Wabeno man jailed on reduced theft charges
By NIKKI YOUNK
FLORENCE, Wis. – A Wabeno, Wis. man has been sentenced to serve nine months in the Florence County Jail for stealing liquor from a Florence bar and money from two county campgrounds.
Nathen Kyle Buck, 26, was sentenced on two misdemeanor counts of theft of movable property, one misdemeanor count of entry into a locked coin box, and one misdemeanor count of resisting and obstructing a police officer.
Pursuant to a plea deal, a felony count of burglary was amended to misdemeanor theft, and a felony count of possession of burglarious tools was dismissed.
Florence County District Attorney Douglas Drexler said that Buck is serving additional jail and prison time for similar charges out of Marinette County.
The Florence County charges against Buck stem from an Aug. 25, 2012, incident.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, deputies from the Florence County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of a suspicious male lurking around JR’s Pub in Florence.
Video surveillance footage showed a suspect, identified as Buck, attempting to steal a case of rum from the bar.
When deputies searched Buck’s vehicle, they discovered possible burglary tools, a bag of deposit envelopes from county campgrounds, checks of various amounts, and $40 in cash.
Buck was later found in a wooded area near the bar and arrested without incident. He admitted to law enforcement officials that he stole deposit envelopes from the Lake Emily Campground and the Lost Lake Campground.
Drexler added that restitution in the matter has been paid in full.
In other Florence County Court action:
– Kevin Dewayne Smith, 54, of Caspian was sentenced to pay a $1,000 fine for an amended misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.
Smith had originally been charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana.
The charge stems from an Aug. 7 incident.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, Smith left two bags of marijuana in the dumpster outside of the Subway restaurant in Florence.
Drexler said that he reduced the charge because Smith is facing a similar charge in Iron County.
Smith is scheduled to be sentenced in Iron County Trial Court on March 11 for one felony count of manufacture or deliver marijuana. He could spend up to four years in prison.
– Medea Ann Klima, 26, of Iron Mountain received a deferred judgement for one felony count of possession of narcotics and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Drexler said that if Klima complies with probation requirements for six months, she will not be sentenced.
The charges against Klima stem from an Oct. 20 incident in Florence.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, deputies from the Florence County Sheriff’s Department discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia in Klima’s vehicle after they pulled her over for a traffic stop.
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