A 22-year-old Lake Tomahawk man pleaded no contest and was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine (meth) in Vilas County Circuit Court last week and was placed on probation for 18 months with conditions.

Brandon J. Jennik also had a possession of drug paraphernalia charge dismissed as part of the plea agreement, but it was read in at sentencing by Vilas Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III.

Judge Nielsen said conditions of Jennik’s probation include: alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) and any other counseling deemed appropriate by the agent; maintain absolute sobriety; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns, provide 100 hours of community service; maintain full-time employment; and pay court costs of $518, including DNA surcharge. 

Judge Nielsen also said Jennik is eligible for expunction of the felony charge if all conditions of probation are complied with, including payment of court obligations. Court costs will be paid from held bond money and the remainder will be returned to the poster. 

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers were conducting a drug investigation and located a safe in Jennik’s vehicle July 6, 2018, in Arbor Vitae. Officers found a syringe in the safe with a liquid residue that tested positive for meth. 

In other felony cases, Richard D. Carlson III, 35, of Phelps, charged with two counts of possession of narcotic drugs, two counts of possessing an illegally obtained prescription and two counts of theft of moveable property less than $2,500, was bound over for arraignment after probable cause was found by the court that he had committed a crime. Carlson entered not guilty pleas and a pretrial conference was set for April 16 at 2 p.m. His $1,500 cash bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Carlson allegedly broke into a relative’s safe and stole OxyContin pills Oct. 9, 2018, in Phelps. He also allegedly took the relative’s credit card and used it at least three times without the owner’s authorization.

Kristine A. Laursen, 40, of Rhinelander, charged with theft of moveable property-special facts, was bound over for arraignment after probable cause was found she had committed a crime. A not guilty plea was entered by the court and a pretrial conference was set for May 14 at 9:15 a.m. in the district attorney’s office. Her $1,000 signature bond was continued.

Law enforcement officers responded to a theft complaint in the town of Winchester, and according to the complaint, Laursen had been hired to take care of a man’s wife two days a week. On Aug. 13, 2018, he took his wife to the dentist and when they returned couldn’t find a Kindle or a wallet in the house that evening. Laursen apparently never returned to work after Aug. 13. Officers later learned the Kindle was deactivated and reregistered with Amazon Oct. 29, 2018, and officers were able to track the alleged theft to Laursen, according to the complaint. 

Tina M. Baxter, 50, of Phelps, charged with felony bail jumping and disorderly conduct, had a pretrial conference set for March 19 at 9 a.m. Her $1,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers responded to a call from an apartment in Phelps Feb. 14 that a woman was allegedly intoxicated and was attempting to stab a man in the neck with a knife. Baxter and the male were apparently having an argument over keys to a vehicle. She told officers she got hit in the nose during the incident and had to defend herself with a knife. The man did have an injury to his left shoulder, according to the complaint.

Samantha M. Pittsley, 30, of Watersmeet, Mich., charged with possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for April 16 at 10:45 a.m. Her $1,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Pittsley was stopped by a law enforcement officer on Pine Street in Eagle River at 10:20 p.m. Sept. 29, 2018. The officer said his radar clocked her at 57 mph in a 25 mph speed zone. The officer stated Pittsley appeared to be operating under the influence of a narcotic drug and the car was searched. AcĀ­cording to the complaint, Pittsley told officers she had smoked marijuana about 8:30 p.m. and the previous evening had snorted heroin. She was arrested for possessing heroin and plastic drinking straws and a crochet needle with marijuana residue, according to the complaint.

Shaun J. Frank, 31, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with felony bail jumping and resisting or obstructing an officer, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for April 2 at 11:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, the Lac du Flambeau Housing Authority requested the Lac du Flambeau Police Department check a residence at 2832 Wazhashk Trail Jan. 15 because a woman who was leasing the residence had abandoned it and was allowing others to reside there. Law enforcement officers located Frank and a female concealing themselves from officers in a closet and Frank was arrested.

Marcia A. Big John, 55, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession of marijuana (second-plus offense), disorderly conduct and possessing an illegally obtained prescription, had a preliminary hearing set for April 24 at 11:30 a.m. Her $1,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers responded to a disturbance at the Lake of the Torches Casino in Lac du Flambeau Feb. 10 because Big John was allegedly yelling obscenities at a male and security officers asked her to leave. Big John told officers the male owed her $100 for doing his taxes. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and a search of her purse allegedly revealed two bags of a green leafy substance suspected as marijuana and a pill in her purse was identified as Gabapentin, according to the complaint. Big John was previously convicted of possession of marijuana in Oneida County June 24, 2014.

Marcy J. Beson, 21, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with two counts of felony bail jumping and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia in two cases, had a preliminary hearing set for April 24 at 1:30 p.m. Her $2,000 signature bond was continued. 

According to the complaint, Beson allegedly possessed a used syringe with a liquid residue that tested positive for oxycodone and a smoking pipe during a drug investigation at her Lac du Flambeau residence Jan. 30. On Feb. 26 she allegedly possessed metal cook caps that tested positive for heroin. A caller to law enforcement stated that Beson allegedly threw a needle out of a vehicle window near her residence.

Lindy M. Bauman, 36, of Lac du Flambeau, was sentenced to 11 months in the county jail at a sentencing hearing on revocation. She received credit for 236 days served in jail. Bauman had pleaded no contest and was found guilty of possession of meth Aug. 16, 2017, and was placed on probation for 24 months. But from Jan. 16, 2018, to her arrest on Jan. 25, 2019, she failed to notify her probation agent of her whereabouts. She also consumed marijuana Jan. 22, 2019, consumed heroin March 1, 2018, struck a woman in the face in Lac du Flambeau Feb. 28, 2018, and struck another woman in the face in Oak Creek Nov. 19, 2018, all violations of her probation, according to court documents.

Skylar E. LaBarge, 25, of Lac du Flambeau, was sentenced to six months in the county jail at a sentencing hearing on revocation. He received credit for 139 days served in jail and received a time-served sentence.

LaBarge had pleaded no contest and was found guilty of possession of meth May 24, 2018, and was placed on probation for 24 months. But on Dec. 4, 2018, he failed to visit his probation officer, and then on Dec. 14, 2018, he consumed alcohol, broke a window and had a physical altercation with another person. On Dec. 18, 2018, he consumed marijuana, all violations of his probation, according to court documents.