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Five arrested in May drug raid

make appearances, face felonies

Five persons taken into custody in a drug raid at a residence east of Eagle River May 19 and charged with felonies made appearances in Vilas County Circuit Court during the past week.

James Mahar Jr., 19, of Conover, had a preliminary hearing called off after the court was told the officer scheduled to testify was not present.

Mahar faces four Class I felony and two Class H felony counts. Each Class I count carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and maximum prison of three years. Each Class H counts maximum fine is the same with a maximum six-year prison term. Four of the felonies are connected to alleged delivery  and manufacture of marijuana and there are two felony counts alleging bail jumping.

Assistant District Attorney David Breedlove indicated a discussion with defense Attorney Robert Hanson determined the preliminary hearing would be waived and a plea taken.

“We enter pleas of not guilty on all counts,” Hanson told Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III. A pretrial conference was set for Aug. 26. The court continued the $2,500 signature bond with a number of restrictions.

In a second case from the same incident, Deanna Worthen, 46, of Eagle River, had a preliminary hearing set for July 21.

Worthen faces one Class I felony alleging maintaining a drug trafficking place and one Class H felony count of alleged contributing to the delinquency of a child, along with two misdemeanor charges allegedly possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Worthen is free on a $2,500 signature bond. She requested the court modify her bond to allow contact with her daughter, which the court denied.

Three more men allegedly tied to the incident made appearances in Vilas County Court Monday, with one pleading not guilty after a preliminary hearing, one scheduled for a preliminary hearing and the third given time to hire counsel.

Caleb Grosskopf, 19, of Eagle River, was bound over for arraignment by Reserve Judge C.A. Richards of St. Croix County sitting in for  Judge Nielsen.

Special Agent Nicholas Pendergast of the DCI testified text messages in April led to a controlled purchase of marijuana.

“Text messages were exchanged with Joseph Woodward and a juvenile to purchase 16 grams of marijuana and the buy was arranged using pre-recorded currency and a recording device,” Pendergast said. He told the court investigators used a confidential informant.

“At the time of purchase, Woodward was not available and Grosskopf entered the confidential informant’s vehicle and completed the transaction. I conducted a field test and it came back positive for tetra-hydra canabinol (marijuana). The state crime lab test also came back positive,” Pendergast said.

When asked by defense Attorney Tim Drewa if he saw the transaction, Pendergast indicated he did not. Asked if the text messages mentioned Grosskopf, he also indicated they did not.

Judge Richards found probable cause a felony was committed and bound Grosskopf for arraignment. He entered a not guilty plea with a pre-trial conference set for July 29.

Grosskopf remains in custody on a probation hold.

Kasey Tank, 20, of Sayner, ,and Woodward, 21, of Land O’ Lakes, also were in Vilas County Court for adjourned initial appearances Monday. Each face felony drug charges from the same incident. Tank had his preliminary hearing set for July 21. Woodward appeared without counsel and will be back in court June 30.

In other felony cases, John J. Thoms, 19, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with second-degree sexual assault and sex with a child age 16 or older. Since the alleged incident April 4, he also was charged with felony bail jumping. Concerning the sexual assault case, probable cause was found that Thoms had committed a crime and he was bound over. Arraignment was set for July 28 at 9 a.m.

According to the complaint, Thoms was at a party on Cemetery Road in Lac du Flambeau April 4. The victim, age 16, told investigators she consumed alcohol and smoked marijuana that night and blacked out. Three males, including Thoms and two minors, allegedly took her in a bedroom and had sex with her. One of the males apparently apologized to her by a Facebook message during the next week.

The felony bail jumping charge of May 19 stems from Thoms allegedly violating his curfew. He posted a $500 cash bail and a status hearing is set for July 28 at 9 a.m.

Scott A. Smith Sr., 48, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded guilty to fifth-offense operating while intoxicated. His sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for three years. Conditions of his probation include: fined $3,014, driver’s license revoked for 36 months, ignition interlock device for 36 months, alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) assessment, any counseling deemed appropriate by the agent, not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns and serve six months in the Vilas County Jail with work release privileges to commence Aug. 16. He received credit for three days served in jail.

Smith was arrested Oct. 4, 2013, in Lac du Flambeau with a blood alcohol level of 0.178%. A charge of operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration was dismissed on a prosecutor’s motion.

Christopher A. Kappeler, 31, of Lac du Flambeau, who pleaded no contest and was found guilty of possession with intent to deliver non-narcotics and felony bail jumping, had his sentence withheld and he was placed on probation for three years. Conditions of his probation include AODA counseling and treatment, random testing authorized, no medications unless prescribed, not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns, maintain full-time employment or education, 40 hours community service, serve six months in the county jail, court costs, DNA surcharge of $250 and provide a DNA sample. He received credit for 140 days served in jail.

Kappeler also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of misdemeanor operating after revocation. He was fined $579, including a $200 DNA surcharge. He must pay $50 a month starting Jan. 1, 2015. He also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of felony bail jumping Aug. 26, 2013 for missing a court appearance. His sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for three years to run concurrent with the previous probation.

According to the complaint, Kappeler and two other suspects would travel to Milwaukee to purchase oxycodone. During a search warrant executed at 530 Waswagon St. in Lac du Flambeau Jan. 27, where Kappeler lives, officers  located a digital scale, an empty Adderall capsule, a smoking device and rolled-up paper containing a white residue.

Emery A. Morey, 40, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of theft. A charge of felony bail jumping was dismissed in the plea agreement. Morey’s sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for two years. Conditions of his probation include: pay restitution of $1,783.33, continue AODA assessment and treatment, any counseling deemed appropriate by the agent, court costs and DNA?surcharge totalling $443, no contact with victim unless permitted by the agent, 50 hours of community service and maintain full-time education or employment.

Morey also pleaded no contest and was found guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor battery from substantial battery, and disorderly conduct. His sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for two years to run concurrent with the previous probation.

According to the complaints, Morey, an employee at the Lac du Flambeau Smoke Shop, took $600 from the business and was arrested Sept. 16, 2013. In the other incident, Morey was arguing with another man about Morey not working. Morey pushed the man Aug. 4, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau and the man said he needed hip replacement surgery because of the fall.

Sonya V. Moore, 46, of Eagle River, charged with delivery of schedule I or II narcotics, had a pretrial conference set for Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. and a jury trial scheduled for Sept. 3 at 8:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, Moore allegedly sold seven Adderall pills in a controlled purchased with law enforcement March 27, 2013, in Eagle River.

Michael Schuman, 24, of Lac du Flambeau, who pleaded no contest and was found guilty of two counts of uttering a forgery and two counts of misdemeanor theft July 23, 2012, and a three-year deferred entry of judgement (DEJ) was entered with the condition that he pay restitution of $4,846 to Scharf Automotive in the town of Lincoln, had a motion hearing to possibly revoke his DEJ adjourned to July 24 at 9 a.m. The court was told he has not paid his restitution.

Clint M. Allen, 35, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with felony battery and felony disorderly conduct, had a status hearing rescheduled for Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. after Attorney David V. Penn made a motion to withdraw from the case.

Rae Ann T. Allen, 32, of Lac du Flambeau, who had a 24-month deferred entry of judgement approved Feb. 20 for a charge of physical abuse of a child, had a motion to revoke her DEJ adjourned to Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. According to court records, she was charged with operating while intoxicated, first offense, with a minor child in the vehicle March 17.

Francis A. Jack, 22, of Lac du Flambeau, had a charge of possession with intent to deliver narcotics amended to possession with intent. He pleaded no contest and was found guilty. His sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for two years. Conditions of his probation include: AODA assesment and counseling as deemed appropriate by the agent, maintain full-time education or employment, restitution to be determined, court costs and DNA surcharge totalling $538 and DNA sample.

Jack also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of  operating without a valid driver’s license. Two counts of bail jumping, one a felony and one a misdemeanor, were dismissed in the plea agreement. He was fined $389.50.

According to the complaint, Jack received oxycodone pills from another inmate, Patrick H. Williams, in the Vilas County Jail who had placed the pills in a body cavity. Williams was arrested Feb. 27 and Jack was released and picked up from jail March 2.

 

News correspondent Ken Anderson contributed to this article.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 12:57 PM
 

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