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Man involved in gang activities

placed on probation for 3 years

A 22-year-old Lac du Flambeau man, who was involved in gang activity that resulted in drug and battery convictions,  was placed on probation for three years after reaching a plea agreement in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Brian C. Wolfe pleaded no contest and was found guilty of manufacturing or delivery of a prescription drug, but had a charge of possession of narcotic drugs dismissed in the agreement though it was  read-in at sentencing.

Wolfe also pleaded no contest and was found guilty to an amended charge of disorderly conduct, two counts of battery and felony bail jumping in two other cases. Seven other charges in those two cases were dismissed as a result of the plea agreement.

Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III?said conditions of Wolfe’s probation on the delivery conviction, for delivering morphine Dec. 21, 2011, include: fined $883; alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) assessment; any counseling and treatment deemed appropriate; no gang activities or affiliation with any member; no taverns; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no prescriptions unless prescribed and in prescribed amounts; no contact with the victim; complete 120 hours of community service; serve four months in the county jail with work search and work release privileges; maintain full-time employment or education; and submit a DNA sample. He will receive credit for 93 days served.

On the disorderly conduct conviction, for shooting at a squad car with a high-powered air gun June 4, 2012, Wolfe was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with credit for 64 days served and forfeited his bond of $250

On the battery convictions, for being involved  in the beating of a man and the man’s girlfriend and brother Sept. 3, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau, Wolfe was sentenced to six months in the county jail to run concurrent with the other jail sentences. On the felony bail jumping conviction, his sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for three years with the same conditions as for the delivery conviction.

In other felony cases, Benjamin J. Otterpohl-Rosinski, 23, of Conover, charged with two counts of forgery, was bound over after probable cause was found he had committed a crime. Arraignment was set for May 6 at 11:30 a.m. According to the complaint, Otterpohl-Rosinski allegedly wrote two checks owned by another person Feb. 19 and 27, 2012.

Austin H. Nelson, 19, of Minocqua, charged with four counts of burglary to a building or dwelling and four counts of misdemeanor theft, had a preliminary hearing set for April 24 at 9:30 a.m. The court denied Nelson’s request to modify his $10,000 cash bond.

According to the complaint, Nelson was allegedly involved in four burglaries in the Lac du Flambeau area in April and May of 2012.

Michael W. Lehmann, 38, of Rhinelander, charged with fifth-offense operating while intoxicated and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, was in court for a bond modification hearing last week.

Defense Attorney Emily J. Bell motioned to amend Lehmann’s bond allowing him to go to and from work with a co-worker, have unsupervised time with his wife and children, and  leave his required residence for military drills with another military member.

Assistant District Attorney David Breedlove objected to the motion, but Judge Nielsen ruled he would allow the military drill attendance as long as Lehmann’s parents transport him. Nielsen said also said he would allow Lehmann to have contact with his wife and children, and will allow his wife to transport him if necessary. However, the defendant is not to have unsupervised time with his children.

Lehmann’s cash bail was set at $3,000 Feb. 28, with the following conditions:?no drive and no access to vehicles; not to possess or consume intoxicants; reside with  his parents; and to be on premises of his home unless at work or counseling or within company of his parents or approved counselor.

According to the complaint, Lehmann was arrested Nov. 2, 2012, in the McDonald’s restaurant parking lot in Eagle River, with a preliminary breath test of 0.290%. It was noted that he had been released from the Lincoln County Jail earlier that day.

John A. Price, 61, of St. Germain, charged with attempted strangulation and suffocation, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct, entered a not guilty plea after he was bound over for arraignment. A pretrial conference was set for May 28 at 11:15 a.m. His $1,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Price allegedly applied pressure to the neck and throat of a 48-year-old woman during an incident Feb. 26 in St. Germain.

Matthew J. Arndt, 32, of Eagle River, charged with felony bail jumping, misdemeanor bail jumping and possession of drug paraphernalia, entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for May 28 at 10:15 a.m.

According to the complaint, rescue personnel were called to a cabin at  4667 Tamarack St. in Eagle River April 4 because Arndt was found sleeping on the bathroom floor and couldn’t be woken up. Judge Nielsen later signed a search warrant and law enforcement allegedly found a smoking pipe used to inhale a controlled substance in the cabin.

Arlene M. Poupart, 42, and Thomas J. Wilde, 55, both of Lac du Flambeau, both charged with manufacturing/delivery of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, will have a jury trial June 19 and 20 starting at 8:30 a.m. Wilde also is charged with escape.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at 1895 Highway D in Lac du Flambeau Sept. 9, 2012. Officers allegedly located an indoor marijuana grow in a pull-behind trailer near the residence, a marijuana grow inside the woodline on the property, a marijuana grow in the basement, along marijuana pipes, heat lamps and growing lights.

During the arrest, Wilde was transported to Howard Young Medial Center in Woodruff for a suspected heart problem, but he escaped from the hospital with an IV still in his arm. He was later arrested.

Rosanne Peterson, 50, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, fourth offense in five years, and operating a motor vehicle while revoked, was bound over for arraignment and entered a not guilty plea. A pretrial conference was set for May 21 at 11:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, Peterson was arrested April 6 with a preliminary breath test of 0.229%.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1:41 PM

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