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Two charged for cashing checks

from life insurance account

A Waukesha man and Conover woman, who allegedly cashed checks from another person’s life insurance policy, were charged with theft of movable property in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Glenn A. Haase, 42,  who made a voluntary appearance, also is charged with theft in a business setting over $10,000. He was re­leased on a $10,000 signature bond with the condition he have no contact with the victim from St. Germain, whose husband had died.

Karen E. Carlson, 40, made her initial appearance  and was released on a $5,000 signature bond with the same condition. Haase and Carlson also were given the second condition they have no contact with each other, except that Carlson could give Haase a ride back to his vehicle last Monday.

Vilas Circuit Court Judge Neal A. Nielsen III set a preliminary hearing for both suspects for Feb. 3 at 3 p.m.

According to the complaint, Haase and Carlson allegedly cashed checks from a life insurance policy through MetLife. There was a total of $22,978 in the total control account.

While in control of the account, Haase apparently paid off medical and credit card bills and the remaining amount was to be invested for the beneficiaries.

According to the complaint, Haase then allegedly wrote two checks to Carlson for $9,000 and $11,518.51 after he made her the second beneficiary of the policy between February and March of 2012.

Haase then received three checks for $5,000 each from Carlson, a niece of the policy holder. According to the complaint, Carlson and Hasse were friends and apparently started dating.

In other felony cases, Russell L. Pride, 59, of Eagle River, convicted of armed robbery with threat of force and sentenced to nine years in the Wisconsin Prison System Nov. 1, 2010, was denied a motion from his attorney, Jeffrey Jackomino, to modify his sentence. Pride is serving four years of initial confinement and five years of extended supervision.

Jackomino told the court Pride graduated from an intensive alcohol and other drug abuse program at Flambeau Correctional Center and also completed 25 days of inpatient treatment at Ministry Behavioral Health.

Pride and his sister, Debra A. Pride, 56, of Eagle River, were responsible for the armed robbery of the St. Germain Pharmacy March 29, 2010. Court documents show the brother-sister team took hours, not weeks or even days, to put together a plan to rob the pharmacy at gunpoint in order to get drugs Russell Pride needed for his addiction. She received the same sentence in 2010.

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 rescheduled for Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m. According to the complaint, Schebella allegedly took a 2005 Chevrolet vehicle without the owner’s consent Aug. 29 in Eagle River.

Michael W. Lehman, 38, of Rhinelander, charged with operating while intoxicated, fifth offense, and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, had a plea and sentencing hearing set for Feb. 6 at 9 a.m.

Robert D. Wolfe, 29, of Lac du Flambeau pleaded no contest and was found guilty of substantial battery and disorderly conduct. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for Jan. 27 at 9:15 a.m. Charges of misdemeanor battery and felony bail jumping were dismissed in the plea agreement.

According to the complaint, Wolfe was drinking and arguing with another man Oct. 22, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau, punching the man in the face. He was then arrested Feb. 10, 2013, for drinking and fighting with a female. His preliminary breath test was 0.202%.

Michael W. Allen Jr., 45, of Lac du Flambeau, was sentenced to one year in the Vilas County Jail at a sentencing hearing on revocation. He received credit for 274 days already served.

Allen was found guilty of possession with intent to deliver marijuana Oct. 17, 2011, and was placed on probation for 24 months with the conditions that he undergo an AODA?assessment and follow-through, fined $2,315, forfeit cash of $866 seized at the arrest and serve four months in the county jail.

Court documents show that June 20, 2013, Allen sold marijuana to a confidential in­formant. When he was ar­rested June 26, he possessed marijuana, possessed oxycodone, possessed drug paraphernalia and between Oct. 17, 2011, and June 26, 2013, he failed to make several supervision fee payments.

Betty Jane Stone, 38, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a minor child in the vehicle, third offense, operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration and possession of an illegally obtained prescription, was granted a motion “requesting an in-camera inspection for exculpatory evidence  because the alleged conduct of (Lac du Flambeau Police Department) officer  Schowalter may reflect on the officer’s truthfulness or lack of candor during administrative inquiries.”

Schowalter was dismissed from the Lac du Flambeau Police Department Oct. 24, 2013, and Stone was arrested June 26, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau. While the motion was granted, the court noted the request had already been done.

Thomas J. Vincent, 46, of Lac du Flambeau, was found guilty of operating while intoxicated, fifth offense. His sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for three years. Conditions of his probation include: fined $2,250, AODA assessment, not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns, any treatment deemed necessary by the agent, driver’s license revoked for 30 days, ignition interlock device for 30 days, serve six months in the county jail and up to 45 days can be served in an inpatient treatment facility with day-for-day credit, and provide a DNA sample.

Vincent also had a charge of operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration dismissed. A charge of  felony bail jumping was amended to a misdemeanor bond violation for consuming intoxicants Nov. 16. He was sentenced to 40 days in the county jail on that conviction, with credit for 10 days served.

James E. Thomas, 49, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with burglary of building or dwelling and misdemeanor theft, had a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, Thomas allegedly entered a residence at 609 Tomahawk Road in Lac du Flambeau Nov. 12 and took a television, drill, staple gun, ladder, DVD player, Blu-ray player and thermal glass door with a total value of $380.

Michael P. Heidenreich, 37, of Minocqua, sentenced to three years in the Wisconsin Prison System May 22, was granted a request that he receive credit for 76 days served in jail.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 10:59 AM

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