Felony charges against Chad Goll, 32, of Racine, were amended from first-degree reckless homicide to second-degree reckless homicide in the overdose death of Daniel Norton, 36, of Eagle River in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Goll pleaded no contest to the amended charge and was found guilty. Sentencing is set for May 6.

Vilas County District Attorney Martha Milanowski asked the court to dismiss two counts of felony delivery of heroin, but include them as read-ins at the sentencing hearing. A third felony count of delivery of heroin was dismissed outright as were charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of heroin.

At a preliminary hearing last May, Vilas County authorities told the court they were summoned to a home on Grandview Drive in the town of Lincoln where Norton was using heroin that Goll supplied. 

A state autopsy report showed “heroin overdose” was the cause of death of Norton. Goll was taken into custody at an Eagle River motel on another suspected overdose case.

Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III said the maximum penalty for a Class D felony was 25 years in prison with an initial confinement of 15 years followed by 10 years of supervision. 

The judge ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for May 6. The presentence report is expected to contain a suggested range of prison time. Goll remains in custody.



Other homicide cases

The five-day jury trial for Jeremiah Solis, 21, charged with homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon and homicide while under the influence of a controlled substance is set to begin April 30.

Solis, now living in Hancock, is alleged to have handled a .40-caliber pistol in an apartment at 431 E. Wall St. in Eagle River on Sept. 3, 2017, when it discharged, hitting Connor Stephens, 20, of Three Lakes, in the chest, causing his death. 

A third homicide case pending in Vilas County involves Michael Fabian, 51, of Beaver Dam and formerly of St. Germain. He is charged with homicide by intoxicated operation of a motor vehicle following an accident May 26, 2018, in which a female passenger, Kelly Sleeman, 43, of Arbor Vitae, died. A pretrial conference was scheduled for March 5 in that case.



Felony cases

In other felony cases last week, Marshall W. Allen, 30, of Montreal, was to be in court last Monday for a deferred prosecution agreement hearing, but the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department notified the court that Allen was pulled over on a traffic stop for operating after revocation and would not be in court for his hearing. The defendant was arrested and taken to the Vilas County Jail. A status hearing was set for April 2 at 10:30 a.m.

Allen had originally pleaded no contest to an amended charge of possession of a controlled substance, from a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine on Feb. 26, 2018. He also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of neglecting a child. A 12-month deferred entry of judgement (DEJ) was ap­proved with the conditions that he have no further violations involving alcohol or controlled substances that lead to a jail sentence. The DEJ hearing was set for Feb. 25, the hearing that he missed last week.

Jeremy L. LaPalm, 28, of Eagle River, who received a 24-month DEJ Feb. 13, 2017, for charges of possession of narcotic drugs and operating while revoked, was back in court last week because there has been no proof that he has completed an alcohol and other drug abuse assessment and follow-through, which was a requirement of his DEJ. A motion hearing to possibly revoke his DEJ has been set for April 24 at 9 a.m.

Vincent T. Williams, 28, of Eagle River, charged with felony bail jumping and disorderly conduct, had a preliminary hearing set for April 22 at 11 a.m. His $1,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers initiated a welfare check at 323 Spruce St. in Eagle River at 11:37 a.m. Feb. 5 after it was reported a male and female could be heard arguing. Officers found a lamp, a tablet, and a TV that were broken and Williams was arrested because he was already on felony bond in Vilas County.

Jeffrey T. Allen, 27, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with strangulation and suffocation, battery, false imprisonment, and criminal damage to property, had a preliminary hearing set for April 22 at 11:30 a.m. He was released on a $1,000 signature bond with the conditions he not possess or consume intoxicants and no taverns.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers reported two 911 disconnect calls Jan. 2 and 3, and responded both days when nobody answered the calls at 304 Waa Boos Circle. Officers then initiated a welfare check at 3:47 p.m. Jan. 3. Officers found a TV shattered in the living room and a woman with bruising around her eye and the bridge of her nose. She told officers Jeffrey Allen allegedly struck her about five times with a closed fist Dec. 26, 2018, in a vehicle and allegedly placed both hands around her throat on a bed, also on Dec. 26. He then allegedly punched the TV, punched holes in the walls and broke a window Jan. 2, 2019, resulting in the woman’s calls to 911.

Evangeline M. Smith, 28, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession with intent-marijuana, three counts of neglecting a child, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, had a preliminary hearing set for April 22 at 11:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, Smith arrived at the Lac du Flambeau jail to pick up the keys for her vehicle from her boyfriend, who was arrested the night before, Oct. 16, 2018, while at the Flame Inn. When an officer took the woman to the vehicle, there was a smell of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Officers allegedly located a smoking pipe and a jar of marijuana in the vehicle, as well as marijuana in the woman’s residence where three children were residing. She was arrested.

Hunter J. Mayo, 22, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with two counts of strangulation and suffocation, battery and criminal trespass to a dwelling, had a preliminary hearing set for March 6 at 10 a.m. His $1,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers were called to a Lac du Flambeau residence at 12:06 a.m. Feb. 3, with the female caller stating Mayo was allegedly intoxicated and he allegedly held her down on the couch with his forearm across her neck. When she attempted to get up, he allegedly back-handed her in the face.

John J. Thoms, 23, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with felony bail jumping and disorderly conduct, had a preliminary hearing set for April 22 at 11:30 a.m. His $1,000 signature bond was continued. 

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers responded to a domestic violence complaint at 6:26 p.m. Jan. 15 in Lac du Flambeau. A female told officers that Thoms was allegedly attempting to sell her vehicle to pay for drugs. He allegedly grabbed a shovel in the garage and threw it at her vehicle. He allegedly struck her in the head. There already was an active warrant for his arrest in Vilas County.

Dennis E. Meshigaud, 31, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with attempted battery by prisoner, resisting or ob­structing an officer, and two counts of disorderly conduct, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for March 19 at 2:15 p.m.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers responded to a disturbance in the Vilas County Jail in Eagle River Nov. 21, 2018. Meshigaud allegedly picked up two food trays at the jail and threw them at the pod window. When correction officers arrived, he allegedly resisted their efforts to calm the situation, according to the complaint.