A 37-year-old Mercer woman charged with theft by contractor, $2,500 to $5,000, had a status hearing on the felony case scheduled for April 13 at 9:45 a.m. in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Lynda A. Hagen appeared by phone with defense attorney Brandon Kuhl at a hearing last week. Vilas County District Attorney Martha Mila­now­ski indicted that offers for a resolution have been made to the parties, but she said no acceptance has been received.

During the hearing, it was noted that Kuhl will be ending his law practice in May and a motion to withdraw as counsel was offered by  Kuhl. Hagen stated she has no objection to Kuhl’s motion and the court granted the motion to withdraw as counsel. The court directed  Kuhl to notify the Public Defender’s Office that he has withdrawn and Hagen indicated that she has already contacted the Public Defender’s Office.

According to the complaint, Hagen, doing business as DVL Painting and Staining with her husband David J. Hagen, had allegedly agreed to stain five buildings and three decks for a Sayner property owner for a total of $6,500, with a 50% deposit of $3,250. According to the complaint, the property owner said the work was to include power washing, siding repair, deck repair, caulking, two coats of paint on trim, doors and soffit, and a natural cedar stain placed on the buildings. 

The property owner told law enforcement officers that workers came to the residence and replaced eight boards and stringers on the deck, purchased by the property owner, and completed the work in about two hours. The property owner said the workers never returned and he attempted to contact the Hagens, but their cellphones were disconnected. A law enforcement officer eventually made contact with Lynda Hagen a year after the work was not completed May 30, 2017, and said she would contact the property owner about completing the work, but allegedly she never made the contact, according to the complaint.

Lynda A. Hagen also is charged with manufacture/deliver of schedule I or II narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia for an alleged offense Feb. 18, 2018. A status hearing for that case also will be April 13.

In other felony cases, Levi J. Stuckemeyer, 38, of Eagle River, charged with fourth-degree operating while intoxicated, had a plea and sentencing hearing set for June 8 at 2:30 p.m.

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.

Alicia L. Larson, 53, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession of methamphetamine (meth) and three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, was not in court for her preliminary hearing last week and a bench warrant was authorized by the court. A status hearing was set for May 11 at 9 a.m.

According to the complaint, law enforcement officers were conducting a drug investigation at 506 Waswagon St. in Lac du Flambeau Nov. 24, 2019. Larson was questioned outside the home. Her purse allegedly contained a used syringe that contained a residue that tested positive for meth. 

Tashina M. Frank, 21, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with felony bail jumping, resisting or obstructing an officer and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, waived her preliminary hearing. Frank appeared by video from the Vilas County Jail. Probable cause was found she had committed a crime and she was bound over for arraignment. Not guilty pleas were entered by the court and a pretrial conference was set for May 21 at 11:15 a.m.

According to the complaint, Frank allegedly resisted or obstructed a law enforcement officer March 13. 

Deven L. Bernt, 33, of Colby, charged with manufacture/deliver amphet­a­mine, waived her preliminary hearing via telephone. Probable cause was found she had committed a crime and she was bound over for arraignment. Not guilty pleas were entered by the court and a pretrial conference was set for May 12 at 11:45 a.m. Her $2,500 signature bond was continued.

According to the complaint, Bernt allegedly attempted to manufacture amphetamine greater than 3 grams.

Also in Vilas County Circuit Court last week, initial appearances were made by:

• Julie J. Schuit, 38, of St. Germain, charged with possession of marijuana, second-plus offense, and third-offense operating while intoxicated. A preliminary hearing was set for June 1 at 2:30 p.m. and her $1,000 signature bond was modified to include the following conditions: maintain absolute sobriety, take medications as prescribed and not to possess, use or ingest illegal drugs. The offense allegedly occurred March 5.

• Kelli L. St. Germaine, 28, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. A preliminary hearing was set for May 1 at 8:30 a.m. Her $2,500 signature bond was continued. The alleged offense occurred March 12.

• Mary L. Saunsoci, 36, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with child abuse-intentionally cause harm, and four counts of felony bail jumping, had a preliminary hearing set for April 14 at 8:45 a.m. Her $1,000 cash bond was modified to a $500 cash bond with the following conditions: no abusive contact toward any children, comply with Indian Child Welfare directives, maintain absolute sobriety, not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns and not to be in the tavern portion of any restaurant premises. The alleged offense occurred March 13.