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Judge grants sentence adjustment

for woman convicted of robbery

A 57-year-old Eagle River  woman convicted of armed robbery with threat of force in 2010 was granted a sentence adjustment in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Debra A. Pride was sentenced Nov. 1, 2010, to four years in the Wisconsin Prison System followed by five years of extended supervision for her involvement in an armed robbery with her brother at the St. Germain Pharmacy March 29, 2010.

After Pride’s attorney, Ralph Koopman, told the court that she has made progress concerning her rehabilitation, education and treatment while in prison, Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III granted the sentence adjustment with a release date of June 28, 2014. He also ruled the remaining sentence time will added to the extended supervision period.

Koopman told the court Pride also has been on work release at a minimum security correctional center for the past 18 months.

Court documents show Pride and her brother, Russell L. Pride of Eagle River, took hours, not weeks or even days, to put together a plan to rob the pharmacy at gunpoint in order to get drugs Russell Pride needed for his addiction. Russell Pride, now 60, also was convicted of armed robbery with threat of force and sentenced to four years in the Wisconsin Prison System Nov. 1, 2010. He was denied a motion in Vilas Circuit Court from his attorney, Jeffrey Jackomino, to modify his sentence in December 2013.

In othe felony cases, John M. Kusek, 43, of Three Lakes, was sentenced to two years in the Wisconsin Prison System, but Judge Nielsen stayed the sentence and placed Kusek on probation for three years. He was found guilty of two counts of manufacturing and delivery of cocaine April 3.

Conditions of Kusek’s probation include alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) assessment and treatment, maintain stable employment, restitution of $500, courts costs and DNA surcharge of $518, serve 100 hours of community service, provide a DNA sample and serve 60 days in the county jail to commence Aug. 3. The jail time can be served in another county and with work release privileges.

Robert A. Kaehler, 51, of Eagle River, charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft, concealing stolen property and identify theft, had a preliminary?hearing adjourned to June 24 at 11 a.m.

According to the complaint, Kaehler allegedly took a wallet from another person at an Eagle River tavern April 12 and later made three purchases at WalMart in Rhinelander totalling $2,412.23. Security camera video showed the suspect making the purchases with the credit card.

Joseph R. Johnson, 19, of Eagle River, charged with delivery of illegal articles to an inmate and obstructing an officer, was denied a motion to dismiss the case and a preliminary hearing was set for July 2 at 11:30 a.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.

Jody Ann Shepherd, 41, of Land O’ Lakes, charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child under age 16, had a jury trial scheduled for Sept. 25 at 8:30 a.m. A motion to suppress evidence in the form of text messages to a friend, was denied last week.

According to the complaint, a 15-year-old boy told investigators Oct. 24, 2013, that he had sexual intercourse on two occasions at Shepherd’s residence in Manitowish Waters June 29 and June 30, 2013.

William S. Radant, 53, of Manitowish Waters, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of sixth-offense operating while intoxicated. His sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for 36 months. Conditions of the probation include AODA?assessment and treatment, not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns, drivers license revoked for 36 months, ignition interlock device for 36 months, fined $3,976, serve eight months in the county jail commencing Aug. 4 with work release privileges. He received credit for four days served. He was arrested Jan. 11 with a blood alcohol level of 0.299%, and was limited to a 0.02% due to prior convictions.

Steven R. Gibbs Jr., 42, of Minocqua, charged with two counts of theft by contractor, pleaded not guilty after probable cause was found he had committed a crime. A pretrial conference was set for June 24 at 10:15 a.m.

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.

Pauline F. Linklater, 36, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded not guilty to charges of possession with intent to deliver non-narcotics, delivery of schedule I, II or III non-narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. A pretrial conference was set for July 8 at 9:45 a.m. Her $2,000 signature bond was continued.

Walter L. Linklater Sr., 36, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession with intent to deliver non-narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for July 8 at 1:15 p.m. His $2,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, a search warrant was executed at the Linklaters’ residence at 510 Waswagon St. in Lac du Flambeau Sept. 29, 2013, and investigators located synthetic cannabinoids, a digital scale, smoking pipes and packaging materials. They then allegedly sold synthetic cannabinoids in a controlled purchase Nov. 11, 2013, and possessed a digital scale and smoking pipes April 14.

Bert J. LaBarge Jr., 38, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty to an amended charge battery and was placed on probation for two years, with the conditions that he complete batterers group, continue AODA assessment, not to possess or consume intoxicants, continue an counseling, 100 hours of community service, $100 domestic abuse surcharge and DNA surcharge and court costs totaling $518. He received credit for 104 days served.

Concerning a sentencing on revocation for which he was on probation for 36 months stemming from an operating while intoxicated (fourth offense in five years) conviction April 2, 2012, LaBarge was sentenced to two years in the Wisconsin Prison System and two years of extended supervision. He received credit for 330 days served. Conditions of his extended supervision include AODA counseling, not to possess or consume intoxicants and no taverns.

Anthony B. Schuman, 34, of Lac du Flambeau, convicted of five counts of failure to support a child Aug. 11, 2010, and ordered to pay $223 per month for child support was back in court last week because he still owes $37,977.51 in custodial arrears and $32,232.95 in custodial arrear interest for a total of $71,355.46. He was sentenced to two years in the Wisconsin Prison System on two counts and one year, six months on other three counts, with the sentence consecutive to the first sentence. He received credit for 247 days served.

Forest J. Goetz, 29, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded not contest and was found guilty to a charge of obstructing an officer. He was sentenced to 90 days in the Vilas County Jail consecutive to the sentence he is currently serving. A charge of possession of marijuana was dismissed.

According to the complaint, Goetz was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped April 21, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau. Officers said that Goetz had lied about his name when questioned.

Faye L. Martin, 35, of Lac du Flambeau, was found guilty of delivery of scheduled I, II or III non-narcotics and a deferred entry of judgement was approved. In addition, she was placed on probation for 12 months after pleading no contest and was found guilty of possession of an illegally-obtained prescription. Conditions of the probation include an treatment deemed appropriate by the agent, court costs and DNA surcharge totalling $780, and serve 30 days in the Vilas County Jail to commence July 15. She received credit for five days served.

According to the complaint, Martin sold three Vicodin in a controlled purchase between June 13-21, 2013.

Michael J. Poupart, 28, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded not guilty to charges of misdemeanor bail jumping and disorderly conduct after a charge of felony bail jumping was dismissed. A pretrial conference was set for June 19 at 9 a.m. in Lac du Flambeau. According to the complaint, Poupart was seen walking between the Lake of the Torches Casino parking lot and the Ojibwe Market in Lac du Flambeau May 24, apparently urinating in the market parking lot and being uncooperative with law enforcement officers during his arrest. He refused a preliminary breath test and told the officers to take him to jail.

Joseph V. Smith, 39, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with felony bail jumping, two counts of possession of an illegally-obtained prescription, second-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle while revoked and misdemeanor bail jumping, had a jury trial set for June 20 at 8:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, Smith was stopped after he allegedly crossed the center line with his vehicle on Highway 47 Aug. 18, 2013. During a vehicle search, officers allegedly found nine Suboxone pills in a bottle.

Salena A. Chapman, 22, of Lac du Flambeau, was sentenced to 10 months in the county jail during a sentencing hearing on revocation after she was arrested for transporting and using heroin March 3. She received credit for 113 days served.

Chapman?originally pleaded no contest and was found guilty to misdemeanor theft and concealing stolen property Feb. 1, 2013. A charge of burglary of a building or dwelling was dismissed in the plea agreement at that time. Judge Nielsen  placed Chapman on probation for 24 months and she was ordered to pay restitution of $3,816 and serve 30 days in the county jail.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:04 AM
 

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