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Arbor Vitae man gets probation

for 2005 sexual assault of child

A 42-year-old Arbor Vitae man, who was convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old girl at his cousin’s house in the summer of 2005, was placed on probation for 10 years after his prison sentence was stayed in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Keith T. Breneman was sentenced to 10 years in the Wisconsin Prison System, including six years of confinement and four years of extended supervision, but Circuit Judge Neal Nielsen III stayed the sentence and placed Breneman was placed on probation for 10 years.

Conditions of Breneman’s probation include: no contact with the victim, who is now 22; no unsupervised contact with any minor females; register as a sex offender; sexual offender counseling and treatment; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns; continue aftercare as recommended by the agent; attend self-help group once a week; take medications only as prescribed; submit DNA sample and fee; pay counseling costs for the victim up to $5,000; and serve 12 months in the county jail to commence May 8. Judge Nielsen said the jail time can be served in another county and Breneman will receive credit for three days served up front.

In other felony cases, Donald J. Morford, 66, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with manufacturing/delivery of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, had a pretrial conference set for April 30 at 10:45 a.m.

According to the criminal complaint, Lac du Flambeau firefighters responded to a structure fire at 1301 West Squaw Lake Road about 6:10 p.m. March 3. As one of the firefighters attempted to find the residence’s breaker box to shut off electrical power to the home, he observed an apparent indoor marijuana grow with plants inside the residence.

Once the fire was out and firefighters deemed the structure safe to enter, police officers entered the building and located numerous items of drug paraphernalia, a jar with two bags of green leafysubstance identified as marijuana, rolling papers, two pots with dirt, a growing light over each pot, items for fertilization, a ventilation system and a thermometer.

Mordford was taken into custody by authorities.

Ronald P. Peterson III, 22, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with theft of moveable property and felony bail jumping, had a jury trial set for July 11 at 8:30 a.m.

According to the criminal complaint, Peterson was allegedly involved in the theft of two flat screen televisions from a house and jewelry from an adjacent cottage July 18, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau. It was also determined a computer, monitor, keyboard and two printers were also missing, for a total value of about $3,000.  Apparently, there was a party at the home and the items were allegedly removed from the residence after the homeowner’s daughter fell asleep, according to the complaint.

Peterson was later charged with felony bail jumping Dec. 8, 2012, for having contact with another defendant in the case, John Allen Jr., 19, of Lac du Flambeau. Allen pled no contest to misdemeanor theft Dec. 17, 2012. He was placed on probation for 12 months and served 60 days in the county jail.

Cherish L. Big John, 25, of Lac du Flambeau, entered a guilty plea to a charge of possession with intent to deliver narcotics. A charge of operating a motor vehicle while revoked was dismissed. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for June 10 at 9 a.m.

According to the complaint, Big John was arrested in Vilas County Feb. 7 after law enforcement officers were informed that she was returning from Milwaukee after purchasing Percocet. Officers initiated a traffic stop on Big John about 2:26 a.m. because one of her vehicle’s headlights was not illuminated.

Following Big John’s arrest, it was learned she had 21 Percocet tablets placed in a body cavity. She told investigators she was addicted to oxycodone, a synthetic analgesic drug which is similar to morphine in its effects.

Charlene R. Edwards, 20, of Lac du Flambeau, also was arrested in the incident and allegedly had 35 tablets hiding in a body cavity. She told investigators she could purchase the prescription drugs in Milwaukee for $18 and sell them for $40 each in Lac du Flambeau. Edwards is scheduled for a plea date May 20 at 11:45 a.m.

Big John also had a charge of felony bail jumping dismissed and entered a guilty plea to another charge of operating a motor vehicle while revoked March 5 in Lac du Flambeau. She was fined $379, with her $1,000 cash bond to be applied to the fine. In addition, Judge Nielsen ruled that an additional $500 would be forfeited to the court. The balance will be returned to Big John.

Paula Christensen, 27, of Lac du Flambeau, entered a no contest plea and was found guilty of escape. Her sentence was withheld and she was placed on probation for 12 months with the following conditions: not to possess or consume controlled substances or intoxicants; no taverns; any counseling deemed necessary by the agent; and serve 90 days in the Vilas County Jail to run concurrent with the sentence she is currently serving. Judge Nielsen said she may have release privileges for needed appointments. He also said the court has no objections to electronic monitoring if arrangements can be made. She received credit for 52 days served.

According to the complaint, Christensen appeared in court Dec. 12, 2012, on a sentencing after revocation charge and was sentenced to nine months in the county jail. She was released on a furlough but was to report back to jail by Dec. 14, 2012, at 10 a.m.

Christensen contacted the jail Dec. 14 at 11:38 a.m. to report that her mother had passed away and she was instructed to return by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 15, giving her time to attend the funeral.  Correction officers noted that she had not returned to the jail Dec. 16. On Dec. 18 at 11:25 a.m., correction officers received a call from Christensen’s relative that Christensen was planning to leave the area and was going to Milwaukee, but was still in the Lac du Flambeau area as of the night before. Christensen was later arrested and charged with escape.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2:12 PM

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