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Arbor Vitae couple gets probation

for taking funds from elderly man

An Arbor Vitae man and woman who took more than $7,000 from an elderly man’s bank account, had a charge of theft in a business setting amended to misdemeanor theft and they were placed on probation for six months in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Annetta L. Koshka, 71, and Joseph G. Chosa, 68, must also complete 60 hours of community service.

After withholding sentence and placing Koshka and Chosa on probation, Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III  said they also must pay costs of $163 serve 24 hours in the county jail, due during the first 60 days of probation.

According to the complaint, Koshka and Chosa were named powers of attorney for an elderly man living in Hiawatha Estates Trailer Park in Arbor Vitae and were in charge of the man’s financial responsibilities, including paying his trailer park site rent while he was in and out of nursing homes.

Investigators?learned Koshka and Chosa had drawn $7,650 from the man’s bank account, but it was noted in court that all restitution has been paid. During the investigation, Chosa admitted to authorities that he had a gambling problem and used some of the funds to gamble.

In other Vilas County felony cases, John M. Kusek, 43, of Three Lakes, charged with three counts of manufacturing/delivery of cocaine and delivery of designer drugs, was bound over for arraignment and pleaded not guilty. A pretrial conference was set for Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m. His $1,000 cash bond and $5,000 signature bond were continued.

According to the criminal complaint, Kusek was arrested following three controlled purchases Oct. 1, Oct. 8 and Nov. 19 in Eagle River.

Jody Ann Shepherd, 40, of Land O’ Lakes, charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age, was bound over for arraignment and pleaded not guilty. A pretrial conference was set for Feb. 18 at 9:30 a.m. She remains free on a $25,000 signature bond.

According to the complaint, a 15-year-old boy told investigators Oct. 24 that he had sexual intercourse on two occasions at her residence in Manitowish Waters June 29.

Shane H. Ray, 20, of Phelps, charged with two counts of  burglary of a building or dwelling, and two counts of criminal damage to property, for allegedly breaking into a Phelps residence March 15, 2012, and the Eagle River Animal Hospital June 28, 2013, had a plea and sentencing hearing set for Feb. 7 at 2 p.m.

According to the complaint, dried blood at the crime scenes tied Ray to the burglaries through the state DNA data bank.

Ray also is charged with criminal damage to property and attempting to burglarize a building or dwelling at a town of Winchester residence July 23, 2013.

In addition, Ray is charged with felony bail jumping Aug. 5. According to the complaint, he was a resident at Koinonia in Rhinelander and left his room between 1 and 1:20 a.m. Aug. 5 and allegedly damaged two cars parked at Koinonia and he was reported to be standing on top of one of the vehicles.

Emily L. St. Germaine, 21, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with dispensing prescribed drugs without a prescription, was bound over after probable cause was found she had committed a crime. She pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Jan. 28 at 10:15 a.m.

According to the complaint, St. Germaine was at the Lac du Flambeau School to eat lunch with her niece and nephew and appeared intoxicated. She told officials she took a gabapentin pill without a valid prescription. She said she got the pill from another person due to back pain she was experiencing.

Mariah R. Thoms, 21, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with six counts of burglary of a building or dwelling, six counts of misdemeanor theft and six counts of criminal damage to property, all party to a crime, had an adjourned preliminary hearing set for Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m.

A motion to modify her bond from $5,000 signature bond to a $10,000 signature bond was granted last week.

According to the complaint, Thoms was involved in alleged burglaries and thefts at seasonal residences in Lac du Flambeau between Nov. 16 and Nov. 22, and Oct. 18 and Nov. 27.  Thoms and several other suspects allegedly took alcohol, televisions, a laptop computer, computer game system and computer games, and fishing tackle.

Thoms also was charged with felony jumping for allegedly having contact with another suspect in the case between Dec. 3 and 18. According to the complaint, Thoms allegedly had phone contact with a suspect from a county jail phone at least three times.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 12:00 PM

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