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Lac du Flambeau man sentenced

to one year in prison for battery

A 20-year-old Lac du Flambeau man was sentenced to one year in the Wisconsin Prison System after pleading no contest to amended charges of battery and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, in Vilas County Circuit Court.

Joshua A. Gurneau also was sentenced to two years, nine months of extended supervision. He received credit for 148 days served in jail.

The battery charge was amended from a charge of felony substantial battery.

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.

Meanwhile, Gurneau has two new charges in Vilas County, one for substantial battery and another for disorderly conduct, stemming from an incident in Arbor Vitae April 18. Vilas Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III set a preliminary hearing for June 26 at 9 a.m.

According to the complaint, Gurneau allegedly punched and kicked a man who was making him a pizza at 1:41 a.m. The man then ran to a bedroom and grabbed a rifle to protect himself and Gurneau ran out the front door of the Arbor Vitae residence. Gurneau was later arrested.

In other felony cases, Caleb R. Grosskopf, 19, of Eagle River, charged with manufacturing/delivery of marijuana, using a child to manufacture/deliver drugs and felony bail jumping, had a preliminary hearing set for June 23 at 9:30 a.m. His $2,500 signature bond was continued, with the conditions that he reside with his parents and that he have no contact with four other suspects in the case.

According to the complaint, Grosskopf allegedly sold one-half ounce of marijuana in a controlled purchase in Vilas County April 30. Investigators also learned that a text message was made to a minor discussing the alleged sale of marijuana.

Steven W. Albrecht, 24, of Eagle River, charged with false imprisonment, misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct and misdemeanor bail jumping, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for July 22 at 10:15 a.m.

According to the complaint, Albrecht and a woman were arguing at an Eagle River apartment when he allegedly threw her down, threw a glass at her and attempted to hit her on the left side of the face with a closed fist.

Edward P. Bernard, 46, of Arbor Vitae, charged with burglary of a building or dwelling, pleaded no contest and was found guilty. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for Aug. 18 at 1:30 p.m. In addition, a felony bail jumping charge for missing a court appearance was amended to misdemeanor bail jumping, for which he pleaded no contest and was found guilty. He also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of three misdemeanors stemming from incidents in Oneida County.

According to the complaint, Bernard attempted to steal a Miller welder and outboard motor from a Lac du Flambeau residence April 1, 2012.

Gladys M. Diver, 32, of Lac du Flambeau, was sentenced to one year, six months in the Wisconsin Prison System after being convicted of delivery of schedule I or II narcotics. The sentence was stayed and Diver was placed on probation for four years.

Conditions of Diver’s probation include: alcohol and other drug abuse assessment (AODA) and follow through, any counseling deemed appropriate by the agent, continue education or employment, no taverns, not to possess or consume intoxicants, no prescriptions unless prescribed, submit a DNA sample and pay a DNA surcharge. Judge Nielsen said if Diver successfully completes the conditions with no violations, she can petition for early discharge of the probation after three years.

Diver also was sentenced to on year in the Wisconsin Prison System after being convicted of one count of possession with intent to deliver schedule IV drugs. The sentence will run concurrent to the previous sentence. She received credit for 137 days served. Six other drug possession charges were dismissed, along with one felony bail jumping charge and one possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

Moira Louise K. Poupart, 19, of Flandreau, S.D., charged with felony bail jumping, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for July 15 at 9:45 a.m. According to the complaint, Poupart had a no-drink stipulation as a condition of her bond from another felony charge April 12. She was a passenger in a vehicle and was arrested May 21 with a 0.177% preliminary breath test.

Brian C. Wolf, 23, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of two counts of burglary of a building or dwelling and two counts of criminal damage to property in a plea agreement. Three counts of burglary of a building or dwelling and three counts of criminal damage to property were dismissed in the plea agreement, but will be read in at sentencing Aug. 11 at 11 a.m.

According to the complaint, Wolf was involved in a string of burglaries in Lac du Flambeau between November and December 2013.

Brian D. Cross Sr., 32, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for July 15 at 10:30 a.m. His $2,500 cash bond was continued.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers responded to a harassment complaint at 2828 Wazhashk Trail in Lac du Flambeau May 19 and discovered a bag of suspected marijuana on the nightstand in the bedroom. A scale also was located in the home.

Jared A. Bickford, 37, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery, told the court he wanted an attorney and his initial appearance was adjourned to June 23 at 10 a.m.

Victor Manuel Reyes III, 28, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with substantial battery and disorderly conduct, had a preliminary hearing set for July 2 at 3 p.m. His $10,000 cash bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Reyes and three other suspects allegedly jumped and beat up a man April 12, 2013, in Lac du Flambeau. Officers located the injured man walking down a street, with his face covered in blood.

Keith M. Birdsbill, 40, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, fourth offense in five years, and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, fourth in five years, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for July 29 at 11:15 a.m. His $3,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Birdsbill’s vehicle was located in the ditch at the intersection of Peace Pipe Road and Simpson Avenue in Lac du Flambeau at 3:21 a.m. Feb. 21. He was packing snow around the vehicle in an effort to get out of the ditch. His preliminary breath test was 0.173% and due to his previous conditions, his maximum limit is 0.02%.

Stacey L. Saglin, 30, of Lac du Flambeau, was sentenced to one year in the county jail at a sentencing hearing on revocation. Saglin was convicted of burglary of a building or dwelling Nov. 15, 2013, and was placed on probation for two years Jan. 20, 2014. On or about April 29, 2014, she was arrested for not paying for items she placed in a cooler at Walmart in Minocqua. Those items include DVD movies, clothes, toys, health and beauty products and jewelry. She also admitted to using marijuana and Suboxone.

Judge Nielsen said up to 45 days of her jail time could be in inpatient treatment if arrangements can be made. She received credit for 113 days served.

Julian J. LaBarge, 32, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of substantial battery. Judge Nielsen withheld sentence and placed LaBarge on probation for two years. Conditions of LaBarge’s probation include: attend anger management, AODA assessment and follow through, not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns, any counseling deemed appropriate by the agent, serve six months in the county jail with work release and supply a DNA sample and DNA surcharge.

According to the complaint, a man was walking down a hill towards the lake at Leech Beach in Lac du Flambeau Aug. 22, 3013, when LaBarge hit the man in the face with a wooden club, knocking the man unconscious. Charges of felony bail jumping (two), disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer were dismissed in the plea agreement, though two of the four were read-in at sentencing. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:07 AM
 

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