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Man, who will be witness in trial,

has own sentencing hearing delayed

One of three persons taken into custody in connection with maintaining a marijuana growing operation north of Eagle River and another in Arbor Vitae had his sentencing delayed until March of 2014 in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Ramon Pineiro, 36, of Goldbar, arrested in a raid at 1399 South Farming Road in Arbor Vitae in April 2011, entered pleas last April to one count of possession of marijuana and two counts of criminal damage to property. Two counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place and one county of possession of marijuana were dismissed in the plea agreement.

Pineiro was a key state witness in the trial of James Lacson, who was found guilty in a jury trial in August in connection with a grow operation in 2010 in a home on Whisky Trail near Eagle River. Lacson is in the Vilas County Jail awaiting sentencing  Oct. 25.

Pineiro is expected to be a witness in the upcoming trial of the third person, Kevin Shumake, arrested in connection with the Arbor Vitae marijuana operation. His four-day trial was to start Feb. 25, 2014. Vilas County District Attorney Albert Moustakis explained his request to delay sentencing to Vilas County Circuit Court Judge Neal Nielsen III.

“We would like to adjourn this sentencing,” Moustakis said. “Pineiro was a key witness in the Lacson trial and he will be a witness in the Shumake trial the end of February. It’s important to complete these matters and he has agreed to wait, but would like to go back to Washington and live with his mother and I have no objection. I have confidence he will return voluntarily.”

Judge Nielsen said that would give the court time to order a pre-sentence report, but Moustakis responded that wasn’t necessary. Nielsen allowed Pineiro to travel outside Wisconsin, but he cannot leave the country. Sentencing was then set for March 17, 2014.

In other felony cases, Richard G. Allen, 44, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with two counts of intoxicated use of a vehicle, five counts of first-degree recklessly en-dangering safety, and two counts of causing injury/operating while intoxicated, had a jury trial set for Jan. 12, 2014, starting at 8:30 a.m.

A motion to modify Allen’s $100,000 cash bond to $10,000 cash was approved. Conditions of the bond include no drinking, no driving, no taverns and no contact with the victims in the accident.

According to the complaint, Allen was allegedly driving a vehicle at more than 120 miles per hour with four girls in the backseat, when it crashed into several trees June 28 in Lac du Flambeau. Six people were injured in the crash, including three who were taken by helicopter to hospitals due to their severe injuries.

Nicholas P. Poniewaz, 32, of Milwaukee, charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, fourth offense in five years, had a preliminary hearing set for Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. His $1,500 cash bond was continued with the conditions that he not possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns and no driving unless licensed.

According to the complaint, Poniewaz was driving near the intersection of highways 45 and G in the town of Lincoln about 1:42 a.m. Sept. 1 and the tail lamps on his vehicle were not illuminated. Officers reported his preliminary breath test was 0.123%.

Kimberly Sue Rhodes White, 42, of Land O’ Lakes, who agreed to a 36-month deferred entry of judgement Oct. 11, 2010, after a charge of uttering a forgery was amended to misdemeanor theft, was back in court last week for a motion hearing.

Assistant District Attorney David Breedlove told the court that restitution payments from the woman have not been received. Judge Nielsen said he would extend the DEJ to Dec. 15, 2013 at 10 a.m. and the full amount of restitution must be paid by that date. She originally owed $3,813.50 in restitution for depositing a fraudulent check Feb. 7, 2008 at Nicolet Credit Union in Eagle River, and then she withdrew $350 in cash Feb. 12 and $3,500 in cash Feb. 14, 2008. She was to repay $156.51 a month.

Brianna Rae Counter, 24, of Eagle River, charged with two counts of forgery and two counts of misdemeanor theft for allegedly altering credit card receipts July 14 and 18 at an Eagle River supper club, entered a plea of not guilty after probable cause was found that she committed a crime. A pretrial conference was set for Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Nancy C. Roulston, 56, of Lac du Flambeau, who allegedly shot a child in the back with a BB gun, has been charged with physical abuse of a child, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The court found probable cause that Roulston had committed a crime and she was bound over for arraignment Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, a woman was walking down County Highway D in Lac du Flambeau with a few youths about 8:18 p.m.  Aug. 13, when Roulston allegedly shot one of the children in the back with a BB gun. During the investigation, law enforcement officers said there was a strong odor of marijuana in her residence, smoking pipes, rolling papers  and 1.7 grams of marijuana found in the residence. Also during the arrest, officers said she made the statement “I told them to stay out of my apple tree.”

Emery A. Morey, 39, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with substantial battery and disorderly conduct in one case and felony bail jumping and misdemeanor theft in a second case, had a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. in Lac du Flambeau for both cases.

According to the complaint, Morey was arguing with another man about Morey not working. Morey allegedly pushed the man Aug. 4, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau and the man said he needed hip replacement surgery because of the fall.

Morey, an employee at the Lac du Flambeau Smoke Shop, allegedly took $600 from the business and was arrested Sept. 16.

Annette S. Poupart, 48, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery of schedule I?or II narcotics and possession of marijuana, had a plea and sentencing hearing set for Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. in Lac du Flambeau. According to the complaint, Poupart allegedly sold three oxycodone pills for $20 a pill in a controlled buy between June 22 and 24 in Lac du Flambeau.

Michael W. Allen Jr., 45, of Lac du Flambeau, convicted of possession with intent to deliver marijuana Oct. 17, 2011, and placed on probation for 24 months, was back in court last week for a sentencing hearing on revocation. The hearing was adjourned to Nov. 25 at 11:15 a.m. because the defendant told the court he wants an attorney.

According to the complaint, Michael Allen allegedly sold marijuana in a controlled buy June 20, and possessed marijuana, oxycodone and drug paraphernalia June 26.

Christopher A. Kappeler, 30, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with operating a motor vehicle while revoked and felony bail jumping Aug. 23, 2012, and felony bail jumping March 25, 2013, for missing a court appearance, and two counts of felony bail jumping for missing a court date Aug. 26, 2013, had a status hearing adjourned to Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. His $5,000 cash bond was modified to a $10,000 signature bond.

News correspondent Ken Anderson contributed to this story.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 2:10 PM

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