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Sayner woman pleads no contest

to nine counts of animal abuse

A 48-year-old Sayner woman facing 27 counts of animal abuse avoided a jury trial and pleaded no contest to nine counts, with all others dismissed, in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Lauri A. Schilling was charged last April with nine counts of intentionally failing to provide food for animals, nine counts of unsanitary conditions and nine counts of intentionally abandoning animals, all Class A misdemeanors. Her estranged husband, Ronnie R. Schilling, 47, also faced the same number and types of charges.

Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III accepted Schilling’s plea and found her guilty. He placed her on probation for 24 months, with a condition she cannot possess any animals. In addition, Schilling will have to reimburse the Humane Society $2,450 and undergo any counseling deemed appropriate by the parole agent.

Ronnie Schilling pleaded not guilty and has a jury trial date of Dec. 4.

According to the complaint, the Vilas County humane officer and Vilas County Public Health De­partment were asked to do a welfare check of cats at the home.

Vilas County authorities were told the Schillings were in the process of getting a divorce and Lauri Schilling had moved to Florida and Ronnie Schilling had moved to another residence in the Sayner area. Authorities also were told there were unsanitary living conditions inside the Schillings’ former residence at 2610 Highway 155 in Sayner, where another woman was staying because she had no place to live at the time.

Once inside the home in early March 2013, officers located nine cats and one dog. Some of the cats were found peering out of holes in the walls and from behind furniture. Authorities also reported cat feces all over inside the residence.

Officials said the cats appeared to be in healthy condition, though eventually one deceased cat was found.

In other felony cases, Edward J. Chosa Jr., 27, of Lac du Flambeau, also avoided a jury trial and entered a plea of no contest to a charge of mistreatment of animals and a deferred entry of judgement (DEJ) was entered. He also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of mistreating animals.

According to the complaint, Chosa shot his neighbor’s German shepherd dog Nov. 28, 2012. Chosa said the dog was running at large and would attack his dog and eat his dog’s food. He said the dog also destroyed 20 deer hides he had drying on his property.

On the mistreating animals conviction, Chosa’s sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for one year. Conditions of the probation include pay restitution of $700 to the victim within 60 days, follow through on any assessments deemed appropriate by the agent, not to possess firearms during the probation and provide a written apology to the victim.

According to the one-year DEJ, Chosa must commit no crimes and meet the conditions of his probation.

Jordan T. Peters, 24, of Lac du Flambeau, entered a no contest plea to an amended charge of possession of a prescription and a 24-month DEJ was approved. Peters was originally charged with delivery of schedule I or II?narcotics.

Conditions of Peters’ DEJ include: commit no crimes, no alcohol, alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) assessment within 60 days, 75 hours of community service, parenting classes within 60 days and maintain full-time employment or school.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers initiated a traffic stop on Peters’ vehicle April 17 for having a defective brake lamp. K-9 Goro alerted on the vehicle and a woman in the vehicle had two white pills in her purse. She told officers she bought the pills from Peters. She was arrested for possession of the Concerta pills without a prescription.

Mitchell L. Moore, 24, of Eagle River, charged with six counts of uttering a forgery, had a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. According to the complaint, a man reported the theft of two checkbooks from his truck parked at his residence. Moore allegedly wrote checks at four Eagle River area businesses with the stolen checks.

Steven B. Schebella, 46, of Eagle River, charged with operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and obstructing an officer, had a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 25 at 3 p.m.

According to the complaint, Schebella was allegedly involved in a crash on Highway 45 just east of the Trig’s Shell station with a vehicle owned by another person. The woman who owned the 2005 Chevrolet said she did not give Schebella permission to drive the vehicle, which crashed into the ditch.

James D. Balocca, 44, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of operating while intoxicated, fourth offense in five years, and disorderly conduct in a plea agreement. Charges of operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping were dismissed.

Judge Nielsen withheld sentence and placed Balocca on probation for 36 months. Conditions of the probation include: fine $2,405, driver’s license revoked for 36 months, AODA assessment, ignition interlock device for 36 months, serve six months in the county jail with work release privileges, follow through on any treatment, not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns, written apology to the law enforcement officer and staff at Howard Young Medical Center and provide a DNA sample.

Patrick NMI Bearstail Sr., 56, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with substantial battery and disorderly conduct, had a pretrial conference set for Nov. 19 at 1:45 p.m. According to the complaint, Bearstail allegedly kicked a woman in the face up to 10 times, cutting her lip. He said “she fell down the stairs.” He also was charged with felony bail jumping Sept. 30 for having contact with the victim, a violation of his bond.

Paige R. Poupart, 24, of Lac du Flambeau, who was convicted of substantial battery and is on probation for three years for her involvement in a gang-related beating March 29, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau, had her sentence modified, allowing her to have contact with Danya Mason, 23, of Bemidji, Minn. Poupart is currently serving a sentence at the Taycheedah Correctional Institute in Fond du Lac for another conviction.

Joseph V. Smith, 38, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery of schedule I or II narcotics, possession of an illegally-obtained prescription, two counts of felony bail jumping, second-offense op­er­ating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle while revoked, was bound over after probable cause was found he had committed a crime. A pretrial conference was set for Nov. 12 at 10:15 a.m. in the district attorney’s office.

According to the complaint, Smith allegedly sold eight oxycodone pills for $40 in a controlled purchase between Jan. 21 and 24 in Lac du Flambeau. He was then stopped Aug. 18 in Lac du Flambeau for allegedly swerving across the centerline on Highway 47, when he was arrested for operating while intoxicated. Officers allegedly found a pill bottle in his vehicle with nine pills inside.

John Jonas Edwards III, 33, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession with intent to deliver non-narcotics, possession of synthetic cannabinoids and possession of drug paraphernalia, all as a repeater, was bound over for arraignment, set for Oct. 28 at 10 a.m.

According to the complaint, a search warrant was executed at Edwards’ residence Sept. 18 and officers allegedly found synthetic cannabinoids in the home, pipes, a grinder and other items in the residence.

Robert M. Poupart, 42, of Minocqua, charged with possession of a firearm by a felon March 15 pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. According to the complaint, officers were doing a property check at 1169 Akieensi Dr. in Lac du Flambeau and found several lights on and the door unlocked. Inside, they allegedly found an AR116 Bushmaster rifle on the master bedroom floor. His wife told officers Pou­part, a convicted felon, sometimes target shoots off the back deck of the home.

News correspondent Ken Anderson contributed to this story.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:33 PM

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