A 19-year-old Poplar man will have a preliminary hearing in Vilas County Circuit Court June 6 to determine if he will be bound over on several charges, the most serious of which is homicide by vehicle-use of controlled substance.

Tyler Metz, who made an initial appearance in court last Wednesday, also faces charges of causing injury by a motor vehicle while under the influence, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of methamphetamine.

Metz is alleged to be the driver of a truck involved in an accident Jan. 23 on Highway 51 near Bakkan Road in Boulder Junction that claimed the life of Tim Boss, 59, of Manitowish Waters.

According to court documents, the road was snow-covered and Metz is alleged to have crossed the centerline and collided head-on with the other vehicle.

A body-only arrest warrant for Metz was issued May 14 after tests came back from the state crime lab. A $5,000 cash bond was posted and Metz must reside with his grandparents in RhineĀ­landĀ­er. Other conditions of his bond include: no driving a motor vehicle, not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns, maintain absolute sobriety, alcohol and other drug abuse assessment and follow-through, and abide by a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. seven days a week.

The Class D felony charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Metz was in court for his initial appearance, while his defense attorney, Brian Kinstler, appeared by phone. The court set a preliminary hearing for June 6 at 3:30 p.m. 

In other felony cases, Robert P. Fritz, 50, of Rhinelander, charged with forgery-uttering, forgery-writings or objects, and theft of moveable property less than $2,500, had a preliminary hearing set for June 14 at 11:30 a.m. His $2,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Fritz allegedly wrote a check for $50 at Shotskis in the town of Lincoln July 23, 2018, using a check from Diamondback Pest Management. The owner of the business said Fritz did not have permission to use the check. Fritz, who was dressed in Diamondback Pest Management clothing and was driving a company truck, said he was using the money for gas. A woman doing paperwork for the company noticed the check on Aug. 2, 2018, according to the complaint, and reported it to authorities.

Kimberli J. Squiller, 29, of Antigo, charged with manufacture/deliver heroin in one case, and felony bail jumping, operating while revoked and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping in a second case, waived her preliminary hearing. Probable cause was found she had committed a crime and she was bound over for arraignment. Not guilty pleas were entered and a pretrial conference was set for June 18 at 10:30 a.m. for both cases. Her $1,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Squiller allegedly possessed heroin March 21, 2018, when law enforcement officers were investigating the possible overdose death of a Land O’ Lakes man.

Then on March 30, 2019, Squiller was arrested for allegedly operating a motor vehicle with a revoked driver’s license. According to the complaint, a surveillance camera at QuikTrip in Eagle River revealed Squiller allegedly drove the vehicle into the parking lot and went inside the store. A pickup truck then pulled up to the store and a female went inside the store. When she left, the female drove the car away, according to the complaint.

Benedict A. Smith, 50, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with sixth-offense operating while intoxicated, 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 and a pretrial conference in the district attorney’s office was set for June 25 at 9:15 a.m.

According to the complaint, a law enforcement officer initiated a traffic stop on Smith’s vehicle at 7:17 p.m. March 23 after the officer clocked Smith for allegedly traveling 37 mph in a 25-mph speed zone on Old Abe Road in Lac du Flambeau. The officer reported that Smith had an odor of intoxicants and his preliminary breath test was .262%, according to the complaint.

Shantel S. Turney, 24, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with felony bail jumping and disorderly conduct, had a preliminary hearing set for July 15 at 1:30 p.m. Her $1,000 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, a male called law enforcement officers saying Turney alleged attacked him with a knife while he was in his vehicle near the intersection of Highway 47 and Johnson Creek Road in Arbor Vitae about 12:26 a.m. May 4. The man got the woman out of the truck and she started to walk on Highway 47, where officers located her. Turney was on probation and had a preliminary breath test of .169%. There was also a warrant for Turney out of Marathon County, so she was arrested.

Leo A. Peterson, 18, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with vehicle operator flee or elude an officer and operating without a valid license-second within three years, had a preliminary hearing set for June 21 at 8:30 a.m. His $250 cash bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Peterson allegedly was riding a moped on a sidewalk along Makwa Trail in Lac du Flambeau about 6:02 p.m. May 14. Officers said Peterson apparently lost control of the cycle and both ended up on the ground. He allegedly then got back on the moped and fled the officer on Chippewa Trail and Old Abe Road. He was eventually arrested at 128 Old Abe Road after a .9 mile pursuit by the officer, according to the complaint. He apparently had no license and he also was cited for operating while intoxicated.

Chase N. Vetterneck, 22, of Lac du Flambeau, entered no contest pleas to a felony bail jumping charge amended to a misdemeanor bail jumping charge, and a possession of marijuana-second-plus offense amended to possession of marijuana. Vetterneck was found guilty of both misdemeanor offenses. In addition, a second felony bail jumping charge and a possession of drug paraphernalia charge were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Vetterneck’s sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for 24 months. Conditions of his probation include: pay misdemeanor court costs of $683, including DNA surcharge; alcohol and other drug abuse assessment and any counseling deemed appropriate by the agent; and 75 hours community service.

In addition, a 24-month deferred entry of judgement (DEJ) from another case was extended 24 months and a review hearing for Vetterneck was set for May 20, 2021.