A 72-year-old Cloquet, Minn., man had a felony charge of theft in a business setting dismissed in Vilas County Circuit Court after completing the conditions of a deferred entry of judgement (DEJ).

Robert G. Pavlatos had to repay the Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) $20,100 as directed in the DEJ entered and approved April 16, 2012, with the requirement he pay $300 per month until the full amount was paid.

According to the criminal complaint, the ERRA sent Pavlatos, who was the owner of All Sports Insurance in Minnesota, two checks totaling $20,100 Oct. 24, 2008,  to provide property, liability, boiler and machinery insurance for the association. The company also provided insurance to the ERRA prior to October 2008.

Pavlatos cashed the checks, but did not renew the proposed insurance policies with the proper companies or any other insurance company. The ERRA received notice in January of 2009 that Pavlatos had not renewed the proposed insurance policies and the ERRA had to obtain similar insurance coverage from other companies.

Pavlatos was not in court last week for the DEJ hearing. Assistant District Attorney Scott E. Niemi entered the motion to dismiss the felony due to the defendant’s compliance with the DEJ, which was granted by the court.

In other felony cases, Gerald W. Stodola, 57, of Minocqua, charged with theft by contractor $10,000 to $100,000, had a pretrial conference set for May 24 at 2 p.m., prior to a preliminary hearing.

According to the complaint, Stodola was contracted to complete the new St. Germain Chamber of Commerce building in June of 2018, with the chamber issuing a payment of $29,175 to Stodola Aug. 1, 2018, to contractors and another for $46,189 which was used to pay someone at a different job site, according to the complaint. In all, the chamber claimed a $97,189 loss in payments to Stodola for work that wasn’t completed.

Stodola also faces another charge of theft by contractor $10,000 to $100,000 for a home repair in Arbor Vitae he allegedly failed to complete between March and April 2018, with the estimated loss to the homeowner at $47,000, according to the complaint. A pretrial conference for that case also will be May 24 at 2 p.m.

Michael R. Lemmons, 28, of Eagle River pleaded no contest and was found guilty of three counts of felony bail jumping in February of 2019 and possession of narcotic drugs without a valid prescription in June of 2018. His sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for 36 months. Multiple other felonies and misdemeanors were dismissed as part of the plea agreement for five separate cases.

Conditions of Lemmons’ probation include: serve 90 days in the Vilas County Jail, with day-for-day credit in an inpatient treatment facility up to 90 days; alcohol and other drug abuse assessment and follow through as deemed appropriate by the agent; take medications as prescribed; maintain any appointments with mental health provider; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns; no contact with another suspect in one of his cases; and felony court costs of $518 (for the narcotics conviction, including DNA surcharge). He must pay felony courts costs totalling $1,054 on the three bail jumping convictions. He received credit for 93 days served in jail in the event of revocation.

Shelby S. DeWitt, 22, of Eagle River, charged with two counts of possession of narcotic drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an illegally-obtained prescription, waived her preliminary hearing. Probable cause was found she committed a crime and she was bound over for arraignment. Not guilty pleas were entered by the court and pretrial conference in the district attorney’s office was set for May 28 at 11:30 a.m. Her $1,000 signature bond was continued.

DeWitt is also charged with felony bail jumping for having contact with another person involved in the drug-related incident.

According to the complaint, DeWitt was driving a vehicle in St. Germain about 6:22 p.m. Jan. 27 when a law enforcement officer noted it had an expired registration and initiated a traffic stop on Highway 155 North. DeWitt was driving and there were two passengers. The officer had K-9 Helo complete a narcotic sniff of the vehicle and the canine alerted. Officers located suspected oxycodone hydrochloride, her­­­­o­in, syringes and Bena­dryl pills.

Then Feb. 9, DeWitt had phone contact with one of the passengers in the vehicle and a condition of her bond was to have no contact with those individuals. 

Thomas M. Bretz, 44, of Phelps, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of an illegally-obtained prescription and possession of narcotic drugs, waived his preliminary hearing. 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 in the district attorney’s office was set for July 9 at 10:30 a.m.

Bretz also faces two counts of felony bail jumping because he also is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and felony bail jumping in Oneida County due to an incident April 24, 2018. Bretz is free on a $1,000 cash bond.

According to the complaint in Vilas County, law enforcement officers conducted a search warrant at 2641 Holiday Lodge Lane in Phelps Dec. 13, 2018, as part of an ongoing drug investigation that possibly involved Bretz. Officers allegedly located various items to ingest, inhale or inject controlled substances, and Gabapentin without a prescription. Bretz was taken into custody during a traffic stop in Eagle River.

Eric Van Dyn Hoven, 35, of Kaukauna, who faces six charges of battery to a law enforcement officer, three charges of causing substantial bodily harm/soft tissue injury when resisting arrest, and one count of discharging bodily fluid at a public safety officer, waived his preliminary hearing and arraignment was set for May 22 at 11:30 a.m. His $50,000 cash bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Van Dyn Hoven fled law enforcement officers when they responded to a possible theft complaint April 19, scrambling onto the Lac Vieux Desert ice. During the pursuit, deputies attempted methods to handcuff him but Van Dyn Hoven allegedly resisted their efforts. 

According to the complaint, the deputies’ hands and feet were affected by the cold and they sustained injuries to a hand and nose due to Van Dyn Hoven’s alleged resistance. Deputies also said he used foul language and made multiple verbal threats to them.

Timothy T. Curtis, 42, of Presque Isle, made no contest pleas to amended charges of criminal trespass to a building and receiving or concealing stolen property, both misdemeanors. He was found guilty and must pay a fine and court costs of $518 on each count. He must pay $50 per month commencing June 1. Curtis also made a no contest plea and was found guilty of one count of felony bail jumping. His sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for 36 months, concurrent to any extended supervision he is currently on. He also must pay a fine and court costs totalling $518.

According to the complaint, Curtis broke into a storage shed in Manitowish Waters and took a chainsaw, raincoat and sweatshirt July 28, 2018, and then had contact with victim by sending an apology letter, however, a condition of his bond was to have no contact with the victim.

Benjamin A. Horn, 29, of Eau Claire, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of take/drive a vehicle without consent, a Class H felony. A charge of receiving stolen property over $10,000 as dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Horn’s sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for 24 months. Conditions of his probation include: pay restitution of $2,240.50; no contact with Winnebago School District; complete an assessment and any recommendations; and pay fine and court costs totalling $518. He must pay $50 per month commencing July 1. He received credit for 94 days served in jail in the event of revocation.

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 Horn and Camilo J. Lopez Jr., 27, of Winnebago, Neb., allegedly stole the vehicle, a Winnebago Public School District 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 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. Camilo was scheduled for a pretrial conference this week.

Dawn Pawlak, 44, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with manufacture/deliver a prescription drug, two counts of possession of an illegally-obtained prescription, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting or obstructing an officer, had a preliminary hearing set for June 6 at 10:30 a.m. Her $1,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers received a call from Pawlak from a Lac du Flambeau residence March 4 of a possible overdose of male after she had given him three Gabapentin pills. According to the complaint, the man was awake when officers arrived, but they executed a search warrant at the residence. They located four Gabapentin pills, marijuana and drug-related paraphernalia, including a grinder and pipe. The officers also said there was an odor of burnt marijuana in the residence.

Alizay T. Doss, 22, of Lac du Flambeau, entered a no contest plea to a charge of falsely present non-controlled substance, a Class I felony, and DEJ was entered and approved. Conditions of the 18-month DEJ include: commit no crimes; no alcohol or illegal substances; alcohol and other drug abuse assessment and follow through; provide 10 hours of community service each month; and no contact with another person involved in the case.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers had set up a controlled purchase to buy $100 worth of heroin from Doss outside a residence on Little Pines Road in Lac du Flambeau Aug. 23, 2018. Once the purchase was completed, a field test of the suspected heroin was found negative. Then during the week of Oct. l7, there were allegations made that Doss was selling methamphetamine in Lac du Flambeau. On Oct. 19, she was arrested for trying to sell the counterfeit heroin.