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Rhinelander man pleads not guilty

for allegedly taking money from safe

An 18-year-old Rhine­lander man, charged with misdemeanor theft, burglary of a building or dwelling and theft of moveable property, pleaded not guilty in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Mathew S. Johnson, who was not present for his preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. June 23, showed up later in the day and a warrant for his arrest was quashed.

Vilas Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III set a pretrial conference for July 22 at 9:45 a.m.

According to the complaint, Johnson and two other suspects allegedly took $350 to $400 in cash from a gun safe in a town of Cloverland residence Dec. 29, 2013.

Johnson and Joseph R. Piechowski, 18, of Eagle River, then went back to the same home, Dec. 30, about 4 a.m. and Johnson allegedly took another $5,000 in cash from the safe while Piechowski waited in the garage, according to the complaint. Following the apparent burglary, Johnson gave Piechowski $2,700.

Piechowski pleaded no contest to a charge of burglary of a building or dwelling and a deferred entry of judgment was approved June 4. He also pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor theft and he was placed on probation for one year. Conditions of his probation include: 100 hours community service, restitution, written apology to victim, restorative justice if victim agrees and alcohol and other drug abuse assessment and treatment as recommended.

In other felony cases, Edward J. Peterson, 60, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree sexual assault of a child younger than age 13 and attempted first-degree sexual assault of a child younger than age 13 and a pretrial conference was set for July 29 at 1:30 p.m.

According to the complaint, a 10-year-old girl was asked to go to Peterson’s house just down the road from her residence in Lac du Flambeau to get butter after school April 6. She later told investigators that she was inappropriately touched by Peterson.

Jared A. Bickford, 37, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery, was not present for an adjourned initial appearance June 23 and a $1,000 cash warrant was issued. The defendant then made an appearance June 24 and a preliminary hearing was set for July 25 at 2 p.m.

According to the complaint, Bickford was having a verbal argument over money with his girlfriend March 4 in Lac du Flambeau and he allegedly threw a glass plate at her, struck her in the head and pushed her into a baby crib injuring her back and ribs. She then took vehicle keys from his hand and drove to her mother’s house in Wausau. She also was treated for her injuries at a hospital in Wausau.

Troy A. Christensen, 22, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession with intent to delivery non-narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia, had a preliminary hearing set for July 25 at 1:30 p.m.

According to the complaint, Christensen was in the rear passenger seat of a vehicle that was stopped by law enforcement in Lac du Flambeau June 2 and a package of suspected synthetic cannabinoids was allegedly found in the car seat cushion where Christensen was sitting. A pipe containing a green vegetable-like substance in the bowl also was extending out from the rear seat cushion.

Derrick L. Moore, 29, of Fitchburg, charged with delivery of scheduled I, II or III non-narcotics and possession of marijuana, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for July 22 at 11:45 a.m.

According to the complaint, Moore was visiting his children in Lac du Flambeau May 28 and allegedly attempted to sell codeine to a minor. During the search of a residence he was staying at in Lac du Flambeau, .2 grams of marijuana were allegedly found in his suitcase.

Mariah R.R. Thoms, 21, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with two counts of felony bail jumping, had a preliminary hearing adjourned to July 21 at 1:15 p.m. because District Attorney Albert Moustakis had no witnesses available June 23. A motion to modify her $5,000 cash bond to a $5,000 signature bond was approved with the condition that she abide by a curfew that she be home from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. seven days a week.

According to the complaint, Thoms violated her curfew June 11 and she had contact with Jalen Lussier the same night, both violations of her bond.

Scott A. Smith Jr., 21, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty to a charge of manufacture/­delivery of heroin. A charge of child neglect was dismissed upon a motion from the district attorney. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. Smith’s $5,0000 cash bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Smith was the driver of the vehicle that was involved in the delivery of marijuana to a Lac du Flambeau woman who authorities said died of an overdose March 3.

Joshua A. Gurneau, 20, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with substantial battery and disorderly conduct, both as a repeater, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for July 29 at 1:45 p.m.

According to the complaint, Gurneau allegedly punched another man in the eye, knocking the man to the floor. He then allegedly kicked the man several times. The man told officers he was making a pizza April 18 at a home in Arbor Vitae prior to the incident. The man said he feared for his life and went to a bedroom and grabbed a rifle, loaded it and pointed it at Gurneau, who ran out the door.

Amanda L. Vazquez, 30, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with manufacture/delivery of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and maintaining a drug trafficking place, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for July 29 at 2:15 p.m.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers went to a residence at 2828 Wazhashk Trail in Lac du Flambeau for an apprehension request through the probation office and allegedly found a plastic baggie with suspected marijuana, weight scales, packaging materials and currency.

Moira Louise K. Poupart, 19, of Flandreau, S.D., charged with robbery with use of force and misdemeanor battery, both party to crime, was not present for a bond forfeiture hearing June 27. A petition for forfeiture of her $500 cash bond of May 20 was granted, but the money will be held until restitution is set up.

According to the complaint, Poupart and another suspect picked up an 18-year-old male on Little Trout Loop Lane in Lac du Flambeau March 22, drove him to the end of the road, allegedly “sucker punched” him and demanded the victim hand over his wallet.

James E. Hosking, 57, of Biloxi, Miss., who entered a no contest plea to three counts of failing to pay child support for at least 120 days in June of 2009, had his payment schedule extended by 41 months. The extension was approved by Reserve Judge Conrad Richards, who ruled Hosking must pay $350 a month for custodial arrears and $18 a month for medical arrears. A deferred entry of judgement was filed in the case June 22, 2009. According to court documents, Hosking failed to provide child support from April 1, 2007, through Nov. 11, 2007.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 10:39 AM

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