A 51-year-old former St. Germain man was bound over for arraignment after a preliminary hearing in Vilas County Circuit Court Monday, entering a not guilty plea to a charge of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in an accident last May that took the life of an Arbor Vitae woman.

Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III found probable cause that Michael Fabian, who now lives in Beaver Dam, committed a felony in the death of Kelly Sleeman, 43, of Arbor Vitae.

At the preliminary hearing, Vilas County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jacob Hodgdon testified he re­sponded to a single-vehicle accident on Highway 51 about 9 a.m on May 26 and observed a single vehicle “in the woods with one male ejected lying under a portion of the upside down vehicle and a female passenger that needed to be extricated” from the vehicle.

Asked by Vilas County District Attorney Martha  Milanowski what other observations he recalled, the deputy replied, “a vodka bottle next to the vehicle and a bottle of rum in the vehicle, almost completely empty.”

Deputy Hodgdon testified that both persons were transported by ambulance to Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff and then transferred to a Wausau hospital where Sleeman died of her injuries on May 27.

No field sobriety tests were performed at the accident scene due to the rapid transport of the injured, according to Hodgdon. A subpoena was obtained to examine Fabian’s medical records at Howard Young Medical Center. The report indicated he had a blood alcohol content of 0.16%, twice the legal limit.

 Judge Nielsen continued Fabian’s $5,000 signature bond with conditions: not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns; and no driving.  The judge then set Fabian’s pretrial conference  for 2 p.m. March 5 in the district attorney’s office.

The charge is a Class D felony that carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine, or both.

In other felony cases, Jordan T. Decorah, 19, of Eagle River, charged with possession of marijuana, second-plus offense, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an illegally obtained prescription, had a preliminary hearing set for Jan. 9 at 8:30 a.m. His $7,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers conducted a search warrant at 425 Minnesota St. in Eagle River Nov. 7, locating a jar with suspected marijuana, a glass smoking pipe with burnt marijuana residue in the living room, three pipes in a bedroom dresser and Trazodone without a valid prescription.

Kevin M. Mauzer, 50, of Land O’ Lakes, charged with possession of narcotic drugs, had a preliminary hearing set for Jan. 16 at 3 p.m. His $1,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Mauzer was stopped by a law enforcement officer May 20 for having an improper license plate on a vehicle he was driving. K-9 Helo alerted during a check of the vehicle and a pen tube in the vehicle tested positive for a presence of oxycodone, according to the complaint.

Douglas M. Brown II, 42, with an unknown address, charged with fifth-offense operating while intoxicated (OWI), operating while revoked and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, was not in court for an adjourned initial appearance Dec. 10 and a $1,000 bench warrant was authorized.

According to the complaint, a law enforcement officer clocked on radar Brown’s vehicle traveling 50 mph in a 25 mph speed zone on Pine Street in Eagle River Aug. 25. The vehicle was eventually located in a driveway at 311 S. Fourth St. The officer said Brown had an odor of intoxicants and his preliminary breath test was 0.283% and his driver’s license had been revoked due to a previous OWI, according to the complaint.

Ryan L. Schuppler, 43, of Rhinelander, charged with fourth-offense operating while intoxicated, operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, two counts of possession of an illegally ob­tained prescription and one count of operating while revoked, had a preliminary hearing set for Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. His $500 cash bond, posted Sept. 24, was continued.

According to the complaint, a law enforcement officer on routine patrol located a vehicle parked at a St. Germain gas station at 11:01 p.m. Sept. 12. The vehicle was running and Schuppler was in the driver’s seat. He told the officer he was waiting for a friend to pick him up. Schuppler had a revoked driver’s license due to a previous OWI. His breath test was 0.087% and he was limited to 0.02 due to the previous OWI. He also allegedly possessed Methocarbamol and Gabapentin without a valid prescription, according to the complaint.

Shawn D. Kraus, 23, of Rhinelander, charged with possession of marijuana, second-plus offense, had a preliminary hearing set for Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. His $1,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers received a call that a subject was shooting off bottle rockets out of a vehicle at 10:47 p.m. July 3 in Land O’ Lakes. The vehicle was eventually stopped on Highway 45 south of Land O’ Lakes and officers located two bottle rockets inside the vehicle. The officers detected an odor of marijuana in the vehicle and Kraus was arrested after officers allegedly located a bag of marijuana in the vehicle, according to the complaint.

Jolene F. LaGrew, 41, of Ashland, charged with two counts of felony bail jumping, resisting or obstructing an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia, pleaded no contest after waiving her preliminary hearing. A motion to modify her $2,000 cash bond was denied by the court. A pretrial conference was set for Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. 

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers received a report of a woman who was identified as LaGrew roaming on the Lake of the Torches Casino floor for about 18 hours on Dec. 2. She told officers her boyfriend had been arrested and she was waiting for a ride. Officers learned there was a body-only warrant for LaGrew out of Ashland County. She was taken to the Lac du Flambeau Police Department and a digital scale was located in her purse and several small gem bags were located in an undergarment, according to the complaint.

Timothy W. Mann, 23, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession of narcotic drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of an illegally obtained prescription, had a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 20 at 1:30 p.m. His $2,500 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers were investigating a theft Oct. 17 in Lac du Flambeau and there was a strong odor of burnt marijuana in the residence where Mann was staying. Officers located oxycodone, marijuana, a piece of aluminum foil with suspected oxycodone residue, Suboxone and Gabapentin, according to the complaint.

Penny L. Chapman, 36, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with two counts of battery or threat to a judge, prosecutor or law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, and two counts of resisting or obstructing an officer, had a preliminary hearing set for Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. 

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers received a call that Chapman’s son had not returned home and she was concerned. Officers reported an odor of intoxicants and there was a concern for other children in the house. Chapman allegedly became vociferous and told officers to get off the property. She eventually was arrested and allegedly repeatedly hit her head against the inside of the squad car, according to the complaint.

Ryan A. St. Germaine, 32, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession with intent-marijuana, possession of marijuana and neglecting a child, had a preliminary hearing set for Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. His $500 cash bond was modified to a $2,000 signature bond.

According to the complaint, an arrest warrant was executed for St. Germaine, who allegedly was consuming intoxicants at the Flame Inn in Lac du Flambeau Oct. 16. The next day the vehicle that St. Germaine allegedly drove to the Flame Inn the night before was inspected after the officer noticed a odor of marijuana in the vehicle. The officer located a jar with 2.7 grams of a green material suspected as marijuana and a glass smoking pipe in the vehicle. A female owner of the vehicle told officers the marijuana and paraphernalia belonged to St. Germaine, according to the complaint.