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Conover man pleads not guilty

to theft from VFW building

An 18-year-old Conover man, who allegedly broke into the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) building in Land O’ Lakes and a residence in the town of Washington, pleaded not guilty to burglary and theft charges in Vilas

County Circuit Court last week.

Gryphyn Taylor Connolly is charged with burglary of a building or dwelling, misdemeanor theft, burglary-armed with a dangerous weapons, felony bail jumping and misdemeanor bail jumping. All charges are party to a crime with three other individuals.

According to the complaint, Connolly allegedly entered the VFW building July 14 and took alcoholic beverages and sometime between Aug. 14-20 allegedly entered a town of Washington residence and took guns and a coin collection.

Connolly waived his preliminary hearing last week and Vilas Circuit Judge Neal A Nielsen III found probable cause that he had committed a crime. The defendant was bound over for arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty. Nielsen set a pretrial conference for Oct. 29 at 10:30 a.m.

Judge Nielsen modified Connolly’s bond from $5,000 cash to a $5,000 signature bond, with the condition that he have no contact with the victims or other suspects, not to consume or possess intoxicants, adhere to a curfew of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. seven days a week and reside with his grandfather.

In other felony cases, Daniel L. Ritz, 41, of Chilton, convicted of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, was sentenced to one year, six months in the Wisconsin Prison System and two years of extended supervision. Charges of identity theft for financial gain and misdemeanor theft were dismissed June 3.

According to the complaint, Ritz was hospitalized for medical treatment of a bruised left rib, but used a false name, and he was prescribed the prescription drug Percocet at Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital June 13, 2010. Officers arrested him when he ar­rived at Walgreen’s drug store in Eagle River to pick up the prescription.

Ritz also must pay restitution of $1,793.95 to the hospital. Judge Nielsen said Ritz is not to be released from custody until 14 months have gone by and his sentence is concurrent with any sentence he is now serving.

Victory P. Perotto, 20, of Eagle River, charged with burglary of a building or dwelling, misdemeanor theft, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in March of this year and burglary of a building or dwelling, criminal trespass and misdemeanor theft of a town of Washington residence between Oct. 2, 2012, and Jan. 17, 2013, had a plea and sentencing hearing set for Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m.

Nicholas J. Mann, 24, of Lac du Flambeau, was sentenced to two years in the Wisconsin Prison System and two years of extended supervision after he was convicted to felony bail jumping and resisting an officer, both as repeaters. The sentence was stayed and he was placed on probation for threes years, concurrent on each count.

Conditions of Mann’s probation include: restitution of $87.49 to the Lac du Flambeau Police Department; alcohol and other drug abuse counseling and treatment deemed necessary by the agent; any other counseling, including error in thinking and anger management; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns; obtain a general educational development (GED) certificate; main­tain full-time employment; write a letter of apology to victim; and write a letter of apology to the police department.

According to the complaint, Mann had an active warrant for his arrest May 7 and hid under a bed at a party when law enforcement ar­rived. Once he was arrested, he kicked the rear door of a squad car, pulled away from an officer and attempted to kick out the squad car window.

Mann also had a charge of felony disorderly conduct dismissed and pleaded no contest and was found guilty to charges of felony battery and criminal damage to property in a plea agreement. He was sentenced to six months in the Vilas County Jail, concurrent to one another and consecutive to a 90-day jail sentence for a misdemeanor. He received credit for 200 days served.

According to the complaint, Mann was drinking with a 26-year-old female Feb. 15 in Lac du Flambeau and he choked her and hit her in the face. Following the arrest, he caused damage to a squad car.

Susano Marquez, 47, of Lac du Flambeau, was sentenced to nine months in the Vilas County Jail after being convicted of resisting an officer and another nine months in the county jail for a misdemeanor battery conviction after reaching a plea agreement. She received credit for 172 days served. Charges of attempted battery of a peace officer and misdemeanor bail jumping were dismissed. She was arrested May 12, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau.

In addition, Marquez had a sentence withheld and was placed on probation for 24 months after being convicted of disorderly conduct, stemming from an incident July 23, 2012. A felony bail jumping charge was dismissed. Conditions of her probation include undergo alcohol and other drug abuse treatment, not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns and serve 60 days in the county jail.

Joseph R. Beson, 30, of Minocqua, charged with substantial battery, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Nov. 12 at 10:30 a.m. According to the complaint, law enforcement officers responded to a fight in progress at 12:43 a.m. July 19 at the Flame Inn in Lac du Flambeau. Beson allegedly hit another man in the left eye area during the incident.

Faye L Martin, 35, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery of schedule I, II or III non-narcotics, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Nov. 12 at 10:45 a.m. According to the complaint, Martin allegedly sold three Vicodin pills for $7.50 each in a controlled purchase in Lac du Flambeau June 26.

Kevin A. Shumake, 40, of Arbor Vitae, charged with maintaining a drug-trafficking place, party to a crime, and possession with intent to deliver marijuana, had a jury trial adjourned to Feb. 25-28, 2014.

According to the complaint, Shumake was allegedly involved in a marijuana growing operation at 1399 S. Farmington Road in Arbor Vitae from April 15, 2011, to Feb. 7, 2012.

Elias D. Maldonado, 39, of Wales, charged with sixth-offense operating while intoxicated (OWI) and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, had an initial appearance adjourned to Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. The court was told he does not qualify for public defender representation and he would like more time to retain an attorney. Maldonado was arrested Sept. 6 in Lac du Flambeau and allegedly had a preliminary breath test of 0.106% and he was to have no more than a 0.02% level due to previous OWI convictions.

Susan S. Wolfe, 39, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery of schedule I, II or III non-narcotics, had an initial appearance adjourned to Oct. 31 at 9 a.m. in Lac du Flambeau. According to the complaint, Wolfe allegedly handed a cellophane wrapper to a man that contained two suboxone pills at the Lake of the Torches Casino in Lac du Flambeau Feb. 12.

Jeremiah J. LaBarge, 20, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with burglary of a building or dwelling, two counts of misdemeanor theft and possession of narcotic drugs, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. According to the complaint, LaBarge allegedly took prescription medications and a credit card from a residence in Lac du Flambeau Sept. 12.

Shasheen V. LaBarge, 29, of Lac du Flambeau, had a charge of strangulation and suffocation dismissed after the terms of a deferred entry of judgment (DEJ) were completed, including commit no new crimes for 12 months, not to possess or consume intoxicants, complete anger management counseling, com­plete 40 hours of community service and serve 30 days in the county jail.

Kevin L. Diver, 19, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with three counts of first-degree child sexual assault, sexual contact with a person under the age of 13, had a hearing set for Oct. 15 at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:05 PM
 

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