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Eagle River man, 36, charged for delivering money to inmate

A 36-year-old Eagle River man was charged for delivering money and a telephone to a man who escaped from Camp McNaughton Prison in 2013 in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Wayne Gordy-Daniels, charged with delivery of illegal articles to an inmate,  had a preliminary hearing last Thursday and Vilas Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III set his arraignment for Feb. 10 at 9 a.m.

According to the complaint, Gordy-Daniels was allegedly involved in money transactions from March 23, 2013, and Oct. 1, 2013, between a woman and Todd Brecht, an escaped inmate from Camp McNaughton Oct. 1, 2013, while he was working at the St. Germain Golf Course.

The complaint says the woman would send Gordy-Daniels, who was on probation from Camp McNaughton, a check for about $100 each month. He would then get the money to Brecht, who was convicted of first-degree murder in 1986. The complaint says Brecht use the money for cigarettes and food.

According to the complaint, Gordy-Daniels also got Brecht a cellphone, but Gordy-Daniels denied that transaction.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office reported that Brecht was apprehended less than a week later without incident in Orlando, Fla.

In other felony cases, Courtney Joseph Dale, 36, of Eagle River, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of   strangulation and suffocation, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Charges of  substantial battery, second- degree recklessly endangering safety and misdemeanor theft were dismissed in the plea agreement. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for March 3 at 3 p.m.

According to the complaint, Dale allegedly possessed a firearm March 20 and allegedly battered a woman April 16, both in Eagle River.

Christopher J. Durski, 36, of Eagle River, charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, had  a preliminary hearing set for Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.

According to the complaint, Durski claimed to law enforcement officers that his girlfriend was moving out of his residence and was trying to set him up by hiding drugs in his house. He requested a search of the residence, where officers located two needles used to inject controlled substances. During the investigation, he admitted to using methamphetamine.

Robert M. Poupart, 43, of Minocqua, charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, entered a plea of no contest and was found guilty. He was fined $1,261 and must pay a $250 DNA surcharge for a total of $1,501. Judge Nielsen ordered it must be paid by March 1. He also must serve three days in the county jail, for which he received credit for three days already served.

According to the complaint, Poupart was convicted of manufacturing/delivery of non-narcotics, a class H felony, in Waukesha County in 2006. Authorities said they found an AR115 rifle in the bedroom closet at his residence in Lac du Flambeau March 15, 2013. While he said his daughter used the gun for target shooting, his wife said he sometimes target shoots off the back deck of his residence with the gun.

Carole Crawford, 56, of Pleasant Prairie, charged with operating a motor vehicle with a restricted controlled substance in her blood, fourth offense in five years, had a plea and sentencing hearing set for May 19 at 11 a.m.

According to the complaint, Crawford was arrested Jan. 29, 2012, in the McDonald’s parking lot in Eagle River after it was reported she was driving a vehicle southbound on Highway 45 and she was “all over the road.” Law enforcement officers said she had 10 different prescription bottles written by different doctors and filled at different pharmacies. It was noted some bottles were empty.

Kurt M. Waters, 49, of Land O’ Lakes, charged with three counts of manufacturing/delivery of marijuana and one count of maintaining a drug trafficking place, had an initial appearance adjourned to Feb. 24 at 10 a.m.

According to the complaint, Waters allegedly sold marijuana in controlled purchases May 9, May 17, and June 12, 2012, in Land O’ Lakes.

William S. Radant, 42, of Manitowish Waters, charged with operating while intoxicated, sixth offense, had a preliminary hearing set for March 3 at 2 p.m.

According to the complaint, Radant was involved in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 51 in the town of Boulder Junction Jan. 22 8:30 p.m. The officer said there was an odor of intoxicants inside the vehicle.

Charlie Smith, 47, of Rhine­lander, had a charge of second-degree recklessly endangering safety amended to attempted battery. His sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for one year. A second charge of second-degree recklessly endangering safety was dismissed.

Conditions of Smith’s probation include comply with any treatment recommendations by the agent, no prescriptions unless prescribed, agent to limit amount of pills on his person, sentenced to 30 days in the county jail with work release privileges, no contact with the victims, and pay a $200 DNA assessment.

Judge Nielsen said Smith’s jail time can be served in another county and he can have electronic monitoring if the jail approves. The jail time must commence by March 27.

According to the complaint, Smith attempted to strike two people with his vehicle at the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Gas Station June 22, 2013. Both victims said they jumped from the path of Smith’s vehicle. Smith said they were friends and “that’s how they play.”

Joseph A. Nowak, 24, of Wausau, charged with theft, false representation from $2,500 to $5,000, and five counts of misdemeanor theft, false representation, under $2,500, was not present for an initial appearance last Monday and Assistant District Attorney David Breelove told the court he would seek a warrant.

According to the complaint, Novak allegedly stole money from people through fraudulent Internet sales of coins in March and February of 2011.

Kelly J. Blackhawk, 25, of Lac du Flambeau, convicted of neglecting a child and placed on probation Aug. 12, 2013, was back in court last week for violating her probation. Judge Nielsen sentenced her to seven months in the Vilas County Jail, with credit for 85 days already served. Nielsen said the last 30 days can be served in inpatient treatment. If she fails to complete the treatment, the judge said Blackhawk will have to return to jail to complete her sentence with no credit for time served in treatment.

According to the complaint, Blackhawk violated her probation by consuming alcohol and operating a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol Oct. 18, 2013, and she was terminated from a  placement at Koinonia in Rhinelander Nov. 27, 2013. She was originally charged with physical abuse of a child May 5, 2013, for “shaking” an infant, but that charge was amended to neglecting a child Aug. 12, 2013.

Jennifer H. Rochelle, 25, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery of schedule I or II?narcotics, possession with intent to deliver narcotics and possession with intent to deliver cocaine, had a preliminary hearing set for March 3 at 2:30 p.m. Her $10,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Rochelle sold two 30mg oxycodone tablets for $100 during a controlled purchase Nov. 8, 2013, in Lac du Flambeau. During a search warrant at her residence Dec. 12, 2013, officers allegedly located 117 15mg tablets and 19 30 mg tablets of oxycodone and 10 grams of cocaine.

Nicole L. Brandt, 27, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with felony bail jumping, possession of an illegally-obtained prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia, entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Feb. 18 at 9:45 a.m. in the district attorneys office.

Sequoya A. Mitchell, 24, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery of marijuana, had a preliminary hearing set for Feb. 21 at 8:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, Mitchell allegedly sold 1.8 grams of marijuana for $25 while in the driveway of her mother’s residence. During the controlled purchase, she allegedly pulled a small bag of marijuana from a larger bag that contained an additional three or four small bags of marijuana.

Samantha R. Thunderhawk, 17, of Rapid City, S.D., charged with substantial battery, had a pretrial conference adjourned to Feb. 11 at 11:15 a.m.

According to the complaint, Thunderhawk allegedly hit a man with a shovel because he was trying to assault her Aug. 21, 2013, in Lac du Flambeau. The man had a fractured skull and was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.

Louis J. LaBarge Jr., 51, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery of schedule I, II, or III non-narcotics and possession of an illegally-obtained prescription, had a pretrial conference set for March 4 at 11:15 a.m. in the district attorney’s office.

According to the complaint, LaBarge sold two  30mg oxycodone pills for $80 in a controlled purchase between June 16 and June 19, 2013, in Lac du Flambeau.


Tuesday, February 04, 2014 2:59 PM
Last Updated on Tuesday, February 04, 2014 3:06 PM

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