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Man charged for delivering heroin

tied to drug-related overdose case

A 28-year-old Lac du Flambeau man has been charged with delivery of heroin in Vilas County Circuit Court last week for his connection to a possible drug-related overdose  in  Lac du Flambeau March 3.

James R. Stenberg also is   charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping. He had a preliminary hearing set for March 20 at 1:30 p.m.

Vilas Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III continued Stenberg’s $10,000 cash bond  with the conditions that he have no contact with other suspects in the case.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers responded to a call at 2:24 a.m. March 3 for a nonresponsive female at 514 Waswagon Street in Lac du Flambeau. The pulseless nonbreather was in the bathroom of the residence on the floor, medical staff attempted to revive her, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers reportedly found a burnt spoon with drug residue, syringes and empty pill bottles next to the victim, a 54-year-old female.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending completion of the investigation.

According to the complaint, Stenberg allegedly purchased heroin from another person March 3 and then sold the heroin to the woman.

During a search warrant at his residence March 6, officers allegedly located  six small baggies containing heroin and $150 in currency.

In other felony cases, Joseph R. Johnson, 19, of Eagle River, charged with delivery of illegal articles to an inmate and resisting or obstructing an officer, had a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 28 at 1:45 p.m.

According to the complaint, Johnson gave money to Todd Brecht between Sept. 23, 2013, and Oct. 1, 2013, while Brecht was inmate at Camp McNaughton and working at the St. Germain Golf Course. Johnson allegedly received $5,000 from Shirley Brecht, the mother of Todd Brecht, through a wire transfer.

Defense attorney David Penn made a motion to dismiss the case based on insufficient evidence, saying Johnson did not deliver the money to the inmate. The motion was denied.

Richard C. LaCrosse, 31, of Eagle River, charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, fourth offense in five years, misdemeanor theft, possession of an illegally-obtained prescription and obstructing an officer, had a preliminary hearing set for March 28 at 9 a.m.

According to the complaint, LaCrosse’s vehicle was stuck in a snowbank near the intersection of Highway 70 and Cloverland Drive in the town of Cloverland March 1. The complaint indicates LaCrosse had a preliminary breath test of 0.09% and prescription bottles made out to another person were found in his vehicle. LaCrosse allegedly walked away from a responding officer, saying he was going to the bathroom. An officer later located LaCrosse about 400 yards down the snowmobile trail adjacent to Highway 70.

Joseph R. Piechowski, 18, of Eagle River, charged with burglary of a building or dwelling, party to a crime, was bound over after probable cause was found he had committed a crime. He entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for April 22 at 10:15 a.m. His $2,500 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Piechowski, was allegedly involved in the theft of money from a gun safe at a residence on Lotus Lane in Eagle River. Authorities said between $350 and $400 was removed from the safe Dec. 29 and another $5,000 was taken from the safe Dec. 30. No guns were taken.

Forest J. Goetz, 28, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession of marijuana and obstructing an officer, had an initial appearance adjourned to March 24 at 11 a.m.

According to the complaint, a law enforcement officer initiated a traffic stop on Goetz’s vehicle at 3:14 a.m. April 21, 2012,  because the registered vehicle owner had a suspended driver’s license. Officers allegedly located a bag of marijuana in a handbag in the vehicle, along with rolling papers, $16 in cash and what a appeared to be a drug ledger. During the arrest, he apparently gave a false name to officers.

Bert J. LaBarge Jr., 38, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with false imprisonment, felony battery and felony disorderly conduct, all as a repeater, was bound over after probable cause was found he had committed a crime. He entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for April 15 at 1:45 a.m. A motion to amend his $1,000 cash bond was denied.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers responded to a 911 hang-up at 3280 Pokegma Lake Trail in Lac du Flambeau Feb. 8. A woman at the scene told authorities LaBarge pulled her hair and hit her head against a door and the floor during an altercation between the two.

Patrick H. Williams, 23, of Milwaukee, charged with delivery of schedule I or II narcotics and conspiracy to commit delivery of scheduled I or II narcotics, was bound over after probable cause was found he had committed a crime. He entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for April 15 at 1:30 p.m. A jury trial was set for May 30 at 8:30 a.m. after a motion was made for a speedy trial. Williams’ $10,000 cash bond was continued.

According to the complaint, a concerned citizen reported that Williams, who was arrested Feb. 27 on a probation and parole hold, had allegedly put numerous oxycodone 30 mg tablets in a body cavity and that on March 2 he was still confined in the Vilas County Jail. An informant told authorities she got a call from Williams to be at the jail at 8 a.m. Monday to pick up Francis Jack, who was being released from jail.  Jack allegedly had 60 oxycodone tablets in his possession and said he received them from Williams while he was in jail.

Michael Schuman, 24, of Lac du Flambeau, had a motion hearing to revoke his deferred entry of judgement adjourned to April 17 at 9 a.m. According to the complaint, Schuman told the court he would pay $700 of his restitution to the district attorneys office by March 3, but he needs to time to pay the remainder.

Schuman is serving three years’ probation after being convicted of four counts of theft of moveable property. According to the complaint, Schuman owes $4,486.06 in restitution and as of Oct. 14, 2013, none was paid to Don Scharf Automotive in the town of Lincoln where he  altered scale slips for metal he sold at the recycling business in June and July of 2011.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:45 AM
 

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