A 37-year-old Plover man, charged with possession of methamphetamine (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana in Lac du Flambeau in June made an initial appearance in Vilas County Circuit Court last week. 

Kurt T. Wiza, 37, will have a preliminary hearing Aug. 1 at 2:30 p.m. His $2,500 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers were dispatched to the Lake of the Torches Casino parking lot at 1:30 a.m. June 22, with the caller stating a man was seen in the parking lot allegedly using drugs. 

Law enforcement officers eventually located the vehicle traveling southbound on Highway 47 in Lac du Flambeau and an officer initiated a traffic stop. Wiza was the driver of the vehicle, telling the officer he was driving back to Stevens Point. A K-9 drug dog alerted on the vehicle and officers allegedly located meth in a gem bag in the glove box, a straw with a green leafy residue suspected as marijuana and a baggie with a crystal-like substance suspected as meth, according to the complaint. The dispatcher also told the officer that Wiza was currently on probation.

In other felony cases, Sterling A. Clough, 54, of Boulder Junction, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, had a preliminary hearing set for Aug. 26 at 9:45 a.m. His $2,500 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers searched a Boulder Junction residence June 4 as part of a burglary investigation and located six firearms in the residence 6 to 8 feet from Clough’s bed. The firearms were not locked, but in a case and accessible. Clough also had two active warrants for his arrest in Oneida County.

Brian VanVleet, 35, of Rhinelander, charged with felony bail jumping and disorderly conduct, missed an adjourned initial appearance July 1 and a $1,000 bench warrant was issued. 

According to the complaint, VanVleet and a woman were involved in an altercation while she was giving him a ride to meet his former boss in a town of Cloverland residence Feb 8. The woman stated VanVleet had lost his job and he become agitated and pushed the woman.

Johnathan L. Johnson, 41, of Crandon, had a charge of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated dismissed on a prosecutor’s motion and pleaded no contest and was found guilty of operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, a Class G felony. A charge of possession of marijuana also was dismissed.

The court ordered Johnson pay $2,273 inclusive of court costs and driver improvement assessment. The bond posted will be applied to the fine imposed and the balance is to be paid within 60 days. Other conditions include: driver’s license revoked for 36 months; ignition interlock device for 36 months; successfully complete alcohol and other drug abuse assessment and follow-through with any recommended counseling and/or treatment; and serve nine months in the Vilas County Jail with one day credit, with work release privileges. The jail time may be served in Forest County if arrangements can be made. The court indicated that Johnson must submit a DNA sample within two weeks from the receipt of a Court of Appeal’s decision.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers received a call at 1:38 a.m. June 8, 2018, 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 arrested Johnson at the scene.

Preston S. Sharlow, 32, of Lac du Flambeau, had a felony charge of substantial battery-intend bodily harm dismissed and pleaded no contest and was found guilty of disorderly conduct. He also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of one count of misdemeanor bail jumping. Charges of felony bail jumping and resisting an officer in the second case were dismissed.

The court ordered a fine and costs totaling $579 in each case to be paid through bond previously posted, with the remainder to be returned to poster. Sharlow also has to submit a sample of his DNA. 

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers received a report of two men fighting at a residence at 2854 Little Pines Road in Lac du Flambeau Sept. 29, 2017, including Sharlow. Then officers responded to a noise complaint at the same residence at 2:37 a.m. Nov. 25, 2017, when Sharlow allegedly provided a false name to the officers and appeared to have consumed alcohol, which was a violation of his bond. 

James A. Chapman, 40, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with two counts of felony bail jumping and one count of criminal damage to property, 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 was set for July 9 at 10:45 a.m. His $1,000 cash bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Chapman had a warrant out for his arrest and he was located in Lac du Flambeau on Jan. 31. Chapman was charged with two counts of felony bail jumping, one for failing to appear in court for a previous operating while intoxicated charge (5th or 6th), and the other for failing to wear his ankle monitor, which he apparently cut off. When the officer asked Chapman where his ankle monitor was, he replied “somewhere in Lac du Flambeau,” according to the complaint.

Jeffrey T. Allen, 27, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with two counts of felony bail jumping, two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping and two counts of domestic abuse in one case, and two counts of felony bail jumping and one count of misdemeanor bail jumping from a second case, entered not guilty pleas. The court denied modifying Allen’s $5,000 cash bond. A pretrial conference for both cases was set for July 25 at 9 a.m.

According to the complaint in the first case, Allen allegedly struck a woman in the face about 8:43 p.m. April 7 at a residence in Lac du Flambeau after she said she was leaving the residence to get tissue paper. Allen said the woman was going to cheat on him and he allegedly struck her in the nose, causing it to bleed. 

Then on June 1 or 2, Allen allegedly had contact with the woman because she recently gave birth to their son. The woman admitted to having contact with Allen, according to the complaint.