lac du Flambeau about 3:45 a.m. Witnesses said Peterson was “acting crazy and had a knife.” He allegedly stabbed Wayman in the leg with an 8-inch knife and then left the scene.

Wayman was transported to Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff and then transferred to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield for his injuries.

Law enforcement officers located Peterson in a vehicle at the intersection of Old Abe and Peace Pipe roads. Officers said he was covered with blood on his hands and face, and arrested him. His preliminary breath test was 0.088%.

In a Vilas County jury trial, Lawrence A. Sweet, 36, of Lac du Flambeau, was found guilty of substantial battery and disorderly conduct. A presentence investigation was ordered and his sentencing was set for Aug. 12 at 2 p.m.

According to the complaint, Sweet was drinking at his home July 25, 2012, and got in an argument with a 43-year-old woman. She was found laying on her back on the porch. Officers said she was unconscious, but breathing.

In other felony cases, Michael R. Kempken, 50, of Burlington, had a charge of theft by contractor dismissed with prejudice.

Kempken, a general contractor who works under the company name Mike Kempken & Sons Construction LLC, hired an electrician as a subcontractor to do work on a new home under construction in Vilas County.

According to the complaint, Kempken owed the subcontractor $5,980.27, but only made three payments of $500 each in April and June of 2012. Kempken was charged with theft by contractor Jan. 22. District Attorney Albert Moustakis said Kempken has since paid the outstanding balance of $4,480.27 to the subcontractor and he moved that the charges be dismissed.

Scott M. Quiroz, 23, of Sayner, charged with one count of felony bail jumping and three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, had a preliminary hearing set for Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. During an initial appearance last week, Judge Nielsen allowed Quiroz’s bond to be modified authorizing his release to Koinonia Treatment Center in Rhinelander.

According to the complaint, Quiroz consumed intoxicants and was in a tavern June 8, violating conditions of his bond for a May 16 felony charge of battery to a law enforcement officer.

Channing D.J. Williams, 25, of Lac du Flambeau, had a four-year deferred entry of judgement (DEJ) approved on a charge of second-degree sexual assault of a child under age 16.

Judge Nielsen also withheld sentence on a disorderly conduct charge and placed Williams on probation for four years. Conditions of his DEJ and probation include: serve one year in the Vilas County Jail with work release privileges; sex offender counseling and treatment; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns, except for employment; no unsupervised contact with minor females, except his own children; and apology to the victim.

Williams also was convicted of exposing himself and was placed on probation for four years to run concurrent with the probation for disorderly conduct conviction.

According to the complaint, Williams had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl in April 2011 in Lac du Flambeau.

Mariah J. Flemming, 33, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of battery by a prisoner. Her sentence was with-held and she was placed on probation for two years.

Conditions of Flemming’s probation include: apology to the victim; not to possess or consume intoxicants; follow through on any treatment recommended by the agent; and serve 45 days in the county jail with work release or family care privileges. She received credit for three days served.

According to the complaint, Flemming was being uncooperative in the Vilas County Jail Jan. 20 and kicked a female officer under the chin as law enforcement officers were attempting to place her in a restraint chair.

Travis M. Williams, 19, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with substantial battery and disorderly conduct, had a preliminary hearing set for July 22 at 2 p.m. His $500 cash bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Williams was allegedly involved with a group that caused bodily harm to another man near the intersection of Chicog and Elks Point streets in Lac du Flambeau April 12. The victim stated he was jumped by several people.

Cristina Trevizo, 28, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of fourth-offense operating while intoxicated. An enhancer for having a minor in the vehicle was removed and a charge of operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Trevizo’s sentence was withheld and she was placed on probation for three years. Conditions of her probation include: fined $2,500; driver’s license revoked for 30 months; alcohol assessment and treatment as recommended; ignition interlock device for 30 months; serve eight months in the county jail with work release privileges; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns except for work; and up to 45 days can be served in a treatment facility with day-for- day credit.

Trevizo also pleaded no contest and was found guilty to a charge of felony bail jumping and received 60 days in the county jail. Three additional charges of misdemeanor bail jumping and one charge of possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.

Heather F. Mann, 24, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer Feb. 7 in Lac du Flambeau, had a bond forfeiture hearing adjourned to June 24.

According to the complaint, Mann was the driver of a vehicle that left the Lake of the Torches Casino parking lot following a fight in the lot. She had posted a $1,000 cash bond, but then failed to appear in court May 6.

Regina Oyen, 36, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with dispensing a prescription drug without a prescription, had an initial appearance adjourned to June 24. According to the complaint, Oyen allegedly gave 10 gabapentin pills to another woman in a restroom at the Lac du Flambeau Elementary School Feb. 28. A student observed the two women in the restroom and reported it to school officials.

Roy W. Nagy Jr., 25, of New Market, Va., was sentenced to 15 months in the Wisconsin Prison System on a sentencing after revocation. Nagy was originally convicted of substantial battery, a Class I felony, July 7, 2008, and his sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for 30 months.

Nagy was an employee with Rainbow Valley

Rides and was involved in a battery in the Eagle Lanes parking lot in Eagle River Aug. 8, 2007.

According to the complaint, Nagy did not meet the conditions of his probation. He failed to report to a New Jersey probation agent March 24, 2010; and on April 2, 2010, he possessed a firearm, provided a false name and possessed a prescription drug without a prescription, all in Florida.

Nagy received credit for 291 days served and will be on extended supervision for 24 months. He may be discharged at 12 months if his restitution is paid and he has no new violations.

Patricia A. Harper, 43, of Rhinelander, breached a deferred entry of judgement on two amended counts of misdemeanor issuing a worthless check. She was to make payments of $200 per month starting in July of 2012, but has failed to make restitution payments, the last being made Oct. 30. 2012.

Judge Nielsen ruled Harper must make $200 payments starting July 10 and continued with those payments on the 10th of each month until all restitution is paid. He set a hearing on a request to revoke the deferred entry of judgement to June 2, 2014 at 9 a.m.



Among the peculiarities of the English language is that a mone­tary penalty is called a fine when there’s nothing dandy about it.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 7:01 PM

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