A 19-year-old Poplar man was bound over for arraignment in Vilas County Circuit Court last week on four felony charges stemming from an accident Jan. 23 on Highway 51 near Bakkan Road in Boulder Junction that resulted in the death of a Manitowish Waters man.

After waiving a preliminary hearing, Vilas Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III?found probable cause that Tyler J. L. Metz committed a crime.

Metz is alleged to have been the driver of a vehicle that crossed the center line of the snow-covered road and collided head on with another vehicle occupied by Tim Boss, 59, who died as a result of the crash.

After state crime lab tests were reported to Vilas County, District Attorney Martha Milanowski filed four felony charges against Metz, including vehicle homicide while using a controlled substance, causing injury while operating a motor vehicle while using a controlled substance, possession of a narcotic drug, and possession of methamphetamine. He entered not guilty pleas to all charges.

Vilas Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III set a pretrial conference with the district attorney for July 30 at 11:45 a.m. Metz is free on a $5,000 signature bond, with the condition Metz must have a parent or grandparent present except when working. The cash bond was posted May 21.

While Metz previously listed Poplar as his residence, he now resides with his grandparents in Rhinelander.

In other felony cases, Justin W. Hayner, 31, of Land O’ Lakes, pleaded no contest and was found guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor possession of marijuana. A charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was dismissed. Hayner was fined $768 to be paid within 60 days. Hayner was initially charged with possession of marijuana (second-plus offense), a felony, before the charge was amended.

According to the complaint, Hayner was driving a vehicle southbound on Highway 45 north of Eagle River Feb. 20, 2019, and the vehicle’s registration had expired in January 2019. Officers initiated a traffic stop and said there was an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A green leafy substance was located in a black case in the console. Officers also located a glass pipe with a burnt residue that tested positive for marijuana, according to the complaint. 

Abby J. Bedwell, 37, of Milton, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of misappropriate identity information to avoid penalty. A charge of resisting or obstructing an officer was dismissed as part of the plea agreement. A deferred entry of judgement was approved and a deferred prosecution hearing was set for June 8, 2020, at 9 a.m. Her $2,500 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Bedwell was arrested in Vilas County Nov. 1, 2018.

Angela Sue Raymond, 44, of Abbotsford, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of manufacture/deliver amphetamine after a repeater enhancer was removed from the charge. A charge of misdemeanor bail jumping was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Raymond’s sentence was withheld and she was placed on probation for 24 months. Conditions of her probation include: continue alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) assessment and any other counseling deemed appropriate by the agent; continue mental health treatment or counseling; take medications as prescribed; maintain absolute sobriety; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns; and pay fine and court costs totalling $518, including DNA surcharge. The court directed that the held bond be returned to the poster. The defendant is to pay the $518 within 60 days.

According to the complaint, Raymond attempted to deliver amphetamines July 11, 2017, in Vilas County and was arrested.

Ryan A. St. Germaine, 33, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded guilty and was found guilty of possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. A felony charge of possess with intent-marijuana and a misdemeanor charge of neglecting a child were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

St. Germaine’s sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for 12 months. Conditions of his probation include:  AODA assessment and any other counseling deemed appropriate by agent; 40 hours community service; parenting classes; maintain full-time employment; and pay misdemeanor court cost of $443, including  DNA surcharge. The costs are due within 60 days or a payment plan is to be set up with the clerk of courts.

According to the complaint, St. Germaine was arrested for being intoxicated at the Flame Inn in Lac du Flambeau Oct. 16, 2018. The next day officers continued their investigation and located his vehicle at the Flame Inn and the inside of the vehicle smelled like marijuana. Officers also located a jar with 2.7 grams of marijuana. Officers then went to St. Germaine’s residence at 2793 Wazhashk Trail, where St. Germaine was smoking marijuana with children present, according to the complaint.

Marcia Big John, 55, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. Charges of disorderly conduct and possession of an illegally-obtained prescription, were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. The court imposed a fine and costs of $516 to be paid within 60 days. Big John was initially charged with possession of marijuana (second-plus offense), a felony, before it was amended to the misdemeanor.

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 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 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. 

Melvin G. LaBarge, 52, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with manufacture/delivery of schedule I or II narcotics, had a jury trial set for Aug. 28, at 8:30 a.m. after a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office could not be reached. He is free on a $1,000 signature bond.

According to the complaint, drug investigators were conducting a search warrant at a Lac du Flambeau residence April 18, 2018, when LaBarge arrived to allegedly purchase two oxycodone hydrochloride tablets for $80. He was arrested.