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Conover man charged with felony

for damaging tents at 2011 festival

An 18-year-old Conover man, who allegedly caused damage to two tents at the Festival of Flavors in Eagle River in 2011, made his initial appearance in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Jacob S. Wolf was charged with felony criminal damage to property, party to a crime and was released on a $1,000 signature bond. His preliminary hearing was set for May 16 at 10 a.m.

According to the complaint, Wolf and two minors allegedly damaged two large, white, carnival-type tents at the Festival of Flavors at Riverview Park in Eagle River Aug. 29, 2011, by throwing knives at the tents.

In the complaint, there were 18 to 20 holes in one tent and one panel was damaged on a second tent.

The owner of the tents, Kenneth Charnecke, told law enforcement officers the tents were new and patches would not be an option to repair the damaged material. He said each 5- by 20-foot tent panel was worth about $1,000. He told investigators 12 damaged panels from one tent would be $12,000 and one panel for the other tent would be $1,000 for a total of $13,000 in damage.

In other felony cases, Benjamin J. Rizzo, 26, of St. Germain, entered a no contest plea and was found guilty to three counts of forgery, three counts of uttering a forgery and two counts of misdemeanor theft in a plea agreement. A presentencing investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for July 15 at 2 p.m. Rizzo was originally charged with 16 counts of forgery, 16 counts of uttering a forgery and five counts of misdemeanor theft after he was arrested for taking checks from a town of Plum Lake business and individual in February and March of 2012.

The dismissed charges will be used as read-ins for sentencing.

Benjamin J. Otterpohl-Rosinski, 23, of Conover, charged with two counts of forgery and two counts of uttering a forgery, entered a not guilty plea and a pretrial conference was set for June 4 at 11:45 a.m. According to the complaint, he wrote checks owned by another person Feb. 19 and Feb. 27, 2012.

Daniel L Ritz, 41, of Chilton, charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and identity theft for financial gain, had his plea and sentencing hearing adjourned to June 3 at 3 p.m. because he was in jail in another county last week.

According to the complaint, Ritz obtained medical treatment and received a prescription drug under a false name June 13, 2010, at Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

Courtney Joseph Dale, 35, of Eagle River, charged with burglary of a building or dwelling, possession of a firearm by a felon, misdemeanor theft, strangulation and suffocation, substantial battery and second-degree recklessly endangering safety in three cases from March and April, entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for June 4 at 2:15 p.m. His $15,000 cash bail was continued.

According to the complaint, Dale allegedly stole a laptop from an apartment March 12, allegedly possessed a firearm March 20 and allegedly battered a woman April 16, all in Eagle River.

Joseph D. Lussier, 22, of Lac du Flambeau, convicted of possession of  a firearm by a felon, was sentenced to four years, 10 months in the Wisconsin Prison System, including one year, 10 months of initial confinement and three years of extended supervision.

Lussier’s prison sentence will run concurrent with the sentence he is currently serving on a substantial battery conviction. Conditions of Lussier’s new sentence include: no contact with any gang members; any counseling deemed appropriate by the agent; maintain appointments for mental health counseling; take medications as prescribed; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns; and weapons confiscated.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officer visited Lussier’s home  in  Lac du Flambeau Sept. 25, 2011, for an aggravated battery complaint and witnesses said they saw him in possession of a .22-caliber pistol, which was located inside his bedroom. He was a convicted felon and could not possess a firearm.

Ione J. Shepard, 21, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with manufacturing or delivery of prescription drugs, manufacturing or delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possessing an illegally obtained prescription and three counts of felony bail jumping, was not present for a pretrial conference last Monday and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Louisa M. Young, 30, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with physical abuse of a child Feb. 15, was bound over for arraignment and entered a not guilty plea. A pretrial conference was set for June 11 at 10 a.m. According to the complaint, Young had been drinking and became upset, allegedly kicking a child in the ribs and punching the youth in the shoulder.

Justin R. LeSuir, 26, of Minocqua, charged with possession of narcotic drugs, was not present for an initial appearance last Monday because he was in the Oneida County Jail. His initial appearance was adjourned to May 22 at 9 a.m. According to the complaint, LeSuir was allegedly in possession of morphine without a valid prescription Jan. 13.

Robert a. Quinones, 27, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with burglary of a building or dwelling and misdemeanor theft, had an initial appearance adjourned to May 20 at 10 a.m. and was released on a $2,500 signature bond. According to the complaint, Quinones allegedly took a laptop computer from a screened-in porch while delivering food for elderly in Lac du Flambeau Sept. 27, 2011.

Robert M. Poupart, 42, of Minocqua, charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, told the court he needed more time to retain an attorney and his initial appearance was rescheduled for May 20 at 10 a.m. His $2,500 signature bond was continued. According to the complaint, Poupart, a convicted felon, was allegedly in possession of a AR-15 Bushmaster rifle March 15.

Thomas J. Meehan, 47, of Boulder Junction, charged with possession with intent to deliver prescription drugs, had an initial appearance adjourned to May 20 at 10 a.m. He told the court he had made attempts to contact the public defenders office but had yet to get a response. According to the complaint, Meehan was arrested during a traffic stop after he allegedly told officers he was going to purchase pills illegally. His cell phone was seized during the arrest and officers found a text message concerning the alleged purchase of Percocet tablets Feb. 28 in Lac du Flambeau.

Dennis E. Meshigaud, 25, of Minocqua, charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, had a jury trial set for Aug. 7 at 8:30 a.m. His $1,000 cash bond was continued. According to the complaint, Meshigaud, a convicted felony, allegedly sold several guns to another person, including a Marlin .30-30 rifle, and Intratec handgun and an AB-10 handgun.

Quentin C. Negani, 21, of Waupun, entered a plea of no contest and was found guilty of burglary of a building or dwelling. A charge of misdemeanor theft was dismissed in the plea agreement, averting a scheduled jury trial last Wednesday.

Judge Nielsen withheld sentencing and placed Negani on probation for 42 months, with restitution to be determined in 30 days. The probation will run concurrent with any other sentence.

According to the complaint, Negani was involved in the theft of a television, PlayStation and video games from a Lac du Flambeau residence Jan. 10, 2012.

Glenn J. Miller, 39, 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 and entered a plea of not guilty. A pretrial conference was set for May 21 at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:16 PM
 

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