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Phelps man gets deferred entry

in burglary of animal hospital

A 20-year-old Eagle River man, who pleaded guilty to burglarizing the Eagle River Animal Hospital and a home in Phelps, and criminal damage to property at a Winchester residence, agreed to a deferred entry of judgement (DEJ) in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Shane H. Ray of Phelps pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary of a building or dwelling and three counts of criminal damage to property as part of a plea agreement. Charges of attempted burglary of a building or dwelling of the Winchester home and felony bail jumping for an incident at Koinonia Aug. 5, 2013, were dismissed.

Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III agreed to the 48-month DEJ,

ordering that Ray commit no additional crimes, pay restitution to be determined within 90 days, pay restitution of $4,508.90 in an Oneida County case, complete Milwaukee County Drug Treatment Court, apology to the victims, alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) counseling and successful completion, and possess no prescription medications without a valid prescription and taken in prescribed amounts.

 

According to the complaint, Ray broke into a Phelps residence March 15, 2012, the Eagle River Animal Hospital June 28, 2013, and a town of Winchester residence July 23, 2013. According to the complaint, dried blood at the crime scenes tied Ray to the burglaries through the state DNA data bank.

In other felony cases, Wayne D. Gordy-Daniels, 33, of Eagle River, charged with three counts of delivery of illegal articles to an inmate, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for March 18 at 10:30 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, 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 used the money for cigarettes and food.

Joseph R. Johnson, 19, of Eagle River, charged with delivery of illegal articles to an inmate and obstructing an officer, had a preliminary hearing set for March 3 at 8:45 a.m.

According to the complaint, Johnson also worked with Brecht at the St. Germain Golf Course. Johnson also allegedly received money from the woman to give to Brecht between Sept. 23, 2013 and Oct. 1, 2013.

John A. Price, 62, of St. Germain, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of misdemeanor battery and two counts disorderly conduct in a plea agreement. His sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for 18 months. Charges of attempted strangulation and suffocation, misdemeanor battery and two counts of felonly bail jumping were dismissed in the plea agreement.

Conditions of Price’s probation include complete domestic violence counseling as deemed necessary at the agent, any other counseling deemed appropriate by the agent, no contact with the victim, restitution of $1,144.98 to the victim, fined $579 and a DNA assessment of $100 on the battery charge.

According to the complaint, Price was arrested Feb. 26 in St. Germain after he became upset over a medical bill and battered a woman at her home.

Then July 23, 2013, Price was involved in an incident at Legends of the North bar in St. Germain, first squealing his tires in the parking lot and then getting in a verbal argument with another man, resulting in a fight.

Joseph R. Piechowski, 19, of Eagle River, charged with burglary of a building or dwelling, party to a crime, had an initial appearance adjourned to Feb. 17. According to the complaint, Piechowski was allegedly involved in the theft of cash from a gun safe located in the basement of a town of Cloverland residence Dec. 30, 2013.

Paula Christensen, 39, of Lac du Flambeau, placed on one years’ probation April 8, 2013, after she was found guilty of escape, was sentenced to one year in the Vilas County Jail for shoplifting at Walmart in Minocqua Dec. 8, 2013. She received credit for 195 days served in jail.

According to the complaint, Christensen took items valued at $558.04 out of the store in a cart without paying for them. She was caught on a Walmart surveillance video. Shoplifting was a violation of her probation.

Scott A. Smith Sr., 49, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with fifth-offense operating while intoxicated, had a motion hearing scheduled for March 4 at 10:15 a.m. A motion that a police officer’s statement was unreliable was denied. Smith’s attorney said the officer made an illegal random stop of Smith’s vehicle Oct. 4, 2014, on Highway 47 at 1:37 a.m. in Lac du Flambeau, first saying Smith was stopped because he failed to stop for a stop sign and then later saying the rear license plate was not illuminated.

Joshua A. Gurneau, pleaded not contest and was found guilty of disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and misdemeanor bail jumping in a multi-case plea agreement. His sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for two years. Five felony bail jumping charges and a disorderly conduct charge were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. A substantial battery charge of May 5, 2013, was amended to the misdemeanor battery charge.

Conditions of Gurneau probation include not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns, complete AODA?assessment and any treatment recommended, no contact with victims, seek full-time employment or education, pay court costs and $200 DNA assessment. He received credit for 42 days served in jail.

According to the complaint, Gurneau struck a man six or seven times in the face during an incident May 25, 2013, at a residence in Lac du Flambeau. On June 11, 2013, he was arrested for consuming intoxicants and criminal trespass, and then on July 6, 2013, he again was arrested for consuming intoxicants. A condition of his $2,500 cash bond was to not consume or possess intoxicants.

Christopher A. Kappler, 31, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with felony bail jumping and operating a motor vehicle while revoked, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for March 18 at 11:15 a.m. According to the complaint, Kappler was allegedly involved in a two-car accident in Lake of the Torches Casino parking lot Aug. 23, 2012, and had a revoked license from an operating while intoxicated case. His $10,000 signature bond was continued.

Ronald Peterson Jr., 53, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery of schedule I, II or III non-narcotics, conspiracy to commit possession with intent to deliver non-narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia, had a preliminary hearing adjourned to May 12 at 2 p.m. because he is in custody of federal marshals at this time. According to the complaint, Peterson allegedly sold oxycodone in a controlled purchase Nov. 8, 2013, and a search warrant was executed at his residence Jan. 27, 2014, where officers allegedly found more oxycodone and a pipe for ingesting a controlled substance.

Robert D. Wolfe, 39, of Lac du Flambeau, who was convicted of substantial battery Nov. 25, 2013, was sentenced to three years in the Wisconsin Prison System (WPS), including 1 year, six months of initial confinement. That sentence was stayed and he was placed on probation for three years with conditions. Wolfe also was sentenced two years in the WPS on a disorderly conduct conviction, concurrent with the previous sentence. That sentence was also stayed and he was placed on probation for one year, concurrent, with the same conditions plus a $200 DNA surcharge.

Conditions of Wolf’s probation include not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns, complete men’s batterer’s group counseling, complete parenting classes, follow through with AODA counseling or after care deemed recommended by the agent, court costs and $250 DNA surcharge and sample.

According to the complaint, Wolfe was drinking and arguing with another man Oct. 22, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau, punching the man in the face. He was then arrested Feb. 10, 2013, for drinking and fighting with a female. His preliminary breath test was 0.202%. Charges of misdemeanor battery and felony bail jumping were dismissed in the Nov. 25, 2013 plea agreement. He received credit for 30 days served in jail.

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, had a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 21 at 11:30 a.m.

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.

Timothy J. Zimmerman, 27, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with felony disorderly conduct and misdemeanor bail jumping, had a preliminary hearing rescheduled for Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. in Lac du Flambeau.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:38 PM
Last Updated on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:40 PM
 

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