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Man who caused accident, injuries 

to serve two years in prison system

A 26-year-old Lac du Flambeau man who caused an accident while driving while intoxicated and injured several other people was sentenced two years in the Wisconsin Prison System in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

James A. Johnson III pleaded no contest and was found guilty of operating while intoxicated causing injury, second and subsequent offense, and operating while intoxicated causing injury. Two other charges of operating while intoxicated causing injury were dismissed but read in for sentencing by Vilas Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III.

Four counts of operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, causing injury, one count of second-offense operating  while intoxicated, one count of operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration and one count of operating a motor vehicle while revoked were dismissed.

Judge Nielsen sentenced Johnson to five years in the Wisconsin Prison System, including two years of initial confinement and three years of extended supervision. The sentence on the first conviction will run consecutive to time he is currently serving at the Oshkosh Correctional Facility.

The judge said Johnson is not eligible for early release until after 18 months of in­car­ceration. The sentence on the second conviction will run concurrent to the first.

Conditions of Johnson’s  extended supervision in­clude: restitution to be determined by March 1, 2014, to be paid through prison funds, with payments to the victims first and then the insurance company; driver’s license revoked for 24 months; alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) assessment and follow through with any counseling; ignition interlock de­vice for 24 months; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns; and pay a $2,800 fine.

According to the complaint, Johnson was the driver of a vehicle in­volved in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 47 and Thoroughfare Road in Lac du Flambeau about 9:20 p.m. April 4. Johnson apparently left the scene of the accident and was found laying in the snow about one-quarter mile from the accident. Officers reported his preliminary blood alcohol level was 0.273% and at least two people were injured as a result of the crash.

In other felony cases, Judith A. Acklam, 62, of St. Germain, charged with theft of movable property-crime against an elderly or disabled person, had a preliminary hearing set for 9 a.m. at Nov. 22.

According to the complaint, she was in charge of paying bills for an elderly man who was a resident at Avanti Health and Rehabilitation Center in Minocqua and allegedly forged checks totaling $23,970 between June 1, 2010, and Aug. 5, 2013.

Joshua M. Schultz, 24, of Rosholt, pleaded no contest and was found guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor criminal damage to property and an added charge of criminal damage to property. He was originally charged with operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, a felony.

Schultz’s sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for 24 months with conditions, including AODA assessment and counseling deemed necessary, restitution of $4,140.88 to the insurance company, written apology to the victim, not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns and 100 hours of community service.

Schultz, who took a vehicle from Camp Timberlane without permission and crashed it June 22 in the town of Arbor Vitae, may motion to expunge the charges after successful completion of the probation. He also may motion to early discharge of probation after one year if all conditions are met.

Mitchell L. Moore, 24, of Eagle River, charged with burglary of a building or dwelling, misdemeanor theft, possession of marijuana and two counts of felony bail jumping, was bound over for arraignment and probable cause was found he had committed a crime. He pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Dec. 3 at 11 a.m.

According to the complaint, Moore was allegedly involved in a burglary at 1077 Taylor Lake Road in the town of Lincoln Sept. 19. The homeowner reported a jug of coins valued at about $400 was taken, along with silver certificates and $2 bills from a safe.

Samantha L. Smith, 18, of Oconto, charged with burglary of a building or dwelling, theft, criminal damage to property and possession of narcotic drugs, all party to a crime, had a preliminary hearing set for Dec. 9 at 1:15 p.m.

According to the complaint, Smith was allegedly involved in the theft of prescription drugs from the Wall Street Pharmacy in Eagle River May 30. The drugs had a value of nearly $10,000.

Jody D. Sickmeier, 51, of Park Falls, charged with sixth-offense operating while intoxicated, operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration and operating while revoked, pleaded not guilty. A pretrial conference was set for Jan. 7 at 10:45 a.m. and his $7,500 cash bail was continued with the conditions that he not possess or consume intoxicants, no driving and no taverns.

According to the complaint, Sickmeier was arrested Aug. 31 after he was stopped for allegedly travelling 48 mph in a 35 mph speed zone at 1:17 a.m. in Lac du Flambeau. His preliminary breath test was 0.137%, according to the complaint.

Scott M. Quiroz, 24, of Sayner, who was convicted of battery of a peace officer, disorderly conduct and misdemeanor bail jumping July 12, was ordered to pay $5,100 to the victim at a restitution hearing last week. He also must pay $1,571.80 to the Department of Justice for the medical examiner. The victim of the May 12 incident in Plum Lake required total knee reconstruction, according to the complaint.

Leon F. Chapman Jr., 40, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree reckless injury, battery-intend bodily harm and disorderly conduct, had a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 22 at 11:30 a.m. His $50,000 cash bond was continued with the condition he have no contact with the victim.

According to the complaint, Chapman allegedly struck a 56-year-old woman with closed fists an unspecified number of times and kicked her in the torso and stomach area about 10 times at a residence in Lac du Flambeau Oct. 31. The next day she was transported to Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff and later transferred to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield where she underwent surgery for several injuries.

Williams G. Poupart, 50, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest to a charge of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and a deferred entry of judgment (DEJ) was approved. He also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of misdemeanor bail jumping. A second charge of misdemeanor bail jumping was dismissed. His sentencing was set for Dec. 12 at 2:30 p.m.

According to the DEJ, Poupart shall commit no crimes for 24 months, attend anger management counseling, send an apology to the victim, no drink, no illegal prescriptions, complete 24 months’ probation on the bail jumping charge and no contact with the victim.

According to the complaint, a Wisconsin Public Service worker was at Poupart’s residence April 13 in Lac du Flambeau to disconnect the electric service at the meter. As she was walking away from the house toward her vehicle, Poupart opened a steel door attached to the dwelling and he said, “Get her, Charlie; kill her,” and a black German shepherd-type dog ran toward her. She made it to the service truck without injury.

Eli F. Corbine, 24, of Odanah, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of throwing or discharging bodily fluids at a public safety worker. Charges of disorderly conduct and three counts of felony bail jumping were dismissed. A charge of obstructing an officer was dismissed but read in at sentencing.

Corbine was sentenced to eight months in the county jail and received credit for 95 days served. According to the complaint, he urinated from an apartment building after law enforcement had re­sponded to a noise complaint at 1:41 a.m. in Lac du Flambeau Aug. 8. He then spit in the face of a police officer during his arrest.

Buzzy J. Brisk Jr., 27, of Lac du Flambeau, entered a plea of not guilty to charges of substantial battery and misdemeanor bail jumping, both as a repeater. A preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 17 at 10:15 a.m. A motion to modify his $2,000 cash bond was denied.

According to the complaint, Brisk allegedly was involved in a fight with another man Nov. 3 in Lac du Flambeau, allegedly kicking the man in the face multiple times.

Charles Nicholas Vetterneck Sr., 34, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession of marijuana, possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, had a pretrial conference set for Dec. 17 at 10:45 a.m. in the district attorney’s office.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:03 PM

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