A 24-year-old Oneida County man convicted a fleeing a law enforcement officer in a vehicle had a three-year prison sentence stayed and was placed on probation for 24 months in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Matthew S. Johnson, 24, of Rhinelander, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of vehicle operator flee or elude an officer, a felony, and resisting or obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor. Charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana (second-plus offense) and operate without a valid driver’s license were dismissed on a prosecutor’s motion.

Vilas Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III sentenced Johnsson to three years in the Wisconsin Prison System, with one year of initial confinement and two years of extended supervision. The judge they stayed the sentence and placed Johnson on probation for 24 months consecutive to the current sentence being served.  

Judge Nielsen said conditions of Johnson’s probation include: maintain absolute sobriety, continue alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) counseling or treatment and any other counseling deemed appropriate by agents, maintain full- time employment and/or schooling, serve four months in the Vilas County Jail consecutive to current sentence, pay court costs of $518 on count 1 and $443 on count 2, and $164.75 for redisbursement of tow bill to the Lac du Flambeau Police Department. Financial obligations are to be paid in full to the Clerk of Courts by Jan. 1, 2022, or payment arrangements made with the Clerk’s office. 

According to the complaint, Johnson had an argument with his girlfriend the night of Nov. 2, 2019, and left a Lac du Flambeau residence with her car and eventually crashed while being pursued by law enforcement. He ran from the scene. He eventually was arrested.

In other felony cases, Christine L. Towne, 44, of Eagle River, charged with theft in a business setting, $2,500 to $5,000, was bound over for arraignment after waiving her preliminary hearing. Not guilty pleas were entered and a pretrial conference was set for Feb. 23 at 11:45 a.m. Her $2,000 signature bond was continued. 

According to the complaint, Towne, an employee at Dollar General in Eagle River, was to make bank deposits for the business totalling $5,767.63 from Oct. 5-8, 2020, but there were no deposit slips from the bank for those days. According to the complaint, she has been terminated from her employment at Dollar General.

Matthew R. Nicholson, 39, of Eagle River, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of felony bail jumping. Two other counts of felony bail jumping, and one count of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. A charge of disorderly conduct in another case with domestic abuse modifiers that made it a felony and a felony bail jumping charge from a third case also were dismissed.

Nicholson’s sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for three years with the following conditions:  continue with AODA counseling or treatment as deemed appropriate by the agent; any continued domestic violence counseling recommended by agents; maintain absolute sobriety; and pay court costs of $518, including DNA surcharge.  His held cash bond will be applied to the costs, with the remaining balance to be paid within 60 days.  He received 25 days credit in the event of revocation. The felony bail jumping incident that resulted in a conviction occurred April, 28, 2020, in Vilas County.

Travis M. Williams, 27, of Minocqua, charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia was in court for a 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 Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. The alleged incident occurred Aug. 11, 2020, in Vilas County. His $2,500 signature bond was continued.

In a second case, Williams entered guilty pleas to charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and three counts of felony bail jumping. A pretrial conference for that case also is set for Feb. 16. The alleged incident occurred in Vilas County Nov. 20, 2020.

Nicole R. Jovanovic, 35, of Arbor Vitae, charged with child abuse-intentionally cause harm, and disorderly conduct, was bound over for arraignment at a preliminary hearing.  Not guilty pleas were entered and a pretrial conference was set for Feb. 23 at 9:15 a.m. The alleged incident occurred Nov. 12, 2020, in Vilas County.

Tracy J. Baker, 47, of Stevens Point, charged with  seven drug-related felonies, including possess with intent-amphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, as well as six drug-related misdemeanors, made an initial appearance and a preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Her $25,000 cash bond was continued with the conditions she maintain absolute sobriety and not to be on premises of Lake of the Torches Casino. The alleged incident occurred in Vilas County Dec. 22, 2020.

Sarah N. Hulsmeyer, 27, of Waterford, Mich., had a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine dismissed on a state’s motion. She pleaded no contest and was found guilty of possession of drug paraphernalia and was fined $393.50,, due within 60 days. The incident occurred March 19, 2020, in Vilas County.

Jacob A. Hahn, 38, of Milwaukee, had a felony marijuana charge amended to misdemeanor possession of marijuana on a state’s motion. He entered a plea of guilty and was found guilty. A charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was dismissed. He was fined $768, including court costs and a DNA surcharge. He must pay within 60 days. The alleged incident occurred Sept. 8, 2020, in Vilas County.

Charles E. Isham, 34, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with two counts of felony bail jumping and one count of third-offense OWI, made an initial appearance and a preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 17 at 9 a.m. His $1,000 cash bond was amended to a $2,500 signature bond, with the conditions he report to inpatient treatment and successfully complete treatment,  not to possess or consume intoxicants and maintain absolute sobriety. The alleged incident occurred Dec. 16, 2020.

Robert F. Casey, 58, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI) fifth or sixth offense, operating while revoked, tampering with an ignition interlock device and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, made an initial appearance and a preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 5 at 9 a.m.

Casey’s signature bond was set at $5,000 with conditions:  maintain absolute sobriety, not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns or to be in the tavern portion of any restaurant premises and not to drive without a valid license. The alleged incident occurred Oct. 25, 2020, in Vilas County.

Lavera F. McBurney, 35, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with take and driver a vehicle without consent, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, 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 Feb. 23 at 11:15 a.m. Her $1,000 signature bond was continued. The alleged incident occurred Oct. 24, 2020, in Vilas County. 

McBurney also is charged with felony bail jumping following an alleged incident Nov. 10, 2020, in Vilas County. 

Tashina M.Frank, 22, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of felony bail jumping and resisting or obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor. Two charges of misdemeanor bail jumping were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Frank was sentenced to 15 days in the county jail on each of the counts and was credited for 13 days served in jail on each count. She then received a time served sentence. She also was fined $10 and court costs totalling $465.50 on each count.  Financial obligations must be paid directly to the Clerk of Courts by March 31 or payment arrangements to be made with Clerk’s Office. 

The court indicated that if  Frank successfully completes the deferred entry of judgment agreement in a second felony case for possession of methamphetamine and pays fines and costs imposed, the felony bail jumping charge may be expunged.

Alexis A. Smith, 19, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with battery or threat to judge, prosecutor or law enforcement officer, four counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, and one count each of resisting or obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct, 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 Feb. 23 at 10:45 a.m. The alleged incident occurred Dec. 6, 2020, in Vilas County.