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Stevens Point man gets probation

for obtaining drugs through fraud

A 32-year-old Stevens Point man pleaded no contest and was found guilty of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, second and subsequent offense, in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Ryan R. Jameson had three charges of possession of an illegally-obtained prescription dismissed in the plea agreement.

Vilas Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III withheld sentence and placed Jameson on probation for 36 months. Conditions of his probation include: court costs plus DNA surcharge totalling $518 to be paid through his $5,000 cash bond; inpatient treatment at Telbrian Treatment Facility in Madison; and any counseling deemed appropriate by the agent. He received credit for three days served in jail. It was noted he already gave a DNA sample.

According to the complaint, Jameson called in a false prescription to the Walgreen’s pharmacy in Eagle River April 23, 2013. When Jameson went to pick up the prescription, witnesses said he appeared nervous and left before getting the prescription. He then left the building and was arrested by a Vilas County Sheriff’s Department officer. Officers reported finding hydro­codone, alprazolam and Suboxone in his vehicle.

In other felony cases, Jedediah Maulson, 22, of Lac du Flambeau, was sentenced to 31?2 years in the Wisconsin Prison System for violating his probation after being convicted of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent in May of 2012.

Maulson was charged Feb. 4, 2014, with nine counts of burglary of a building or dwelling, resulting in the sentencing hearing on revocation.

Judge Nielsen stayed the prison sentence, which included 11?2 years confinement and 2 years extended supervision, and placed Maulson on probation for 24 months.

Conditions of Maulson’s probation include pay restitution of $1,605.48; complete alcohol and other drug abuse assessment and treatment; any counseling deemed appropriate by the agent; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns; and maintain full-time employment. He received credit for 237 days served in jail.

According to the complaint, Maulson was placed on probation for three years May 31, 2012, after entering a no contest plea to a charge of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. Then between Oct. 10 and Dec. 2, 2013, Maulson was a suspect in a string of six burglaries in Lac du Flambeau and he consumed alcohol and marijuana between Nov. 13 and Dec. 3, 2013, both violations of his original probation.

Robin NMI Steffen, 43, and Scott A. Steffen, 45, both of Pelican Lake, were each charged with one count of identity theft for financial gain. They had a preliminary hearing set for May 23 at 11 a.m.

According to the complaint, they obtained personal information from a man that lived with them from April to June in Pelican Lake, using his Social Security number and date of birth to open an account at Verizon Wireless. The victim said he had to move out of the residence after he was arrested for being involved in a disturbance with the Steffens.

The man told authorities his Verizon Wireless bill included two phone numbers that he did not recognize. A follow-up?investigation showed two Facebook photos showing two telephone numbers attached to the Steffens’ names.

Steven R. Gibbs Jr., 42, of Minocqua, charged with two counts of theft by contractor, had a preliminary hearing set for May 23 at 10:30 a.m. The court appointed Attorney Robert E. Hanson to represent Gibbs, who must make payments at the rate of $100 a month to Hanson commencing May 24.

According to the complaint, Gibbs, the owner of TLC?Repairs, was to complete new roof projects at two different Arbor Vitae residences, one between June 2013 and March 17, 2014, and the other between Oct. 2013 and March 2014.

In both incidents, Gibbs was paid money for the projects through Vilas County Social Services, but allegedly never completed the work. In the first case, the homeowners paid an additional $3,940 to have work completed on a garage roof, but minimal work was completed. In the second case, the homeowner paid $2,088 for additional garage roof work and minimal work was completed.

Scott A. Smith Jr., 20, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with manufacture/delivery of heroin and child neglect, both as a repeater, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for June 17 at 9:15 a.m.

According to the complaint, Smith was the driver of a vehicle that was used for an alleged heroin sale in Lac du Flambeau March 3. Smith allegedly used heroin in the vehicle while there was a minor girl in the back seat of the car.

Dale M. Jack, 19, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with aggravated battery to an elderly person and disorderly conduct, had an initial appearance adjourned to May 5 after she told the court she wanted an attorney. Her $2,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Jack allegedly attacked an elderly woman who was at 379 Tomahawk Circle in Lac du Flambeau April 4 to pick up her granddaughter. According to the woman, Jack struck her in the shoulder three times with a closed fist and then she fell to the ground where she was kicked twice. The elderly woman was then allegedly hit in the face by another person.

Jody Ann Shepherd, 40, of Land O’ Lakes, charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child under age 16, had a motion hearing set for June 4 at 2:30 p.m. after Attorney Michael J. Rielly was named to the case. According to the complaint, a 15-year-old boy told investigators Oct. 24, 2013, that he had sexual intercourse on two occasions at her residence in Manitowish Waters June 29 and June 30, 2013.

Jerome C. Big John, 18, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with substantial battery, physical abuse of a child and disorderly conduct, had a preliminary hearing set for May 19 at 11:30 a.m. According to the complaint, Big John allegedly punched another boy’s arm on a Lac du Flambeau school bus Feb. 6. The boy hit Big John in the back of the head and Big John allegedly then punched the boy in the face, knocking him unconscious for about one minute.

Melissa M. Christensen, 36, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, had a pretrial conference adjour­ned to June 3 at 1:30 p.m.

According to the complaint, Christensen was arrested Jan. 10 in Lac du Flambeau after a law enforcement officer detected an odor of suspected marijuana coming from her vehicle. She was initially questioned because there was an active warrant for her arrest in Vilas County. She told officers she recently smoked marijuana and said there was marijuana in the vehicle, according to the complaint.

Samuel J. Tucker Jr., 33, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery of schedule I, II or III non-narcotics, possession with intent to deliver non-narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia, pleaded not guilty and had a pretrial conference set for June 3 at 11:45 a.m.

According to the complaint, Tucker allegedly sold synthetic cannabinoids in a controlled purchase Nov. 15, 2013, and then was arrested at his home at 520 Chicog St. in Lac du Flambeau April 4. Officers said they smelled a strong odor of suspected synthetic cannabinoids emitting from the residence and Tucker. Officers located a package of suspected synthetic cannabinoids, two scales and baggies in the house.

William J. Wewasson Jr., 47, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with strangulation and suffocation, and misdemeanor battery, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for June 3 at 10:45 a.m. A motion to modify his bond from a $2,000 signature bond and $500 cash bond to a $2,500 signature bonds was approved.

According to the complaint, Wewasson allegedly used both hands to strangle a woman, who said she lost consciousness during the incident April 4 in Lac du Flambeau. A witness said Wewasson also punched the woman in the face. According to the complaint, Wewasson had been drinking and his preliminary breath test was 0.258%.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:52 AM

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