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Land O’ Lakes woman charged

for sexual assault of child under 16

A 40-year-old Land O’ Lakes woman, charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age, had a preliminary hearing set for Jan. 2 at 10:45 a.m. in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Jody Ann Shepherd al­legedly had sexual intercourse twice with a 15-year-old Mount Pleasant boy June 29 in the guest bedroom at Shepherd’s residence in Manitowish Waters. The boy told investigators during an in­ter­view Oct. 24 that Shepherd was acting “flirty” and she wished to perform sexual activities with him.

Shepherd is free on a $25,000 signature bond with the conditions that she have no contact with any other children other than her own or a male acquaintance’s children. Vilas Circuit Judge  Neal A. Nielsen III also stated Shepherd could have indirect contact with children at work, but she is not to be a teacher or work in a school setting.

In other felony cases, Kimberly Sue Rhodes White, 43, of Land O’ Lakes, who agreed in 2010 to a 36-month de­ferred entry of judgment (DEJ) for an amended charge of misdemeanor theft, told the court she doesn’t have the money to pay restitution of more than $3,800. Assistant District Attorney David Breedlove requested the DEJ be revoked and Judge Niel­sen set sentencing for Jan. 15 at 11:15 a.m.

Rhodes fraudulently de­posited a check at the former Nicolet Credit Union in Eagle River for $3,987.85 from U.S. Steel Corp. Feb. 7, 2008. On Feb. 11, she withdrew a check made out to herself for $3,500 and then on Feb. 12, she withdrew $350 cash from the account.

According to court rec­ords, Rhodes White was ordered Oct. 11, 2010,  to pay $3,813.50 in restitution at a rate of $156.51 a month. She also entered a no contest plea and was found guilty of misdemeanor theft in 2010. Judge Nielsen had given her a deadline of Dec. 15, 2013, to repay the money.

Both misdemeanor theft counts carry a maximum fine of $10,000 or nine months in jail or both.

George A. Diver III, 21, of Lac du Flambeau, who pleaded no contest and was found guilty to charges of attempted battery of  a peace officer and felony bail jumping,  had his sentence withheld and he was placed on probation for four years. Charges of ob­structing an officer and disorderly conduct use of a dangerous weapon were dismissed.

Judge Nielsen said conditions of Diver’s probation include: successfully complete alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) assessment and counseling, inpatient treatment if recommended, not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns, no medications unless prescribed, seek full-time em­ploy­ment or education, mental health assessment and counseling, and provide a DNA sample.

The judge said Diver can petition for early release with his agent’s recommendation and if all conditions of probation are met. He received credit for 102 days served in the county jail.

According to the complaint, Diver was arrested at 2:24 a.m. April 5 for fighting and kicking an officer during his arrest. The felony bail jumping charge stemmed from an incident Aug. 13 in the Vilas County Jail, when there was a fight between Diver and another inmate and Diver armed himself with a sharp piece of broken floor tile. He pleaded no contest to both charges as part of a plea agreement Oct. 23.

Elias D. Maldonado, 39, of Wales, charged with operating while intoxicated, fifth or sixth offense, and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, had a preliminary hearing set for Feb. 17 at 11:30 a.m. Maldonado was arrested Sept. 6 in Lac du Flambeau with a preliminary beath test of 0.106%.

According to the complaint, because Maldonado had five prior operating while intoxicated convictions, his maximum blood alcohol could be 0.02%. He told the  officer he had one beer and one cocktail prior to his arrest.

John  D. Negani, 30, of Lac du Flambeau, convicted of a sex offender registry violation, was sentenced to three years confinement in the Wisconsin Prison System, followed by three years of extended supervision. The sentence will run concurrent to any sentence he is now serving in the Dodge Correctional Facility.

According to the complaint, Negani was convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child in Vilas County Nov. 14, 2003. On May 8, 2012, he was released to extended supervision and on May 25, 2012, he failed to provide the Wisconsin De­partment of Corrections with a notice that he was changing residences. It was reported that on June 20, 2012, he no longer was residing at 2827 Highway 47 in Lac du Flambeau.

Judge Nielsen said Negami would be eligible for early release as long as he is not released from confinement before serving 30 months in prison. The judge also said Negami is not eligible for the challenge incarceration program.

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:59 AM

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