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Man, 20, gets deferred judgment

in Eagle River sexual assault case

A 20-year-old Eagle River man, who had a charge of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age amended to fourth-degree sexual assault, pleaded no contest in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Cody K. Gehrke also pleaded no contest to an amended charge of misdemeanor bond violation and disorderly conduct.

Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III approved a 24-month deferred entry of judgment on the sexual assault conviction with the condition that Gehrke complete an assessment of appropriate thinking on sexual behavior, with follow-through and any counseling deemed necessary by the agent. He also must commit no crimes during the next two years.

Judge Nielsen withheld sentencing on the bond violation and disorderly conduct convictions and placed Gehr­ke on probation for two years, with the following conditions: undergo any counseling deemed appropriate by the agent, take any medications only as prescribed, not to consume intoxicants or illegal drugs and serve 10 days in the Vilas County Jail  to commence Jan. 10 with work-release privileges. He re­ceived credit for nine days served.

Judge Nielsen said he would explore expungement upon Gehrke’s successful completion of probation.

According to the complaint, Gehrke had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl Dec. 9, 2011, in an Eagle River apartment. The bond violation was the result of missing a court appearance July 15 and the disorderly conduct charge stemmed from putting a another male in a headlock and choking and biting him April 21.

In other felony cases, Charles Michael Booth, 43, of Conover, charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, pleaded not guilty after probable cause was found he had committed a crime. A pretrial conference was set for Jan. 21 at 10:45 a.m.

According to the complaint, Booth allegedly swerved with his vehicle Sept. 10 on a road in the town of Conover, striking another vehicle at between 50 and 55 mph. Booth told a State Patrol trooper he was tired of trucks with loud mufflers and squealing tires coming past his house on Highway K and he was going to do something about it.

Jeremy M. Thomson, 35, of Green Bay, charged with operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, had an initial appearance adjourned to Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. because he is currently in the Brown County Jail. Assistant District Attorney David Breedlove will check to see if Thomson can transport himself or if a transport order is needed from the Brown County Jail for his next court date.

According to the complaint, Thomson allegedly took a Klessig Tree Service pickup truck from a private residence in the town of Cloverland Aug. 25. The vehicle was located at the Days Inn in Eagle River with the keys in the ignition, Thomson’s identification card on the floor and his wallet on the dash. He was later located at Leif’s Cafe, running out the front door when a police officer walked into the res­taurant. Thomson apparently was in Eagle River for a concert and crashed his vehicle on Highway G and later took the Klessig truck.

John M. Kusek, 43, of Three Lakes, charged with three counts of manufacturing/delivery of cocaine and one count of delivery of designer drugs, had a preliminary hearing set for Jan. 2 at 9 a.m.

According to the complaint, Kusek allegedly sold cocaine during controlled purchases in Eagle River Sept. 5, Oct. 1, Oct. 8 and Nov. 19, when he was arrested.

Samantha Smith, 18, of Oconto, charged with burglary of a building or dwelling, theft of moveable property between $5,000 and $10,000, criminal damage to property and possession of narcotic drugs, had a preliminary hearing adjourned to Jan. 17 at 9:15 a.m.

According to the complaint, Smith was allegedly involved in a burglary at Wall St. Pharmacy in Eagle River May 30. Drugs taken during the incident had a value of nearly $10,000.

Nicholas P. Poniewaz, 33, of Milwaukee, charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, fourth offense in five years, and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, was bound over for arraignment and pleaded not guilty. A pretrial conference was set for Jan. 28 at 10 a.m.

According to the complaint, Poniewaz was stopped at 1:41 a.m. Sept. 1  on Highway 45 in the town of Washington for not having a taillight illuminated at night. His preliminary breath test was 0.123%.

Doug A. Long, 30, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession/intent to deliver marijuana April 12, had an initial appearance adjourned to Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. The court was told Long qualifies for public defender representation, but he has not been able to get an attorney yet.

Elias D. Maldonado, 39, of Wales, charged with sixth-offense operating while intoxicated, had an initial appearance adjourned to Dec. 16.

According to the complaint, Maldonado was stopped by a law enforcement officer at 2:42 a.m. Sept. 6 on Highway 47 in the town of Lac du Flambeau after al­legedly the van he was driving touched the centerline two times on a straight stretch of highway. A law enforcement official initially pursued  his vehicle because a left taillight was emitting a white light.

Joseph V. Smith, 38, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery of schedule I or II?narcotics after allegedly selling oxycodone in a controlled purchase between June 21 and 24 in Lac du Flambeau, had a pretrial conference set for Jan. 14 at 11:15 a.m.

Smith also is charged with felony bail jumping, possession of an illegally obtained prescription, second-offense operating while intoxicated, and operating a motor vehicle while revoked during an incident Aug. 18 in Lac du Flambeau. He was charged with another felony bail jumping count for missing a court appearance Sept. 20.

Jeremy L. Waterman, 24, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with substantial battery, domestic abuse, with a repeater, had a plea and sentencing hearing adjourned to Dec. 19 at 10 a.m.

According to the complaint, Waterman allegedly threw a woman to the ground during a verbal altercation. She broke her finger during the incident.

Barbara J. Maloney, 33, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with conspiracy to commit prescription drugs-deliv­ery/possession/manufacture, had a plea and sentencing hearing adjourned to Feb. 6 at 11 a.m.

Annetta L. Koshka, 71, and Joseph G. Chosa, 68, both of Arbor Vitae, both charged with theft in a business setting $5,000 to $10,000, had a plea and sentencing hearing adjourned to Jan. 2 at 9:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, Chosa was named the power of attorney for an elderly man who was placed in a nursing home and allegedly wrote checks for personal use totaling $7,540. Chosa and Koshka, his girlfriend, were friends of the man who lived at Hiawatha Estates, a trailer park in Arbor Vitae. She allegedly assisted Chosa with his power of attorney duties.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 1:03 PM

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