A 52-year-old Eagle River woman facing charges in seven separate felony cases pleaded no contest and was found guilty in three of the cases at her sentencing hearing in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Tina M. Baxter pleaded no contest and was found guilty of transferring another’s personal property (value between $500 and 10,000), a Class H felony.

Baxter’s sentence was withheld and she was placed on probation for 36 months for this case, with the following conditions: pay restitution of $4,540.91, plus surcharge of $489.09 in favor of Headwaters State Bank; and pay court costs of $518. The court instructed Baxter to pay not less than $1,000 per month toward restitution to commence June 1. The incident for this case occurred March 29, 2018, in Vilas County.

Baxter also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of theft of moveable property less than $2,500, a Class A misdemeanor. Four charges of felony bail jumping and a second count of theft of moveable property less than $2,500 were dismissed but read in at sentencing. In addition, seven additional counts of felony bail jumping from a second case were dismissed but read in. 

Baxter’s sentence in the theft case was withheld and she was placed on probation for 24 months, concurrent with two other cases and with the following conditions: pay restitution of $500 (bond of $500 held in another pending case will be applied to restitution first; pay court costs of $443; continue with alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) counseling and follow through with any other counseling or treatment deemed appropriate by the agent; maintain absolute sobriety; submit sample of DNA if not already done so. 

According to court documents, the theft occurred Dec. 7, 2019, and the felony bail jumping charges that were dismissed stemmed from an incident March 29, 2021, in Vilas County.

In a third case, Baxter pleaded no contest and was found guilty of third-offense OWI and misdemeanor bail jumping. Five counts of felony bail jumping were dismissed but read in.

Her sentence was withheld and she was placed on probation for 24 months, to run concurrent the other two cases. Conditions of her probation include: pay fine and court costs of $1,870; driver’s license revoked for 27 months; ignition interlock device requirement for 27 months following reinstatement of driving privileges; comply with AODA assessment and driver safety plan; serve 25 days in the Vilas County Jail, with six days of credit to be applied immediately and work release privileges. The jail sentence started April 8. 

According to court documents, Baxter operated a vehicle while intoxicated July 9, 2020, in Vilas County.

Eight counts of felony bail jumping were dismissed but read in at sentencing in four other cases in which Baxter was the defendant.

In other felony cases, James M. Ringe, 50, of St. Germain, charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place, possess with intent-amphetamine and possession with intent-deliver narcotics, waived his preliminary hearing. Probable cause was found and he was bound over for arraignment. Not guilty pleas were entered and a pretrial conference was set for May 18 at 11:15 a.m. His $10,000 signature bond was continued. The alleged incident occurred Jan. 27 in Vilas County.

Brandon L. Bernsteen, 37, of Eagle River, charged with possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, waived his preliminary hearing. Probable cause was found and he was bound over for arraignment. Not guilty pleas were entered and a pretrial conference was set for June 22 at 9:30 a.m. His $1,000 signature bond was continued. The alleged incident occurred March 2 in Vilas County.

Ronald S. Johnson, 56, of Eagle River, charged with possession of methamphetamine, felony bail jumping, possession of marijuana, misdemeanor bail jumping and possession of drug paraphernalia, waived his preliminary hearing. Probable cause was found and he was bound over for arraignment. Not guilty pleas were entered and a pretrial conference was set for May 18 at 10:30 a.m. His $2,500 signature bond was continued. The alleged incident occurred March 7 in Vilas County.

Johnson also will have a pretrial conference May 18 for a second case from 2019 in which he is charged with theft of moveable property-special facts and misdemeanor bail jumping.

Billie J. Frank, 44, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possess with intent-heroin, manufacture/deliver heroin, possession of narcotic drugs, third-offense operating while intoxicated, operating while revoked, resisting or failing to stop and six counts of felony bail jumping, pleaded not guilty at her arraignment and a pretrial conference was set for May 4 at 9:45 a.m. with the district attorney. Her $2,000 cash bond was continued. The alleged incident occurred March 20 in Vilas County.

Curtis M. Wolfe, 33, of Lac du Flambeau, charted with possess with intent-amphetamine, possession of marijuana (second-plus offense), resisting or obstructing an officer, possession of a controlled substance, possession of an illegally-obtained prescription, 10 counts of felony bail jumping and five counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, waived his preliminary hearing. Probable cause was found and he was bound over for arraignment. Not guilty pleas were entered by the court and a pretrial conference was set for May 18 at 10:45 a.m. His $1,000 cash bond was continued. The alleged incident occurred Aug. 17, 2020, in Vilas County.

Wolfe also is charged with misappropriate ID information to obtain money, credit card theft by receipt and fraudulent use of a financial transfer card from an alleged incident March 25, 2020.

Brittany G. Bobzien, 36, of Evansville, who pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession with intent-amphetamine, was sentenced to five years in the Wisconsin Prison System, including two years of initial confinement and three years of extended supervision. A charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was dismissed on a prosecutor’s motion.

Conditions of Bobzien’s extended supervision include: continue mental health counseling and follow through with any recommendations; AODA counseling and follow through with any treatment or recommendations; maintain absolute sobriety; maintain full-time employment and/or schooling; and pay felony court costs of $518. 

Bobzien is to report on or before June 1, 2021, to the Vilas County Jail. If appropriate arrangements can be made, she can serve her jail time in Rock County and must report there by June 1.

According to court documents, Bobzien possessed amphetamine May 29, 2020, in Vilas County.