Robbery suspect in court

L’ANSE – The preliminary hearing for a suspect in a Watton armed robbery was adjourned Tuesday until December.

Bernard Fish, 47, of Shawano, Wis., appeared in 97th District Court in L’Anse.

Fish’s attorney, David Gemignani, said he needed to study a videotape relevant to the case, which would be available Tuesday or today.

“We’ve already waived the 14-day rule,” he said. “What we’re requesting is to start the prelim at another day after we’ve had the chance to review this.”

The preliminary hearing was tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 10. Fish faces two counts of armed robbery, a felony punishable by life in prison; two counts of extortion, a 20-year felony; two counts of unlawful imprisonment, a 15-year felony; and impersonating a police officer to commit a crime, a four-year felony.

Fish and co-defendant Donavan Waupoose, 21, of Stephenson, face identical charges. In August, they allegedly posed as U.S. marshals and demanded $10,000 from the residents, as well as taking wallets, identification and other documents.

They are also accused of committing a robbery in Long Lake, Wis., after fleeing the Baraga County area.

Waupoose was arrested in Stephenson shortly after the incident. Fish eluded capture until October, when he was arrested in a traffic stop in Shawano.

Waupoose is scheduled for a three-day trial in Baraga County Circuit Court starting Feb. 26. Baraga County Prosecutor Joseph O’Leary said last week he would like to try both cases then.