Two Nebraska men arrested in Lac du Flambeau in February for allegedly stealing a vehicle from the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska face felony charges in Vilas County Circuit Court.

Camilo J. Lopez Jr., 27, and Benjamin A. Horn, 29, both of Winnebago, Neb., are both charged with receiving stolen property of more than $10,000 and taking and driving a vehicle without consent. Lopez is also charged with operating while revoked.

Lopez waived his preliminary hearing last week in Vilas County Circuit 

Court. Probable cause was found he had committed a crime and he was bound over for arraignment. Not guilty pleas were entered by the court and a pretrial conference was set for May 14 at 3 p.m. 

Vilas Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III granted that Lopez’s $10,000 cash bond be modified to a $10,000 signature bond with the condition that he must remain in Vilas County until the case is resolved.

Horn waived his preliminary hearing Feb. 14 and had a pretrial conference in the district attorney’s office March 26. Horn’s plea and sentencing hearing has been set for May 8 at 3:30 p.m. He is being held on a $10,000 cash bond. 

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers were notified at 10:29 a.m. Feb. 4 of a stolen vehicle that might be in Lac du Flambeau. It was noted the stolen vehicle was taken from the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska. Officers eventually located the vehicle, a Chevrolet pickup truck, southbound on County Highway D at 3:44 p.m. Feb. 4. Lopez was the driver of the vehicle.

During the investigation, authorities learned that Lopez and Horn allegedly stole the vehicle, a Winnebago Public School vehicle valued at $30,000, in Nebraska and drove to Stone Lake, Wis., where they were joined by a female. The three of them then drove to the Lake of the Torches Casino in Lac du Flambeau. Lopez and Horn were both arrested and the woman was released after she was questioned, according to the complaint.

In other felony cases, Johnathan L. Johnson, 41, of Crandon, charged with fifth-offense operating while intoxicated and possession of mar­ijuana-second plus of­fense, had a pretrial conference set for April 30 at 1:45 p.m.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers received a call at 1:38 a.m. June 8 that the driver of a vehicle at the drive-through window at McDonald’s in Eagle River appeared to be intoxicated and that there were possible open intoxicants in the vehicle. 

Law enforcement officers arrived and found an open beer on the floor, a jar of marijuana, and an open case of beer in the vehicle. Johnson was arrested for OWI with a preliminary breath test of 0.187% and a passenger in the vehicle was arrested for a probation violation, according to the complaint.

Levi J. Stuckemeyer, 37, of Eagle River, charged with fourth-offense operating while intoxicated, entered a not guilty plea after probable cause was found he had committed a crime. A pretrial conference in the district attorney’s office was set for May 21 at 10:45 a.m. His $250 cash bond was continued.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers responded to a hit-and-run accident in Lac du Flambeau Sept. 22, 2018, at 7:29 p.m. near 1873 Highway 47. The caller stated a pickup truck sideswiped a vehicle in the opposite lane, left the scene and was southbound on Highway 47. An officer located the truck and followed it on Highway 47, reporting the truck crossed into the northbound lane ditch and then returned to the southbound lane. The officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Stuckemeyer, who told the officer he swerved for a deer. Stuckemeyer said he had one beer and took prescribed Alprazolam and cough syrup with codeine earlier in the day, according to the complaint. His preliminary breath test was 0.41%, according to the complaint.

Daniel J. Christensen Jr., 48, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of felony bail jumping and possession of drug paraphernalia in two separate cases. 

On the felony bail jumping conviction, Christensen’s sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for 24 months. Conditions of his probation include: alcohol and other drug abuse assessment (AODA) and follow-through; fined $518, with bond that was posted to be applied; and serve 15 days in the Vilas County Jail commencing within 60 days, with work release privileges. He received three days credit for time served in jail in the event of revocation.

On the misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia conviction, Christensen was fined $705 and must pay $50 per month commencing May 1.

A felony charge of possession with intent-marijuana from one case and charges of felony bail jumping, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia from a second case were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

According to the complaint, a search warrant was executed at 3055 S. Artishon Lane in Lac du Flambeau Sept. 11, 2018, and officers located a pint jar with a green leafy substance suspected as marijuana, a second large jar with baggies and a green leafy material, a digital scale, a smoking pipe, and rolling papers in the residence. Officers noted five baggies and the jar contained about 16.1 grams of marijuana. Christensen was arrested. 

Another search warrant was executed at the residence Nov. 5, 2018, and officers located a glass jar with 2.3 grams of marijuana and a grinder under the couch where Christensen was sitting. He again was arrested.

Margaret M. Gomez, 27, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine (meth). A deferred entry of judgement (DEJ) was approved by the court. Gomez also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of possession of marijuana and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping. Her sentence was withheld and she was placed on probation for four months and she was fined $443. She must pay $50 per month starting May 1. She received credit for 132 days served in jail in the event of revocation. A DEJ review hearing was set for April 5, 2021.

According to the complaint, Gomez was in the Lake of the Torches Casino in Lac du Flambeau Nov. 21, 2018, and she was asked to leave. Officers later stopped a vehicle in which she was a passenger and officers said she possessed plastic gem bags with a green vegetable-like substance, used syringes and a folded $1 bill with a white residue suspected as meth.

Lawrence G. Allen, 35, of Lac du Flambeau, was sentenced to one year in the county jail at a sentencing hearing on revocation last week. He received credit for 296 days served in jail and received a time served sentence. He also has a civil judgment of $1,379 in favor of the state.

According to court documents, Allen was found guilty of battery or threat to law enforcement officers Aug. 14, 2017, and was placed on probation for 24 months. But on or between Jan. 3, 2018, and Aug. 10, 2018, he failed to attend AODA sessions, he consumed alcohol between Jan. 24, 2018, and Aug. 10, 2018, and kicked and punched a female Feb. 18, 2018, all violations of his probation.

Allen A. Siwek, 57, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with battery to a judge, prosecutor or law enforcement officer, resisting or obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct, was not in court for a preliminary hearing last week and a body only bench warrant was authorized.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers received a call from a property owner at 5:59 p.m. Jan. 6 that she wanted Siwek removed from her residence because he was allegedly intoxicated. Siwek attempted to leave the residence through a basement window and he allegedly resisted officers during his arrest. Officers stated Siwek also hit his head on the cage portion in the rear seat of the squad car, causing his head to bleed, according to the complaint.

George J. Wolfe Jr., 34, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession with intent amphetamine-second plus offense, was bound over for arraignment and a not guilty plea was entered by the court. His $2,500 cash bond was continued and a pretrial conference in the district attorney’s office was set for May 14 at 2:45 p.m.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers conducted a check of a residence at 2832 Wazhashk Trail in Lac du Flambeau Jan. 15, due to a report of Wolfe allegedly selling and using meth at the residence. There was an active apprehension request for Wolfe. Officers located Wolfe on the couch in the residence and searched the couch cushions, finding a black zipper case with 1.3 grams of suspected meth where Wolfe was sitting, according to the complaint.