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Rosner bound over in stabbing;

Shumake reaches plea agreement

By Ken Anderson

News Correspondent

A 28-year-old Eagle River man, allegedly involved in the stabbing of a pregnant woman last month, was bound over for arraignment after Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III found probable cause that at least two felonies had been committed.

Andrew Rosner is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree intentional hom­i­cide by use of a dangerous weapon in connection with an alleged stabbing of Morgan Maney, 20, also of Eagle River, and her unborn child on Feb 1. Each felony count carries a maximum 60-year prison sentence.

At the preliminary hearing last Tuesday, Vilas County District Attorney Albert Moustakis questioned Vilas County Sheriff’s Department Detective Charisse Rozga-Anderson, who told the court she interviewed Maney at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield following the incident.

When asked who and where Maney was stabbed, Rozga-Anderson told the court Maney said, “It was her boyfriend Andy Rosner on Highway 70 near Big Bear Lane.”

Rozga-Anderson went on to testify Maney indicated she was about four months pregnant and noted she and Rosner had listened to the baby’s heartbeat Jan. 31 at a prenatal appointment. Rozga-Anderson said she was told they were arguing about Maney’s infidelity and “he wanted to know details about the relationship with the other individual.”

The detective said Maney told her she was driving about 50 to 55 mph “when he grabbed her hair and stabbed her in the chest,” and she stopped the vehicle. While Rosner was leaving the vehicle, Maney told Rozga-Anderson that he stated, “I hope you bleed to death.”

Moustakis questioned if the wound was close to Maney’s heart and if the unborn child was in danger. Rozga-Anderson replied she has not seen the medical record, but said she was told, “It was my understanding the wound was close to the heart and if the bleeding was not stopped, it would affect the unborn child and if she died (so would the fetus).”

Rozga-Anderson also said there was an injury to Rosner in the form of a laceration of his pinkie finger. She said upon examination of a flat tire on Maney’s vehicle, the sheriff’s office found a linear slash mark on the tire. The knife alleged to have been used by Rosner has not yet been found.

Public Defender Maggie Hogan asked several questions of Rozga-Anderson, including if Maney indicated Rosner was looking through her cell phone messages to which the response was, “She did not share that with me.”

On redirect, Moustakis asked if there were signs of blood on the slashed tire, with the detective indicating another officer said there was a “red substance” on it.

Moustakis filed the information with the court and Judge Nielsen bound Rosner over for arraignment. He will enter a plea to the charges Monday, March 17, at 10:30 a.m. Rosner’s $50,000 cash bail remains unchanged and he remains in custody.


Schumake avoids trial

The third and final person connected to marijuana grow­ing operations on S. Farming Road in Arbor Vitae and Whisky Trail north of Eagle River reached a plea agreement in Vilas County Circuit Court last Tuesday,   avoiding a scheduled four-day jury trial.

Kevin Shumake, 41, was originally charged with six felony counts involving growing marijuana and criminal damage to property when taken into custody after a raid at 1399 S. Farming Road in February 2012.

Also taken into custody were Ramon Pineiro, 36, of Goldbar, and James Lacson, 36, of Margate, Fla.

According to District Attorney Moustakis, he recommended the court accept a plea arrangement that would have Shumake plead guilty or no contest to one count of maintaining a drug trafficking place.

Moustakis said four other felony counts would be dismissed and one count of criminal damage to property would be read in for the purpose of restitution.

“I will recommend two years’ probation, six months in the county jail and $4,500 in restitution,” Moustakis told Judge Nielsen. “The defense is free to argue for less.”

The state also filed two civil suits against Shumake for a seized 2002 Ford Explorer and a utility cargo trailer, which they will forfeit, according to the agreement.

Shumake then pleaded no contest and was found guilty on one count, with the others dismissed.

Judge Nielsen ordered a presentence investigation be done by the state probation and parole office, with sentencing set for April 7. The cargo trailer will be turned over to the sheriff’s department and Shumake will be allowed to sell the vehicle with proceeds applied to restitution.

The count of maintaining a drug trafficking place is a Class I felony punishable by three and one-half years in prison, with an initial incarceration of one and one-half years.

Pineiro entered pleas to one count of possession of marijuana and two counts of criminal damage to property last April. He has a sentencing date of March 17.

Lacson was found guilty of three felonies after a jury trial last August and was sentenced to a year in jail and three years probation.

Shumake remains free on a $1,500 cash bond.

In other felony cases,  Kurt M. Waters, 49, of Land O’ Lakes, charged with three counts of manufacturing or delivery of marijuana and one count of maintaining a drug trafficking place, had an initial appearance adjourned to March 24 at 10 a.m. His $1,500 cash bail has been paid.

According to the complaint, Waters allegedly sold marijuana in three controlled purchases May 9, May 17 and June 12, 2012, and operated a drug trafficking place from May 9 to June 12, 2012, in Land O’ Lakes.

Michael N. Larson, 28, of Conover, charged with disorderly conduct, repeater, had a plea and sentencing hearing adjourned to April 4 at 9:30 a.m. According to the complaint, officers responded to a domestic violence call Oct. 6, 2013, at a residence in Eagle River. Larson allegedly slapped a woman in the face during an argument.

Jeffrey J. Bauman Jr., 18, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty to charges of possession of a firearm on school grounds, attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer and escape in a plea agreement. Charges of disorderly conduct, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, ob­structing an officer and operating without a license were dismissed in the plea agreement. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for April 14 at 3 p.m.

According to the complaint, Bauman was carrying a .30-.30 rifle on Lac du Flambeau School grounds Sept. 29, 2013, and walked away from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield Oct. 29, 2013, after he faked paralysis to his lower extremities.

Bert J. LaBarge Jr., 34, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with false imprisonment, felony battery and felony disorderly conduct, all as a repeater, had a preliminary hearing set for March 12 at 9 a.m. His $1,000 cash bond was continued. with the condition he has no contact with the victim, not to possess or consume intoxicants and no taverns.

According to the complaint, LaBarge had a physical altercation with a woman

Feb. 8, allegedly pulling her hair, pushing her to the floor and kicking her in the ribs.

News-Review Editor Gary Ridderbusch contributed to this article.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:19 AM

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