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Conover man gets probation

for thefts at VFW, residence

An 18-year-old Conover man involved in a theft at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8400 in Land O’ Lakes and a town of Washington residence pleaded no contest and was found guilty of misdemeanor theft and felony theft, special facts, in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Gryphyn Taylor Connolly had his sentence withheld and he was placed on probation for three years. Charges of burglary of a building or dwelling,?burglary-arming self with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor theft were dismissed in the plea agreement but were read-in at sentencing.

Vilas Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III said conditions of Connolly’s probation include: serve 100 hours of community service, restitution, apology to the victims and restorative justice if the victims approve, not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns, alcohol and other drug abuse assessment and any counseling deemed necessary by the agent and provide a DNA sample and pay the surcharge.

Judge Nielsen said restitution would be determined within 30 days, but it was noted Connolly has already paid $2,500 in restitution to the district attorney’s office.

Nielsen said Connolly could be considered for early discharge of his probation after 18 months if all conditions of the probation were met and he committed no further violations. The judge also said Connolly could petition the court for expungement of the charges if all conditions of probation were met with no new violations.

According to the complaint, Connolly and three other suspects entered the VFW building July 14 and took eight bottles of alcohol. Then between Aug. 14 and Aug. 20, Connolly and three other suspects entered a home on Columbus Road in the town of Washington and took coins and guns.

In other felony cases, Brandon L. Vetterneck, 37, of Lac du Flambeau, was sentenced to one year, eight months in the Wisconsin Prison System after pleading no contest and was found guilty of delivery of schedule I or II?narcotics. He also was sentenced to nine months in jail to run concurrent for a charge of criminal damage to property. Charges of possession with intent to deliver narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed in the plea agreement.

Vetterneck also was sentenced to 13 months in prison, to run concurrent, at a sentencing hearing on revocation on a possession of marijuana conviction. He received credit for 138 days already served in jail.

Following Vetterneck’s one year, eight months in prison, he will be on extended supervision for three years.

Vetterneck was originally convicted of possession of marijuana May 23 and was placed on probation for 24 months. But on Aug. 5, he was arrested at Lake of the Torches Casino in Lac du Flambeau after law enforcement got an anonymous tip he was near the bussing entrance of the casino and there was a valid warrant for his arrest with the Department of Corrections and Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police Department. Court records show he failed to report to his probation agent July 9 and he failed to report to the Vilas County Jail to serve his jail time for the possession of marijuana conviction.

When law enforcement contacted Vetterneck at the casino about 10:55 p.m., he removed a pill bottle from his pants pocket and dropped it on the floor. It contained 16 oxycodone pills and nine Xanax pills. He told officers he had no prescription for the drugs and had purchased them in Milwaukee. Following his arrest, he kicked the window in the cell door at the Lac du Flambeau Police Department.

James R. Wolfe Jr., 25, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with theft of moveable property between $5,000 and $10,000, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Jan. 28 at 11:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, Wolfe was an employee at the Ojibwe Market in Lac du Flambeau and authorities claim he was involved in a fraudulent scheme totalling more than $7,200 with another store employee, Vanessa L. Peterson, 19, of Lac du Flambeau.

Investigators said Wolfe would bring non-winning lottery tickets to Peterson and she would ring them up on the cash register as winners of less than $50 so the tickets didn’t have to be sent to state lottery officials. She would then give him the cash, according to the complaint.

Peterson told investigators all the money, except $50 that she took once, went to Wolfe. Sixteen times between April 6 and Sept. 11, a store report showed money taken from her cash drawer totalling $7,252. Peterson, who also is charged with theft of moveable property, will have a preliminary hearing Jan. 13 at 8:45 a.m.

Doug A. Long, 30, of Lac du Flambeau, had a charge of possession with intent to deliver marijuana dismissed without prejudice in Vilas County Circuit Court last week following a statement by Vilas County District Attorney Albert Moustakis. Long originally was arrested April 21, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau when a handbag containing a small bag of marijuana was found on the floor on the front passenger side of a vehicle. Louisa M. Young, 30, of Lac du Flambeau, was the driver of the vehicle and Long was a passenger. Young was arrested for operating while intoxicated.

Seuoya A. Mitchell, 24, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery of marijuana, had an initial appearance adjourned to Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. and she was released on a $1,000 signature bond.

According to the complaint, Mitchell sold 1.8 grams of marijuana for $25 in a controlled purchase in the driveway at 385 Tomahawk Circle in Lac du Flambeau May 17, 2011.


Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:41 AM

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